Jack, David and Ali Tiernan with Molly and Brendan Doyle enjoying last year's run/walk. Photos by Shelley Corcoran.
This year’s Shane Brennan 5K run/walk on St Stephen’s Day in Newtownforbes will focus on raising funds for the new MRI Scanner at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar.
The run/walk takes place every year to commemorate the young man and is organised by his parents John Joe and Margaret.
This year, Dr Mel Gorman is also backing the initiative in an effort to get the fundraising for the much needed machine over the line.
“Every year the Shane Brennan 5k walk/run raises money that is donated to charity,” said Dr Gorman, before pointing out that the aim this year is to raise vital funds for the MRI Scanner.
“Last year the funds went to the MS Society and this year the focus will be on the MRI Scanner which if made available at the Hospital will make the lives of local children a lot easier.”
Dr Gorman, meanwhile, also pointed out that the MRI Scanner will be made available to adults and children alike.
“This difficulty is that at the moment if a child in Co Longford needs to have an MRI scan done, they have to go to Dublin and there is a waiting list,” he continued.
“Therefore going to Dublin depends on if and when the anaesthetist is available, so to have a scanner on-site at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar would mean that children from Co Longford and the surrounding areas could have their scans carried out on the same day.”
Meanwhile, the Shane Brennan 5K run/walk attracts a large gathering every year.
Following the event on St Stephen’s Day refreshments will be provided and participants will have the opportunity to chat and catch up with friends.
Shane was a popular young man who played soccer for Longford town.
Those who knew him best have described him as a dedicated player with a lot of potential.
The annual run/walk aims to remember Shane and the talented young man that he was.