Good Evening All,
St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA Club has supported the charity Pieta House, participating in the annual Darkness into Light walk for the past 5 years under the leadership of Ronan Doohan.
A week ago, Ronan, Mark Higgins and Brian Connolly asked the Club members to participate in a 24hr continuous run marathon. By Thursday evening, there was over 100 participants across all teams in the club willing to run, walk, cycle or cut & dye their hair to support this appeal. On Friday evening, just before Bernard Brogan got our 24hr run started at 6pm, we had over 150 people taking part which was just phenomenal in such a short space of time.
Chairman Conal Clerkin, added:
"Míle buíochas to everyone who participated over the weekend and to those who gave so generously in these uncertain times. The camaraderie shown across the club was unprecedented and a very proud moment for the Club. The participation, commitment and generosity by so many team mentors, players and non-playing members including their extended families and friends has been one of the highlights for us as a club in recent times in terms of what was achieved. Thanks to Ronan, Mark and Brian for leading out on this in such a short timeframe.”
The run concluded with Alan Brogan doing the final slot on Saturday evening at 6pm. Saturday was a glorious day and we had many messages and tags of selfies and kilometres racked up! Our support locally was brilliant and we had members participating around Ireland including, Galway, Sligo and Wexford and thanks to our diaspora, we had members participating on 4 continents; in Vancouver, London, Detroit, Dubai, Melbourne & Sydney.
We're delighted to say we just tipped over 1,000kms across our 157 runners, walkers and cyclists. Our target was to raise €5,000 given that we have raised circa €10,000 in total over the past 5 years, with AIB agreeing to double our contribution, we hoped we could hand a cheque to Pieta House for €10,000 but we are delighted to announce that we've just topped €12,500 meaning we will be able to hand Pieta House the amazing sum of €25,000!
This is all due to your effort and generosity, the fantastic members of this very proud Club.
On Saturday morning longstanding club man Eddie Byrne summed it up:
“After almost 30 years involved in our club, this is up there with the best moments over that period where I am so proud of our club and ALL our members. What a club we have. When we join together there is no stopping us… So proud to be a Plunketts man!”
Special mention to Kevin McNulty (U10 mentor) who did a 75km cycle, raising over €1,200 from family and friends supporting the cause. It's not too late to contribute if you'd still like to, and remember to include #Plunketts4Pieta in the comments:
Well done everyone.
All pics to follow on our Faebook page in the coming days.