Coverage of #Monagea17

Norma Prendiville, Limerick Leader
7 May 2017

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Noelle Wright, Marie O’Brien, Carole Connors & Ger Kelly who took part in Cry Monagea. Picture Credit: Dave Gaynor

SCORES of sliced pans, tray loads of buns and dozens of cakes and tarts were consumed by the hundreds and hundreds of people who took part in this year's CRY Monagea.

And when the final tot is done, Liam Herlihy, one of the main organisers, reckons they will have over €12,000 to hand over to the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) organisation based in Tallaght Hospital.

This money will help pay for the free services CRY provides to families who have suffered the sudden death of a young person, as happened in Monagea in 2011,when 20-year-old Niamh Herlihy and 15-year-old Darra O’Donovan both died within eight months of one another.

On Saturday, those names were in everybody’s hearts as, bolstered by a good feed, some 368 cyclists sped off on their chosen routes: the 25km family cycle, the 70km leisure cycle or the muscle-busting 100km, or the 125km West Limerick Endurance Cycle.

“That was the biggest number of cyclists we ever had,” Liam reported enthusiastically.

And they came from all over, he added, including one couple who left Dunmanway at 5am to be in time to register at 7.30am. “They are stone mad for sweet things when they are cycling,” Liam observed.

In addtion, over 400 signed up to walk or run although not everybody who did so actually donned the walking shoes.

But the roads around Monagea were hectically busy, with over 600 active participants. And the roads were also  mercifully free from rain, even though neighbouring parishes endured showers.

“We got great feedback from people. And a lot of new people came for the first time. It seems cycling is the new golf,” Liam laughed. “It was a great weekend.”

And both he and the organising team thanked their sponsors as well as the stewards and volunteer helpers and all those who took part.

READ: Marie Greene Interview with Independent Travel

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Marie Greene’s Story

Independent Travel
May 5th 2017    

20 years ago, we lost our youngest son Peter to a Sudden Cardiac Death. He was 15, took ill and died within an hour... just like that. At that time in Ireland there was no information, no support and no screening for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). It was a steep learning curve.
The quest for answers set me on a path of no return. In 2002, my husband Michael and I set up a charity and, after major fundraising, in 2008 we were able to fund and open the CRYP Screening Centre in the grounds of Tallaght Hospital.
Our charity, Cry Cardiac Risk in the Young (cry.ie), receives no government funding, but to date 11,000 people have been screened under the very experienced eye of Dr Deirdre Ward, director of Centre, many who have lost a family member to SCD.

We see families from all over Ireland

This year, on September 16th, I am taking a group to walk the Camino Francais for CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young.
We've been fundraising for years, but this is my first Camino - since January, I've been out walking - recording times, distance and pace on my 'Map my Walk' app. I can't claim to be a walker all my life, but we moved house some years ago and a friend asked if I would join a local walking group - Over the Hill. It was started 12 years ago by a Scotsman, Brendan Doyle, as a small group had planned to walk the Camino and needed to walk some hills... literally.

The group has no joining fee, you just turn up at a designated meeting place at 11am on Monday, Thursday and/or Friday. We walk and talk about everything on our way over the hill, stopping for coffee for about 30/40 minutes.
By now, the group has grown to 100-plus members, with offshoots in a cinema group, theatre group, book club and, in recent years, we've also been taking a three-day break away somewhere in Ireland in September.
Daily walks on the Camino can be nearly twice as long as our 11km trek with Over the Hill, but they are no more difficult in themselves.

It's not a race, of course - and we have all day to walk it

Walking is good for you - improving cardiovascular and muscular health. It has shown to reduce chances of depression and has a huge effect on mood. Tips? I am aware that it is important to stay hydrated and to wear comfortable walking boots or runners and good socks. New boots should be broken in months before your trip, and I've have gotten all sorts of advice on feet in order to avoid blisters - changing socks and using Vaseline or use talcum powder a few hours into the walk, for example.

Oh, and tighten laces to avoid slippage which could cause a blister. Some have advised me to pack a pair of sandals if the weather is suitable - to change into after a few hours. The mantra of the Camino is Eat, Walk, Sleep... but I'm sure we will add Talk.  After years of walking with Over the Hill, we're pretty good at that.

Marie Greene is Co-Founder of Cry Cardiac Risk in the Young (cry.ie). Her Camino will help fund CRY and The work of the CRYP centre at Tallaght Hospital.  Donations welcome on cry.ie (click on DONATE NOW and use the option 'Marie Greene’s Challenge – the Camino for Cry 2017') or contact Lucia Ebbs, Operations Manager, on 01 4525482 or email Lucia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

READ: Marie Greene Interview with Irish Examiner

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Article From The Irish Examiner
April 7th 2017

Marie Greene, Co-Founder of CRY talks about how she coped after losing her son Peter.

Read the full article here

Loreto and Mercy students in Navan raise funds for CRY

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The Prefect Team and our wonderful supporters; Grace Cahalane,Anna Higgins, Melania Arutunyan, Leanne Butler, Livia Ciornii, Niamh Donnelly, Laura Doonan, Heather Downey, Emma Fox, Aoife Hough, Nnanke Inah Okri, Nora Kilmartin, Eve McDonagh, Amanda McElhinney, Orla McMahon, Sarah McShane, Cliodhna Moore, Niamh Moore, Hannah O'Brien, Catherine O'Connell, Caoimhe O'Hare, Aisling Power, Aine Treanor and Eimear Quinn.

Lucia Ebbs had the pleasure of meeting Grace Cahalane, Head Girl and Anna Higgins, Deputy Head Girl and the Prefect Team 16/17, Loreto Secondary School, St. Michael's, Navan recently.

The girls raised €1,000.00 during Mission Week and presented the monies to Cry in memory of their school friend Ruth Maguire who died suddenly aged 14, in November 2011.

Huge thanks girls - a lovely tribute in your final year in St. Michael's and we greatly appreciate your support while remembering Ruth and being a part of #teamCry.

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Photography credit: Ms. Catriona Purcell