More than 300 set to take part in charity run

Limerick Leader
Saturday 2 March 2013

Gerard Fitzgibbon

At least 300 people are expected to take part in a West Limerick charity run and cycle, which is being held in memory of two young people who suffered tragic sudden deaths.

Hundreds of sponsorship cards have already been issued for the 10km walk/run and 80km cycle taking place in Monagea on May 4, which is being organised by the families of Niamh Herlihy and Darra O’Donovan, who both died in 2011.

All proceeds from the event will go towards CRY, a charity working to combat sudden adult death syndrome.

Clare Scanlan, mother of 15 year old Darra who passed away in December 2011, said that while her family are still “heartbroken” by his death, there has been a heart-warming response by the local community towards the event, which was officially launched last Wednesday night.

“On the launch night there were just under 300 sponsorship cards taken, and there have been a few going out since. Hopefully this will entice more people to give it a go”.

Last Wednesday’s launch at the Monagea community centre was attended by members of the Herlihy and O’Donovan-Scanlan families, friends and members of the local community.

Both the cycle and the run will start and finish at the Monagea community centre on Saturday, May 4. The cycle will be 80km long, while the run/walk will be a less taxing 10km.

The event has been designed to cater for everyone from seasoned cyclists and runners to people just looking to stretch their legs for a good cause. For information contact Liam Herlihy on 087 2998461, Clare Scanlan on 085 1458214, or visit the event’s dedicated Facebook page.


Lord Mayor’s Ball to Make a Comeback

Evening Herald
Thursday 28 February 2013

By Kevin Doyle

History has halted it on at least five occasions but Dublin’s Lord Mayor’s ball is to be resurrected yet again.

After falling foul of Lockouts, the War of Independence, political spats and money problems, Lord Mayor Naoise O’Muiri has announced that the ball will take place at The Mansion House on April 6.

“I am reviving the institution of the Lord Mayor’s Ball and bringing it home to the Round Room at the Mansion House,” he said.

“I invite you to don your finery, kick up your heels and join me for a night of magic, music and dance – all in a great cause.”

The event has had a tumultuous history since it was first held on St Stephen’s night in 1716. The guests were made up of the city’s 24 Aldermen and their wives who donated money in support of poor boys at the Blue-Coat School in Blackhall Place. However, members of the lower house on the Dublin City Assembly, who never made the guest list, successfully managed to have the ball abolished in 1728, on the grounds that it was causing ‘ great inconveniences’.


It was revived in 1861 for the visit to Dublin of the Prince of Wales. Over 100 people attended but not everyone enjoyed it as evidenced by ads that appeared in newspapers afterwards.

One lady lost a malachite and silver bracelet and was offering a reward “if found by a poor person” while another lost a coin from her Maltese bracelet.

The Lord Mayor’s Ball was held most years in September until 1912. The events between 1913-1924 and the suspension of Dublin City Council from 1924 to 1930, meant that the Lord Mayor’s Ball ended again.

It was revived in 1946 by Lord Mayor John McCann and took pace in the Metropole Ballroom. Over the years it has taken place in the RDS and Burlington Hotel and most recently was held in 1997.

Funds raised from the €100 tickets will go to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young and The Marie Keating Foundation.


Loreto Girls Remember Ruth with CRY Donation

Meath Chronicle
Saturday 2nd March 2013

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Orla Durkan from Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) receives a cheque from students of Loreto St Michael’s secondary school in Navan who fundraised for the cause recently, inspired by the memory of Ruth Maguire, a popular and charismatic second year student of the school who was a victim of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in November 2011.  The idea of fundraising for the charity was the brainchild of fifth year pupil Leah Hughes, who decided to create and sell a keyring in Ruth’s memory.


Families of tragic pair to host charity run

Limerick Leader Saturday West
Saturday 23 February 2013

Gerard Fitzgibbon

The tragic deaths of two young West Limerick people are to be the inspiration for a fund raising run and cycle organised by their families.

The sudden deaths in 2011 of 20 year old Niamh Herlihy and 15 year old Darra O’Donovan sparked an outpouring of grief in the Monagea and Strand communities.

Now, both of the families touched by these tragedies have united to raise money for the charity ‘CRY’, which raises awareness of sudden adult death syndrome in local communities.

Liam Herlihy, Niamh Herlihy’s father, said that the shared grief of is and the O’Donovan’Scanlan families gave them common purpose to help prevent others suffering the same loss.

“My daughter died in April, and a few months later young Darra O’Donovan died as well. The two families got together and talked about what we could do. People kept coming up to us, asking if we had an event or something, that they’d love to donate a bit of money and get involved”.

On the Saturday May 4, the bank holiday weekend, an 80km cycle and a 10km run/walk will take place, with everyone from ardent cyclists and seasoned runners to leisure walkers of all ages encouraged to take part.

Both events will start and finish at the Monagea community centre. The cyclists head off at 11am and will head for Charleville via the Bruff line, and will head back through Newtownshandrum, Milford, Dromcollogher, Broadford, Raheenagh and Strand.

The walk/run departs at 12pm and will head into Newcastle west at Boherbui, before turning right out past the Killeline rugby grounds and back into Monagea via Gardenfield.

The event was launched this Wednesday night by Limerick Senior Hurling and football captains Donal O’Grady and Seanie Buckley.  For information contact Liam Herlihy on 087 2998461, Clare O’Donovan on 085 1458214 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit its Facebook page.