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Great Wild Atlantic Marathon Walk 2021

24 November, 2021

Five years ago, local former International athlete and Barryroe GAA Clubman Richard O Flynn came up with the idea of hosting the Great Wild Atlantic Marathon Walks on the beautiful Seven Heads peninsula spanning Courtmacsherry Bay to Inchydoney Bay, as a fundraiser for the Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat and as a means of promoting healthy walking for all individuals. With a dedicated Walk Committee comprising of personnel from the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Station and Barryroe GAA, the total raised over the past five years has been an amazing €36,718.

Once again this year, the single day event in the parish was unable to be held because of Covid regulations, but great thanks is due to the many people who contributed so generously to the month of August “Walk Anywhere” initiative that raised a total of €5,765. Special thanks also to the main Walk sponsor “EBS” who once again supplied the 2021 Electric Yellow Walk tee shirts and ensured that every euro raised went in its entirety to the Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat.

The 2021 cheque of €5,765 was presented recently by the Walk Committee to Lifeboat Station Treasurer Michael Cox and Station Fundraising Secretary Martha Drake. It’s all systems go for 2022, with a variety of walks from 5k to the Full 26.2 Mile Marathon planned for Saturday August 13. The Walk committee wish to thank most sincerely everyone that contributed this year and over the past 5 years and look forward to 2022, when hopefully normality will return to the Walking Event and thus fulfil its ambition in raising much needed financial support for the RNLI Irish Lifeboats and help promote the “Respect the Water” campaign to help prevent drownings at sea.
GWAMW Committee. Angela Veldman, Barry Flynn, Danny Murphy, Gerry Turner, John Ryan, Micheal Hurley, Richard O Flynn, Richard Murphy and Vincent O Donovan.

At the presentation of the proceeds (€5,765) from this year’s Great Wild Atlantic Marathon Walk were (left to right): Martha Drake, secretary, Courtmacsherry RNLI Fundraising Committee, Gerry Turner, Courtmacsherry RNLI Fundraising Committee, Michael Cox, treasurer, Courtmacsherry RNLI Fundraising Committee, Richard O’Flynn, EBS, Vincent O’Donovan, Angela Veldman and Micheál Hurley, Great Wild Atlantic Marathon Walk committee members.

Photo: Martin Walsh.

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