Plenty Of Familiar Names Signed Up for Muirhevnamor’s Run 24
Dundalk manager Vinny Perth, along with a host of Lilywhites players, past and present, have signed up to take part in Muirhevnamor FC’s fundraising initiative, Run 24 which takes place this weekend.
From 12am on Sunday to 12am on Monday, a participant will either walk or run in half-hour slots to raise funds for Cuidigh Linn, an organisation based in Muirhevnamor that caters for the elderly in the Holy Family parish and further afield.
As of Friday afternoon, there were 74 runners from Ireland, England, Australia, Canada and the USA signed up with some very familiar names on the list.
Perth, along with current players Brian Gartland, Patrick Hoban and Chris Shields, are all pencilled in at various stages of the day while ex-Dundalk chairman Ciaran Bond and former players Mickey O’Kane, Simon Kelly, Stephen McDonnell and Tiarnan Mulvenna will also take part.
Dave Rogers and Johnny Breen will take to the track in America and Canada respectively along with former kitman Dean Arrowsmith, who is also stateside. Closer to home, new Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has also pledged his support for the fundraiser.
Mulvenna is also the manager of Dundalk’s U17 team and he said the event was a great example of the local community pulling together.
“It’s good to be able to give something back during these times,” he said. “It gives people a wee bit of hope and it’s a chance for people, especially the younger members of our community, to get out of the house, get a bit of fresh air and have a chat. Mentally, that is important.
“From 8am on Sunday morning to 8pm on Sunday night, we’ll have people walking or running around the track in Muirhevnamor so we’d encourage people to come out, cheer the runners and walkers on, and have a chat and a cup of coffee while socially distancing.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money and a raffle will also take place on the day for people who drop off food parcels and supplies.
A voucher for the Dundalk FC Club Shop, a €30 voucher for JustEat, a Signature Hair hamper, eight one-on-one Personal Training sessions with Fred’s Functional Fitness, a Brian Gartland shirt and a family ticket to Stephen Kenny’s first game in charge of Ireland are all up for grabs.
“We were hoping to raise €1,000 for Cuidigh Linn which is a lot of money for them but we have gone way past that already, which is brilliant, and we’d like to get even more,” said Mulvenna.
You can donate to the Muirhevnamor FC Run 24 campaign at this link.
Top: Patrick Hoban and Marc Griffin, pictured after Dundalk’s title win in 2014. Picture: Sportsfile