Carrigtwohill GAA, camogie and ladies football clubs united for Pieta House

Carrigtwohill GAA, camogie and ladies football clubs united for Pieta House
Niall McCarthy, Carrigtwohill, and Eoin O'Sullivan, Sarsfields in action. McCarthy is supporting the Pieta House fundraiser this weekend. Picture: Paul Flynn

IT is three years since Carrigtwohill GAA clubs held Camán Till Dawn overnight puckathon to raise metal mental health awareness which generated almost €11,000 for Pieta House. 

With the lockdown in force and club facilities out of bounds the Carrig crew have come up with a novel idea to run around the streets of Carrigtwohill this Saturday, which is the longest day of the year with a sunset of 9.57pm.

The club have a deadline of a 10pm to complete a relay marathon in three hours to honour the memory of beloved club members they lost. There will be six legs from 7pm, with the camogie, ladies football, juvenile and adult GAA clubs doing six 7km loops of the village.

They will be clocking up 26.2 miles (42.2km) and are endeavouring to get home by sunset in their effort to achieve the three-hour target on the third anniversary of the event in memory of three former Carrigtwohill GAA Club members. 

Leg 1 (10k) Ladies Football: Meadhbh de Búrca, Ciara Walsh and Dave Sullivan. 

Leg 2 (8.2k) Juvenile and Minors: Cian O’Riordan. 

Leg 3 (5k) Camogie: Tanya Carroll and Natasha Cooney. 

Leg 4 (7k) U21: Aaron Walsh Barry. 

Leg 5 (7k) Junior and Senior: Jamie McCarthy. 

Leg 6 (5k) Supporters and Retired Players: Niall McCarthy. 

The replacements are Sean de Búrca and Tomas Hogan and the coach is Kieran Brennan. 

This event is all about raising mental health awareness in the community and the club wants the community to get involved and are hoping that people will spread the word. 

The Carrigtwohill Juvenile GAA Club hosted Camán Till Dawn, an overnight ‘puckathon’ aid of Pieta House in 2017.
The Carrigtwohill Juvenile GAA Club hosted Camán Till Dawn, an overnight ‘puckathon’ aid of Pieta House in 2017.

Club PRO Lorraine O'Connell is asking all to root out their Camán Till Dawn t-shirts from the 2017 event.

“We want people to wear the 2017 t-shirt on the evening. If they don’t fit anymore, we want everyone to hang the t-shirts out of windows or make flags out of them. 

"We also ask everybody to make sure to social distance and maybe just stand by your own house and cheer the runners along the route. ”

Donations can be made on:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/sunsetmarathon?fbclid=IwAR3G0dT3HjkRXzSvHj0fCQQvT0FrlwAKzQkPfWP4fZSjUOll1jtogO4FgW4

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