The friends and family of the late Liam Kealy have raised a simply staggering amount of money in Liam’s memory.
The St Joseph’s man died tragically earlier this year and on Friday last, a group of 43 people, made up of some of Liam and Ashling Kealy’s family and friends, travelled to The Irish Coast Guard base in Crosshaven in Cork to present a cheque to Mallow Search and Rescue.
€20,493 was presented to Mallow Search and Rescue, who said that they were overwhelmed with such a generous donation.
Mallow Search and Rescue are a completely voluntary organisation, and they advised the funds raised will be used to purchase new equipment.
The funds raised were the proceeds of a 5km and 10km race held in Ballylinan on June 3 in honour of Liam.
900 people attended the race, where trophies were presented to the first 3 male and female winners of the 5 km and 10 km races.
A team trophy was awarded to St. Joseph’s as the first club to have 4 runners home in the 10 km race.
June 3 was Liam’s 35th birthday, and ahead of the race, 35 balloons in the yellow and blue colours of Liam’s football club St. Joseph’s, were released by his wife Ashling and daughter Shauna.
The race was organised by committee members Ashling Kealy, Tom Kelly, Gillian Kelly, Karen Donnelly, Neil Donnelly, Clare Hovenden, Tracey Doyle, Louise Doyle, Frances Knowles and Tara Farrell.
Ashling, Shauna, the Kealy family, the Doyle family, and the Race committee members, would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those who supported them by taking part on the day, by providing sponsorship, and in providing help on the day or in the lead up to the race.