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Two Laois GAA referees set to run For Pieta House

Two Laois GAA referees are set to join their inter-county colleagues to run for Pieta House today.

Stradbally’s Maurice Deegan and The Heath’s Seamus Mulhare, who both officiate at county level, will swap their whistles for runners today for a brilliant cause.

72 whistlers who will complete a virtual All-Ireland Championship run totalling 810km this weekend.

They will each fundraise for Pieta House by doing the run on the original date for the hugely successful Darkness into Light, as well as what would have been the first full weekend of the hurling and football championships.

All 72 referees will each run 11.2km, the average distance that they cover during a game.

This will take them on a virtual tour of Ireland from their starting point at Wexford Park, on to Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork and then up to MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey before completing their virtual journey in Croke Park.

Darkness Into Light traditionally raised around €6 million each year for Pieta House which provide mental health services free of charge.

The loss of the event leaves a huge hole in their finances so events like these are so important.

The Late Late Show last night dedicated their programme to the charity.

More than €2 million was raised by members of the public in donations last night.

You can follow Maurice and Seamus’ journeys with updates on their GoFundMe page and under the #RefereesRunForPietaHouse where referees will post a selfie after their run, on social media.

Maurice has already completed his run and posted a very good time!


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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.