FOLLOWING on from last year’s very successful inaugural event, the second annual Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5km fun run will take place on Saturday, September 29th next at 4pm.
Registration costs €8 and all proceeds will be donated to charity; runners, walkers and families alike are all welcome.
The run is named in honour of T.J. O’Mahony, the one-time Irish and USA Champion 400-metres champion runner, and is a 5km (3 miles in total) double circuit of the scenic lagoon in Rosscarbery.
Registration is on the day from 3pm at Carbery Rangers GAA club’s Ardagh complex, which also has parking facilities. Refreshments and showers will be available after the race.
The event itself will start at 4pm from the main square in the centre of the town.
The run is organised in co-operation with Rosscarbery Community Council and Carbery Rangers GAA Club.
This marks the closing of a circle of exciting activities over the past year to remember the West Cork runner.
In October 2011, a plaque was unveiled in his honour in Rosscarbery town square and the first annual 5km run-walk held.
The plaque was unveiled by legendary commentator Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.
In last year’s run, the men’s category was won by George Waugh of Bandon and the women’s category by Rachel Crowley, also of Bandon.
In December 2011, the only known photo of T.J. O’Mahony was presented to the GAA Museum in Croke Park, Dublin, by the organising committee.
Then, in May 2012, a ceremony was held in Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin to remember T.J. O’Mahony and a new headstone erected at his grave.