Mooncoin: Tom finishes his 40th Marathon

Marathon Man - Last week we had a chat with Tom Roche, from Ballincur, Mooncoin. (Marathon man) Tom told us hat he has completed his 30th Dublin City Marathon, as well as having took part in 4 Marathons in Cork, 1 in Waterford, 2 in Belfast and 3 in Connemara.

Marathon Man - Last week we had a chat with Tom Roche, from Ballincur, Mooncoin. (Marathon man) Tom told us hat he has completed his 30th Dublin City Marathon, as well as having took part in 4 Marathons in Cork, 1 in Waterford, 2 in Belfast and 3 in Connemara.

This year Tom raised a total of €8,020 for Our Lady’s Children’s hospital in Dublin, having raised over €70,000 to date. His best time for a Dublin City marathon was 2 hours 55 minutes, which is no mean achievement. This time round Tom was in the excellent company of his daughter Caroline who finished her first marathon. Tom, Aa local chool bus driver, told us that he trains all the year round, and does an average of 35 miles a week in running. This added up for 52 week’s in the year totals around 1,680 miles ran in the year. He showed us the letter of thanks from Crumlin hospital for his large donation and said he would like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship. He looks forward to his 41st Marathon later in the year.

Fund raiser - There will be a Monster auction and cabaret in the Royal Oak, Rathkieran, Mooncoin on January 19th in aid of the O’Neill benefit fund, Noddy and Co, Celtic brew, and other guests.Christmas in Mooncoin - Attendances were up at all ceremonies in Mooncoin parish during the Christmas season. The parish church was packed on Christmas morning as families visited the crib, and enjoyed tea or mulled wine with some refreshments in the Chapel yard afterwards.

Tractor run for Minty & Murt - Almost 300 tractor enthusiasts took part in the 2nd annual tractor run in In memory of Sean Malone (Died on 23rd Dec 2011 - 18 years) & Martin Duggan (died 24th December 2011 - age 19 years) who died as a result of a road traffic accident, a few km from Mullinavat village. Both lads were employed at Holden Plant hire and were on their way to get some fresh rolls for their lunch.

It was heart warming to see so many of their friends out in force on Sunday last at Ballyhale where the tractor run took place. It was incident free and everyone obeyed rules and stewards. It was good to see all the youth back in the parish hall in Ballyhale where they enjoyed tea, sandwiches and cakes. The tractor run took them to Newmarket, Hugginstown, Templeorum, Kilmacow and back to Ballyhale. The convoy of tractors, whixh included a few vintage models stopped at the accident scene near Mullinavat and a few moments prayerful silence was observed as families and friends of the two lads assembled.