The highways and byways around the expansive parish that is Mooncoin which flows along and away from the banks of the iconic River Suir are thronged, squashed even, with people as they prepare for the Rose Run.
Runners are getting plenty of practise in for the event, which will take over the parish on the May Bank Holiday (May 5).
In 2009, the GAA Social Initiative idea was launched. As a consequence of the superb development of their outdoor floodlit facilities (coupled with an equally impressive indoor gymnasium and an all-age friendly Community Centre), the Social Committee thought it a good idea that a fun run/walk around the more picturesque areas of their parish was a must-do exercise someday.
People like Tom Murphy, John Lennon, Nicola Fewer and Joan Daly, to name but a few, put legs under the idea.
The idea cuts another notch on the social calendar of events that continue to grow year on year down in the Mooncoin GAA patch.
They are damn good at catering for the social needs of their people down there in Mooncoin. From catering for special occasions, to organising outings and socials for their senior adults, the Social Initiative club under the stewardship of Lucy Quinn (chairwoman), Margaret Phelan (secretary), Joe Dunphy, Jimmy Holden, Davy McGrath and the aforementioned crew are convinced that this upcoming Rose Run on May 5 will serve many purposes, including tightening the bond that is very prevalent, and obvious in their parish.
Registration will be held in the Community Centre from 10am on the day of the fun run/walk, with plans to fire the starting gun at 12 noon.
The entry fees are €20 for a family, €10 for adults and €5 for under-16s.
Some of the Rose Run Committee in front of one of the many advertising signs around the Mooncoin parish. Pictured (from left) are: Tom Murphy, John Lennon, Nicola Fewer and Joan Daly.