Rossa’s St Stephen’s Day Fun run and walk

An early start to St Steven’s Day saw the O’Donovan Rossa CLG Players, Club Members and Friends brave the elements of rain, wind and mist as they restarted their St Stephen’s Day Charity Run/Walk on the beautiful Divis Mountain.  Last years event had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions. 

There were no scenic views this morning as the entire mountain range was shrouded in low lying clouds.  A large group of brave hearts took on the challenge.  The first group set off for the Annual Fun Run quickly followed by men, women, children and dogs disappearing into the mist to walk to the Monument on the mountain ridge.

There was a serious message attached to todays event.  The walk was dedicated to one of our much loved members, Davy Beatty, who sadly died recently from a melanoma related condition.  With the family’s permission we dedicated the day to raising funds for the unit where Davy was treated and to the medical staff who cared for him.  All money raised will be directed to Melanoma UK to help with research projects and patient needs.  Davy was a wonderful Clubman, mentor and member of the Jeremiah Historical Group and will be fondly remembered by us all.

On behalf of the Rossa Club I would like to thank our members and friends and also runners from local GAA clubs who joined us today.  Conditions were grim but as always the craic was mighty.

Rossa Abu.

Bert Trowlen went along to caputre the action for the Saffron Gael

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