‘Pride of Connacht’ award for Roscommon Harriers

Roscommon town athletics club Roscommon Harriers was recently honoured by Connacht Athletics for its outstanding work with the Join Our Boys Trust.

The provincial governing body announced this week that the award was presented to local club led by Frank Murphy and Sinéad Gannon for their “inspirational work” on the Team Archie project.

Posting on social media earlier this week, Connacht Athletics said: “Archie, George and Isaac Naughton were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2012. The Join Our Boys Trust was established in 2014 and since then enough money has been raised to build a house to cater for the boys’ needs. Archie accompanied the team for three Dublin Marathons among the many fundraisers held over the years.

“Sadly, 16-year-old Archie died in July of this year. His brother Isaac accompanied the team for this year’s marathon. The group raised more money, as the fundraising continues to meet ongoing costs, and again brought great colour to the Dublin Marathon in their brilliant orange”.

Both Roscommon and Leitrim County Boards were also honoured for their “outstanding work in organising the Connacht Cross County Championships”, which took place under challenging circumstances last winter at Roscommon Racecourse and Drumshanbo respectively.

Connacht Athletics said the awards would be presented to the winners at an online ceremony in the near future.