Roscommon native Ronan Donnelly and his wife, Deirdre, who now live in Crossdoney, Co. Cavan with their three children, are undertaking a major charity run in aid of Join Our Boys on Saturday, the 20th of August when they are going to run from their home in Crossdoney to Roscommon town – a total of 72 kilometres.
Ronan, a national school teacher and a native of Castle Street in Roscommon town, is an experienced runner and has competed in a number of marathons. However his wife, Deirdre, (a tutor at the Cavan Institute) is new to road running and she has been out training for the event in recent months.
“We have three lovely healthy children (Adam, 6, Molly, 3, and Sam, 10 months) and after we had our last baby we wanted to do something like this and we decided that Join Our Boys would be an excellent charity to support.”
Deirdre says that the training is going well.
“I have been out and about on the roads in recent months. Last week myself and Ronan ran from our home to the Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell and back –and that was a total of 53km and it went grand!
“In fact we had our wedding reception at the Slieve Russell seven years ago and there was good craic here locally when it was known that we ran to Ballyconnell, because we went in a vintage car for the wedding!
“We are starting at 6 am from our own home and we are hoping to finish at Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon town at 8 pm. We hope to meet Archie, George and Isaac at Lidl on the Lanesboro Road at about 7.30 pm.”
Deirdre added: “We will have a team of bucket collectors with us and we hope to be in Longford town at 12.30 pm and we intend to stay an hour there. We will be stopping at the Lanesboro Community Centre at 5 pm and we hope to have a few people to run with us for the last leg of the journey into Roscommon town.”
People can make a contribution along the route on the day and there is also a Facebook page –‘The Deirdre and Ronan’ page – where you will find details of how you can donate.