‘Sunrise Up Croagh Patrick’



John’s raising funds for neurological disease research and care


An event called ‘Sunrise Up Croagh Patrick’ will take place this Saturday at 10 am. The event aims to raise funds for specialist neurological care for Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Motor Neurone Diseases.

  The event will involve participants either climbing Croagh Patrick or taking part in a 5km or 12km walk nearby.

  Tomas Tierney of Galway and Mayo Senior GAA fame back in the 1980s and ‘90s, will be seeing everybody off on Saturday morning from the carpark in Westport.

  Ballintubber man John Kelly is the founder of Sunrise Up Croagh Patrick. His mother-in-law was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease while his father sadly passed away with Parkinson’s Disease in 2017. He says the event is a throwback to the traditional Croagh Patrick climb.

  “There is of course a great tradition of climbing Croagh Patrick and many people in Roscommon would remember when local farmers would do the farming before heading off to do the climb and to get Mass. So I suppose that’s why there’s a draw for events such as this Saturday’s climb and walk,” he said.

  Saturday’s event takes place at 10 am and all are welcome to take part for a very worthy cause. Further information and registration is available at www.sunriseupcroaghpatrick.com. Entry is free for the event but participants are asked to fund-raise. Those wishing to donate can do so on the Sunrise Up Croagh Patrick page on www.eventbrite.ie.