THE memory of a much-loved sportsman, husband and father was honoured in Ballylinan as huge crowds turned out to support the Liam Kealy Memorial Run.
The St Joseph’s GAA Club footballer would have celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday 3 June, the day fittingly chosen to celebrate his life and generosity by holding a fundraising run for a vital cause.
The event raised an astonishing €18,000 for the Mallow Search and Rescue service, as 900 people took part in the memorial run/walk. A total of 640 adults registered and they were joined by 260 children along the route.
Many friends across the world also supported the event, despite a distance of thousands of miles, as people contributed through a gofundme link and others staged their own memorial runs in cities that included Sydney, Australia.
The organisers were overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone who supported, sponsored or participated in the event in memory of ‘Squeaks’, a former member of the Laois senior football team who drowned in a tragic accident in Cork last January. The funds raised will make an enormous difference to the work of Mallow Search and Rescue, which was one of the key services involved in the emergency operation.
The organisers thanked everyone from near and far who helped make the bitter-sweet day such an extraordinary and uplifting success.