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Visually impaired runner Dr. Sinead Kane to discuss adversity & resilience at Network Event

Dr. Sinead Kane and her guide runner, John, pictured as they attempted, and succeeded to hold the record of the first blind person to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents in less than seven days.  

Visually impaired runner Dr. Sinead Kane to discuss adversity & resilience at Network Event

Dr. Sinead Kane, a lawyer, mediator, Ph.D., accomplished ultra-runner and two-time Guinness World Record holder, is the guest speaker at Network Ireland Limerick’s March event, taking place in Limerick on Wednesday, March 25 at the Clayton Hotel.

In telling her story, Dr. Kane will share her insights on how to overcome adversity and build resilience, thereby creating a mindset for success.




Dr. Sinead Kane is a visually impaired athlete and qualified lawyer who holds a double Ph.D. doctorate. She is a double Guinness World Record Holder for the furthest distance traveled by a female on a treadmill in 12 hours, and for being the first blind person to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents in less than seven days. She has forged a career as one of Ireland’s best ultra-runners despite having less than 5% vision and having only begun running in 2012.

Dr. Sinead Kane

Dr. Sinead Kane is the guest speaker at Network Ireland Limerick’s March event.

Fiercely determined from a young age, Dr. Kane said, “I think a perception people have is people with blindness and disabilities can’t do things. Throughout my life, I’ve always strived to achieve things a fully sighted person hasn’t.”

Petrina Hayes, President of Network Ireland Limerick, said, “Every day we face challenges; some small and some so big they may seem insurmountable, but quite often a solution can be found if we adapt or alter our mindset. I’m delighted Dr. Kane will be joining us and sharing her tips on how to create a mindset for success. She has confronted so many challenges in life; it is mind-blowing what she has achieved to date.”

This event is free for members of Network Ireland and €25 for non-members. Tickets must be booked in advance on Eventbrite or via, or you can call 086 7779222.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Time: 6 pm – 8.30 pm  

Registration: 6 pm with open networking

Venue: Clayton Hotel, Limerick

Tickets: Eventbrite or via

About Network Ireland Limerick:

Network Ireland Limerick promotes personal and professional development of women and provides a forum where women in business, the professions and the arts can exchange business ideas and increase their business contacts. Network Ireland Limerick is a branch of Network Ireland, a national voluntary organisation which encourages women to achieve more satisfying careers and promotes women as worthy contributors to the Irish economy. Network Ireland has 1,200 members, across 15 branches nationwide.

Network Ireland Limerick holds monthly networking meetings where a guest speaker is invited to educate, inform and entertain on topics of interest to women. Members can develop and pool their individual skills through interaction with other women in a supportive environment which offers, training, mentoring and an opportunity for women who call on other members with specialist expertise for help. It also provides a forum for established women to develop professional and social contacts.

Network Ireland Limerick is sponsored by the Local Enterprise Offices in Limerick.  The Local Enterprise Office is the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland.  For further information please visit

About Dr. Sinead Kane:

Keynote Speaker, Double Ph.D. doctorate, Double Guinness World Record holder, Freelance Researcher, Visually Impaired Athlete, & Qualified Lawyer.

Sinead doesn’t let her disability hold her back and is living life to the full. Within the space of three months, Sinead Kane was awarded two Ph.D. doctorates. In October 2017, she received an honorary Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland. In December 2017, she was awarded her academic Ph.D. from Dublin City University.

Sinead also is a double Guinness World Record Holder. In February 2018 she broke the Guinness World Record for furthest distance traveled a female on a treadmill in 12 hours.

Sinead is also the holder of a Guinness World Record for being the first blind person to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents, a feat which she completed in less than 7 days in January 2017.  She is also the first Irish female to do the world marathon challenge. Sinead and her guide runner, John, completed their first Marathon of this challenge at Union Glacier, Antarctica followed by running a Marathon in Punta Arenas (South America), Miami (North America), Madrid (Europe), Marrakech (Africa), Dubai (Asia) and finally Sydney (Oceania).

Sinead came joint-first in her marathon in Dubai. This is all remarkable given that Sinead only did her first marathon ever in October 2014 and only took up running in April 2012.

The above achievements are admirable but are even more so when one considers that Sinead only has 5% vision and is registered as legally blind. Sinead has overcome a lot of adversity throughout her life and now wants to help others. Sinead proves how those who persist in spite of a disability can develop determination, motivation, and creativity. See

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