Connect with us
Gary O Donohue Gary O Donohue


Limerick teen Gary O Donoghue to complete his first marathon in aid of the Children’s Grief Centre 



Gary O Donoghue – the Limerick teen will be completing his first-ever marathon in aid of Children’s Grief Centre. Gary can be seen completing a run above

Limerick teen Gary O Donoghue to complete his first marathon in aid of the Children’s Grief Centre  

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Jade Crowe  

Limerick teen Gary O Donoghue will be undergoing his first marathon to raise funds for the Children’s Grief Centre Co. Limerick.   

Gary who has just turned eighteen and has also just completed his exams as a student at Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh will be completing the marathon on 26 June. Gary leads a very active lifestyle and amazingly also rows with Shannon rowing club and plays soccer with Aishling Annacotty.   

Gary O Donoghue

Founder Sr Helen Culhane with centre ambassador Olive Foley of the Children’s Grief Centre. Picture: Keith Wiseman

The Children’s Grief Centre is a free support service for children and young people aged between 4 and 18 years who have experienced a loss due to bereavement, separation or divorce.  Sr Helen Culhane, Limerick Person of the Year 2017, founded the centre in 2009 which provides support services for school-aged children and young people affected by loss through death, separation, and divorce in the Mid-West Region. The Children’s Grief Centre sees around 300 children every week, aged 4 to 18 years. 70% of the children who attend have separated parents while 30% has suffered bereavement. Helen’s vision was that the Centre would provide children and young people with a listening ear.

Speaking on his very thoughtful fundraiser, Gary O Donoghue said, “Upon completion of my Leaving Certificate, I will undertake the challenge of running my first ever Marathon on the 26th of June. I have chosen to raise money for Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick, as they are an admirable charity that provides essential support for grieving children. The charity’s building, built in the 1800s, needs substantial investment to bring it to a usable standard for the charity’s much-needed work. I hope you can help me by donating whatever you can.”   

Talking about her sons kind gesture, Gary’s very proud mum Chrissie says “if anyone sees him running in the city Saturday morning might give him a wave or cheer him on. Gary is all about the charity and less about the challenge he has set. It would be great if you help to promote his cause.” 

Gary will complete the marathon this Saturday, June 26, 2021 

Well done to Gary on this amazing gesture and best of luck to him as he completes his first-ever marathon.  

For more information on Children’s Grief Centre go HERE 

To donate to Gary’s fundraiser go HERE 

For more stories on Children’s Grief Centre go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.