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University of Limerick students organise Jacinta O’Brien 10k run for charity



Jacinta O Brien 10k Run  – UL Students and Event Organisers: Orla Maher, Tara Casey Lisa Redmond and Meghan Craughwell pictured above

University of Limerick students organise Jacinta O Brien 10k run for charity

Students from the University of Limerick have organised a charity event in honour of the late Jacinta O’Brien who sadly passed away in 2004.

The second year students from the Sports and Exercise Science course have named the event The Jacinta O Brien 10k run and it will take place on April 9th. This run, which stretches across the University campus, aims to raise funds for both The Irish Cancer Society and The Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association.


Jacinta O’Brien was a member of the Physical Education and Sports Science Department in UL. Passing away in 2004 due to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome Jacinta has touched the lives of so many by encouraging more active and healthy lifestyles.

Anna Galvin, one of the organisers of the event had this to say: “The Jacinta O Brien 10k run gives us a moment to remember and amazing woman, an inspiration. It gives us the opportunity as a class to raise funds for two charities that are very close to our hearts”.

Also at the event will be a relay race and a kid’s fun centre which includes face painting, an inflatable obstacle course and tents. Registration fees are as follows: €20 for an adult, €15 for early bird, €15 for student and €60 for a group of four to take part in the relay.

UL student and event organiser Seosamh McDonagh said: “We all know close to us or in our lives that have been affected by these illnesses. We are not only holding this race in memory of Jacinta but also in memory of our loved ones. This year is the 13th anniversary of Jacinta’s passing, and as such we are hoping that you could help us to make the event bigger and better than ever! We are here to celebrate and continue her legacy”.

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