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Jacinta O Brien memorial fundraiser set up by UL students to celebrate her life



Jacinta O Brien memorial event will take place online this year from March 22 – 26


Jacinta O Brien memorial fundraiser set up by UL students to celebrate her life

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Tara Byrne




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Pictured at the Jacinta O’Brien 10k Run in 2017, UL Students and Event Organisers Orla Maher, Tara Casey Lisa Redmond and Meghan Craughwell

Sports science students from the University of Limerick are once again organising a fundraising event in memory of a much-loved former member of staff Jacinta O’Brien, who tragically passed away in 2004. They will raise money for the Irish Cancer Society, Limerick Suicide Watch and the Mater Foundation.

Jacinta was a member of the University’s Physical Education and Sports Science department. She lost her life to sudden adult death syndrome and touched the lives of so many by encouraging more active and healthy lifestyles.

The University of Limerick 2021 Jacinta O Brien Memorial Event will be run online this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. Jacinta had a strong interest in the social psychology of sport and exercise and this year, the second-year sport and exercise students have organised two events to commemorate the life of Jacinta. 

The events aim to inspire, just like Jacinta has influenced and inspired so many young men and women with her passion for physical activity and sport. It is the students hope that they can capture her enthusiasm within these challenges in both a sporting and communal context. So far, €2,367 has been raised which is well over the original goal of €999.


Students have set up an assault course complying with covid restrictions. In the weeks leading up to the event, taking place from March 22 to 26, the students will show them taking part in an assault course at home. They will be sharing videos and posts about the event and each exercise with the aim of teaching the public as they train.

The second challenge consists of each participant running, walking, cycling, swimming, etc  9km, nominating nine people to do the challenge and to donate nine euro. This is a great way to challenge yourself physically during a time when physical events are limited. The students of second-year Sports Science in UL would like this run to be a fantastic event to continue her legacy in promoting exercise and sporting participation among the general population, in particular young women who she worked with through the years.

To donate to their GoFundMe page go HERE 

For more stories on Jacinta O’Brien 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.