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Mary Cronin completed 10km for Irish Hospice Foundation last weekend raising over €1,240

Mary Cronin completed 10km run for Irish Hospice Foundation raising over €1,240

By I Love Limerick correspondent Peter Cooney

Mary competed in a 10km road race in Portugal five years ago highlighting why she is one of Limerick's leading role models for older people to run.

Mary competed in a 10km road race in Portugal five years ago highlighting why she is one of Limerick’s leading role models for older people to run.

76-year-old Mary Cronin completed 10km for Irish Hospice Foundation last weekend raising over €1,240 to date, running an impressive 10.46km in just 1 hour and 32 minutes.

The avid runner living in Croom, Limerick has been cocooning over the past year and realised that dealing with bereavement during COVID restrictions is something that we have all had to come to terms with over the past year, and Mary was concerned that particularly older people were not able to attend funerals, pay their respects to friends, neighbours and loved ones, and that they were not able to grieve in the normal way. 

Mrs Cronin became aware of the Irish Hospice Foundations new bereavement support line and wanted to do something to help and came up with the idea of a fundraising campaign for the Hospice Foundation as their fundraising activities had been seriously curtailed due to COVID restrictions.

Running this length is not unusual to Mary who competed in a 10km road race in Portugal five years ago highlighting why she is one of Limerick’s leading role models for older people to run.

The Croom woman also chaired the Limerick City and County Council established Older Peoples’ Council, proudly stated that Limerick is on the way to becoming a national exemplar when it comes to becoming Ireland’s leading ‘age friendly’ county.

The Older Peoples’ Council was one of the key pillars of Age Friendly Limerick, a five year strategy launched in 2016 aimed at improving key areas of infrastructure, services, information and an overall social response to older people’s issues in Limerick. 

Speaking on the fundraiser campaign Mary said, “I was at home like lots of other people and wanting to do something to contribute. I decided I could do what I do best as my contribution, and that’s running.

I would ask everyone who knows me from the world of athletics, the Age Friendly family across the country, and even those further afield, to please take a few minutes to donate whatever you can to this wonderful organisation.”

To donate to Mary’s 10k Run for Irish Hospice Foundation go HERE 

For more stories on Mary Cronin go HERE 

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