The Liam Kealy Memorial Run was held recently at Ballylinan GAA Club.
The St Joseph's footballer tragically passed away in January of this year after falling into the River Lee on a night out with friends in Cork. His body was recovered from the water by the Mallow Search and Rescue team, and the Memorial Run/Walk this June was organised to raise funds for that search and rescue team.
The run took place on Sunday, June 3 on Liam's birthday.
It was organised by a local committee of Liam’s friends and family including his wife Ashling and her family. Gillian Whelan is one the organisers.
“We are a bunch of Liam’s friends and family, we wanted to do something to mark his first birthday not with us and raise funds for Mallow Search and Rescue.
“We are all massively grateful as they brought that tragic weekend to a conclusion. We want to show our gratitude,” she said.
“Liam was a young man, he should be 35, he had a young wife Ashling and a 13 year old daughter Shauna. It was such a tragedy losing him so young. We are doing this so his family can see how important he was in the community and how sadly missed he is by so many people,” Gillian said.
It is hoped to make the run an annual event.
Photographer Alf Harvey was there to take pictures for Leinster Express Sport.
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