A huge group of family and friends of the late Liam Kealy from Laois, travelled to county Cork on Friday to present €20,000 to Mallow Search and Rescue team.
Some 43 people, made up of some of Liam and Ashling Kealy's family and friends, travelled to The Irish Coast Guard base in Crosshaven in Cork to present a cheque to Mallow Search and Rescue to the tune of €20,493.
The money, raised from the Liam Kealy memorial walk/run, was presented to Mallow Search and Rescue, who advised they were overwhelmed with such a generous donation.
Mallow Search and Rescue are a completely voluntary organisation, and they advised the funds raised will be used to purchase new equipment. The voluntary rescue team recovered Liam’s body from the River Lee on January 21 this year, after a night out with friends.
The funds raised were the proceeds of a 5km and 10km race held in Ballylinan on the 3rd June in honour of Liam.
There was amazing support for the event, 900 people attended the race, where trophies were presented to the first 3 male and female winners of the 5 km and 10 km races.
A team trophy was awarded to St. Joseph's as the first club to have 4 runners home in the 10 km race. The 3rd June was Liam's 35th birthday, and ahead of the race, 35 balloons in the yellow and blue colours of Liam's football club St. Joseph's, were released by his wife Ashling and daughter Shauna.
The race was organised by a committee members Ashling Kealy, Tom Kelly, Gillian Kelly, Karen Donnelly, Neil Donnelly, Clare Hovenden, Tracey Doyle, Louise Doyle, Frances Knowles and Tara Farrell.
"Ashling, Shauna, the Kealy family, the Doyle family, and the Race committee members, would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those who supported us by taking part on the day, by providing sponsorship, and in providing help on the day or in the lead up to the race," said committee member Gillian Kelly.