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Charity grand canal run to take in Offaly stop-offs

Story by Tom Kelly

Friday, 19th June, 2009 9:00am

Two brothers are undertaking the equivalent of running three marathons over three days in a bid to raise funds for Aware next month.

Eoin and Cormac McGovern from Fairview in Dublin, will run the Grand Canal route from Dublin to Shannon Harbour on the weekend of July 10 to 12.

After passing through Kildare, the second day of the run will take them through Edenderry at 10am on Saturday morning July 11 and the two men will then have an overnight stay in Tullamore. The final leg of the run will pass through Tullamore at 9am before reaching their final destination, Shannon Harbour, on Sunday July 12 at 6pm.

Their aim is to raise around €15,000, which will go to the maintenance and development of Aware"s services nationwide. More information on the event is available on or from the fundraising team on 01 661 7211. Anyone wishing to support the triple marathon run can donate online now at or host a local fundraising event to raise money for the organisation.

Both brothers are quite new marathon running, but have definitely caught the bug.

Eoin (31) started running in 2007 and has since completed the Dublin, Cork and Connemara marathons as well as numerous 5k and 10k events, while Cormac (29) has a similar record: he is also competing in the TriAthy triathlon in May with Eoin and has completed the Dublin and Connemara marathons since taking up running in July 2008.

Aware is a nationwide organisation working to provide information and support to individuals who experience depression, as well as their family and friends. Services include support groups nationwide, a loCall Helpline open 365 days a year, Beat the Blues secondary schools awareness programme and other information and education services.

Further information on Aware is available from

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