Exciting times for Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon

(Boston, MA, 04/06/16) Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet trains for the Boston Marathon in Boston on Wednesday, April 06, 2016. Staff photo by Christopher Evans

Posted on: 10th October, 2016

Category: Features

Contributor: West Cork People

ABOVE: Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet

2016 marks a particularly exciting year for the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon VII, which takes place on Saturday, December 3. Esteemed American marathoner Amby Burfoot has accepted the organisers’ invitation to join participants on the start line. Amby was the winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon. After retiring from competition, he became a running journalist and author. He was the top editor at Runner’s World for many years and both writes for ‘Runner’s World’ and serves as editor-at-large.

With the message this year being ‘Embrace Peace’, The Waterfront marathon will also welcome Adrianne Haslet, a professional ballroom dancer, who lost her leg at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Adrianne ran the Boston Marathon this year with her blade prosthesis.

Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon (1966), will also be participating.

Anna Sotar from Team Hoyt Running Chairs International in Boston will be there with a 14-strong running crew from France using Team Hoyt Running Chairs.

A presentation talk will take place at 7pm on Friday, December 2 in the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty, where Adrianne Haslet will share her story of overcoming her loss of limb. Other speakers will include Amby Burfoot, Bobbi Gibb and Anna Sotar from Team Hoyt running chairs.

The Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon, now in its seventh year, is proudly sponsoring a new Team Hoyt Blade running chair for a family. If you know of a family that in need please contact the organisers on info@runclon.ie.

Runners are advised to register early to avoid disappointment.

www.runclon.ie.

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11th October, 2017  ·  

Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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11th October, 2017  ·  

Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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26th September, 2017  ·  

Dúchas Clonakilty's first lecture for the Autumn promises to be of huge interest to all: Emerging from the Shadow of Tom Crean – The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Thursday September 28th 8.30pm.

Lecture by Aileen Crean O’Brien & Bill Sheppard

In May 2016, Kerry man Tom Crean, along with Ernest Shackleton and four other crew members, landed the James Caird lifeboat on the rocky isle of South Georgia. The navigation of that small boat, across 1500 km through icy winds and towering seas, is regarded as the greatest ever feat of navigation. They then trekked across the forbidding and inhospitable mountains and glaciers of South Georgia to seek help for the rest of their crew, who were left behind on Elephant Island after their ship, the Endurance, was crushed by the Antarctic ice.

One hundred years later, Crean’s grandaughter, Aileen Crean O’Brien, set off with her sons and partner to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps. Join Aileen and Bill to hear of their adventures (and misadventures) on the Southern Ocean and the island of South Georgia.
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