Clonakilty remembers Boston

Posted on: 3rd January, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

The fourth annual Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon is catering for over 2,000 runners over 26 and 13-mile coastal course distances, as well as a shoreline-hugging 10k around famed Inchydoney Island. Kick-starting the Christmas festivities in the 400-year-old town, the race starts and finishes at the Waterfront in Clonakilty on December 7.

The West Cork race will start with a minute’s silence and reflection on the tragic events of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, which saw three killed and 264 injured. As a mark of respect, 117 Boston strong balloons will be released in memory of the 117 Boston Marathons — the world’s oldest annual marathon — and this year’s marathon medals will also have Boston recognised in the design.

The first (and finishing) mile of Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon will be renamed ‘The Boston Mile’ in memory of those people who lost their lives. A large billboard will be placed at the last turn on the home stretch to the finish line serving as a backdrop to the Start/Finish with the words ‘Boston United We Stand’. This canvas will have an acknowledgment to those who died and were hurt in Boston and should they wish, participants and locals can sign a personal message of respect at registration, from 6pm to 9pm on December 5 and 10am to 10pm on December 6 at The Quality Hotel.

Boston race photographer Liz Cardoso, who was seven metres from the first blast photographing the Boston marathon, has accepted an invitation to the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon to capture each runner/walker on the final 100 metres of ‘The Boston Mile’ to the finish.

She will also be on hand to record images leading up to and after the race and will host a talk and a slideshow of her photographic images about the bombing in Boston. This event will be held at The Quality Hotel in Clonakilty on registration day, Friday, December 6.

Liz’s final duty will be to return to Boston with the signed Waterfront ‘Boston United We Stand’ canvas and present it to the organisers of The Boston Marathon on behalf of Clonakilty town.

A Photo Wall has been introduced to this year’s marathon to capture ‘Your Moment on the Day’ allowing runners and walkers to be photographed with their special finisher’s medal on crossing the finish line and, — if it can be organised — to include family and friends in this special moment. These photos will be available to download for free on the website as a Christmas present for participants to remember their special day. Participants will also have the opportunity to be wrapped in their national flag at the Photo Wall.

For this year’s event, all competitors will have their own personalised ‘Named Race Bib’ and receive a race medal and a long sleeve tech top.

Inspired by Justin England, Clonakilty Town Clerk, a proud supporter of the marathon, Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon organisers — with the kind support of Clonakilty Town Council, Cork County Council and Rob Walsh printer — will erect a total of 26 4×4 foot signs to encourage participants, as they make their way along the route.

Participants themselves are encouraged to contact race organisers through Facebook or email ( with their own inspirational quote.

A video can be viewed of the 10 K and the half marathon route on

All images captured by Liz Cardoso in Clonakilty on race day will be available to purchase directly at

“The event could not go ahead without the continued support of our runners and local communities of Clonakilty, as well as the Red Cross, the Gardai, Clonakilty Town Council, Cork County Council and a small army of marshals and volunteers who among others give their day to support this community based event,” said marathon organisers.

“On this note we would like to wish everyone participating in this years event Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon IV, a safe and great day. Remember all your training is done and today is about having fun for you and your family and friends. This year…find yourself.”


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Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.
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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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