Ladies Gaelic footballers run 100k in memory of Siobhan

Ladies Gaelic footballers run 100k in memory of Siobhan

20 May 2020

THE legacy of Gaelic footballer Siobhan McCann has been marked by Down senior ladies with a Team 100k running event to raise money for two local charities.

Twenty-one clubs across the county took part in the event on Saturday — some clubs entered several teams — to raise £13,368 so far for the Cancer Fund for Children and Southern Area Hospice in Newry.

Siobhan played for her local club, St John’s GAC, Drumnaquoile, from the age of five. She died last May at the age of 26 after being diagnosed with colorectal cancer 11 months earlier.

The popular and much loved Clanvaraghan woman represented Down from U-16 through to senior level.

A major fundraising campaign was organised to fund potentially life extending treatment for the 26 year-old and after her sad death just over £234,000 was donated in her name to seven local charities.

Siobhan’s sister, Grainne Feenan, took part in the run along with her fellow St John’s players. The 100km was shared out between a group of players, some younger than 14, who all ran at different stages.

Castlewellan DJs Paul McArdle, otherwise known as DJ Magiggs, and Ruairi Scott did a live set each from Quinn’s Bar in Newcastle as an additional way of raising money for the fund.

Down Ladies chairperson Moira Hawkins praised every player and management member from the clubs who took part.

“It was a great day and a lot of buzz and it was something that everybody could get involved in, even though there was social distancing.

“We really wanted to do something different and because of the times we are in, we would get al clubs to get involved as a well of bring some social activity as we haven’t had a chance to be together since the lockdown.”

The Down Ladies fundraising page said they chose the charities as close to the hearts of Siobhan and her family and therefore we as a team want to help raise money for this amazing cause in these uncertain times.”

In a message of appreciation to those who took part, Siobhan’s family said: “A big thank you to the Down Ladies for organising the Team 100k event and to all the clubs and runners that took part for two very worthy charities, Southern Area Hospice and Cancer Fund for Children, in memory of Siobhan”.

St John’s GAC were also very appreciative of the support they had received from other clubs and players in the county, saying that Siobhan would have approved of the venture.

A social media post said: “ She (Siobhan) may not physically have been running with her beloved teammates today but you can be sure she was with them every step of the way. Siobhan herself would have been the first to put her hand up to take part in running.

“Well done to Down LGFA who thought up the idea and got all the clubs involved. A beautiful tribute in Siobhan’s memory and will help so many. Thank you everyone.”

The Go Fund Me appeal is still open and can be found under Down LGFA Raising Funds in Memory of Siobhan McCann.