Shannon Group raises €8K from charity 5k

Shannon Group raises €8K from charity 5k


Claire O’Grady with Ailish (9) and Leah (7) from Shannon. – Photo: Arthur Ellis.

Shannon Group, in conjunction with Shannon Chamber, has raised more than €8,000 from an inaugural 5K event through the Shannon Free Zone for this year’s designated charities, the Irish Cancer Society and Limerick Suicide Watch.

The Shannon Group chosen charities will receive the boost thanks to monies raised by the 200 participants, supports and sponsors, Ei Electronics, ZAGG, ABC Nutritionals, Lidl, IQ-EQ, SKB Community Fitness Centre, Starbucks, Shannon Chamber, Shannon Group, HIYA Events & Entertainment, The MET Trainer and Timing Solutions.

The weather held up and the number of participants surpassed expectations to make the run through the Shannon Free Zone a real success. James Sexton from HIYA Events and Entertainment and Noel Collins, aka The MET Trainer, volunteered their time to provide music and a high tempo warm-up for participants. Almost 30 volunteers from Shannon Group, Limerick Suicide Watch and Clare Civil Defence ensured the event ran smoothly and safely.

The 200 participants went to the tape at 7p.m. and the first of them, Noel Purcell from Shannon, was first home within 18 mins. It was the proverbial walk in a park – industrial park at that – for Noel who had to dash afterwards straight to his local GAA club, Wolfe Tones, for training!

Fastest Female was Aine Hogan while the fastest team (of five) was Ei Electronics’ Barry Crosse, Jaime McCarthy, Niall Reynolds, Nicky Mullen, Idelia O’Malley.

In addition to the medals and trophies for being the fastest male, female and team of 5, the winners received flights and passes donated by Shannon Airport and Shannon Heritage.

Jess O’Neill, Meghann Kitson and Roisin Quilligan – Photo: Arthur Ellis

All participants greeted at the finish line by Clare’s first citizen, Mayor Cathal Crowe, who acknowledged their efforts for the charity.  “Hats off to each and everyone who took part. A lot of people with varying levels of fitness signed up for the event and turned out on an evening when they have, no doubt, plenty on.  But they did so to raise monies for two very worth charities in the Irish Cancer Society and Limerick Suicide Watch.

“Huge credit also to Shannon Group, who together with Shannon Chamber, organised this event and the sponsors.  Since they started their charity programme in 2014, Shannon Group has raised over €280,000 for charity.  That shows the power of people coming together and what they can achieve, which in this case really is admirable given the causes involved.”

Shannon Group’s Acting CEO, Mary Considine said: “Our charity programme raises vital funds for charities operating in this region and events like this wouldn’t happen without the hard work of our dedicated   staff. They were out again in big numbers on Thursday evening to make this charity run a huge success

“It also promotes healthy living. Whether it’s this event or other runs and cycle events that the charity committee have organised over the years, it’s getting people out there, enjoying themselves whilst keeping active and supporting such worthy local charities.”

Said Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes: “We were delighted to have been associated with an event of this nature held on the Free Zone. It was a wonderful example of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in action; so many people from businesses in the wider Shannon area coming together for a common good, raising money for worthy charities, whilst enjoying themselves. We thank everyone involved, from those who helped organise it to the participants themselves and the sponsors.”


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.