Thursday, May 26, 2022

A Mayo charity event that is set to take place this Saturday has already raised over €30,000 for good causes.

‘Meet Me on Clare Island’ is an event organised by a group from East Mayo where participants swim or kayak from Roonagh Pier to Clare Island. Following its success in 2015, the organisers have decided to host it again this Saturday.

Saw Doctor Leo Moran was in attendance at the last event. He famously sang the Tuam band’s song “Clare Island”

They will be raising funds in aid of three charities – Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery Service, and Bumbleance, The Children’s National Ambulance Service.

Participants will leave Roonagh Pier at 09.30am and they are expected to arrive at Clare Island around 12.30-1pm.

O’Grady’s boat are giving €2 out of every fare from Roonagh to Clare Island to the charity. That boat will follow the swimmers and kayakers and will go onto Clare Island where they can welcome them when they arrive at the beach.

The participants have been training hard the last few weeks in preparation.

Organisers want to make clear that no one can show up on the day and take part without having signed up in the few weeks prior.

“Times are difficult for everyone at the moment but people are just so generous. I must say some of the companies who have donated have been exceptional with some of the money they have given, it’s absolutely brilliant. It’s great to see such generosity in such strange times,” Conor Regan, event organiser, told the Western People.

There will be live music and entertainment, in what promises to be a very enjoyable day on Clare Island.

If you wish to donate, you can do so by clicking here.

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