A unique three-peak challenge will take place in the picturesque surrounds of the neighbouring towns of Killaloe, County Clare, and Ballina, County Tipperary, on October 13t and 14th.
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Alan Kelly was on hand to officially launch the Boru3Peaks annual charity event, which will feature two day-time and one night-time hill walking and hill running events in the surrounding peaks of Tountinna, Moylussa and Keeper Hill.
Funds raised will go to The Daughters of Charity Child and Family Services and the Clarisford Sports Ground Project, that will cater for hundreds of children and adults across the Shannon-side towns.
The event is organised by the Boru Tri Club, the local Triathlon club in Ballina/Killaloe.
Minister Kelly said the Boru3Peaks will enable participants to experience the stunning views of Killaloe, Ballina and Lough Derg from a new perspective, while at the same time help to raise funds for two important projects.
“This charity initiative is important for a number of different reasons. It promotes healthy activity amongst members of the local community, creates awareness of the awe-inspiring views and wonderful local amenities in the Killaloe/Ballina area, and it raises much needed funds for local charities. I am especially delighted to learn from the event organisers that the Boru3Peaks will be marketed as a Gathering event in 2013,” Minister Kelly added.
According to former Ireland and Munster Rugby star and Killaloe-native Anthony Foley: “I am delighted to lend my support to this event, which is the least I can do in light of the wonderful work being carried out by those involved with the Daughters of Charity and the Clarisford Sports Ground Project.The proposed recreational and sports facilities will, once completed, deliver significant benefits for the community for many years to come.”
Clarisford Sports Ground Project is the brain child of former Irish and Munster rugby legend Keith Wood and will include two full-size playing pitches, one all-weather floodlit pitch, floodlit training areas, 800 metres of walking/cycling trails, changing facilities, car parking and ancillary services.
Meanwhile, the Daughters of Charity service provides support to both children and adults with moderate, severe or profound intellectual disabilities and include day, residential and respite services.
Announcing details Orla Foley of Boru3Pekas stated: “Boru3Peaks features individual or team events. You can enter one, two or all three events. Boru3Peaks is open to everyone from the speediest hill runner to the casual walker and everyone in between. We look forward to welcoming participants of all ages during what will be a fun and memorable weekend for all.”