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Running Miles for Smiles

Damien Brazil Grand Canal Run

Well-Known Former Offaly GAA Referee Runs Length of Grand Canal

Shannonbridge man Damien Brazil will attempt to run 132km in two days on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31 in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation and Irish Autism Action.

The first day will see Damien run from Dublin to Edenderry and on day two the former referee will complete the track to Shannon Harbour.

Damien is training hard and excited about the challenge: “I was a footballer and also served on the National Referee’s Panel from 2007 to 2014. I was lucky enough to officiate in some wonderful games with some extremely talented players and fitness of course was important; but this challenge is a far greater obstacle and will see me at 49 years of age attempt a marathon and a half on both days, 132kms in total.

“This struggle for me is only minute when compared to the struggles borne by parents of autistic children or families of people who are at end-of-life and require that constant care for which there is little or no state funding. We can make a difference. So please join with me in whatever way you can to bring back a smile back to their faces.”

The Irish Hospice Foundation is extremely grateful to Damien for his efforts and for choosing to improve end-of-life care in our communities.

To donate online please click HERE or phone Damien on 087 9138767.

Damien’s website has links to his Facebook and Twitter. There will be collection points along the way. People are invited to join Damien on sections of the run, help with stewarding or simply support him along the way.


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If you would like to join Damien for a section of the route you can register by contacting Louise McCarron at 01 679 3188, or at any of the registration points listed below:

Saturday 30th July

  • 8.30-10am Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
  • 11am Lucan Sarsfield GAA Grounds
  • 12noon Ardclough GAA Centre
  • 1.30pm   Sallins GAA
  • 3.30pm Glennon’s Bar, Allenwood

Sunday 31st July

  • 9am Harbour Place, Edenderry
  • 10am Rhode Parish Hall
  • 11.10am Seery’s Pub, Athlone
  • 1.30pm Tullamore GAA
  • 2pm Ballinamere Bridge
  • 3.30pm Pollagh National School
  • 4.50pm Noggus Bridge

On behalf of The Irish Hospice Foundation and Irish Autism Action, thank you so much for your generous support!