A virtual run, from Croke Park to Casement Park is the task for Dublin Camogie Referees for a vital charity

Dublin Camogie Referees - Croker to Casement

It’s absolutely heart warming to see so many section of the Gaelic Games community come together the last few months. With charity events cancelled everywhere as people observe safety protocols from COVID-19, fundraisers were one of the many victims of the virus outbreak.

Thankfully, and safely, various groups have come together to raise funds for many charities. Dublin Senior footballer Dean Rock recently took part in an incredible “Run Against The Sun”. With four work colleagues, they ran 150k from sunrise to sunset to raise money for Stewarts Care. Stewart Care is one of the largest charities in Ireland for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Recently, Dublin Ladies footballer Rebecca McDonnell decided to help organise a 150km “Frontline Run”. The run is in aid of the Dublin Neurological Institute in the Mater Hospital. She even got former Dublin manager Jim Gavin  to put his muscle behind it. Over yesterday and today staff of the Institute are running to raise vital funds.

Yesterday, Dublin hurlers around the county, from Under 14 to Senior inter county players pucked 500,000 sliotars. This was to raise vital funds for Pieta House in their “Hurl For Hope” Initiative.

Tomorrow, it’s the turn of the Dublin Camogie Referees to do their part. And for their charity event in aid of the Capuchin Day Centre, the referees will run a virtual route. The run will simulate the distance from Croke Park in Dublin, to Casement Park in Antrim and back.

Dublin vice chair Karl O’Brien reached out to his referees at the beginning of May to drum up some interest. And the response was resounding. Tomorrow the referees will all cover a section of the South to North and back distance.

Croker to Casement and back

Setting out from Croke Park, Dublin Camogie referees will head out from the famous Jones Road venue, out through Drumcondra and on towards Swords along the N1. Taking in the villages of Ballybough and The Naul in North County Dublin they will cross over the border into the Royal County of Meath.

Heading towards Drogheda and on up into Dunleer. Next onto Castlebellingham, towards Dundalk Institute of Technology and on into Dundalk. The referees will then cross the border into Jonesbourgh. Heading up the Dublin road and on into Newry. They will then head out the Belfast road, up the A1 passing the town of Banbridge and on up by Dromore.

Passing by nearby Lisburn Holf Club and along the road through Colin Glen forest park and into the Stewardstown raid finally reaching Casement Park-Home of CLG Antrim.

The Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People provides vital services and resources to the less fortunate in Dublin and in this challenging time events like tomorrow’s are hugely beneficial to keep Brother Kevin’s organisation running.

Inspired by the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, the Capuchin Day Centre welcomes people in need of food aid who have no home or are socially excluded. Respecting their dignity the centre provide a caring, pastoral, holistic and non judgemental service responsive to these people’s needs.

We would like to wish Karl and all the Dublin Camogie Referees participating tomorrow and we hope they are successful in raising much needed funds for Brother Kevin and the Capuchin Day Centre.

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