ON THE RUN: Lisa O’Connor (Kilcummin), Carmel Desmond (Clonakilty), Ciara Moynihan (Kilcummin), Valda Smith (Clonakilty) and Laura Kerrisk (Firies) who helped raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon.


Three Killarney women went on the run over the June Bank Holiday weekend to help raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

Lisa O’Connor and Ciara Moynihan from Kilcummin and Laura Kerrisk from Firies, were joined by two other friends, Carmel Desmond and Valda Smith, from Clonakilty for last weekend ‘s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin.

The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon is Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, which saw hundreds of women hit the ground running to raise funds for services. Almost entirely dependent on public donations for its work, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is hoping to raise €100,000 for vital supports for people with cystic fibrosis.

All five women ran in memory of Lisa’s sister Michelle, who died from cystic fibrosis in 2004.

Between her death and 2014, Michelle’s friends held an annual walk in Killarney to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, but as that event had not been organised for five years Lisa wanted to do something.

“This is an extension of the walks organised by Michelle’s friends,” Lisa said. “It was close to our hearts and we wanted to do something together. It was great fun and we got plenty of shout outs from people along the way.”