The second Bill O’Shea Memorial Run in aid of Marymount University Hospital & Hospice and the Brothers of Charity Southern Services commences this Sunday, 10 September.
Registration for the memorial run will be taken from 10.30am on the day at the O’Shea family residence in Ballybane, Shanagarry. The residence, which will be signposted, will serve as the run’s headquarters and host a coffee morning during registration.
The run is open to modern or classic tractors as well as vintage cars and motorcycles and is hoped to commence at 11.30am and to arrive back at the residence for approximately 2pm.
This will be the second memorial run held for Bill O’Shea, who passed away in 2014, nine years after being diagnosed with a rare form of bowel cancer. The run is organised by Mr O’Shea’s family and the Fota Island Vintage Club, with the proceeds going towards to Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, and the Brothers of Charity Southern Services.
Mr O’Shea resided in Marymount Hospice for nine weeks before his passing, with his family remaining effluent in their praise of the staff there who even helped him attend his daughter Deirdre’s wedding in 2014. The memorial run is yet another fundraiser for Marymount organised by the O’Shea family, who have previously over €10,000 for the hospital.
This year the run will also be held for Brothers of Charity Southern Services, specifically for a Focus Day Centre for people with intellectual disabilities. The organisers traced this idea back to Samantha O’Brien, a neighbour of theirs who helps out with the vintage runs in East Cork and works with the Brothers of Charity.
The memorial run will feature a vehicle with special significance for the O’Shea family, a red Massey Ferguson tractor found abandoned by Mr O’Shea himself, who put years into restoring it. Following Mr O’Shea’s passing, the restoration was completed by his son Ciaran in time for the first anniversary of his father in 2015 and will feature in the second Bill O’Shea Memorial Run this weekend.