Ireland 6 September: Cavan - Dublin
A day of Torch Bearers
We would like to extent our thanks to Michael Shiels at the Farnham Arms Hotel for hosting the boys team in Cavan Town.
We take a beautiful scenic route from Cavan to Kells. The international runners are really taken by the lush shades of green that sweep the countryside.
In Kells we stop by O'Briens Supervalu to offer our thanks for the groceries they have provided the team.
In Kells stands an old High Cross. This cross called 'The Market Cross' is a sandstone structure standing at 3.35 metres high.
We are very grateful to Olivia Duff from the Headfort Arms Hotel for providing a wholesome lunch for the team. Her kind support is truely appreciated. Olivia holds the Peace Torch alongside local councillor Sarah Reilly.
Paula, our Irish coordinator, has done a great job arranging events for team in her home town, Kells.
This very kind gentleman from Comerfords bakery spots the Peace Run and kindly offers lots of cakes and pies. And wouldn't you guess it?...he is a marathon runner with his 11th marathon coming up very soon. Best of luck!
We make a stop at the Hill of Tara, an ancient Irish site. It is one of the largest complexes of Celtic monuments in all of Europe.
We take a moment to offer our gratitude to the nation of Ireland for the beautiful experiences we have had over the last few days. The coronation stone we stand at is called The Lia Fail or Stone of Destiny and has rested here down the ages. In prehistory and historic times 142 Kings are said to have reigned in the name of Tara.
Anita is making the most of her last day on the Irish leg of the Peace Run. She is going back to Portugal to help with preparations for the finally of the European Run on October 8th.
In Dublin City Centre that evening we have a very special Peace Run event in the workshop space at Gandharva Loka Music Store. We honor three special guests with the Peace Run Torch Bearer award.
The first recipient of the Torch Bearer award is Martina Kenny. Martina founded the charity 'My Lovely Horse Rescue' that looks after over 300 neglected and malnourished horses. For countless years she has been offering her time and energy for the cause of animal welfare and animal rights. She and her sister continue to work tirelessly for this noble cause.
We offer the next Torch Bearer award to Chris Maher who founded the Musical Youth Foundation in 2009. This is a wonderful charity that seeks to provide every child on the Island of Ireland with access to a musical education and equal opportunity to have the truly life changing experience that learning an instrument can provide. Chris and his team have truely changed countless lives over the years with the magic of musical education and creativity.
Ciaran Duffy is a humble man who is improving the lives of countless young girls across Dublin. Ciaran noticed that many young girls in Dublin did not have access to sport as a means of fun, fitness and friendship. Ciaran set up the organisation 'Fun Direction' which improves opportunities for young girls from disadvantaged areas to experience and participate in sport in their own community. Ciaran brought his daughter along who happily accepted the Torch Bearer award on behalf of her Dad.
A little surprise at the end; Chris is gifted with a lovely blue guitar from Gandharva Loka Music Store to the Musical Youth Foundation. It will find a wonderful home.