The Des O’Malley Rememberance Walk, Saturday July 9th 2011 in Aid of Hospice Care, Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles

The family of the late Des O’Malley, along with his friends and his colleagues at Roscommon Integrated Development Company, have organised a charity walk in his name to raise funds for Hospice Care in the Hopsital of the Assumption, Thurles.

The Des O’Malley Remembrance Walk will take place in Roscommon (as this was where Des used to work) on the 9th July 2011 with all proceeds raised going to Unit B (Hospice ward), in the Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles.

Des was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2010.  A few weeks after his diagnosis Des was moved to Unit B in the Hospital of the Assumption where the genuine and professional care provided by the staff gave Des and his family great comfort. Des was moved to Milford Hospice, Limerick only days before he passed away on 23rd April, 2010.

It is very much hoped by his family and friends that this walk will raise some much needed funds for the hospice care provided in the Hospital of the Assumption.  It is also hoped that the Des O’Malley Walk will become an annual event around his anniversary, next year’s walk will be held in Tipperary and then back again to Roscommon in 2013.

The walk will take place at 12 noon on Saturday 9th July. The meeting place is the Bridge House Pub and B&B, Athleague, Co. Roscommon.

The walk is known as the “Suck Valley Way Walk”, see and click on County Roscommon for maps.

There are three different walk options: Castestrange to Athleague = 3km, Castlecoote to Athleague = 7km, and Mount Talbot to Athleague = 8km/ (all weather option!).

Walkers will be transported from meeting point at 12 noon and drop them to start of desired walk. The walks are a lowland trail going through fields, bog, on river banks and roads and should take between 1-2 hours approximately.

Walkers are asked to bring good footwear, light rain gear, mobile phone and snack/drink. Refreshments will be available after walk in Bridge House Pub e.g. drinks, meals etc.

Depending on the turn out evening entertainment will be provided in the Bridge House Pub.

Persons interested in participating on the walk to raise much needed monies for Hospice Care, are asked to confirm their attendance by contacting any of the following organisers:
Phyllis Sheridan Mob: 087-2193443, email:;
Ursula O’Malley Mob: 087-9164656, email:; or
Martin Dunne in Roscommon Mob: 087-2665951 or;
**Sponsorship cards and Walk Posters are also available from these organisers.**
Even though we encourage people attending to join in the Walk, it is not compulsory as at the end of the day we want anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Des to support the Walking Event in his memory and to raise funds for Hospice Care in the Hospital of the Assumption.

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