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The friendliest and flattest ROAD RACE in the West, with a nice little ‘kicker’ at the end!

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Schools Competition

Why not represent your school or college as a teacher or student in our Michael McDonnell Shield... Click/Tap for more

Schools Competition

Represent your school or college as a teacher or student in our Michael McDonnell Shield which recognizes the vital role of Teachers in the life of the community, and is an extra competition within the main race with no extra fee. (Open exclusively to Teachers & Students from any school, college or university)

The Man Behind The Michael McDonnell Shield

Michael taught in Melview NS Co. Longford for a number of years before becoming Camp Coordinator with Let’s Go Summer Schools, a role in which he touched the lives of many teachers, parents, and children.

He was much appreciated as a Substitute Teacher in Schools throughout Mayo, Roscommon, and Longford. He was loved equally by Pupils, Parents and Staff alike in Moylough NS Co. Sligo where he served, as Principal, until his untimely death in September 2012.“Only The Good Die Young!” While Billy Joel’s sentiment is obviously flawed, it does bring to mind names such as Jesus, MLK, Buddy Holly, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, James Dean, and many more who, like (Shakespeare’s) Summer’s lease hath all too short a stay. Add, to that list, the name Michael McDonnell.

 

Michael McDonnell

Michael McDonnell

 

Born in Corgarriff, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo, the only son of Alex and Olive (both highly respected Teachers in Ballaghaderreen), Michael was educated in his native parish and St. Nathy’s College before graduating as a Primary School Teacher from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Only 33 and full of hope for the future with his wife Caitriona (Principal, Ballyfeeney NS Co. Roscommon) and their 2 children, Lucia and Eloise (of whom he was so proud) when, in October 2011, he learned that he had a Brain Tumour. He was, at the time, in the course of completing his new home in his native townland. He designed and carried out a lot of work on this splendid dwelling which now stands as a monument to his determination to achieve the very best in all he set out to do. Michael’s philosophy was that ‘If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing to the best of your ability.’ While he approached everything he did with the zeal of a perfectionist, he did not demand nor seek perfection in others but rather lauded even the most modest of efforts, in order to encourage others to become the best they could be.

The suffering he endured during those final 11 months can only be imagined but even in the midst of his torment, he sought to use his own misfortune to benefit others. He told his pupils at Moylough NS “The lesson to be learned is it is about being strong even in the face of uncertainty.” He steadfastly refused to be brought down by his illness and remained upbeat until the very end.

Michael looked upon his career as a Teacher, not as a job from which he could gain personal reward, but as a means by which he could enable children to achieve the most out of life in order, the make the world a better place for everyone. He, himself, squeezed as much as he possibly could out of life. Michael and Caitriona traveled extensively before deciding to settle in Kilmovee. This was a massive vote of confidence in a parish that has withstood the onslaught of famine, emigration, and years of depression. Kilmovee, boosted by the caliber of people choosing to live in the area, has become renowned for its resourcefulness.

Among the examples of Kilmovee’s resourcefulness is the Kilmovee 10K, run every year on Easter Saturday, in aid of Kilmovee Shamrocks (the local Football Club) and Mayo/Roscommon Hospice (a support organization for cancer sufferers). The Race incorporates the Michael McDonnell Memorial Shield (confined to Teachers and pupils/Students), dedicated to Michael’s memory. It also recognizes the vital role of Teachers in the life of the community.

Michael had a keen interest in photography and he was happy to assist, as a photographer for the event. He had an eye for the shot which would capture, in vivid detail, the essence of the moment the intense effort of the elite runners, at the head of the race, the comradery of those less concerned with finishing positions and the community spirit surrounding the event.

His, quietly spoken, unassuming style belied the wit and charm that lay behind the smiling face. His loss is greatest to those not fortunate enough to have known him in life.

FAQ’s

Due to the current COVID situation and a change in our procedures we are no longer accepting registrations on the day.

This year we welcome back Core Timing, as our registration partner – You can register by clicking HERE

Each year the Kilmovee 10k is on Holy Saturday – The next Kilmovee 10k will be held on Saturday 16th April 2022

Yes, of course, you can walk, we welcome runners, joggers, and walkers of all capabilities

It’s an opportunity to represent your school or college as a teacher or student and which recognizes the vital role of Teachers in the life of the community, and is an extra competition within the main race with no extra fee. Just select the option when you register. (Open exclusively to Teachers & Students from any school, college, university or any education facility)

Yes, we have introduced a 5k run, which you can run, jog or walk too.

The race will start prompt at 1pm

If you selected for it to be posted to you then you should have received it in good time before the race (if you have don’t forget to bring it with you!), if you didn’t then follow the signs at the Kilmovee Shamrocks Clubhouse to the regisitration desk.

The Kilmovee Shamrocks GAA clubhouse, changing facilities, toilets, porta-loos, and showers.

Kilmovee Community Centre has toilets.

Yes, we provide water stations at points around the course – these will be increased should the weather call for it. We ask that you dispose of any cups/bottles sensibly and close to the stations so that rubbish can be collected swiftly by our volunteers

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Testimonals 

Take a look at what people are saying about the #kilmovee10k & why you should be participating:

Loved the day. Great event. 👏👏👏

Keith Hughes, Facebook 2022

Brilliant day out 🏃‍♂️ 🏃‍♀️ 🚶‍♂️ 🚶‍♀️

David McKenna, Facebook - 2022

Fabulous spread in Kilmovee today, a very enjoyable day. Well done to all the organisers and volunteers

Julie Higgins, Facebook - 2022

Thank you kilmovee 10k. U don’t disappoint. From Marshall to volunteer to catering to medics thank you all make a safe and enjoyable event everyone. Glad to b back. Did u throw in more hills!!

Sarah Towey, Facebook -2022

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