The Fermanagh Trust has awarded a grant of £1500 to Fermanagh Pride. This grant aims to suppo...
Over 1000 participants braved the October weather to take part in the recent ‘Run for Oisín’ in Belcoo, one of the biggest fun runs in the district which involves 5k and 10k walk, run or jog.
The thousands of pounds raised from the event will go the Oisín McGrath Foundation along with their partner charity The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity. The Oisín McGrath Foundation was formed in memory of 13-year-old Oisín McGrath from Belcoo, who lost his life tragically in February 2015. The Foundation is inspired by Oisín’s life and formed both to keep his spirit alive and to inspire others through his memory.
Run For Oisin 2022 © John Flanagan
Oisín’s mum Sharon McGrath commented “It was great to be back for the first ‘Run For Oisín’ post pandemic. We were once again overwhelmed by the crowds who turned out and it really was an amazing day for family and community. There was a great atmosphere through the whole village and we’re so grateful for the support. It was another fitting tribute to Oisín in what would have been his 21st birthday year. A huge thank you to all who took part as well as the many volunteers and sponsors who made the event possible.”
Sharon added “The Foundation brings opportunity to others alongside celebrating Oisín’s life and his love and commitment to sport. We are pleased to be able to make grant awards and it is our hope that we can support even more young people and groups, assisting them in their sports development in memory of Oisín”.
Administered by the Fermanagh Trust, the Oisín McGrath Foundation provides financial support to young people who demonstrate exceptional commitment and/ or ability to the world of sport but may be held back by their financial situation from pursing their goals.
Recent recipients of bursary awards from the Foundation include Naoise McManus, a 12-year-old squad gymnast, 16-year-old golfer Rory Browne, Farrah McCloskey who is part of the Ulster U18 Rugby Team and Charlotte McGuigan, newly qualified referee and competitor for Erne wrestling. These young people received support towards travel and equipment costs helping with their training and competitions.