The Inis Mór Temple Street Half Marathon 2013

temple street half marathon, peter donegan, anthony mcguinness

Over the weekend just gone, April 19 – 21st 2013, myself and good friend Anthony McGuinness sprinted jogged crawled completed the Aer Arann half marathon 2013 for Temple Street Childrens Hospital on the beautiful island that is Inis Mór. I know, you’re looking at the picture above and thinking how dashing we look and how wonderful we did to come joint seccond that we are not even in chronological order after completing the 13.1 miles round trip.

My wry wit aside and though there is good reason why Temple Street is so close to my heart, to the big picture, funds were raised for Temple Street. From a what did ye win perspective; everyone who crosses the line gets the exact same applause, cheers and colour medal. Sometimes in life, I guess it’s not the winning that counts, but that you did.

The bi-product, if I’m allowed use that word, of doing something like this is also how one completes that journey. And without question the island of Inis Mór and the people who live there are in equal measures really so very beautiful. A note of thanks in that to our Bean an Tí, Geraldine of Ryan Seacrest B & B who gave me extra strength ground caffeine in the mornings; to everyone we met over the weekend; the staff of Aer Arann and of course  the angels that are the staff of Temple Street Childrens Hospital.

inis mor, aer arann

I should also note The Sodshow microphone did come along and as with last year, we will be reporting from there this Friday. On another slight side note, I could not have completed the journey alongside a finer gentleman than Mr McGuinness and your hard earned sheckles, help and words of support. Thank you, all so very, very much.

….now where did I leave that bottle of WD-40 ? 😉

The mahoooosive thank you list:

update 28 April 2013:

whilst there The Sodshow also managed to squeeze this in… if you listen carefully you can hear my bones creeking 😉

temple street half marathon 2013, inis mor

The Temple Street Music and Quiz Night

temple street half marathon 2012

This Saturday. March 30th. 8pm onwards. Taking place in O’Connors Pub in Ballyboughal, its near Swords, Dublin and it’s the only pub in the village. I’ll be doing a muisc and quiz night extravangaza so I can do my 3rd half marthon for Temple street Childrens hospital. Which is where all spondulas raised will go to.

I’ll keep from print the finer points as to why Temple Street is so close to my heart and before I have a Jerry Maguire moment. I’ll get back to the yapping about the big night…

On the big Night:

  • Skerries legend and Music man Martin Byrne will be kicking off the night from 7.45
  • Then we head into the main show bonanza and the super dooper table quiz
  • There’ll be the also sooper dooper raffle
  • and spot prizes
  • and food. yummy
  • And this followed by [for one night only] DJ Brian Greene

5 Euro Per Head OR 20 Euro For Table Of 4! Don’t worry if you come on your own. Or as a trio. We’ll fix you up with somone

Wanna know What Temple Street Will do With The Dollars ?
This year we are hoping to raise €60,000 to purchase 4 diathermy machines to be used in theatre. These machines are necessary pieces of equipment for the operating theatre and provide optimal support for operative procedures in virtually all medical fields. The diathermy machine is used in theatre and is employed in a controlled manner during surgery to seal small blood vessels by coagulation and to cut through layers of tissue.

Further info:

UPDATE: After the 2013 Temple Street Half Marathon


The SodShow meets Inis Mór with @Temple_Street

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, all good podcast stores.

Dublin’s Only Garden Radio Show. The SodShow – with Peter Donegan & Brian Greene – Every Friday 3pm.

On This Weeks Garden Radio:

Last weekend I visited the beautiful Island of Inis Mór. There to run the Aer Arann half Marathon for Temple Street, I took the time to speak with gardener Bartley Hernon of Claí Bán Guesthouse and gentleman Padraig O’ Ceadaigh of Aer Arann. From seaweed fertiliser to no snow and one week of frost since 1956… that and so very much more all on this weeks SodShow.

With an enormous thank you to the amazing staff of Aer Arann, the angels that make Temple Street Childrens Hospital, The wonderful people of Inis Mór and also Joey, Amy and Ella Faherty.

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A 2012 Temple Street Half Marathon Thank You !

Aer Arann Half Marathon 2012

On behalf of everyone at Temple Street I would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations on completing the Aer Arann Islands Half Marathon 2012. What an achievement; to complete 13.1 miles on the beautiful island of Inis Mor. Your support is a vital part of the care we provide to sick children from across the country, you should be very proud of this wonderful achievement for Temple Street and we hope you had a fun weekend.

With your fantastic enthusiasm and the faultless support of the team at Aer Arann and the people of Inis Mor this continues to be a very unique and special event for our hospital. Each of you play a very important role in making miracles happen here every day at Temple Street, thank you all once again and we hope to see you in 2013!

Kindest Regards,
Marianne Rowan

Children’s University Hospital
Temple Street
Dublin 1
01-878 4639

What more can I say. Thank you all so very much, again.

Peter x

Inspirational design & service

…what do you do while waiting for a plane.

I flew to Cork on Friday [8pm Dublin – Cork] AerArann. The plane was slighly late. Apology came over the intercom. Accepted. Slightly nervous on planes anyway, we hit turbulence. The Air hostess, a young Lady was straight over in seconds to see how bad I was and if she could do anything? Good service deserves applause.

When we arrived to stay in Cork International Airport Hotel my mind was blown away. I’d heard about this place from Damien Mulley. This now, is one of my top 5 hotels of all time. The interior is breathtaking, unusual and inspirational. For once in my life the ‘smoking’ room is, for sure something [unusually here] we all would admire. However, from the moment one gets off the plane a phone call ‘skype’ style to the reception, the pick up, the staff [all] are all superb. You are made feel welcome. This is maybe unusual for a hotel, but if that be so, for an airport hotel, wowee!

There’s always one: A couple beside me on Sunday were having lunch. They ate almost everything. Then complained. ‘I could have made better wedges & the steak sandwich was and the… we’re not paying!’ I thought, but you… there’s nothing left, I thought. [I had a case like this recently]. The staff were well mannered & polite and unfortunately [who am I to talk] the money came off the bill. I hope they keep their word and never come back.

Whilst Cork Airport really needs to plant anything, one, a few hundred some trees and soften [landscape style] the grounds, the hotel has done its best with their surrounds and what they have – but [for once in a long time] the interior design and the staff deserve applause.

Thank you flight attendant in Aer Arann. Thank you Cork International Airport Hotel.

I have emailed Cork Intenational Airport Hotel & Aer Arann this post