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Temple Street, Inis Mór Half Marathon 2013

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April 20th 2013 will be my 3rd year fingers crossed of my running crawling doing the Temple Street Childrens Hospital half marathon. There are of course reasons why Temple Street is very close to my heart, but that may be is a story best told over a cup of coffee.

To my getting there the wee Angels of the Childrens hospital are asking that each runner participant raise €650. As a by the way, last years funds were used to purchase 2 ICU Specification Patient Monitoring Units and here’s what the team wanna do with this years dosh:

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.

In the meantime, I’ve set up a My Charity Page  were you can donate any amount securly online. If however you are feeling a little extra groovy and maybe wanna bigger bang/ some return for your buck ? I’m more than open to any suggestion and my details are below. Try me…. also I make great caffeine and it’s good to talk. 😉

Last year I took The Sodshow microphone and of note maybe its best to suggest you scroll to 21:17 minutes and hear Padraic O’Céadaigh speak a little more indepth and how it all started.

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Image below: Bank of Ireland, Inis Mór.

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Temple Street. Half Marathon. 2012. April 14th. Wants €650. Thank You. Please.

Donations Thank You Note To: Luke Donegan [no relation]; Eoin Delaney of Directing Media ;

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There’s a recent enough and great reason why Temple Street Childrens Hospital is so close to my heart, but in short and for the moment this is a gig I am now doing, again. NB: we all got a medal. everyone. I did not come second 😉

Here’s my thoughts on the matter 😉 Press play and take a listen

Gimme Some (half marathon) Love People. And Thank You 😉 (mp3)

More than that I am asking for your help and in short I need €650.

What will Temple Street Childrens Hospital do with your money this year ? Marianne who works there explains:

Hi Peter,

Great to hear you’re on board again this year. Please see below what we are raising funds for this year.

Our aim for 2012 will concentrate on fundraising for two ICU Specification Patient Monitoring Units. The Intensive Care Department at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital needs additional Pandemic ICU Specification Patient Monitoring Units. In the event of a Pandemic or surge in activity these pieces of equipment are vital as they enable us to monitor patients on a close and regular basis, whilst the child fights their infection.

I’ve set up a My Charity Page  were you can donate securly online and any amount is appreciated however if you are feeling a bit groovy you might also consider a slightly larger wad of cash. If you do and [understandably so] wanna little more bang for your buck ? No problemo. Wanna chat ? I’m open to any suggestion and my details are below.

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Wanted: Gardener Volunteers – Peter McVerry Trust

The Peter McVerry Trust have a garden section type facility based about 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, in Garristown North Dublin. There’s one gardening employee of the trust that looks after their six acre holding.

They are looking for volunteers who are gardeners, or people who simply like to garden to help out. One could do two hours per week or I’m sure two hours a month. More if you so choose.

If nothing else it sounds to me just a bit more logic than an allotment for those with busier schedules who really don’t have the time or even better for some who maybe were thinking of giving gardening or growing your own a go, it really wouldn’t be a bad place to start to learn the ropes.

I also know that the facility has been used for team building days, most recently by some of the IBM staff in helping to celebrate being 100 years old. [see IBM/ PmcV video] and also for the Google volunteer day.

Joanne Lindsay Martin [Fundraising Officer] and Liam Doyle [Gardener] of The Peter McVerry Trust will be guests on The SodShow this Friday – they explain a lot better than I can the work of the trust and that at the gardening facility and volunteering there as a gardener. I will add the audio in here after.

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Temple Street. Half Marathon. April 8-10. Gimme €650. Thank You. Please. I like You.

UPDATE 13th feb: The €650 minimum target was raised in just under 24 hours after this post was published. Speechless 😀

Thank you so much to: anonymous & Julie Benson & Simon Kenny & Jenny Long & anonymous & Mary & from James Keleher & Niamh Hayes & anonymous & Jason Roe & Sarah Keleher & Anthony McGuinness & George Foxe & Yvonne Delaney & Anonymous & Amy Ní Lúin & Nicola Nestor & Eoin Delaney & Anonymous & Josie and V Delaney.

The following text is the original post:

Yesterday after a call with Nick McGivney, I decided I should register for The temple Street Annual Aer Arann Half Marathon.

I got the details via email today and rang Angela to put my name down. There’s very recent and great reason why Temple Street is so close to my heart, but in short and for the moment this is a gig I am now doing.

More than that I am asking for your help and in short I need €650.

I’ve set up a My Charity page were you can donate securly online and any amount is appreciated however if you are feeling a bit groovy you might also consider a slightly larger wad of cash. And what if we raise a little more… well isn’t that great.

What can I offer you in return….?

  • A blog post profiling your company.
  • Sponsorship of Irelands only garden podcast – the sodcast for one month
  • Audio interview within the podcast
  • Sponsorship of every blog post I write for the month
  • This comes with all the usual linkage
  • Your logo/ image embedded within and note of sponsorship for the event
  • The usual splattering all over facebook, twitter and
  • and a signed photograph of me in a pair of shorts. Framed 😉
  • See if you can come up with a vetter list than that and I’ll buy you a pint !

This email from Temple Street tells just what the event is about and what exactly the spondulas will achieve. My details if you wish to contact me are below this letter.

04 February 2011

Dear Friend

I am delighted to inform you that the Annual Aer Arann Half Marathon will take place between the 8th- 10th April, 2011.  Again, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital is the main beneficiary.

Celebrating its 11th year, this unique event has been an outstanding success; and we expect 2011 to be no exception.  Entries will be strictly on a first-come first-served basis so, as a regular participant, we would like to offer you first option of securing your place in 2011.

You will recall that we set ourselves a goal last year to purchase vital pieces of equipment for the Neurosurgery department, namely a Mayfield head clamp (This is a specialised holder to stabilise the patients head during surgery on the brain) and a Neurosurgical microscope with a combined cost of €120,000.   We are delighted to announce that the Aer Arann Half Marathon 2010 raised €65,000 towards this fundraising goal.  Taking this into consideration, we have decided to continue to strive to achieve this target in 2011 and look forward to purchasing these items for the hospital early next year.

This year we have decided to set a minimum fundraising target of €650 per participant. This must be achieved no later than 18th March 2011, with an initial non-refundable deposit of €200 to be submitted.  (The deposit of €200 will form part of the overall €650).  We would like to stress that only a completed entry form, together with your deposit, will secure your place.  (Entry forms received without deposits will not secure a place; Temple Street Children’s University Hospital provides a Credit Card facility should you wish to avail of this).

Once this target is achieved, return flights from Connemara Airport, Inverin to Inis Mor, your accommodation and food are covered for the weekend.  Please remember that administration support i.e. sponsor cards, letters, T-shirts, posters etc is available to anyone who may need help with fundraising.  Please contact Angi on 01-8784344 or email at

This will be a fantastic weekend – and I look forward to your participation in this event again next year.  Thank you again for all of your support over the years, we look forward to seeing you on Aran in April 2011.

Yours sincerely,

Marie Mulrooney/ ​Angela McNulty

Fundraising Committee.​Special Events Manager – TSCUH

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At Your Service – Cappagh Hospital Garden


At Your Service RTE TV Christmas Special, Cappagh Hospital Garden.

  • When: Wed 22 December 2010,
  • Time: 8 – 8.30pm
  • TV Channel: RTÉ One


Francis and John Brennan are challenged to makeover two children’s wards at the Cappagh Hospital and transform a disused garden space for the in time for the annual Christmas party, but they have no budget and must beg, borrow and steal building materials for the project

It can be watched on RTE player.

Update: This [below] went live after the show and the garden story goes as such:


The garden created in Cappagh Hospital was for The RTE 2010 At Your Service Christmas Special, a television programme presented by Sean and Francis Brennan. It began as a result of meeting really nice people and ended knowing that it was an honour to have been in their company.

Around mid October 2010 a phone call came in. The gist was that Laura would like me to build a garden, for free. The lovely voice asked that I come and simply take a look.


On initial inspection, the garden space outside had some industrial planting and the courtyard walls were industrial grey. On a more detailed note, the garden had no access, apart from a side alley that one could only access through a semi excavated building site. I then found out the hospital had zero euro of a budget, the garden was to be built within 3 weeks of that day and that that resulting garden maybe shown on Irish television as a Christmas tv special.


I agreed. But, the final garden is with massive thanks to so many people who all donated their time, products, services and so much more than the extra mile, because they were very simply nice people. The garden was also just one part of what I can only describe as very much a bigger picture.

There was one day that should be noted when I and George came down to find this poem and note stuck inside the window. The words are now painted on one of the garden walls. In my opinion, if what I have done in this garden achieves what is written in this poem, I’m am quite simply the happiest gardener I know.