Fundraising by the Achill Marathon

2017 Fundraising

Participants were welcome to run or walk for the charity of their choice.


2016 Fundraising

The charity for the 2016 Achill Half Marathon and 10K was the Simon Community.

Official launch of 2016 Achill Half Marathon, with: Meaghan Hynes, Galway Simon; Bill Griffin, Galway Simon; Deidre Treacey, Galway Simon; Patrick Quinn, Simon Communities of Ireland; Eimear Larkin, Simon Communities of Ireland; Gavin Hennigan; Noel Stenson, Achill Marathon Cttee; Pauric Corrigan, Achill Marathon Cttee.

About the Simon Community:
The Simon Communities in Ireland are a network of eight regionally based independent Simon Communities based in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East that share common values and ethos in tackling all forms of homelessness throughout Ireland, supported by a National Office. The Simon Communities have been providing services in Ireland for over 45 years. Whatever the issue, for as long as we are needed, Simon's door is always open.

Simon Community services range from:

  • Housing provision, tenancy sustainment & settlement services, housing advice & information services helping people to make the move out of homelessness & working with households at risk;
  • Specialist health & treatment services addressing some of the issues which may have contributed to homeless occurring or may be a consequence;
  • Emergency accommodation & support providing people with a place of welcome, warmth & safety;
  • Soup runs & rough sleeper teams who are often the first point of contact for people sleeping rough.

In the past year, 7,273 people accessed our services. 1,376 people accessed prevention and early intervention services. 1,111 people accessed emergency accommodation. 1,704 people were supported in housing and 1,766 people accessed education, training and employment services.

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Our Mission statement is "To provide a professional, memorable running event and to build continuous support for our chosen charities". To make sure we keep to our word, we will provide complimentary entries to our lead charity each year, a donation to each and ongoing marketing support. The directors of Corrymore Promotions are delighted to announce that since taking over Achill Half Marathon in 2009 we have raised over €100,000 for local and national charities. (Statement from Achill Event Management, 2012)

2015 Fundraising

The charity for the 2015 Achill Half Marathon and 10K is the Irish Cancer Society.

About the ICS:
The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland's national cancer charity, which aims to achieve a world-class cancer service ensuring that fewer people get cancer and those that do have better outcomes. The Irish Cancer Society does this through advocacy, research and cancer services. The Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. We are almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive less than 5% government funding. The Irish Cancer Society launched its new five year strategy last year entitled A Future without Cancer, which is the Society's vision. The mission of this new strategy is to eliminate cancer, with four key goals to achieve this; Goal One: Reduce the risk of cancer; Goal Two: Improve lives; Goal Three: Lead excellent collaborative research; Goal Four: Inform and influence public policy. Established in 1963, 2014 is our 51st year.

2014 Fundraising

Presentation of 2014 fundraising cheque to CMRF
Pauric Corrigan and Noel Stenson of Achill Half Marathon presenting a cheque to Jamie Conway, Community Development Manager, The Children's Medical & Research Foundation, Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin

Logo for The Children's Medical & Research Foundation at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin

The charity for the 2014 Achill Half Marathon and 10K is The Children's Medical & Research Foundation at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

About the CMRF:
When a child you love is sick, your top priority is finding the best care available. It's ours too.  At the Children's Medical & Research Foundation, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, our team has one simple mission – improve the quality of life for this and future generations of sick children.
For more information please visit or visit our Facebook page & Twitter page

2013 Fundraising

Pieta House logo

Achill Half Marathon are pleased to announce that Pieta House are the charity for 2013 race.

About Pieta House
Pieta House, The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide officially opened its doors in January 2006. 5 years later it had seen and helped nearly 4,000 people and opened up two Outreach Centres plus two other Centres of Excellence in both Dublin and Limerick.
Find out more at or at the Pieta House facebook page.

2012 Fundraising

Presentation of 2012 fundraising cheque to ISPCC
Cheque being presented to I.S.P.C.C., October 2012

ISPCClogoAchill Event Management is pleased to announce our nominated National Charity for 2012. A donation will be made from the proceeds to the ISPCC.
For over 100 years the ISPCC has been Ireland's leading independent non-governmental children's charity advocating for the rights, well being and protection of children.

Our mission is to end cruelty and injustice to children in all forms - ensuring every child is given the opportunity to experience love, happiness and equal opportunity.

We believe Ireland can become a society in which children can develop free from abuse. Every child deserves a safe and happy childhood. Every child deserves to grow up in an environment free from harm and abuse and for their childhood to be cherished and enjoyed. Childhood is the phase in an individual's life that witnesses the greatest amount of physical, social and emotional development. Children and young people are among the most vulnerable members of our society. We need to protect them.

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. launches the 2012 Everys Sports Achill Half Marathon outside Government buildings in Dublin, January 2012. Also pictured is Carmen Taheny of ISPCC corporate Fundraising

2011 Fundraising

CROI logoThe Charity Partner of the 2011 Achill Marathon was Croí. Croí received €10,000.

About Croí
Croí is an Irish charity dedicated to reducing the impact of Heart Disease and Stroke through prevention, lifestyle change and improved cardiac care. Heart Disease and Stroke are the main causes of death and disability in Ireland, accounting for almost 50% of all deaths. However, up to 80% of this can be prevented through lifestyle change and by reducing the risk factors such as smoking, cholesterol, obesity, blood pressure ect. Croí relies on public support, fundraising events and business donations to support its programmes and projects. For more information on Croí please visit

Achill Event Management also nominated St. Colman's Care Centre as its Local Charity for the 2011 Achill Half Marathon. St. Colman's received €5,000.

About St Colman's Care Centre
St. Colman's Voluntary Committee was established in 1986, to develop and manage health care and personal social services for older and disabled people on Achill Island. St. Colman's Care Centre is operated in co-operation with the Health Service Executive West, FÁS, partnership organisations and is supported by the Achill community. A whole generation of older people have already benefited from quality care and support in their own community. The aims of the services are: to provide therapeutic and social facilities for older people, in order to improve their health and well-being; to provide care and support for people with chronic illness, so as to allow them to live independently within the community; to provide advice and support to families and carers; to promote active and healthy ageing, by providing access to a range of opportunities, information and advocacy.

A snap-shot of current services include: day nursing and respite care for people with chronic illness and disability; health promotion and screening; physiotherapy and occupational therapy; meals on wheels; active retirement group and men's groups with a focus on healthy ageing, leisure activities and creativity; supported living accommodation and community laundry.

With only one-third of operational costs accrued from statutory sources, St. Colman's relies heavily on donations and fundraising. The generosity of the Achill community and the 'friends' of St. Colman's at home and abroad has ensured the project's ongoing viability.

A new St. Colman's Care Centre facility is currently under construction in Bunnacurry, Achill. This development is part funded by the Achill community.
St. Colman's Care Centre Keel Achill Co. Mayo
Tel. 098 43248 Email:

2010 Fundraising

The 2010 Achill Half Marathon had two main beneficiaries of its fundraising efforts:

Logos for RNLI and Mayo-Roscommon Hospice Foundation

View letter of thanks from RNLI. (PDF doc)

View letter of thanks from Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. (PDF doc)

Lower Achill Community Development Limited - €5,000
Achill Athletics Club
CFAA - Keel Tennis Club - €2,500
Grúpa Mná Caisheal
Féile Dú Éige
Slievemore Graveyard Committee €1,000
Bunnacurry Graveyard Committee
Achill CPR Training
The Achill Historical and Archaeological Society

2009 Fundraising

CFAA - Keel Playground€5000Provision of new playground in Keel Village
Scoil Acla€5000Scoil Acla Centenary Celebrations in 2010
Achill Pipe Band€2500Purchase of equipment for the pipe band
Achill Sheltered Housing - Laundy Service€2500Furnish new laundry and purchase of equipment
Ógras Saoirse Youth Group, Dooniver€1000Purchase of a PA System to facilitate drama productions and ceilí's.
Ionad Culthurtha Áis Acla, Halla Acla, Achill Sound€1000Furnish Halla Acla Achill Sound
Coiste Forbartha Bun a Choire€1000Complete local picnic area
Achill Community Alert€1000Installation of CCTV
Achill Rovers€1000Upgrade changing facilities
Run Ireland Double Award Winner 2018 Most Scenic Route & 2018 Best Half Marathon

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