13th September 2018 - 19th October 2018 10:57 am Ireland















Well known car enthusiast and rally driver Martin Ward, will reach the ripe age of 70 at the beginning of October. To celebrate Martin and his wife (and long-time co-pilot in their rallying days), Linda Conroy, are taking on a unique challenge, as they will visit the capital towns/cities of the 32 counties of Ireland in 32 hours in a 32-year-old car, so therefore it’s been called ‘32 for Croi’.












For many years during their rallying career, Martin and Linda flew the flag for Croi and carried out other fundraising for the cause; as with so many others, Martin’s family has a history of heart disease and he has lost a number of siblings and relations to sudden heart failure. He himself has had two heart attacks, so this is the reason this charity holds a special place for him.

Martin and Linda will take to the road in their 32-year-old Mercedes 190E Cosworth, which has just been recommissioned after being off the road for almost sixteen years. They will be holding a launch night at the Meadow Court Hotel on Friday 28th September. Follow their Facebook event page for further updates



32forcroí challenge schedule

Day 1, On Monday the 1st of October they will leave the Croi headquarters in Galway at 9am, and over the next twelve hours they will visit the counties in the west, northwest and north of Ireland before stopping overnight in Armagh.

Day 2, Tuesday the 2nd of October is Martin’s birthday, and a 9am departure will see them head south along the east side of the county before the overnight stop in Cork, twelve hours after leaving Armagh.

Day 3, the final leg, will see them leaving Cork at 9am and heading northwards through Kerry, Tipperary, Clare and back in Galway for a 5pm finish at the Croi headquarters, after a total of 32 hours of driving time over three days.

(Detailed routes to follow)

Martin and Linda would love to meet other car enthusiast and/or clubs along the way, and they invite you to meet up with them for a photo at the main road sign as they enter each of the county towns or cities. Alternatively you can meet them at their planned stop offs along the journey, with the itinerary for each day being posted on their Facebook Fundraising page, 32forCroí. Here you can track their progress as well as donate to the charity.

To track this event on Facebook go to 32forCroi

To make a donation go to idonate or simply text croi to 50300 to donate €4

We would ask as many of our readers as possible to support Martin, Linda and this great cause somewhere along the route if you can, and to share your photos with us!

Croí Galway Night Run

12th October 2018 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Salthill Promenade, Galway


What: 5km Run, Jog or Walk
When: Friday 12th October 2018 @ 8pm
Where: Salthill Promenade, Galway

Join us for the 4th Annual Croí Night Run along Salthill Promenade, Co. Galway. Whether you are a walker, jogger or runner it is time to lace up! Keep up to date with our event page on Facebook for news and to follow our Couch to 5km plan!

Proudly supported by Evergreen Healthfoods.  

Please Note:Youth entries receive a chipped timed number and a medal (no t-shirt). Under 12’s are welcome under the supervision of an adult. 


Solo Sail Ireland

Solo Sail Ireland

27th May 2018 - 31st October 2018 5:22 pm

The Solo Sail Ireland Challenge. One tiny boat, one massive trip… for Croí!

RiRichard Hayes Solo Sail around Ireland in aid of Croí Heart and Stroke chard Hayes sailed in one of the smallest boats around Ireland to raise funds for Croí. The laser dinghy weighed less than 60kg and is about twice the length of a kitchen table!

Richard arrived back into Galway Bay Sailing Club on Friday 14th September. He finally made his way back after 54 days out on the water, and close to 1,600 miles. Richard has become the first person ever to sail around Ireland in a tiny laser dingey, with no water support team what so ever!! All to support Croí and part fund defibrillators across communities in Ireland.

To make a donation to Richard’s fundraiser in support of Croí, Click Here

Media coverage

Read this great article on Richard’s journey, “The Smallest Boats To Sail Round Ireland – A Story of Courage & Character

Hear Richard chatting to Patricia Messinger from Cork’s, C103 as he swings around the west of the rebel county, down in Skibbereen heading for the final 1/3 of this epic journey!

“Raw footage from day 37 of the Solo Sail Ireland, as Richard passes hook head.. thankfully now passing Cahersiveen, Co. Cork. Onwards and upwards, homeward bound!” Richard explains the inspiration behind taking on this epic challenge, spending over 50 days out on the water alone!!


You can hear Richard below, talking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Bay FM, explaining what an epic challenge he is undertaking, and why. Interview starts 1 hour 12 minutes.

Podcast of The Keith Finnegan Show – Tuesday May 22nd 2018


Solo Sail Ireland











This challenge started on Sunday May 27th, and the picture above captures the moment Richard set off from  Galway Bay Sailing Club, Renville, Oranmore. Richard is aiming to return here in approx 8-9 weeks, weather dependent. Richard will take on around 40 legs in order to complete the 1500km circumnavigation, and you can see up close footage of Richard tackling one of these legs in the video below.



The challenge was made possible thanks to the  support Richard received from main event sponsor, Homecare Medical Supplies, and many other local businesses. This generous support has enabled Michael, Richard’s father, to provide land support, and the only element of support for the duration of this challenge.

Homecare Medical Supplies – Main Event Sponsor

Richard spoke to Tommy Marren recently on Midwest Radio on how the challenge is going, what it’s been like sailing completely solo out on the ocean everyday, and how the land support camper van is fairing as overnight accommodation. Interview starts 40 minutes.









Tommy Marren Show interview




Solo Sail Ireland
Solo Sail Ireland Land Support crew, led by Richards dad, Michael the van doubles as sleeping accommodation for both men between sailings! LtoR: Luigi Ryan, Croí & Michael Hayes


Cardiovascular disease remains the No.1 killer in Ireland, with Richard’s family unfortunately experiencing the loss of a loved one, but it can be largely prevented. Money raised will help part-fund defibrillators for areas most needed across communities in Ireland, while also helping Croí continue the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Richard would greatly appreciate your support, whether you would like to make a donation, or assist with the land or water support, your support can make a real difference. Contact solosailireland@gmail.com to get involved, and help save lives in your community.

To make a donation on iDonate Click Here

To follow Richard’s epic journey or make a donation on Facebook Click Here



Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail

8th March 2019 8:30 am - 10th March 2019 6:00 pm The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail



Come and enjoy the wild and mysterious Mayo landscape and get your walking boots on and join us on an adventure through rural County Mayo. The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail which extends from the town of Balla in central County Mayo, to the seaside village of Murrisk at the foot of Croagh Patrick, will be hosting its annual walking festival over three days – Friday 8th March, Saturday 9th March and Sunday 10th March 2019. This trail is set in a landscape that is truly inspiring, hosting a wealth of heritage that would appeal to any walker. From the starting point in Balla, the trail passes through deciduous woodland and across rolling fields and bogs. Walkers can discover boreens and ancient pathways as the trail makes its way through a number of picturesque villages towards its destination on the shores of Clew Bay.The Festival Programme includes 3 great days of guided moderate to hard walks, visiting heritage sites, and hearing the local myths and legends from our experienced guides, Registration is €20 per day or €50 for three days.

See below exciting footage from last year’s Heritage Trail, by Tough Soles, Ellie and Carl, who are walking 4,000km+ along all the National Waymarked Trails of Ireland



Register Here

For more information email info@croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com or call Clogher Office on 094 9030687.

Frequent updates on this and similar events are being posted on the Event Facebook Page.

As this is generally a moderate walk, a reasonable level of fitness is required. Proper walking boots and waterproof rain-gear is essential. Day two would be regarded as being the most difficult. Refreshments are provided at the start, middle and finish of each day.

Note: Teenagers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. No Dogs Allowed on the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail.

Sister Maureen Lally wins Mayo person of the year 2017

Sister Maureen Lally founder of Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival, and who also spearheaded the three-day Annual Walking Festival which takes place in March along the Croagh Patrick Trail, beginning in Balla meandering through the unspoilt landscape and rich heritage of central Mayo. She also served as a board member for the Western Development Commission. To read more click here Connaught Telegraph Article & mayonews.ie article

Route & Distance:

Friday 8th March – Balla to Ballintubber (18km)

8.30am Sharp – Meeting point at car park outside Corleys Pub Ballintubber across from The Abbey.

9am Registration Balla Community Centre. Tea/coffee refreshments provided.

9.30am Commence walk from Balla to Ballintubber (18km).

Refreshment stop – Tuffys Pub – Tea/coffee and sandwiches provided.

3pm – 5pm Finish day 1 in Corleys Pub Ballintubber.

Saturday 9th March – Ballintubber to Aghagower (23km)

8.30am Sharp – Meeting point Aughagower Village (rear of church). Transport to start.

9am Registration Corleys Pub Ballintubber. Tea/coffee refreshments provided.

9.30am Commence walk from Ballintubber to Aghagower (23km).

Refreshment stop – Killawalla – Tea/coffee and sandwiches provided.

3pm – 6pm Finish day 2 at Aughagower Village.

Sunday 10th March – Aghagower -Murrisk (19km)

8.30am Sharp – Meeting point Murrisk – Car park at base of Croagh Patrick. Transport to start.

9am Registration Aughagower Community Centre. Tea/coffee refreshments provided.

9.30am Commence walk from Aghagower -Murrisk (19km).

Refreshment stop – Brackloon – Tea/coffee and sandwiches provided.

3pm – 6pm Finish day 3 at Murrisk.

Refreshments provided each day.

Transport will be provided each morning to ferry walkers from the Meeting point to the Starting point. This means that your personal transport will be at the end of your destination on arrival each day. Register online. For more details call 094 9030687 or email info@croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com. You can also visit www.croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com for information.

Tour de Lough Corrib

9th June 2019 8:00 am - 6:00 pm NUIG Regional Sports Pavilion in Dangan


The 25th Tour de Lough Corrib charity cycle will take place on Sunday June 9th 2019. This fun cycling sportive is the biggest charity cycle in the West of Ireland. Cyclists will have a choice of a 45KM 80KM or a 120KM routes. Roadside assistance, support vehicles and plenty of refreshment stops will be provided on the day.

For pictures of our 2018 event held on Sunday June 10th please click here. 

This is a fundraising event, we ask participants to try and raise at least €100 (minimum €50) to help us continue our vital work in communities throughout the region. As always we have some great fundraising incentives:


€50+ We ask that all participants raise or donate a minimum of €50 to ride in the Tour de Lough Corrib Cycle. 100% goes to supporting our lifesaving work. Reach this fundraising milestone and you will also receive an exclusive Tour De Lough Corrib finsihers tshirt.

€150+ Reach this fundraising milestone and you will be rewarded with a limited edition 2018 Tour de Lough Corrib custom design limited cycling jersey and finishers tshirt.

€250+ For our elite fundraisers who reach this milestone you will be in with a chance of winning fantastic Bike Package to the value of €1,000 in addition to our limited cycling jersey and finishers t shirt.






45KM Route
Starting at the NUIG Regional Sports Pavilion in Dangan, all riders will turn left onto the N59 and ride along Newcastle Road. At the Traffic lights, turn left onto the Quincentennial Bridge and follow the signs to Headford. The Route then follows onto Headford. Riders will turn at Headford and back to finish at Croí Heart and Stroke Centre. 45KM google map. 

80KM Route
Starting at the NUIG Regional Sports Pavilion in Dangan, all riders will turn left onto the N59 and ride along Newcastle Road. At the Traffic Lights, turn left onto the Quincentennial Bridge and follow the signs to Headford. The Route then follows through Headford, onto Cong. Riders will turn at Cong and back to finish at Croí Heart and Stroke Centre. 80KM google map.

120KM Route

Starting at the NUIG Regional Sports Pavilion in Dangan, all riders will turn left onto the N59 and ride along Newcastle Road. At the Traffic Lights, turn left onto the Quincentennial Bridge and follow the signs to Headford. The Route then follows through Headford, onto Cong, Maam, Maam Cross, Oughterard, Moycullen and will finish at the Croí Heart & Stroke. 120KM google map.

Each route is fully supported with refreshment stops at Headford, Cong, Maam, Oughterard and once home to Croí House you can rest and enjoy our famous race hospitality – home baked goodies, tea, coffee and sandwiches!

 2018 Tour de Lough Corrib Cycle Jersey


Thank you to our title sponsor for over 20 years


And our associate sponsors:

New York City Marathon | Croi Heart & Stroke Charity

Berlin Marathon

16th September 2018 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Berlin, Germany


We have guaranteed entry for New York City Marathon November 4th 2018 email edwina@Croi.ie for information.

We also have team running Dublin Marathon if you want to join us!

Guaranteed Berlin Marathon 2018 entry


Whether you are a Rookie or a Marathon Veteran, we want you to join the Croí Marathon Team and run, jog or walk the 2018 Berlin Marathon on September 16th for an unforgettable experience.

Your Croí Berlin Marathon 2018 Tour includes:

  • Guaranteed Race Entry (via Sports Travel International)
  • Croí Branded Team Gear
  • Travel & Marathon participation insurance
  • 3 Nights twin-share Accommodation (incl. breakfast) in a centrally located 4-star hotel
  • Single rooms are available at an additional fee (limited availability)
  • Note: No race entry ony available.

The BMW Berlin Marathon is one of the world’s greatest marathons, with over 40,000 entries expected from 100 countries in 2018. The course is flat, traffic-free and fast – in fact the fastest course in the world. In 2014 Dennis Kimetto of Kenya broke the world record (previously set in Berlin in 2013 by Wilson Kipsang) with a new time of 2:02:57. The world record has been broken three times in Berlin in the past five years. Berlin is a World Marathon Major.

The 45th edition of the race starts at 9.15am on the six-lane Strasse des 17 Juni. The marathon is run in an average annual temperature of 13oC / 55 oF. The course takes in some of East and West Berlin’s great sights, before finishing close to the start area at the magnificent Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Showers, massage and refreshments are provided at the finish area. Note: The finish line closes after 6hrs 15mins.

Walkers and runners are equally welcome on this Croí tour, as are non-running partners, family members or friends. The Berlin Marathon experience is electric and the Croí Tour comprises of a 3-night stay in a centrally located 4-star hotel, which is close to the Finish Line.

Terms and conditions apply please email edwina@croi.ie for full listing of T&C’s or call on 091 544310

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Dublin Marathon | Croi Heart & Stroke Charity

Dublin Marathon

28th October 2018 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Dublin

Whether you are a Rookie or a Seasoned Marathoner, we would love you to join our Croí Dublin Marathon Team and help raise vital funds to support our life-saving work.

The Dublin Marathon is an annual marathon taking place in Dublin, Ireland. It is held on the last Sunday in October, which is a public holiday weekend in Ireland. Held each year since 1980, the event has grown each year.

Internationally known as the ‘Friendly Marathon’, the annual Dublin Marathon takes place on Sunday 28th October 2018. The course terrain is generally flat. It starts at Fitzwilliam Square in the city centre and finishes at Merrion Square. The route meanders through the Phoenix Park and along  the historical Georgian Streets of Dublin where thousands of spectators line the streets to cheer you on every step of the way.

Join the Croí Dublin Marathon Team and receive:

  • Sponsorship Cards
  • Fundraising Support
  • Croí Technical Running T-shirt​

Fundraising For Croí 

Whether you have secured your entry already and want to start fundraising for Croí OR  if you want to secure your race entry through Croí and start fundraising, joining our Croí Dublin Marathon Team 2018 means raising vital funds to support our life saving work in the fight against heart disease & stroke.

How To Fundraise:

Online – You can simply start fundraising for Croí online on iDonate. Just simply select Dublin Marathon from our list of events and ask family and friends to support you.

Facebook – You can now set up a fundraiser via Facebook probably the easiest way to fundraise online. See our how to guide here.

Traditional – If you prefer traditional fundraising cards we can organise them for you no problem once you register with us.

How to Register – Follow the steps below:

Step 1 |  Register  – You Must officially Register Via the Dublin City Marathon Site Here: The Official Dublin City Marathon Website

Step 2 | Fundraise for Croí: Once registered with the race organisers, email or call Edwina at Croí to receive your fundraising pack!

Contact Edwina Now For More Information:

Tel – 091 544310   |   Email –  edwina@croi.ie