The 2nd Craig Connolly Memorial Walk

23rd February 2019 2:00 pm - 4:52 pm Roscommon

The 2nd Craig Connolly Memorial 5k Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, February 23rd@ Fullbody Workhouse in Roscommon. Register now.

Give now in support of the memorial walk, with proceeds supporting Croí and more charities.

In memory of Craig Connolly, who passed away suddenly on the 25th Feb 2017 aged 35. Organised by his wife Tracey and business partner Cathal.

The 34th Annual Croí Ball

22nd March 2019 5:15 pm - 11:15 pm The Galmont Hotel

We’re rolling out the red carpet to welcome you to a wonderful night of great food, drinks and entertainment in support of Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity.

Join us at The Galmont Hotel, Galway on Friday, March 22 from 7pm for a cocktail reception followed by a three-course dinner and a special performance by one of Ireland’s top actors and comedians. Then dance until late with the incredible 90’s tribute band, Smash Hits!

We look forward to welcoming you to a great night. Dress code: Black tie

Highlights on the night include:

Music by Smash Hits!

And a comedy performance by one of Ireland's top actors and comedians!

Purchase a table by contacting Christine at, or purchase tickets below:


Annual Annaghdown St. Stephen’s Day Turkey Fun Run

26th December 2018 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Annaghdown, Co. Galway

Join the Croí Annaghdown Friends Group for the Annual St. Stephen’s Day Turkey Walk and Fun Run!

Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Time: Starts at 12pm
Location: Starts at Annaghdown Community Centre
Walk or run, with 5km or 10km options.

All proceeds support Croí and the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Guaranteed entry: London Marathon

28th April 2019 9:00 am - 11:45 pm London, United Kingdom

Whether you are a rookie or a seasoned marathoner, join our Croí London Marathon Team and help raise vital funds to support our life-saving work. It is a fantastic experience and knowing that you have done it for a great cause makes it even better! #TeamCroi

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019

The London Marathon is a long-distance running event held in London, United Kingdom, part of the World Marathon Majors. The event was first run on 29 March 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since.

We can offer you a guaranteed entry as part of our tour package, regardless of your previous marathon times (if any). You just need to be resident on the island of Ireland and be at least 18 years old on marathon day. With almost one million spectators and a carnival atmosphere, the London Marathon is an unforgettable experience.

Tour package includes:

  • Guaranteed race entry, plus coach from hotel to race start for runners
  • Return flights from Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Belfast
  • Fantastic accommodation with buffet breakfast at the 4 star Melia White House Hotel
  • Full fundraising support & guidance
  • Marathon Training Programme
  • Croí branded tour gear
  • Travel guide services
  • Travel insurance, including cover for participation in the marathon and travel disruption

Such is the demand for this tour, we advise immediate booking in order to guarantee your place. Contact Christine now to register and for more information on the tour package:
Tel – 091 544062
Email –



13th September 2018 - 18th October 2018 10:57 am Ireland

€16,611.95 has been raised! Thank you to everyone who supported Martin and Linda’s event for Croí. 

You can still donate to this fundraising event!

  • Donate now at idonate; or
  • Text croi to 50300 to donate €4; or
  • Donate directly to Croí (Ref: 32forCroí) or contact Martin or Linda.

For updated and more information, go to the 32forCroi Facebook page.


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!

Solo Sail Ireland

Solo Sail Ireland

27th May 2018 - 7th November 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!

Check out this great video on the trip.

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

Ireland AM interview – October 25, 2018

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 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

23rd June 2019 8:30 am - 7:45 pm The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail

Update – The final day of the rescheduled walking festival is June 23rd, 2019!

All previously registered participants go free. If you have not registered, you can do so here. (Registration is €20)

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. This trail is set in a landscape that is truly inspiring, hosting a wealth of heritage that would appeal to any walker. 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.

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.

I understand that Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail and its associated representatives are not responsible for any harm, loss or damage caused to any walker, event attendee or to their property or equipment while attending or participating in the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival 2019 or any of its associated activities.

For more information email 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 & article

Route & Distance:

Sunday, June 23rd – 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.


Tour de Lough Corrib Cycle

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

Thank you for supporting Croí!

The 25th Annual Tour de Lough Corrib cycle took place on Sunday, June 9th, 2019.

Thank you for supporting Croí and the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Save the date for next year!

Sunday, June 7, 2020



The 25th Annual Tour de Lough Corrib cycle will take place on
Sunday, June 9th, 2019.

This is the biggest charity cycle in the West of Ireland! Join us and experience the stunning route around Lough Corrib. All abilities welcome – cyclists will have a choice of a 45km, 80km or a 120km route. Roadside assistance, support vehicles and plenty of refreshment stops will be provided on the day.

Take part in this special 25th anniversary event and help Croí lead the fight against heart disease and stroke. We are so grateful for your support! Reach a fundraising goal of €150+ and you will be rewarded with a limited edition Tour de Lough Corrib cycling jersey and entered into a raffle to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic bike package to the value of €1,000!

Registration opens at 7.10am at Dangan Sports Pavilion, Newcastle, Galway.

The 120km cycle starts at 8.15am / The 80km cycle starts at 8.20 am / The 45km cycle starts at 8.25am

All cycles start from the Sports Pavillion at Dangan, Newcastle, Galway (Google Map ) and finish at Croí Centre, Newcastle, Galway (Google Map

Enter a team: Join together with friends and colleagues in the fight against heart disease & stroke, while promoting health and well being among your staff! Plus, there will be a team photo opportunity at Croí House after the Cycle!


€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 finishers tshirt.

€150+ Reach this fundraising milestone and you will be rewarded with a limited edition 2019 Tour de Lough Corrib cycling jersey and finishers tshirt. You will also be in with a chance of winning fantastic Bike Package to the value of €1,000 in addition to our finishers t shirt.

Please remember that we rely on the funds raised at this event and we are truly grateful for your fundraising efforts.


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.

Once your registration has been received, a sponsorship pack will automatically be sent out to you. If you have any queries in relation to this please contact We also encourage participants to use the following  online platforms to fundraise:

Thank you to our title sponsor for over 20 years:


And our associate sponsors:



45KM Route

The 45km cycle starts at 8.25am

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

The 80km cycle starts at 8.20 am

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

The 120km cycle starts at 8.15am

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!

Special thank you to these suppliers: