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Tom McGrath to the starting line..

Tom McGrath to the starting line

By Ray O'Hanlon

Tom McGrath heading for Ireland to raise funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.

The 300 kilometer solo run is being staged in conjunction with The Gathering 2013 and starts Monday May 20. It will run, in every sense, for six days.

Our Lady's Children's Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the world devoted exclusively to children.

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There are approximately 100,000 child attendance's at the hospital annually. It is Ireland's national referral center for children who are suffering from serious illness such as cancer, leukaemia, spina bifida and cystic fibrosis.

The Children's Research Center at the Hospital was founded in 1965. Since then, its contribution to medical research has meant that many Irish children can look forward to a brighter future. Funds raised by McGrath's run will go to a new cardiac unit and a re-furbished cancer unit, the hospital said in a statement.

Before the run, McGrath, whose last long distance solo effort was to raise funds foe the "Barry Gate" memorial at the U.S. Naval Academy, organized a series of fundraising events in New York.

Meanwhile, The 33rd annual Buckley's-Kennedy's 5K Charity Run is set for this coming Sunday, May 19 at 10 a.m.

The run is in memory of Beth Strehle, Elizabeth Buckley, Mary Williams and John Kane but in addition this year's run is in aid of Sandy recovery by means of helping

HeartShare Human Services of New York and residents of Breezy Point.

A little more than six months after Sandy, 2,400 of the 2,800 homes in Breezy Point remain unoccupied, their residents scattered throughout the New York metro area and beyond.