Parents Peter and Anna-Mai, brother Ciaran, Niamh (centre) and little sister Sarah Jane.

Niamh Crosby Memorial Run to take place

The annual Niamh Crosby Memorial Run will take place this Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

The event, tomorrow, on Easter Sunday, April 9, will begin with registration at Enagh House on the Bailieborough/Virginia Rd, from 10am.

The 55 mile Honda run itself will commence at 12 noon. All bikes welcome and entry fee is €20.

Last year was the first time the run rook place since before the pandemic.

This year the fundraiser will help contribute to two projects in cancer care and treatment in St James Hospital in Niamh's memory.

Apprentice hairdresser Niamh, from Curkish Lane, Bailieborough sadly passed away, March 18, 2016, age 24 years, at St James' Hospital, Dublin. She had been diagnosed with Ovarian cancer only months earlier.

Her dad Peter organised the event following his daughter’s death.

“What we try to achieve every year is we give ourselves a target. We talk to the lead Oncologist [at St James’], the lead consultants, and the clinical nurses, and they give us a wish list. So this year they need a bladder scanner, specifically to the treatment that Niamh received,” says Peter.

Secondly there is a lead nurse set to be appointed for patients post-operation.

“The hospital is funding the nurse but we are backing her up with a pack that is being implemented, and this is all being done in Niamh’s name.”

One of three siblings to Peter and Anna-Mai, such was Niamh’s open and passionate nature, she left an indelible mark on the lives of everyone she met. Last year’s event saw funding generated to support the opening of new treatment rooms. Dedicated equipment was also bought.

“It’s all being colour coded in pink... That was Niamh’s favourite colour. So there are chairs in pink, and wheelchairs in pink. It can be seen from a mile off,” explains Peter, who thanked the community for supporting the Niamh Crosby Memorial Run, in the past, and in future.