Soldiers run 46km for Sosad and ONE

Ex service men run for Sosad
Local soldiers from the 27th Infantry Battalion will run a 46km relay marathon in aid of SOSAD and the Organisation of National Ex Servicemen and Women (O.N.E).

Local soldiers from the 27th Infantry Battalion will run a 46km relay marathon in aid of SOSAD and the Organisation of National Ex Servicemen and Women (O.N.E).

The run will take place tomorrow (Wednesday), with soldiers carrying the 27th battalion pennant.

The three man team will leave Aiken Barracks at 9am, leaving the bypass going into Bellurgan, over Long Women’s grave and to the RTE mast on Claremount Cairn.

Peter Moroney will hand over the SOSAD pennant to the runners, who will form together for the final leg up Clanbrassil Street to the Market Square.

They will be piped in by piper Vinny Murray to finish the run at around 1pm.

Lt.Col. Maureen O’Brian will be presented with a plaque on behalf of the officers and men of the 27th Infantry Battalion from Peter Moroney, SOSAD and O.N.E.

Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat about the annual charity event, Jim Mc Eneaney, Chairman of Michael Mc Neela O.N.E branch said that it’s for a worthy cause.

“SOSAD and O.N.E is tw o great causes,” said Jim, “Last year we donated funds to St Bridget’s special needs school. Every year we change the charity.”

In recent years the Organisation of National Ex Servicemen and Women has homed many homeless ex-service men and women in houses they have throughout the country.

Frank Larrigan, former Quarter Master, said: “The work we do is similar to the work the Simon does. We are also involved with the Simon and we have a good relationship with them.

“We help home the ex-service men, we give them food and help them get on the path to recovery.”

The local branch is named after Michael Mc Neela, who was shot o n duty while in Lebanon, the only Dundalk soldier to be killed on active duty overseas.

In 2009, ONE renamed the branch the Michael McNeela Branch Dun Dealgan.