Members the 27 infantry battalion left Aiken Barracks in Dundalk last week on their 46 km relay marathon over the Cooley mountains in aid of St.Joseph’s National school and the O.N.E.
They headed out of town and up the Cooley mountains to the RTE mast on Claremont cairn where they were met by LT.COL John Kilmartin O/C 27 Bn. and C/S Ray Reynolds, teachers Benny McArdle, Paul McGee and children from St.Joseph’ school and O.N.E. members. A pennant from the Michael McNeela branch was handed over to the runners for the return journey and the children released balloons to mark the occasion .
Lt.Col. John Kilmartin and Sgt. Major Mick Murtha met the runners and accepted a plaque on behalf of the officers, NCOs and Men of the battlion from school principal Marcella O’Conluai, Benny McArdle and Jim McEneaney O.N.E. to commemorate the event.