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A marathon walk for the Simon Community

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ROSIE McMahon will take the Covid-19 restrictions to a whole new level next weekend by completing a marathon in four 10km loops around her home in Ballynacally.

She is walking a marathon to raise funds for the Simon Community on Sunday, May 24.

“The Simon Community were desperately in need of funds for their food appeal and situations of desperation have increased in our communities since COVID-19,” Rosie commented.

The Mid West Simon Food Bank has a client base of about 7,000 men, women and children across Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary. 

“Without the regular provisions the Food Bank provides, many of these people would go hungry. The Mid West Simon Food Bank costs around €106,000 to run each year. Since Covid-19 hit, Mid West Simon’s usual calendar of fundraising activity has ground to a halt. 

“The Food Bank has recently seen a significant increase in demand as many people have lost their jobs and DEIS schoolchildren are not receiving their meals at school, due to the lockdown,” a spokesperson for the Mid West Simon Food Bank said.

Donate to Rosie’s marathon walk here or donate directly to the Simon Community at

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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