We were recently contacted by Gerry O’Boyle from North Down AC. He’s a friend and clubmate of Terry Eakin – a regular member of the Northern Ireland masters team –  who finished just ahead of Colette Tuohy in the Irish Runner virtual 5k as recorded in our report on July 6.

Gerry says: 

“Terry ran around the whole coast of Northern Ireland back in 2013. He did it in stages – usually once or twice a month.

Well I’m doing the same kind of thing but I’ve extended it to continue around the coast of Donegal, Sligo.

Originally, I started my Run (raising funds for my son’s school, Clifton Special School) in Feb 2017 in Omeath, Co. Louth – running once a month.

I finally reached Ballina on 15 March 2020  – just before the lockdown. That’s 1,804km of Irish coastline so far. I reckon I’m almost half way around Ireland!

I keep my own diary/blog too (see below).

I’ve picked August 22 to restart my adventure (Stage 47) as it will be exactly 222 years since General Humbert landed near Killala – and conveniently it’s a Saturday this year.


Usually, I do my run with the sea on my right (anti-clockwise), but I like the idea of following in Humbert’s footsteps.

So on Saturday August 22 next, I hope to start Stage 47 in Rathlackan, north of Killala. From there I think you can run across the strand to Kilcummin (where Humbert actually landed) and continue down into Killala.

I’m not sure how low the tide will have to be to get across here but maybe you can help with this!


I was lucky to have two colleagues -Helen and Sean – join me for all the Northern Ireland stages, but I ended up doing Donegal on my own. However, they are going to come back and join me for Stage 47 too.


Maybe you and one or two of your Mayo AC colleagues could run with us too. It would be great if ye could! There’s nothing like local knowledge.

See my blog for my story so far.”    

 So there’s an open invitation from Gerry to club members and it’s also extended to all the local ACs in the hinterland – Ballina, Moy Valley, Ballycastle, Swinford Castlebar, South Sligo etc – to join him on his historic run. 

More details:


 You can contact Gerry at 00 44 7725613308 or email