The skies over Hollymount cleared to a welcome bright sunny blue on Sunday afternoon as the curtain came down on the 50th Hollymount International Road races celebrations. The local community gathered with Sean Reilly and his family on the Claremorris road at the edge of the village for the unveiling of a commemorative statue “Running Man” made in the likeness of race co-founder Tom Reilly.
The ceremony was performed by Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism, Leisure and Sport. The inscription on the plinth reads “Hollymount International Road Races, Running since 1966”. It was a wonderful occasion and a fitting finale to the 50th celebrations. The granite statue is located in the final kilometre of the famous Kilrush loop and will serve as an inspiration to runners who pass by when they compete in this unique traditional event in years to come.