Sponsored walk in memory of Magherafelt priest

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A FUNDRAISING initiative has been organised in memory of the young Magherafelt priest Fr Andrew McNally who passed away recently.

‘The Bann to the Boyne’ will see clerics walk across parts of Counties Londonderry and Tyrone in memory of the late Father McNally who lost an 18 month battle with a brain tumour in September. It will also raise much needed cash for the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

The clergymen will run or walk the length of Armagh diocese, from the most northern end, the River Bann, to the River Boyne, the most southern end.

The challenge reflects the late Fr Andrew McNally’s passion for running - the 52-year-old was a keen runner up until his illness struck.

The event will begin in the parish of Newbridge, today (Thursday, November 8) and it will conclude in the parish of Saint Peter’s, Drogheda, Co Louth on Sunday (November 11).

It is organised as a relay event taking place over the four days. Priests who have signed up to the exciting challenge are inviting people from their parishes to join with them in the walk or run.

Father Gerry Campbell who is the main organiser of the event said This promises to be a great event for the priests and people of the diocese and already a good number of priests have signed up for the event.

“Over the four days, some priests will run and others will walk different lengths and we are hoping – and take this occasion to invite – fellow parishioners to join their local priest for the challenge.

“It is good that we should do this together to honour the memory of the late Father Andy McNally who was a great athlete and fundraiser,” he said.

And he added: “I think that it will be a very positive gesture that the funds we hope to raise will go to support the important work of the Irish Society for the Prevention Cruelty to Children.”