Annual walk is in memory of Eilish

May 27th, 2019 9:49 AM

By Jackie Keogh

The walk will start from the Skibbereen Eagle pub.

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The sixth annual Eilish Collins Memorial Walk will take place on Sunday, June 2nd.

THE sixth annual Eilish Collins Memorial Walk will take place on Sunday, June 2nd.

The walk – which has already raised more than €60,000 for Marymount Hospice, as well as Arc House cancer services in Bantry and Cork – will start at 3pm at the Skibbereen Eagle pub.

Eilish, who was a native of Castlehaven, was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in August 2012.

Despite a rigorous treatment plan of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Eilish died on May 11th 2013, at the age of 21, in Marymount, leaving behind her heartbroken parents, extended family and community. 

It was during her treatment, while still attending UCC, that she came across Arc House cancer support services. After her death, friends, neighbours and family came together to remember Eilish in a positive way by hosting the annual memorial walk.

Given Eilish’s love of traditional music, this too has become an integral part of the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday Weekend – a day of walking, music, song and laughter, just as Eilish would have wished it.

Eilish’s parents, John Joe and Cathleen, would like to sincerely thank the committee for their hard work in organising the walk, all those who help on the day, those who donate food and the public who donate so generously each year.

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