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2018 FANORE/BURREN 10K AND 5K on 29th December 2018.

We are pleased to announce this year’s winter event. 

Come join us for our Run, Jog or Walk 10K or 5K on Sat. 29 December 2018.

What a lovely way to experience the stunning landscape of the Burren along the Wild Atlantic Way!

Our Medal this year commemorates the Russell brothers Micho, Gussie & Packie from Doonagoure, Doolin Co. Clare. The Russell brothers came from a family steeped in Traditional Irish Music & Folklore.

The brothers were very talented musicians and storytellers. As young men they learned their music from their Mother and older musicians in the area. They played in a distinctive style peculiar to Co. Clare.

The Russell Brothers have left an indelible mark on Irish Music and have helped establish Co. Clare as the Traditional Music Capital of Ireland.

Starting time: 12 o’clock

Venue: O’Donohue’s Pub, Fanore

Registration: On the day from 10.30 to 11.30am, or online via by clicking on this link:  

Entry fee: 10K: €25, 5K: €20

Water will be provided at the water stations along the sign posted routes, and refreshments will be available after the event.




Weather-wise, Saturday, 25 August was an exceptionally beautiful day for an invigorating run, jog or walk, and some 155 people had come to Fanore to take part in this summer’s events organised by The Fanore Events Club.

It was an honour to welcome members of the Lucas family to Fanore: this year’s beautiful medal commemorates the life and work of Coast Guard Catríona Lucas (1976-2016) and all proceeds of the events will be donated to the Irish Coast Guard unit based in Doolin, Co. Clare.

There were local participants and people from all over Clare, as well as other parts of the country such as Limerick, Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary and Galway, and a number of runners/joggers/walkers from further afield: the UK, Germany, the US and Canada.

It is a pleasure to publish the results of the first ten finishers (male and female) in each of the events on our website, followed by a Gallery of pictures taken on the day. 

5K Male
1. Aran Burke,Tuam 22mins 09secs
2. Race Number 160 23mins 22secs
3. Kevin Shannon, Doolin 24mins 00secs
4. Eoin Shannon, Doolin 24mins 00secs
5. Cormac Shannon, Doolin 24mins 00secs
6. Paul Dilleen, Ennis 24mins 28secs
7. Keith Naughton 26mins 14secs
8. Oisin Jackson  29mins 55secs
9. Race Number 144 33mins 17secs
10. Adam Kerin, Ballina 41mins 15secs
5K Female
1. Orla Vaughan       25mins 45secs
2. Niamh Dilleen, Ennis  28mins 23secs
3. Aine Dilleen, Dublin 29mins 41secs
4. Josephine Sheerin   30mins 04secs
5. Maryellen Murphy 31mins 58secs
6. Jacquie Bergin, Gort  32mins 15secs
7. Grace Murphy    33mins 11secs
8. Mary McGuire   33mins 11secs
9. Eimear Farrell     33mins 42secs
10. Ann McNamara, Kilfenora  34mins 00secs
10K Male
1. Lorcan Cameron, Galway 52mins 43secs
2. Paddy Fahy, Ballyvaughan         53mins 06secs
3. Nat Bauer, Ann Arbor (MI, USA) 53mins 17secs
4. Francis McMahon, Corofin   53mins 40secs
5. Declan Morgan, Roscommon 53mins 55secs
6. John Creedon   53mins 58secs
7. Philip Queally, Fanore  54mins 45secs
8. Darragh Dwan, Cashel 54mins 45secs
9. Conor Ryan, Tipperary  54mins 45secs
10. Tom Russell, Ennistymon   55mins 25secs
10K Female
1. Sinéad McCormack, Doolin    53mins 24secs
2. Anne Murphy, Ann Arbor (MI, USA) 53mins 26secs
3. Roisin O’Loughlin  57mins 14secs
4. Kate Healy  58mins 33secs
5. Catherine Lovell  1hr 03mins 33secs
6. Kate Smyth  1hr 05mins 05secs
7. Gillian O’Leary  1hr 09mins 01secs
8. Mary McCuster, Raheen 1hr 09mins 34secs
9. Emily Ryan, Corofin 1hr 10mins 42secs
10. Colette Quinlivan, Ennis 1hr 11mins 25secs
Half Marathon Male     
1. Liam Shannon, Ennistymon 1hr 32mins 43secs
2. John O’Gorman, Kilfenora 1hr 36mins 12secs
3. Shane O’Byrne, Ennis 1hr 38mins 35secs
4. John O’Malley, Miltown Malbay 1hr 39mins 34secs
5. Pat Baker, Kilnamona  1hr 40mins 00secs
6. Arnold Fischer, Wemding (Germany) 1hr 41mins 30secs
7. Stephen McAuliffe, Mallow 1hr 44mins 34secs
8. Donie Langan 1hr 45mins 28secs
9. Rob Stephen, Shannon 1hr 46mins 23secs
10. Fergal Doyle, Quin 1hr 46mins 41secs
Half Marathon Female
1. Julie McCarthy   2hrs 03mins 18secs
2. Louise Tully  2hrs 12mins 29secs
3. Louise Kirraine, Kilrush 2hrs 14mins 26secs
4. Cora Lahiff, Quin  2hrs 20mins 59secs
5. Emer O’Casaide 2hrs 26mins 39secs
6. Therese O’Loughlin 2hrs 26mins 46secs
(The recording of finisher’s times was discontinued after 2½ hours)

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The Fanore/Burren Half Marathon, 10K and 5K will take place on Saturday, 25 August. Starting at 11 o’clock at O’Donohue’s Pub in Fanore, the scenic routes along the Wild Atlantic Way will once again prove both fascinating and difficult!

You can register online by following this link to the website of

Entry fees: €20 (5K), €25 (10K) and €30 (Half Marathon). Family rates are available on request during registration on the day (between 10 and 10.30 am).

It has become more and more popular among walkers to take their dog along the route. To keep the event as dog-friendly as possible, we must ask you to keep your dog(s) under strict control, preferably on a leash, at all times.

Soup, coffee, tea and sandwiches will be provided at the marquee beside O’Donohues after the event. Bottles of water will also be provided at water stations along the 10K and Half Marathon routes. Please leave your empty bottles in the refuse sacks and bins provided.

This year’s medal is dedicated to the memory of Caitríona Lucas (pictured below), who, until her untimely death on 12 September 2016, was an active and highly qualified volunteer member of the IRCG, the Irish Coast Guard unit, at Doolin, Co. Clare.


She died, aged 41, when her boat capsized while searching for a missing person off the coast of Kilkee. She had joined the unit in 2006, and, during her 10 years as a coastguard, built up many skills and qualifications that underlined her commitment.

She was also a member of the Search and Rescue Dog Association and served as its national secretary for three years.

A native of Ballyvaughan, growing up in the Burren gave her a deep appreciation of wildlife and nature. Working as a librarian in Ennistymon, Lisdoonvarna and Corofin, she also devoted her many talents to bring pleasure to many young and adult readers.

It is therefore only fitting that, almost two years after her tragic death, we should dedicate this year’s medal to her memory and dedication to her invaluable work as a Coast Guard and librarian.

Members of the Doolin Coast Guard – including Caitríona’s husband Bernard – will be in attendance at our marquee to answer any questions about their work.

We look forward to meeting you in Fanore on 25 August to walk, jog or run in memory of this exceptional and unforgettable Clare lady!




In spite of the dire weather warnings and the generally cold and blustery day, 87 people had made their way to Fanore to brave the weather conditions and take part in the December 10K/5K.

Before the start, Patsy Carrucan paid tribute to Tommy Byrnes, our stalwart steward who sadly passed away on Christmas Day. Tommy could always be relied on to help along the route. Many of our walkers/joggers/runners will remember him and we all mourn his loss. May he rest in peace.

Tommy ByrnesTommy Byrnes

Below, we have listed as many of the results as our steward James Howard was able to record. Please note that the cold weather may have rendered some of the handwriting on the entry forms illegible, but we have reconstructed the names etc. as far as possible:

5K (men)

1. Martin Davies, New Malden (UK) 21 mins 47 secs
2. Michael McInerney, Kilrush 22 mins 06 secs
3. Damien Barr 22 mins 36 secs
4. Francis McMahon, Corofin 23 mins 18 secs
5. Aran Burke, Tuam 23 mins 50 secs
6. John Paul Keating, Ennis 24 mins 12 secs
7. Eoin McInerney, Kilrush 24 mins 23 secs
8. David Wixted, Broadford 24 mins 44 secs
9. Vincent McMahon, Doolin 26 mins 04 secs
10. Seán Kelly 26 mins 05 secs
11. Brian Curry, Liscannor 27 mins 18 secs
12. Damien McCormack, Limerick 28 mins 52 secs
13. Gerry Hynes 30 mins 15 secs
14. Richard Bunton 32 mins 05 secs

5K (women)

1. Eva Davies, New Malden (UK) 29 mins 37 secs
2. Rhona McCormack, Limerick 30 mins 45 secs
3. Sinéad Hynes, Na Forbacha 31 mins 08 secs
4. Linda Keane, Kilfenora 31 mins 40 secs
5. Michelle McDonald, Ashbourne 33 mins 55 secs
6. Ann O’Toole 35 mins 00 secs
7. Fiona Meehan, Kilfenora 35 mins 50 secs
8. Frances Hynes, Moycullen 36 mins 15 secs
9. Teresa Sheerin-Ryan 38 mins 11 secs

10K (men)

1. Tom Shanahan, Limerick 42 mins 13 secs
2. Aidan McGrath, Dublin 46 mins 03 secs
3. Mike Moynihan, Corofin 47 mins 05 secs
4. James Kehoe, Ennis 47 mins 44 secs
5. Aengus Mullin, Kilnaboy 48 mins 22 secs
6. Joe O’Donovan 48 mins 29 secs
7. Patrick Donoghue 49 mins 37 secs (but started ± 10 mins early)
8. Paddy Fahy, Ballyvaughan 50 mins 00 secs
9. Number 437 [name illegible on entry form] 50 mins 00 secs
10. Martin Keane, Kilfenora 50 mins 00 secs
11. Liam McDonagh 50 mins 40 secs
12. Fergal Doyle, Quin 51 mins 39 secs
13. Mark Starling, Canterbury (UK) 52 mins 30 secs
14. Alan Tobin, Ashbourne 54 mins 13 secs
15. Mirko Warnke 55 mins 24 secs
16. John Carey, Ennis 55 mins 35 secs
17. Kerry Simpson, Pirton (UK) 55 mins 35 secs
18. Neil Murphy, Athenry 57 mins 27 secs
19. Wojciech Musial 58 mins 24 secs
20. Giles Keane, Brussels (Belgium) 1 hr 00 mins 45 secs
21. Phillip Monks, Ennis 1 hr 00 mins 45 secs
22. Stephen Kelleher, Bartra 1 hr 01 mins 32 secs

10K (women) 

1. Aisling Murphy, Barefield 52 mins 38 secs
2. Ciara McGrath, Dublin 53 mins 04 secs
3. Claire Knight, Limerick 55 mins 55 secs
4. Nerys Garfield 56 mins 46 secs

We have also put together a slideshow of 30 pictures taken on the day – most of these are of the finishers, while a few have been included to give a general impression of the atmosphere on the day: young and old(er) walkers/joggers/runners, some with their dogs and people out for a day of family fun (in spite of the weather!). Our congratulations and thanks to all who took part! Now enjoy:

Please note: it takes 10 seconds for the slideshow to start and for each picture to change once the play button has been pressed. You can fast forward by pressing the arrow buttons/keys.



THE 2017 FANORE/BURREN 10K AND 5K in December!

We are pleased to announce the winter events: run, jog or walk the 10K or 5K on
Friday, 29 December!

A unique way to rid yourself of the winter blues and the excess fat of your Christmas dinner in the stunning landscape of the Burren along the Wild Atlantic Way!

Starting time: 12 o’clock
Venue: O’Donohue’s Pub, Fanore
Registration: On the day from 10.30 to 11.30am, or online via by clicking on this link:

Entry fee: 10K: €25, 5K: €20

Water will be provided at the water stations along the signposted routes, and refreshments will be available at O’Donohues after the event.


Over the years, our medals have become collector’s items, and this year’s second medal is no exception. Like many of the previous ones, it has a Clare connection, featuring Biddy Early (see picture), the famed traditional Irish herbalist from Faha in East Clare. Each finisher will receive a copy!

Bridget Ellen Connors was born in or around 1798 to John Thomas Connors, a poor farmer, and his wife Ellen (née Early). She later adopted her mother’s maiden name. Her parents both died when Biddy was still in her teens. She subsequently lived in a poorhouse in Limerick, from where she would often walk into Gurteenreagh on market days, where she met the first of her four husbands, Pat Malley. They had one son, Paddy, and lived in a cottage in Pat’s native Feakle, where Biddy began to earn a reputation for her exceptional cures, having learned many of the recipes for her potions and ointments from her mother.

She was widowed at age 25 and later married her stepson, John Malley, who died in 1840. After a few years, her son Paddy left the house, never to return. Her third marriage was to Tom Flannery of Quin, and the couple moved to Kilbarron, where they lived near a lake that came to be known as Biddy Early’s Lake. Her fame as a herbalist peaked during this period. Her house became even busier and more crowded: when people could not get help from a doctor or a priest, they would turn to Biddy. She also treated animals.

In 1865, she was accused of witchcraft, but was soon released for lack of evidence. Tom died in 1868, and the following year she married Thomas Meaney, who died within a year of their marriage from overconsumption of alcohol. Biddy’s poor clients often used whiskey or poitín to pay for their treatment, which may have contributed to Thomas’ early death.  

At some point, she acquired a blue bottle that became as famous as she was. Folk legends say that it was given to her by the fairies. The bottle contained a dark liquid that seemed to suggest cures for her visitors. It was with her when she died in poverty in 1874 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Feakle graveyard. The bottle disappeared when she died and was never seen again; it is believed the fairies took it back. (with thanks to Wikipedia)

And here is the medal:

We look forward to meeting you in Fanore on 29 December!



26 August was an exceptionally beautiful day for the Fanore/Burren running/jogging/walking events.

More than 140 people enjoyed the sunshine while making their way along the three signposted routes. Below are the results: for each of the three events we have listed the first ten finishers (male and female) and their times.

On this page, you will also find the slideshow with pictures of the finishers in each event, as well as some atmospheric shots taken en route by Kevin Byrne, a professional photographer from Co. Laois who specialises in photography of the Burren landscape and its people. We would like to thank all those who took part in the events and congratulate them on their achievements!

5K (male)

1. Brian Sexton, Lahinch (18 mins 32 secs)
2. Martin Davies, Fanore (21 mins 56 secs)
3. Aran Burke, Tuam (22 mins 21 secs)
4. Terry O’Hora, Ballina (22 mins 40 secs)
5. Rory O’Callaghan, Limerick (23 mins 57 secs)
6. Paul Dilleen (25 mins 21 secs)
7. Seán Kelly, Fanore (25 mins 52 secs)
8. Aoghan Clarke, Mostrim (26 mins 10 secs)
9. Michael Sexton, Lahinch (26 mins 57 secs)
10. Geoff Roche, Cregmore (28 mins 38 secs)

5K (female)

1. Louise McNamara, Crusheen (27 mins 24 secs)
2. Eva Davies, Fanore (27 mins 48 secs)
3. Lia Davies, Fanore (29 mins 07 secs)
4. Linda Keane (29 mins 46 secs)
5. Erin Malone (30 mins 19 secs)
6. Liane Vaughan (30 mins 35 secs)
7. Juliette Kerin, Ballina (30 mins 54 secs)
8. Mary Duggan, Raheen (31 mins 00 secs)
9. Aly Hogan O’Curry, Raheen (33 mins 05 secs)
10. Lourda Dunne, Doolin (35 mins 08 secs)

Special mention: Margaret Lucas, who had come all the way from Butlerstown (Co. Waterford). She left a little earlier to walk the route and was the first to cross the finish line (her picture is in the slideshow)!


10K (male)

1. Thomas Gull, Caher Valley (49 mins 40 secs)
2. Diarmuid O’Donovan (54 mins 32 secs)
3. Lorcan Cameron (57 mins 03 secs)
4. Eoin Daly (57 mins 52 secs)
5. Philp Nolan (59 mins 17 secs)
6. Tom Bardwell, Caher Valley (1 hr 01 mins 23 secs)
7. Keith Nolan (1 hr 01 mins 25 secs)
8. Adrian Linnane, Fanore (1 hr 01 mins 37 secs)
9. Peadar Burke, Galway (1 hr 04 mins 40 secs)
10. Kevin Hanley, Limerick (1 hr 07 mins 27 secs)

10K (female)

1. Mary Maguire, Knockolough (57 mins 45 secs)
2. Fran Marnane (59 mins 42 secs)
3. Laura Ferguson, Caher Valley (1 hr 01 mins 37 secs)
4. Mary Ellen Bardwell, Caher Valley (1 hr 03 mins 38 secs)
5. Bridget Cecilia Noonan (1 hr 04 mins 40 secs)
6. Aishling Conlon, Ardnacrusha (1 hr 08 mins 52 secs)
7. Mary McCusker, Limerick (1 hr 10 mins 10 secs)
8. Patricia Butler-Cary, Ennis (1 hr 19 mins 56 secs)
9. Eileen Kelly, Roscommon (1 hr 22 mins 29 secs)
10. Ann-Marie Kelly, Knocknacana (1 hr 22 mins 29 secs)


Half Marathon (male)

1. James Kehoe (1 hr 33 mins 18 secs)
2. Oliver McInerney, O’Callaghans Mills (1 hr 36 mins 46 secs)
3. Colm Collins (1 hr 40 mins 04 secs)
4. Liam Mcmahon (1 hr 42 mins 10 secs)
5. Rob Stephen, Shannon (1 hr 42 mins 39 secs)
6. David Jameson (1 hr 46 mins 38 secs)
7. Sean Whelan (1 hr 50 mins 42 secs)
8. Ray Hynes (1 hr 50 mins 42 secs)
9. Diarmuid Kelly, Ennis (1 hr 50 mins 58 secs)
10. ‘Fort’, Herpins (France) (1 hr 54 mins 01 secs)

Half Marathon (female)

1. Marie Lynch, Clarecastle (2 hrs 00 mins 19 secs)
2. Mary B. Mannion, Ennis (2 hrs 02 mins 27 secs)
3. Brenda Breathnach (2 hrs 02 mins 28 secs)
4. Jean Costello, Mungret (2 hrs 03 mins 05 secs)
5. Emer Mathews (2 hrs 11 mins 45 secs)
6. Cora Lahiff, Quin (2 hrs 12 mins 58 secs)
7. Tess Casasín Sheridan, Ballyvaughan (2 hrs 14 mins 36 secs)
8. Alison Rooney, Ennis (2 hrs 17 mins 14 secs)
9. Antoinette Johnston (2 hrs 17 mins 14 secs)
10. Colette Quinlivan, Ennis (2 hrs 26 mins 37 secs)


This year’s slideshow:

Pictures 1-10: 5K

Pictures 11-20: 10K

Pictures 21-30: Half Marathon

Pictures 31-40: Pictures taken along the route by Kevin Byrne, plus some atmospheric ones to give you an impression of the day and the background of this year’s medal 

Please click on the arrow on the right of the slideshow to see next picture.



 Fanore 2017 medal

The 2017 Fanore Burren Half Marathon/10K/5K will take place on

Saturday, 26 August. 

This year sees the centenary of one of Clare’s moments of football glory: in December 1917, Clare won their first Munster Senior Football Championship, defeating Cork on an impressive scoreline of 5-4 to 0-1, with Paddy O’Donoghue of Fanore playing centre-field.

In the early 1930s, Paddy took over O’Donohue’s Pub in Fanore, which is at present run by his grandson Pat. Paddy will be featured on this year’s medal (6 cm in diameter, pictured above), together with another great Clare football player, Micko O’Loughlen of Ballyvaughan.

Entrance fees for the Half Marathon will be € 25. The fee for the 10K will be € 20, while € 15 will be charged for the 5K. Fees include the unique medal as well as refreshments at O’Donohue’s after the event. Water will be provided at stations along the signposted route. Starting time will be 11am, at O’Donohue’s Pub, with registration from 10am onwards.

Run, jog or walk this stunning route through the majestic landscape of The Burren, both on and off tarmac, with some challenging climbs along the way!

You can now enter online by following this link to

Meanwhile, a date has also been set for the December events (10K and 5K only): these will go ahead on Friday, 29 December. Details of the December events will be published nearer the date, but first we look forward to meeting you in Fanore on 26 August!

FANORE/BURREN 10K/5K on 30.12.2016: THE RESULTS!

FANORE/BURREN 10K/5K on 30.12.2016:


Here are the results of the Fanore/Burren 10K/5K on Friday, 30 December 2016.

We have listed as many of the runners, joggers and walkers as possible, thanks to the great work of James Howard and the clock on his laptop!

Also, we have put together a slideshow of 30 pictures to give you an idea of the atmosphere on this busy day, with more than 190 participants (more than ever!) in the two events.

Our sincere thanks to everybody who travelled from far and near (overseas participants included visitors from the USA, the UK, Belgium and even Australia!) to take part, and to all the volunteers who helped with the catering and the First Aid!


1. Paul Fitzgerald, Westbury - 42 mins 05 secs

2. Seán McGrath, Dublin - 43 mins 34 secs

3. Aidan McGrath, Dublin - 44 mins 05 secs

4. John O’Gorman, Kilfenora - 45 mins 05 secs

5. no. 263, Scarriff(?) (name illegible on entry form) - 46 mins 50 secs

6. Mark Killeen - 47 mins 02 secs

7. Darren Brewer, Shrule - 47 mins 39 secs

8. Hugh Burke, Kilconnell - 48 mins 13 secs

9. Mike Cooney, Ardnacrusha - 48 mins 29 secs

10. Joe O’Donovan - 48 mins 40 secs

11. Pat Baker, Ennis - 48 mins 48 secs

12. Martin Oliver, Galway - 51 mins 20 secs

      Patrick Oliver, Galway - 51 mins 20 secs

      Alan O’Brien, Athenry - 51 mins 20 secs

15. Maeve Flannery, Mountshannon - 51 mins 36 secs

16. Patrick Skerritt, Ennistymon - 52 mins 00 secs

17. Gerard Conway, Carron - 53 mins 00 secs

18. Sean Whelan - 53 mins 33 secs

19. Maeve Curry, Liscannor - 54 mins 04 secs

20. Keith Faller, Galway - 54 mins 43 secs

21. Ciara McCrath, Dublin - 55 mins 01 secs

22. Kerry Simpson, Pirton (UK) - 55 mins 20 secs

23. Dáire Killian, Galway - 55 mins 38 secs

24. Robert Burns, Kilnaboy - 55 mins 46 secs

25. Colum Radford - 56 mins 04 secs

26. Oliver Conway, Carron - 56 mins 31 secs

      Noel Conway, Carron - 56 mins 31 secs

28. Cathal Meere, Ennis - 57 mins 06 secs

29. Noel Breen, Donohill - 57 mins 20 secs

30. Peadar Burke, Galway - 57 mins 39 secs

31. Alan Mathews, Dublin - 58 mins 34 secs

32. Phillip Monks, Ballyvaughan - 1 hr 00 mins 38 secs

Kevin Darcy, Ballyvaughan - 1 hr 00 mins 38 secs

34. James Broderick - 1 hr 01 mins 16 secs

35. Robert Call, Limerick - 1 hr 01 mins 45 secs

36. Hollis Anderson - 1 hr 01 mins 48 secs

37. Lorcan Cameron - 1 hr 02 mins 34 secs

38. Allen Cotter - 1 hr 03 mins 05 secs

39. Frank Twomey - 1 hr 03 mins 18 secs

40. Karen Lane - 1 hr 05 mins 04 secs

41. Fergal Meere - 1 hr 05 mins 52 secs

      Sinead Meere, Macroom - 1 hr 05 mins 52 secs

43. Ger O’Dea - 1 hr 06 mins 50 secs

Don Buckley - 1 hr 06 mins 50 secs

45. Aonghus O’Connor - 1 hr 07 mins 33 secs

46. Leanne Donohue - 1 hr 08 mins 11 secs

47. Niall Mathews, Dublin - 1 hr 08 mins 40 secs


1. Danny Simpson, Pirton (UK) - 21 mins 16 secs
2. David Wixted, Broadford - 23 mins 28 secs
3. Gerard Burke, Garryowen - 23 mins 47 secs
4. Bryan Curry, Liscannor - 23 mins 56 secs
5. John Connole, Ballyvaughan - 24 mins 10 secs
6. Aidan McCauley, Mountbellew - 25 mins 16 secs
7. Alan Tobin, Ashbourne - 25 mins 46 secs
8. Michelle McDonald, Ashbourne - 25 mins 59 secs
9. Jason Somerville, Blessington - 27 mins 08 secs
10. Rachel Heskin, Finavarra - 27 mins 31 secs
11. Rachel Healy, Dublin - 27 mins 44 secs
      Ger Heskin, Finavarra - 27 mins 44 secs
13. Donal Cooney, Ardnacrusha - 28 mins 28 secs
14. Bob Casey, Fanore - 28 mins 39 secs
15. Tony Driscoll, Fanore - 28 mins 40 secs
16. Damian McCormack - 29 mins 44 secs
17. Zachary Davison, Dublin - 29 mins 51 secs
18. Rhona McCormack - 30 mins 02 secs
19. Catherine Ryan Breen, Donohill - 30 mins 12 secs
20. P. Cahill, Ennis - 30 mins 35 secs
21. Yseult McCauley, Mountbellew - 30 mins 57 secs
      Michael McInerney, Kilrush - 30 mins 57 secs
      Ilona Lazar, Portland (USA) - 30 mins 57 secs

And here is the slideshow. Unfortunately, it was impossible to take pictures of all the winners, but we hope it will give you an idea of the atmosphere in Fanore on 30 December.


FANORE/BURREN 10K/5K Part 1 of 3

FANORE/BURREN 10K/5K Part 2 of 3

FANORE/BURREN 10K/5K Part 3 of 3



Get ready for 2017 by burning off the Christmas excess at the 6th annual Fanore Burren Christmas 10K/5K starting at 12 from O'Donohue’s Pub on the R477, the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’.

Registration and distribution of individual numbers from 10.30 to 11.30am (payment by cash or cheque).

You can also enter online via (payment by credit card); just follow this link to get to the entry form on their website.

The Fanore event has built up a reputation for its high quality finishers’ medal and this year we have pushed the boat out with a beautiful medal marking the centenary of the Easter Rising. You won’t find a better one!

The 10K course is challenging, with a 400 ft. climb in the first half - most of the course is tarmac with 1K on green road. The 5K is a flat course on tarmac and suitable for all.

Soup and refreshments afterwards. For more info contact Kevin 086 3272472.



2016 Fanore/Burren Half Marathon 10k/5k


In spite of the rather adverse weather conditions, 156 brave participants came to Fanore on 20 August to take part in the 2016 Fanore/Burren Half Marathon/10K/5K. Below are the results; of each event we have listed the first ten finishers and their times:

HALF MARATHON (48 participants)

1. Colm Daly (1 hour, 27 minutes)
2. John O’Gorman (1 hour, 37 minutes)
3. David O’Keeffe (1 hour, 39 minutes)
    John McDonagh (1 hour, 39 minutes)
5. Sean Hayes (1 hour, 42 minutes)
    Pat Mellsop (1 hour, 42 minutes)
7. Paul Fellon (1 hour, 44 minutes)
    Roy Singleton (1 hour, 44 minutes)
    Brian Sweeney (1 hour, 44 minutes)
10. Victor Coote (1 hour, 46 minutes)

10K (43 participants)

1. Aidan McGrath (44 minutes, 20 seconds)
2. Tom Gull (47 minutes, 35 seconds)
3. Liam Glynn (48 minutes, 10 seconds)
4. Rita Kierce (48 minutes, 50 seconds)
5. Imelda Gormally (50 minutes, 49 seconds)
6. David Wixted (55 minutes, 29 seconds)
7. David Murray (55 minutes, 50 seconds)
8. Sinéad Curtin (57 minutes, 44 seconds)
9. Michaela Haas (58 minutes, 48 seconds)
10. Arthur Shearlaw (62 minutes)

5K (65 participants)

1. Jason Hillery (20 minutes, 30 seconds)
2. Sandra Larkin (22 minutes, 16 seconds)
    Martin Davies (22 minutes, 16 seconds)
4. Liam Óg Glynn 22 minutes, 29 seconds)
5. Brendan Garrihy (24 minutes, 20 seconds)
6. Joni O’Sullivan (25 minutes, 57 seconds)
7. Lia Davies (26 minutes, 56 seconds)
8. Rory O’Callaghan (27 minutes, 32 seconds)
9. Richard McDonagh (27 minutes, 50 seconds)
    Cormac Cullinan (27 minutes, 50 seconds)

Fanore Events Club would like to thank everybody who took part in these events and we look forward to meeting you again at one of our future events.

Below, there is a slide show with a few pictures taken during the day, with many thanks to Karl Hughes of the North Clare Local. High res printed copies can be obtained by contacting Karl at Enjoy!

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FANORE BURREN HALF MARATHON 10K/5K - Saturday, 20 August 2016


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In Dublin town, they fought and died
With Pearse, McDermott and McBride
"Ourselves alone!" their battle cry
And freedom sang to the Easter sky

(from Tommy Makem, ‘Freedom’s Sons’)

The 2016 Fanore Burren Half Marathon/10K/5K will take place on
Saturday, 20 August.

This year’s theme will be the 1916 Rising and a specially designed high-quality medal (see below), 7.5 cm in diameter and featuring the seven signatories of the Proclamation of Independence, will be presented to all finishers.

Pictured above, from left to right, these were: Thomas MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas Clarke, James Connolly, Éamonn Ceannt and Patrick Pearse.

On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, they occupied the GPO and other strategic locations in Dublin, which they held for a week until they surrendered and were executed, along with seven of the other leaders, in Kilmainham Gaol.

The Easter Rising proved to be an important step towards the foundation of the Irish Free State and, ultimately, the Republic of Ireland. It is therefore only fitting that, in this centenary year, we should commemorate the Rising at this year’s Fanore/Burren Half Marathon/10K/5K.   

All events start and finish at O'Donohue’s Pub on the "Wild Atlantic Way" at the earlier time of 10am. Route details will in due course be made available on this website. Refreshments for all afterwards and at the water stations on the route.
Race numbers will be available at O'Donohue’s Pub on the morning of the event and entries taken up to 9.30am. For info contact Kevin 086 3272472. You can enter online by following this link:

Run, jog or walk: Come and join us for a challenging end to the summer holidays and enjoy the unrivalled scenery of the Burren and views of the Aran Islands and Connemara on the Wild Atlantic Way!

We look forward to meeting you in Fanore on 20 August!




In spite of the bad weather, 32 runners/joggers/walkers took part in the December events. The finishing times of the first ten participants in both events are listed below:


1. Dave Murphy (m), Glasgow (UK) 46:25
2. John Harrison (m), Tubbermurray 49:17
3. Michael McInerney (m), Kilrush 49.27
4. Aengus Mullin (m), Kilnaboy 50:56
5. David Wixted (m), Broadford 51:17
6. Kerry Simpson (m), Pirton (UK) 56:05
7. Neil Murphy (m), Athenry 57:14
8. Sheila Clavin (f), Tubbermurray 58:19
9. Maureen Turner (f), Corofin 1:01:16
10. Liam Starling (m), Canterbury (UK) 1:05:12


1. Martin Davies (m), Surrey (UK) 22:34
2. Nessa Wheeler (f), Cork 25:50
3. Andy Wheeler (m), Cork 26:23
4. Jo Davies (f), Surrey (UK) 27:42
5. Sinead Bourke (f), Limerick 29:27
6. Aedin Ní Loingsigh (f), Glasgow (UK) 30:28
7. Marian Moloney, (f), Mountshannon 37:45
8. Kathryn Simpson (f), Pirton (UK) 37:50
9. Jo Irwin (f), Ballyvaughan 38:50
10. Denise Casserly (f), Ballyvaughan 38:50

The slideshow below gives an impression of the tired, happy faces of some of the participants with their medals and of the atmosphere at O’Donohue’s Pub in Fanore before and after the events.

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First of all, our thanks to all who took part in the 2015 Fanore/Burren Half Marathon/10K/5K on Saturday, 22 August. The event was a great success in every way, and with more than 150 runners/joggers/walkers taking part, it clearly shows that more and more people from Ireland and abroad are discovering the unique scenic routes along the Wild Atlantic Way.

We are already working on the organisation of the December events, while preparations are also being made for next year’s events, which will commemorate the 1916 Rising on the specially commissioned medal.

But first, here are the results of the 2015 Half Marathon/10K/5k; the first six finishers in each event (male and female) were:


1. Eoin Woolley (m), Nenagh (Tipperary), 1 hr 28 mins
2. Henry O’Connell (m), Ballina (Tipperary), 1 hr 31 mins
3. Aidan McGrath (m), Dublin, 1 hr 32 mins
4. Deirdre Finn (f), Ballina (Tipperary), 1 hr 43 mins
5. Loretto Duggan (f), Broadford (Clare), 1 hr 44 mins
6. Susan Seagar (f), Carron (Clare), 1 hr 48 mins


1. Michael Barker (m), Sunderland (UK), 39 mins 52 secs
2. Stephen Clothier (m), Montpelier (Limerick), 48 mins 25 secs
3. Pat Baker (m), Ennis (Clare), 49 mins 41 secs
4. Alison O’Mahony (f), Dublin, 58 mins 10 secs
5. Paola Amenedo (f), Spain, 58 mins 34 secs
6. Michelle Cunningham (f), 58 mins 47 secs


1. Imelda Gormally (f), Galway, 22 mins 22 secs
2. Brendan Garrihy (m), Ennistymon (Clare), 22 mins 39 secs
3. Blathnaid Ní Bréachain (f), Dublin, 22 mins 52 secs
4. Paula Mollohan (f), Carrick-on-Shannon (Leitrim), 23 mins 35 secs
5. Frederic Bousquet (m), France, 24 mins 17 secs
6. John Kehoe (m), 29 mins 20 secs

Congratulations to all! We also hope you will enjoy the slideshow below, with 30 pictures showing the winners and a few atmospheric photos of the day itself.

Once again, thanks to all who took part and to the very helpful volunteers who served the food at O’Donohue’s Pub and provided refreshments along the route. And of course to local singer Gerry Shannon, who gave a splendid performance of his song about John Philip Holland, who of course was this year’s focus of attention and is shown ‘inside his new submarine’ on the medals that were handed out to all participants.

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2015 Fanore Burren Half Marathon/10K/5K


Down below, where only fishes go, the yoke was plain to be seen,
It was John Philip Holland inside his first submarine.

A Chara

The 2015 Fanore Burren Half Marathon/10K/5K will take place on

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Once again, the specially-commissioned medal will feature a famous man from Clare: John Philip Holland, the inventor of the submarine.

John Philip Holland was born in Liscannor on 24 February 1841. He studied to become
a teacher with the Christian Brothers, and taught for a number of years in Armagh, Port
Laoise and other places.

From an early age, he was interested in designing under-seacraft and airplanes. In 1873, his family emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, where he joined an engineering firm. He returned to teaching, while at the same time working on his design of a one-man submarine, which caught the attention of the Fenian Brotherhood in America.

A first prototype was launched in 1878, and a second the following year; this became known as The Fenian Ram (see picture), which could reach a depth of fifty feet, but the Harbor Master at New Haven declared the craft unsafe and the project was abandoned. At present, The Fenian Ram is on display in the Paterson Museum in New Jersey.

A new model, The Plunger, was launched in 1897, which would become the prototype for the submarines which were to be used with such devastating force during the two World Wars that followed.

He died in 1914 and was buried in Totowa, New Jersey. In August 2014, a small monument was unveiled in Liscannor, in addition to the bust of Holland ‘inside his first submarine’ (see picture above), which can also be found in the village.

          'The Fenian Ram’ on display in the Paterson Museum

John Philip Holland inside his submarine

Fanore Events Club likes to welcome you to take part in the events on Saturday,
22 August 2015. Starting time is 11 o’clock, and the start and finish will be at O’Donohue’s Pub in Fanore, where refreshments will be available after the event.

You can enter online by following one of these links:


Route maps will be published on the website and can be viewed by clicking here.

You can also enter on the day itself (from 9.30 to 10.30am).

Fees (Half Marathon: €25, 10K: €20, 5K: €15) include refreshments (at the water
stations along the way and tea, coffee, soup and sandwiches afterwards) as well as insurance.

Walk, jog or run: the route leads through one of the most scenic landscapes on the
Wild Atlantic Way; the 10K and 5K are suitable for all ages and abilities, while the
Half Marathon, with its challenging climbs, requires some experience in cross-country running.

We look forward to meeting you in Fanore on 22 August!

Kind regards,
Willem Verhulst (pr)



The December walking events were a great success: with over 80 people taking part and the fine sunny December weather everybody enjoyed running, jogging or walking the scenic routes that Fanore and The Burren have to offer. We have recorded the results of 62 of the participants and list them below. Please also take a look at the slideshow of the pictures on this site, showing the men’s and women’s winners of the three events and also a couple of atmospheric pictures.

10K ‘Climb’ route


1. Donal Howley (38:33)
2. Adrian Chaplin (39:45)
3. John Martyn (40:46)
4. David Murphy (41:18)
5. John Harrison (43:45)
6. Hermann Maiba (43:57)
7. Nigel Carroll (45:42)
8. Roy Singleton (46:20)
9. Michael McInerney (47:33)
10. James Flanagan Jnr. (48:00)
11. Ken Gorman (48:00)
12. Diarmuid Kelly (48:45)
13. Brendan Fahy (49:07)
14. John Gill (50:30)
15. Hugh Finucane (55:05)
16. Damian McCormack (56:30)
17. Fergal Landy (58:40)
18. Eoin Moroney (58:42)
19. Kaspars Perkons (58:44)
20. Gerard Finucane (59:22)
21. John Doody(61:00)


1. Nerys Garfield (49:00)
2. Sheila Clavin (49:26)
3. Sinead Hanley (59:41)
4. Tracy Powell-Casey (1h 19 mins)


10K ‘Flat’ route


1. Niall Shanahan (36:36)
2. Donal Ryan (47:20)
3. Liam McMahon (49.37)
4. Sean Whelan (50:34)
5. Andy Wheeler (53:19)
6. Robert Coll Sr. (54:07)
7. Evan Woods (57:59)
8. Ivan Linnane (59:22)
9. Gerard McNamara (61:00)


1. Rachel Hartigan (53:30)
2. Naomi Carroll (53:54)
3. Louise McNamara (61:00)


5K route:


1. Pat Carroll (20:36)
2. David Wixted (21:17)
3. Ciaran Hannon (22:04)
4. Killian Neylon (22:20)
5. Danny Rouine (22:31)
6. Michael Sexton (23:48)
7. Neill Killeen (24:15)
8. Donal Hartigan (24:32)
9. John McDonagh (26:57)
10. Martin O’Malley (26:57)
11. Brian Henning (31:25)
12. Denis McCarthy (32:17)
13. Brendan McCarthy (32:18)
14. Colin O’Flynn (34:20)
15. Damian Murphy (34:44)
16. Michael McInerney (Kilrush) (38:13)
17. P.J. Lynch (41:40)
18. Brian Sexton (44:11)


1. Nessa Wheeler (24:05)
2. Rachel Hartigan (24:32)
3. Rhona McConnell (29:04)
4. Linda McMahon (30:54)
5. Kate McDonnell-Dowling (33:32)
6. Emma Spencer (34:44)
7. Amy McDonnell-Dowling (34:44)

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Burn off the festive excess on the 4th annual Fanore Christmas10K/5K on the most spectacular part of The Wild Atlantic Way.

This year there is a choice of 10K course - the usual steep testing climb up Mount Elva (approx 400ft climb in first half) with a small section of green road or a flat course all on tarmac.

Runners please note: for the latter, the starting point will be moved about 300 metres up the road, so as to cover the exact distance of the 10K.

The 5K course on tarmac is flat and suitable for all ages and abilities.
All events start & finish at O Donohue’s Pub on the R477 at 12 noon and are suitable for runners or walkers. Sign on in pub from 11am. Soup and refreshments served afterwards.

All participants will receive a specially-commissioned Brian Ború 1000 commemorative medal - you won’t find another like it!

More information, including route maps and an entry form, will be posted here shortly. You can also ring Kevin on 086 3272472.

For onlines entries, please follow this link:

We can also announce the date of the 2015 Fanore Burren Half Marathon/10K/5K: these events will take place on Saturday, 22 August 2015; the medal will commemorate the life of a famous Liscannor native: John Philip Holland, the inventor of the submarine.

Click here to see the route maps


FANORE BURREN 'Brian Boru' Half Marathon, 10K & 5K 2014 - RESULTS

FANORE BURREN ‘Brian Boru’ Half Marathon, 10K & 5K 2014


5K Men:

1. Brian Sexton, Lahinch (Co. Clare) 19:36
2. Rory Clothier, Derryhasna, Montpelier (Co. Limerick) 19:44
3. Keith Dwane, Ennis (Co. Clare) 20:06
4. Brendan Garrihy, Ennistymon (Co. Clare) 24:09
5. Michael Sexton, Lahinch (Co. Clare) 24:39
6. Kaspars Perkons, Cork (Co. Cork) 25:12

5K Women:

1. Jackie Glynn, Ballyvaughan (Co. Clare) 30:56
2. Claire Nicholson, Tuam (Co. Galway) 31:37
3. Louise Hickey, Galway (Co. Galway) 31.37
4. Gillian Hynes, Ballyvaughan (Co. Clare) 32:20
5. Ailish Hynes, Ballyvaughan (Co. Clare) 32:58
6. Karen Irwin, Ballyvaughan (Co. Clare) 33:00

10K Men:

1. Stephen Clothier, Derryhasna, Montpelier (Co. Limerick) 47:08
2. John Harrison, Limerick (Co. Limerick) 47:24
3. Pat Baker, Ennis (Co. Clare) 48:46
4. Ciaran McCaffrey, Maguiresbridge (Co. Fermanagh) 49:42
5. David Wixted, Broadford (Co. Clare) 51:35
6. Ciaran Finneran (Co. Clare) 52:29

10K Women:

1. Sheila Clavin, Limerick (Co. Limerick) 58:09
2. Deborah Greenaway, Ennis (Co. Clare) 59:09
3. Alison O’Mahony, Portobello (Co. Dublin) 59:29
4. Lídia Martí Oltra, Gandia (Spain) 60:38
5. Sílvia Ortolà, Gandia (Spain) 60:42

Half Marathon Men:

1. Oliver Mullins, Galway (Co. Galway) 1:30:20
2. Fozzy Forristal, Lixnaw (Co. Kerry) 1:33:54
3. Michael Purtill, Dooneen AC, Limerick (Co. Limerick) 1:34:10
4. Sean Traveri, Clarecastle (Co. Clare) 1:38:00
5. David Casey, Gort (Co. Galway) 1:38:34
6. John O’Sullivan, Ennis (Co. Clare) 1:42:23
7. Pat Hayes, Ballyvaughan (Co. Clare) 1:44:24
8. Liam Glynn, Ballyvaughan (Co. Clare) 1:44:24
9. Roy Singleton (Co. Clare) 1:46:10
10. Eoin O’Loghlen, Ballyvaughan (Co. Clare) 1:51:30

Half Marathon Women:

1. Roisin Farragher, Galway (Co. Galway) 1:46:35
2. Carmel Hughes, Athlone (Co. Westmeath) 2:11:03
3. Emily Nolan, Dooradoyle (Co. Limerick) 2:14:28
4. Keelin Lee, Dublin (Co. Dublin) 2:16:40
5. Eva Byrne, Limerick (Co. Limerick) 2:18:15

Below, you can see a slide show of pictures taken on the day, with runners crossing the finish line and receiving their trophies. We hope the pictures give you a good impression of the event, which took place in ideal weather conditions:

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Saturday, 23 August 2014: The 5th Fanore Burren Half Marathon, 10k and 5k!

The 5th Fanore Burren Half Marathon/10K/5K will be dedicated to the anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, which took place a thousand years ago. There are strong Clare connections here: the hero of the battle, Brian Boru, is the founder of the O’Brien dynasty in Clare. Born around 941 near Killaloe, he was King of Dál Cais (a territory north of the Shannon Estuary) and Thomond (now County Clare, then a sub-kingdom in the north of Munster). Subsequently, he made himself King of Munster and subjugated Leinster, thus becoming the absolute ruler of the south of Ireland.
In 1002, he was acknowledged High King (Ard Rí) of Ireland, but his authority was challenged by the Leinstermen under Mál Mórda, who obtained help from Viking troops based in Dublin, Orkney and the Isle of Man. On Good Friday, 23 April 1014, Brian’s armies confronted – and conquered – the armies of Leinster and Dublin at Clontarf. During the day-long battle, Brian was killed, allegedly by a fleeing Viking soldier who found him praying in his tent on the battlefield. This year’s medal – which will become a collectors’ piece in years to come – features Brian Boru and will be presented to each participant. Walk, jog or run in a stunning landscape, on the same roads that (according to local legend) Brian Boru is said to have taken! (Route maps will be posted in due course).

Date: Saturday, 23 August 2014

Starting time: 11am

Entry: Via Here is the link: or via You can also enter by sending the entry form, which you can download here, with your cheque to: Kevin McCormack, Murrough, Fanore, Co. Clare. It is also possible to enter between 9 and 10:30am on the day.

Fees: Half Marathon: € 25, 10K: € 20, 5K: € 15; fees include refreshments at the water stations along the route and coffee, tea, soup and sandwiches after the event.

Once again, it’s time to get rid of the winter blues and walk, jog or run the 10K or (new!) the 5K in Fanore, County Clare!

The 10K follows the usual route up the mountain and down Bóthar na hAillte with its splendid views of Fanore and the Atlantic Coast, then back along the Coast Road to the starting point at O’Donohue’s Pub, where hot refreshments and food will be provided.

The 5K takes you to the excavation site near Fanore Beach, where archaeologists have discovered artefacts that indicate, as carbon dating has shown, that tribes of hunters/gatherers were present in Fanore some 6000 years ago. This is a unique opportunity for all the family to reflect on the history of our village.

A locally-themed medal will be presented to every participant.

Entry fees: 10K: 20; 5K: 15 

Date/starting time: Sunday, 29 December 2013, 12 o’clock

Starting point and Finish: O’Donohue’s Pub, Fanore, Co. Clare

You can enter:

1. via;
2. by printing the entry form and sending it, together
    with the appropriate fee, to the address shown;
3. from 11am onwards on the day.   



On Saturday, 24 August the 4th Fanore/Burren Half Marathon and 10K took place, with more than 70 participants in total. Both events started in fine weather, with only some mild drizzle along the way during the last part of the Half Marathon. A new record for this event was set by Mick Fogarty, who ran the route in 1 hour and 29 minutes! Also, a special mention to Mieczyslaw Jurochnik, who is running 50! half marathons in 10 months to raise money for disabled people in his native Poland. Fanore was the 35th event in this series, in which he finished 9th. Congratulations to him and to all the participants who made these events such a success!
Here are the names and the times of the first ten runners who arrived at the finish:


1. Mick Fogarty (1hr 29mins)
2. Oliver McInerney (1hr 30mins)
3. Sean Traven (1hr 36mins)
4. Kevin Ring (1hr 37mins)
5. Stephen McAuliffe (1hr 46mins)
6. Paul Griffin (1hr 51mins)
   Séamus O Conghaile (1hr 51mins)
8. Keir McNamara (1hr 52mins)
9. Mieczyslaw Jurochnik (1hr 55mins)
10. Eoin O Loghlen (1hr 57mins)


1. Seán O’ Callaghan (Cork) (47mins 19sec)
2. Sean O’ Callaghan (Limerick) (49mins 47sec)
3. John Twomey (50mins 12sec)
4. Stephen Donnellan (50mins 24sec)
5. Diarmuid Kelly (51mins 7sec)
6. Joseph Ryan (51mins 28sec)
7. Fintan Donnellan (52mins 47sec)
8. Paul Whelan (53mins 33sec)
9. Michael Doona (53mins 54sec)
10. Ciaran Hannon (54mins 33 sec)

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The 4th Fanore Burren Half Marathon & 10k will take place on Saturday, 24th August, starting at 11am.
Run, jog or walk: both events will start and finish at O'Donohue’s Pub.

The half marathon course is approx 40% green road with 2 challenging climbs on the route. The 10k course is approx 10% green road with a testing climb on tarmac at the start. Both courses travel through some of the world’s finest scenery with spectacular views of The Burren, Galway, the Connemara Hills and the Aran Islands.

A new, locally-themed medal for all participants and refreshments available at the finish. For further information contact Kevin 086 3272472

Entry by cash/cheque on the day, up to 10.30am. Fee - Half €25, 10k €20.

Organised by Fanore Events Club to assist with local projects and a donation to Friends of Ennistymon Hospital.

Entry Form can be found here

Alternatively, you can enter online via


The eleventh annual Sponsored Walk organised by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland will take place on Sunday the 17th of February, with Registration from 10:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. As in previous years, the proceeds of the Walk will go to improve and extend Daycare / Homecare and Respite Services for the Clare Branch of the Alzheimer Society.

The 10 K Walk will start / finish at O' Donohue's Pub, Fanore and Sponsorship Cards are now available from the Alzheimer Society local Office at Unit 17 Clonroad Business Park, Ennis Ph. (065) 686 8621. Cards are also available locally from Gerard Howard and Brendan Cusack. Refreshments and Entertainment provided at O' Donohue's after the Walk.

By supporting this fundraising Walk, the Society can continue to maintain the level of Service it currently provides in helping Carers to care for their loved ones in their own homes.

Looking forward to meeting all our loyal walkers as well as new walkers who will indeed be made most welcome to our annual trek up the mountain.


The 4th Fanore Burren Half Marathon & 10K will take place on Saturday, 24 August.

Starting time 11am at O'Donohue's Pub, Fanore. Further details, such as the entry form and the route maps, will be posted here in due course!

On Saturday, 29 December, 32 brave participants completed the Fanore Burren 10K. The first three ladies and the first three gentlemen received a locally-themed trophy, while each participant got a commemorative medal. The trophies were presented by our most famous Fanorian, John Joe Scanlon, whose portrait is featured on the trophies and the medals, while the medals were handed out by Darragh Howard.
The first ten gentlemen to arrive at the finish were:

1. James Hynes, Ballyvaughan (46 mins)
2. James Raleigh, Corofin (47 mins)
3. Brian Kearney, Crusheen (49 mins)
Declan Browne, Kilballygorman (49 mins)
5. Niall Mathews, Dublin (51 mins)
Patrick O’Rourke, Ennistymon (51 mins)
Darragh Killeen, Ennis (51 mins)
8. Joe Crosse, Ennistymon (52 mins)
9. Alan Tobin, Ashbourne, Co. Meath (54 mins)
Gerard Finucane, Ennis (54 mins)

The first five ladies at the finish were:

1. Tricia Crosse, Ennistymon (52 mins)
2. Niamh Kelly, Cooraclare (58 mins)
3. Sharon Lee, Gort (1 hr 9 mins)
Marie Kerin, Ballina, Co. Tipperary (1 hr 9 mins)
5. Michelle McDonald, Ashbourne, Co. Meath (1 hr 12 mins)

29th December 2012

Burn off the Christmas excess with the Fanore 10K challenge. Run jog or walk over the worlds most scenic hillside course. This challenging course of 10.2 KM (Runners, please note: if you keep track of your personal achievements you may have to make an adjustment!) is mainly on tarmac with 1 KM of green road. Start and finish at O'Donohue’s Pub at 12 noon. Sign in from 10.30 and entries taken on the day until 11.30. Entry fee 20 Euro. Entries on the day by cash or cheque only. Quality locally themed medal for all entrants. Soup and refreshments at finish.

Date: Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 12:00pm
Contact Name: Pat Howard
Contact Number: 086 8519977
County: Clare
Type: Road Race
Distance: 10.2km

Alternatively, you can enter via the RunIreland website:

18 AUGUST 2012!!

The third Fanore Burren Half Marathon and 10K (walk, jog or run) will be held on Saturday, 18 August 2012. Starting at 11am, the start/finish point will again be located at O’Donohue’s Pub in Fanore.

Here are the route maps for these challenging tours of the most spectacular scenery Fanore and the Burren have to offer: please note that the route for the Half Marathon has been slightly altered – the precise distance now covered will be 13.38 miles. The 10K route is the same as last year.

The (downloadable/printable) entry form can be found here. Alternatively, you can enter via RunIreland’s website ( Entries will also be accepted on the day, but we would advise you to book early, so that the catering (at O’Donohues after the event and at the water stations along the route) can be planned well in advance.

A commemorative, locally-themed medal will be presented to each participant.

If you have any queries or want further information, please contact Kevin McCormack (086 3272472) or Willem Verhulst (email:

We look forward to another day full of challenges, and hope to meet you in Fanore on 18 August!


The Fanore Burren 10K (or 10.3K to be precise) on 30 December of last year was a great success. In spite of the bad weather, more than 90 participants walked, ran or jogged the route, with a few also practising their speedwalking skills. The first ten runners who arrived at the finish were:


Paul Fitzgerald, Westbury, Co. Clare (46 minutes)
Brendan Fahy, Loughrea, Co. Galway (46 minutes)
Brian Forde, Ogonolloe, Co. Clare (46 minutes)
Mark Daly, Ennis, Co. Clare (47 minutes)
Jason Moloney, Ennis, Co. Clare (47 minutes)
Justin Keating, Dublin 8 (48 minutes)
Ken Gorman, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath (51 minutes)
Joe Crosse, Ennistymon, Co. Clare (51 minutes)
Brendan Garrihy, Ennistymon, Co. Clare (52 minutes)
Ronan English-Leahy, Inagh, Co. Clare (52 minutes)


The Fanore Events Group would like to thank all the brave participants for taking part, and also the staff at O’Donohues and the volunteers who helped with the catering before and after the event.

Our next big event will be the Fanore Burren Half Marathon and 10K on Saturday, 18 August. Details, including route maps and entry forms, will be posted on our website in due course, but it is already possible to book early via!

Get rid of the winter blues by entering the 10K Walk, Jog or Run event in Fanore on Friday, 30 December 2011!

Start and finish at O’Donohue’s Pub, Fanore at 12 o’clock. Please click here for the entry form and the route map. Alternatively, you can also enter via The entry fee (20 Euro) includes insurance and refreshments before, during and after the event at O’Donohues and at the water stations along the route. A locally-themed commemorative medal will be presented to each participant.

For further information and enquiries, please contact Kevin McCormack (086 3272472) or Pat Howard (086 8519977) or by email:

You may also be interested to know that our annual summer events, the Fanore Burren Half Marathon and the 10K Walk, Jog or Run will take place on Saturday, 18 August 2012.

To download the application form please click here.

Declan Hayes Memorial - Doonbeg
Declan Hayes Memorial Doonbeg

20 August 2011: The second Fanore Burren Half Marathon!

On Saturday, 20 August, the second Fanore Burren Half Marathon will take place; it will also include a 10K Run (jog, run or walk).

Both events will start and end at O’Donohue’s Pub in Fanore. Starting time is 11.00 am. Each participant will receive a commemorative medal. There will be water stations and light snacks along the route, and refreshments will be available at O’Donohue’s after the event.

The Half Marathon will take you across the beautiful beach, where you will ford the Caher River (appropriate footwear is essential!) and into Caher Valley, taking in parts of the famous Green Road before returning to the starting point via the (downhill) tar road through Balliny.

The 10K Run will take you up the slopes towards Slieve Elva and down Bóthar na hAillte, from where you will get an amazing view of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands and the Pins of Connemara. You will return to O’Donohue’s Pub via the Coast Road.

You can find the entry application form here. You can download and/or print it, fill it in and send it, together with your cheque for the appropriate amount, to the address mentioned. Please use one entry form for each participant. Family rates are also available, please phone Kevin McCormack (086 3272472) for more information. Alternatively, you can enter via the RunIreland website:

10K Fanore Burren Run 2011

The date for the 10K Run has been changed: it will now take place on Saturday, 19 March, starting at 11 am, with an extra event added: on Sunday, there will be a 3-hour guided walk, either to Murrough Head or Black Head, at no extra charge. Meanwhile, a route map for the 10K Run has been added to the website (click here), as well as an entry form (click here); the charge for the 10K Run will be 20 Euro, and family rates are available on request.

Start and finish at O’Donohue’s Pub, Fanore, where refreshments, including soup and sandwiches, will be available after the run. Participants can either walk, run or jog the route, and a commemorative medal will be available for each participant. For further information, please phone Kevin McCormack at 086 3272472.

Other coming events in Fanore:

Sunday, 13 March: St. Patrick’s Day Parade through Fanore village
Saturday, 20 August: Fanore Burren Half Marathon!!
Sunday, 4 September: Vintage Run

21 August 2010: The first ever Fanore Burren Half Marathon!

On 21 August, the first ever Fanore Burren Half Marathon took place; it also included a Mini Marathon (jog, run or walk). The event started and ended at O'Donohue's Pub in Fanore, at 11.00 am. Each participant received a commemorative medal. Below, you can find the route maps: as you can see, both Marathons took you across the beautiful beach, where you forded the Caher River (appropriate footwear was essential!). The Half Marathon also took you along the famous Green Road and up the hills towards Black Head, from where you had an amazing view of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands and the Pins of Connemara. See the route maps for more details.

JJ Scanlon & Pat O'Donohue FanoreJJ Scanlon Fanore

"Walk the day, sing the night"

The Marathon was followed by a songnight, the seventh in the successful FANORE SONGNIGHTS series. For more information, visit the 'Songnights' page on our website.


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