by Alan Jacques
HUFFING, puffing and getting hot under the collar are all in a day’s work for our local councillors.
However, Sinn Féin representative for City East, Cmhlr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh, has himself worked up into a tizzy for very good reason.
The young politician is currently in the final stages of training for the 21km half-marathon in this weekend’s Great Limerick Run. Ó Ceallaigh will be running this Sunday, May 3 in aid of ADAPT services, which provides support for victims of domestic abuse locally.
“I signed up a couple of months ago to give myself plenty of training time, and it has paid off. It’s a great opportunity to motivate yourself, and get out doing exercise,” Séighin revealed.
“I’ve done 10km runs before but wanted to push myself a lot more this time, it’s a completely different type of run, as it’s a lot longer and requires much more endurance training. I’ve had to train in a different style, as I’m used to intense training from my years as a boxer,” Ó Ceallaigh told the Limerick Post.
The Sinn Féin councillor, who turns 23 on the day of the Great Limerick Run, confessed that running in aid of such a worthy cause as ADAPT, makes it all worthwhile.
It will be the icing on my birthday cake that day,” he said jokingly.
“Domestic abuse is a serious problem, and it’s often a difficult one for people, and Gardaí to deal with. ADAPT provide the support to victims, including children, in order to end the abusive situation they are in, and help them rebuild their lives. It truly is an honour to run, as it will raise awareness of domestic abuse, and some funds for the services they provide.”