AGSI has contributed to the sponsorship of Tania McCabe Foundation, a charity organised to raise funds for hospital equipment in the memory of the young female sergeant who died tragically after childbirth. Over 100 members and friends of An Garda Siochana also took part in Gaelforce West, a marathon gruelling event, also to raise funds for the foundation duing a recent weekend in Westport, Co. Mayo Taking part in the event was Aidan McCabe, husband of Tania and he is pictured here with his two sons Adam and Ben.
The Tania McCabe Foundation aims to raise €50,000 for vital equipment for special care units at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and Unit B at Holles Street Hospital, Dublin.
An estimated 3,000 people took part in the Gaelforce event, one of the world’s largest adventure and gruelling races and many thousands also were spectators along the route. About 150 gardai from all parts of the country took part and the popular winner of the ‘most senior’ award was Inspector Gus Keane, Gus Keane, Balbriggan.
MC for the presentations was Philip McCabe, father of Aidan and father-in-law to the late Tania.
The course covered 67.5K (41 miles) and involved Running, Cycling and Kayaking. It involved a beach and road run for 13k, kayaking across Killary Harbour for 1k, road run through a bog for 3.5k, cycling for 35k, mountain run/hike to top of Croagh Patrick for 4.5k, and cycle and Run to finish line for12k.
The route was spectacularly beautiful, ranging as it did through Co. Mayo’s magnificent beaches, bays, mountains and bogs.