Relay for Life Returns for 10th Anniversary

The popular fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society returns after a 2 year break

All pics by Amanda Burke

The committee of Relay for Life invited dignitaries, sponsors and team members to the Rugby Club to Launch the fundraising event on Friday night. After a 2 year hiatus the popular fundraiser is back for its 10th anniversary.

George Candler was emcee for the evening and welcomed Kathleen Funchion TD, Councillor Maria Dollard and Mayor Andrew McGuiness who arrived in support. Andrew McGuiness spoke in glowing terms of the work that has been carried out by the volunteers who spearhead the unique 24 hour long event. Committee Chairperson Patsie Cummins echoed his sentiments and explained to the attendees that all monies raised as part of Relay for Life Kilkenny stays in the local area to provide services such as transport and the provision of night nurses.

The concept of Relay for Life is based around teams, formed weeks in advance, teams register online and then organise various fundraising activities to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. This culminates with the 24 hour Relay event where teams must have one member on the track at all times.

While people take to the track there is a family festival feel at the venue where the committee have a stage for live entertainment, a wellness tent and a hospitality area to keep the crowds well nourished.

Despite being called Relay for Life there is no level of fitness required to take part. People take things at their own pace and give as much or as little time on the track as they feel comfortable. If you are not a member of a team you can still come and enjoy the day and support those who are participating. After a break of 2 years the committee is strongly encouraging people to come out and visit because Relay is the type of event that you need to experience to fully understand the impact.

This year’s event starts at 3pm on July 2nd and continues until 3pm on July 3rd in the Rugby Club. There is still plenty of time to register your team and start your fundraising efforts. You can register at or contact the team on Facebook or Instagram or send an email to

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