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Kevin goes on the run for 2017

Thursday, 13th April, 2017 1:00am

Imagine running 32 races, in 32 counties, in one year!

That’s what East Cork’s Kevin O’Donovan is planning to do and he’s hoping to fundraise for the Cork Deaf Association and the Irish Deaf Society along the way.

He plans to run a race – be it a half marathon or a 5km – in every single county on the island of Ireland in 2017, taking a picture at each road sign as he goes.

So far, Kevin has completed 12 races and has raised over €1,700 for his two chosen charities; one of which was, of course, his own county of Cork. His first race on 1 January was the Bandon Five Mile, where Kevin clocked in with a time of 43 minutes 34 seconds, just under 50 seconds off his personal best.

Kevin has chosen to work with the deaf community because as a child he suffered with Specific Speech Disorder, meaning it was difficult for him to articulate his thoughts. The decision was made that he would attend Our Lady’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Douglas, which he said “changed my life”.

He said: “Even though I was never deaf, I made many great friends during my time there. Thanks to them, I could go onto mainstream secondary school and onto college where I got my honours degree in Chemistry in Cork Institute of Technology.”

With regards to the challenge he said: “This challenge is also to encourage people that if you keep on trying, you will succeed. So, as I say – let’s have a go and bring it on!”

Kevin’s next race, the Edenderry 10 mile, takes place on 17 April. For more information about Kevin’s 32 county challenge visit or and to donate visit

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