09 Aug 2022

'Very special event' at Waterford Airport in memory of Dara Fitzpatrick

'Very special event' at Waterford Airport in memory of Dara Fitzpatrick

The late Dara Fitzpatrick

The third annual Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run will take place at Waterford Airport on September 14. 

The event, which is a 5k run in aid of Waterford Hospice's home care team and the Search and Rescue Dog Association , starts at 10am on the day. 

This year's finisher’s medal depicts a Sikorsky S92 helicopter flying over the runners on the runway, with the numbers 116 in the background. 

On the back of the medal keeping watch over the runners are four flying doves honouring lost Rescue 116 crew members Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, Winch Operator Paul Ormsby and Winchman Ciarán Smith.

"Each year for the Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run, produces a medal that captures the essence of what is a very special event. As a family we're often told how proud people are of their Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run medals and the 2019 design will certainly be a beautiful addition to the collection," says Niamh Fitzpatrick. 

"It's especially lovely to see the runners represented this year. We love it, so a big thank you from the Fitzpatrick family to all involved in producing such a unique finisher's medal. We're very grateful," she adds. 

Speaking about the medal, one of the event's organisers, Ray Leahy, says: “The doves are a beautiful tribute to the four crew of Rescue 116 who tragically lost their lives in the service of others on March 14, 2017.”

Participants can register for the event, donate and find more information at The number of participants is limited and is filling up fast, so those interested are advised to register early to avoid disappointment.

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