Tributes paid to well-known Clondalkin runner, Jamsie Hempsey

by Gazette Reporter

Tributes have been paid to well-known Clondalkin man and avid runner, Jamsie Hempsey, who passed away in Cork.

Famous for running 10km runs in fancy dress, Hempsey was “the legend of Clondalkin,” says local councillor Francis Timmons.

“I was saddened to learn of the death of Jamsie Hempsey. I knew Jamsie as a neighbour for many years and as chair of the Clondalkin Patrick’s Day committee.”

Hempsey was also known for walking in the local St Patrick’s Day parade in elaborate costume and cycling on a brightly painted bicycle.

“He was delighted that the parade returned to Clondalkin and spent weeks sorting out his costume and shining his bike for the parade,” said Timmons.

Hempsey was a former gunner in the Irish Defence Forces. It tweeted: “Óglaigh na hÉireann extends its sympathies to the family & friends of Gunner (Retd) Jamsie Hempsey.

“Jamsie competed in 35 consecutive An Cosantóir 10km races and was renowned in running circles for the elaborate fancy dress he wore whilst competing.”

Former Defence Forces member John McCormick also expressed his sympathies, tweeting that Jamsie was a regular visitor to Casement Aerodrome Centre where he had his lunch most days.

“He was adopted by the Air Corps and if he didn’t turn up, Irish Air Corps personnel would check why. RIP,” he said.

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