Dublin detective smashes marathon for Pieta House – with just one lung

by Rachel Darcy

A Detective in the Garda Ballistics unit, who lost a lung on duty some time ago, completed the Dublin Marathon last Sunday in aid of Pieta House.

Detective Alan Curry completed the marathon race in just over five hours in an effort to raise much needed funds for the suicide prevention charity.

To raise money for the marathon, Alan held a well attended coffee morning at Garda Headquarters last Friday, attended by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and several other Gardai from his section and further afield.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette, Alan said that the coffee morning raised over €2,500, in conjunction with on-going fundraising through his Facebook page.

“The function was held and hosted in the Ballistics Section Garda Headquarters, with the Commissioner Drew Harris attending, as did a large crowd from the Depot. Sinead Ronan of Pieta House &, Sarah Kelly of Tesco Ireland all attended as well, and Tesco Navan Road and SuperValu Ashtown very kindly donated to our morning,” Alan said.

This was Alan’s first marathon, and he said that he was thrilled to be able to complete the race to benefit such a worthy cause.

“This was my first [marathon] and with only one lung, I made it home in 5 hours and 15 minutes. I’m so over the moon!

“I was always going to try to bring it home for Pieta House once I decided I was doing the marathon for them.

“As an organisation, [An Garda Siochana] have been touched greatly by suicide.

“I have lost colleagues, friends and family to it, and it is an epidemic at the moment,” Alan said.

“Pieta House do outstanding work, and rely on donations and fundraising for over 85% of their funding.

“When I approached my bosses they were so supportive, and gave me all the assistance I needed,” he continued.

The detective had vast amount of supports from his colleagues, friends and family in the race.

Dozens of people commenting on a Facebook post showing support to Alan, backing him in his endeavours to raise money for Pieta House last weekend.

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