Inis Iron Meain

Galway Hero’s Gavin Hennigan & Pat Lam joined 45 Members of the Defence Forces and hundreds of runners to raise Funds for Coláiste Naomh Eoin, a boarding School with a Difference on Inis Meáin, Oileán Árainn.

The Inis Iron Meain, one of Ireland’s longest established and renowned annual adventure races, took place last Saturday the 11th March 2017 at 1pm and was a huge success.

As the main beneficiary of the event, the Islands Secondary school, Coláiste Naomh Eoin, was well represented by all of their students. Alongside so many return runners from past years, they were be joined by Extreme Athlete and proud Galwayman, Gavan Hennigan and 45 Members of our Defence forces who completed the event in full operational uniform. Our Samoan Islander and Galwayman, Pat Lam, Connacht Rugby Coach was the official race starter and got things underway at 1pm.

This year’s event acknowledged the contribution of the Islanders to the Easter Rising of 1916 by a flag raising ceremony which was conducted by the participating members of the Defence forces, and was an event to behold as the exceptionally high standards of the Irish Defence Forces are well acknowledged.

The Island’s secondary school is one of Ireland’s most successful small schools and this event ensures the viability of the Atlantic gem.

The event is run over three distances to suit competitors of all levels. Runners choose from 5km, 10km or 12 km in some of the most scenic, natural and sometimes demanding environments on the western edge of Europe. Runners enjoy the spectacular beach run along Ceann Gainimh. The number of return runners and growing numbers of participants year on year is testament to the enjoyability of this race.

The course itself is one of outstanding natural beauty that really gives you a taste of all the Island has to offer. The hospitality and the humor of the locals will leave you in awe of an undoubtedly resourceful people who have thrived on the Island for Millennia.

All competitors received a gift pack which included a souvenir T-Shirt and a beanie hat from the luxury Inis Meáin label along with lots of nutritional goodies. Post-primary boarding scholarship competition for 2018-2019 is now open for an alternative immersive education experience –

For more information contact
School Principal Máiread Ní Fhatharta – 087 777 5567