Honouring the legend Michael ‘Curley’ Cunningham

Friday 11th May at 7.30pm in Galbally

On the morning of the 20th May 2017 came the sad news of the passing of our dear friend Curley. Michael Cunnigham more affectionly known as Curley in the running world passed away after a short illness which he bravely bore. Curley a quite and unassuming man had a great love of running and competed on road, field and mountain. Distance didn’t matter 5 km to marathons sometimes two to three competitive runs on a weekend. Curley started his running career with Bilboa AC and when we found out that Curley had decided to join us at mooreabbey milers we knew we were getting an upcoming star. While proudly sporting the purple and white of the mooreabbey milers Curley took a podium position in nearly every race he ran most notably his bronze medal in the masters world mountain running championship in Wales in 2015. I personally got to know Curley while manning an aid station on the loop de loop marathon where I discovered Curley had not only a love for running but also a love for pedigree cattle, vintage cars and tractors. While sitting in deck chairs at this aid station Curley taught me that anyone can run your not always born with it but you most certainly can learn it. Your support in remembering Curley would be very much appreciated.

The Michael ‘Curley’ Cunningham 4 mile’
We at Mooreabbey Milers are looking forward to welcoming you all to Galbally on Friday 11th of May at 7.30pm for the Michael ‘Curley’ Cunningham 4 mile run.
Registration is open online at https://themichaelcurleycunningham4mile.itsyourrace.com//register
Registration online will remain open until Thursday 10th of May at 11.55pm, registration will also be open on the night in the community hall Galbally from 6pm to 7.15pm, €12. Race begins at 7.30pm sharp at ‘Jack Ryan’s cross’ on the Galbally to Garryspillane road. On the night the race will be chip timed by Premier Chip Timing, safety marshals will be on the route and light refreshments will be served in the community hall afterwards. A perpetual cup will be presented to the overall winner of the race on the night in Curleys honour along with cash prizes for the first 3 men and women. A donation will be made to the oncology unit of CUH in Curleys name as per his wishes.

Curley will not only be remembered on Friday 11th in Galbally but is remembered every time many of his friends go running themselves. He has been greatly missed over the last year by family, friends, club and running mates and a hole has been left in the running community of Limerick, Munster & Nationally. If we can pay tribute to his honourable legacy at all it would be to run, run for the sheer joy of it and when your legs are aching and your lungs are ready to explode just be thankful that you can feel all this, the good and the bad. Appreciate the simplicity of running as Curley did every day.

”A dear precious soul one year on you closed your eyes and passed away.

Your missed so much more than you could know. There are memories of you in all places we go.

The laughs that we had, the tears that’s we have cried, the memories you have left live on brightly inside.

We want you back here but know that can’t be, til we meet again run on be free.”

We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared it with Curley.