A Marathon suc­cess – for the run­ners

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – My wife and I just com­pleted the Dublin Marathon (on Sun­day). Hats off to the or­gan­is­ers and all the vol­un­teers. Not to men­tion all the peo­ple who came out to cheer. Su­perb or­gan­i­sa­tion, and a wholly up­lift­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Thank you to ev­ery­one. Now for that bath. – Yours, etc,

HUGH Mc DON­NELL, Ter­mon­feckin, Co Louth.

Sir, – While run­ning a marathon is part of life for run­ners, so too is at­tend­ing Sun­day morn­ing wor­ship for par­ish con­gre­ga­tions, and vis­it­ing sick rel­a­tives in hospi­tal by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

The sched­ul­ing of the SSE Dublin City Marathon on a Sun­day morn­ing made it im­pos­si­ble for many Dublin parish­ioners to at­tend weekly wor­ship, which for some older peo­ple, is one of their few op­por­tu­ni­ties for so­cial con­tact.

The marathon route along­side St Vin­cent’s Hospi­tal and re­sult­ing de­lays in the wider area cre­ated sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems in ac­cess­ing the hospi­tal.

Vis­its to pa­tients are most im­por­tant on a bank hol­i­day week­end while oth­ers are away and there is less med­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for pa­tients.

Is it too much too ask that Dublin­ers have ac­cess to their hos­pi­tals and churches in the day of the SSE Dublin City Marathon? Bet­ter plan­ning in fu­ture would avoid such clashes. – Yours, etc,

Rev ANNE-MARIE O’FAR­RELL, Dun­drum, Dublin 16.

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