Tarren Amor and Alisdair McDermid-Smith recently completed Ironman Finland in support of the Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship and the Safe and Sound Organisation. A huge achievement and we were touched and honoured that Taz and Ali choose to use the event to fundraise for Eoin's scholarship. They donated €2950, pretty much covering two full years of the scholarship! The event happened to fall on the 6th anniversary of Eoin's passing and it is incredible to think of the feats the two lads achieved on that day in Finland this year! We hope to welcome both of them in Cork at some stage, but for now are just very grateful from afar.
This backstory is taken from Taz and Ali's facebook -
This year our aspirations have aligned and we find ourselves on the journey towards our first Ironman. As if 2020 wasn't challenging enough, we thought training for and completing an Ironman in 2021 whilst navigating life at sea should add a little extra spice.
We became great friends 5 years back meeting through the yachting industry and a shared passion for surfing and 'kiting'. For the past 3 years, we have been lucky enough to work on the same watersports-orientated vessel and continue to raise each other's standards in and out of the water. This lifestyle keeps us fit and healthy, but this year the desire to push our physical and mental limits calls us into one of the greatest endurance challenges going. By no means are we triathletes, but we are physically able and hungry to prove our potential as both individuals and friends.
There will, of course, be some hurdles along our journey within this global pandemic. As we've already seen there are no guarantees with travel or event planning these days, but this will not stop us from pushing ourselves for good cause. We will endeavor to complete the Ironman in Tahko, Finland on August 14th, but if for any reason this does not go ahead we will complete the next available event or just do it on our own.
We will tackle this path of chosen hardship over the next 6 months with the aim to raise money and awareness for those whom are not lucky enough to make such choices.
We are completing this event to raise money for two amazing charities:
The Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship
Safe and Sound Organisation
Eoin didn't get to build the great body of work he had hoped, but we think this work stands testament to his unique spirit and insight. This is Eoin's legacy, and our attempt to fulfil his wish as best we can. Thanks to Leanne O Sullivan and John McCarthy for help with editing and to Cónal Creedon for writing a wonderful foreword.
The book is available to buy under the "donate / buy" link above. All proceeds go to the Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship.
With love, Is fada arís go bhfeicfimid a leithéid.
On August 29th we held a tribute night to mark the 4th anniversary of Eoin's passing. These have become really special nights where Eoin's friends and family gather to remember him and invite others who may have never met him but have been touched by his work or the scholarship to join us. This year the night felt hopeful and joyful with lots of laughs and warm moments as we remembered Eoin through music, poetry, stories and chats.
Our 2019 scholar, Rose Keating, read her work. As did 2 of our runner-ups, Molly Twomey and Kel Menton. We also had many musical and poetry performances from friends of Eoin.
Our family are as ever hugely grateful to Eoin's friends in organising this celebration every year. We've put together a playlist of some of the performances on the night. The shakey camera and audio work does not do the night justice! Hopefully you get the idea though! You can see the entire playlist here.
Thank you again for all the support. Eoin would be proud of the scholarship and would be so touched by the continuing tributes and love being shown for him.
Our next fundraiser is on March 20th in The Poor Relation bar, Cork.
Doors open at 7.30 and there will be a combination of music and spoken word performance. You can feast your ears on deadly tunes such as this:
Besides Cassidy Club, we will have music from Chinese Elevator Music, Annie Bloch & band, Mark Leonard and Richard Murray - all former bandmates of Eoin, Elaine Malone and Caoimhe Ní Chuilleagáin.
There will be spoken word performance from The English Literature Society, Ó Bheal and Eimear Hurley.
There is no entrance fee on the night. We will collect donations and hold a raffle. We will also have a merchandise table where you can buy some of Eoin's poetry books and related artwork from friends.
The deadline for submitting to the scholarship is March 23rd, so get submitting!!
Chinese Elevator Music reunited for Eoin's tribute night, 2017:
Annie Bloch & band
On the 15th of October, Eoin's brother Brian (together with honorary Murray and long time best friend, Jonathon Finn) ran the Palma Marathon to raise funds for the scholarship.
Brian started running four months ago (!) and decided that he would complete a marathon, before his 30th birthday, in memory of Eoin and in support of the scholarship.
Brian and Jonathon had a team of supporters in his parents; Jim and Tess, his sister; Maria and Jonathon's parents; John and Roseleen.
In total, Brian managed to raise over €2000. Words can't really express how humbled and grateful we all are for all the support and interest to date. It's overwhelming, both the donations and the emails and letters we have been receiving in support of the scholarship. We feel this is an opportunity to create something positive out of a terrible tragedy. Nothing can really ease the loss of Eoin being here, gifting the world with his work. However this scholarship is something he would have been proud of, and in the lack of Eoin's poetic voice in the world, we can support others.
Thank you again for all of your support, well wishes and love.
This September 24th, Teresa Murray (Eoin's mother) together with friends and family, completed the Cork Women's Mini Marathon in aid of the Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship. Together they raised in excess of €1500. We greatly appreciate their generosity with their time and donations. The support and encouragement for the scholarship has been overwhelming and we are so touched that so many people have pitched in to help
A very heartfelt thanks to all of you!
On Saturday the 12th of August we held both the third tribute night for Eoin and the launch of the Eoin Murray memorial scholarship.
It was a wonderful night with an intimate and healing atmosphere. The love for Eoin was palpable in the room, and the tributes to him in both song and spoken word were beautiful.
We raised almost €1000 that night and we're very happy with this as a start to the fundraising activities.
You can view the full playlist of tributes from that night by clicking here.