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Minister Deenihan invites diaspora home to run SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon

Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, has today joined forces with Sonia O’Sullivan and Frank Greally to invite members of the Irish diaspora home to run the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon

Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, has today joined forces with Sonia O’Sullivan and Frank Greally to invite members of the Irish diaspora home to run the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon.
 

Speaking today, Minister Deenihan said:

 

“The SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon is one of Ireland’s most prestigious sporting events. I hope that members of our diaspora will consider signing up and travelling home to take part. The marathon is an opportunity not only to visit home but also to meet with other Irish people living and working all over the world.
 
“The recently launched 'Global Irish: Ireland's Diaspora Policy' emphasised the importance of facilitating two-way diaspora engagement at local, national and international level.  I hope that this effort to bring members of our diaspora back to participate in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will contribute to achieving this and will also encourage other similar initiatives throughout Ireland.”
 
The high profile sports event will be supplemented by a number of networking events organised by the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Business networks including The Irish International Business Network and the Irish Network USA will encourage members of the diaspora working overseas to return home to take part in the marathon. 

 

Speaking at the launch, Sonia O’Sullivan said:

 

“I am thrilled to be involved in this exciting initiative which provides a great opportunity for members of the diaspora to network and participate in a great sporting event. I will be leading a team of emigrants in this year’s race and urge all those who can to get involved.”
 
Frank Greally, Irish Runner magazine editor, added:

 

“I think this is a really great initiative by Minister Jimmy Deenihan who has himself run the Dublin Marathon on two occasions. I am sure that hundreds of the Irish diaspora  across the world will rise to this Dublin Marathon challenge and follow the specially tailored 22 week marathon training programme that will be launched in May. Completing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in October should make for a unique kind of homecoming –a special achievement to celebrate with family and friends.” 
 

ENDS
Press Office
24 April 2015