Charity treasure hunt at Lough Derg boat rally

BOAT lovers will converge in Killaloe, Co Clare, for a charity treasure hunt on Lough Derg.

Now in its second year, The Captains Run 2011 takes next weekend and follows the huge success of last year’s inaugural event, which attracted more than 150 people onto the lake.

This year’s event will raise vital funds for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers and pleasure craft of all shapes and sizes will take part.

At least 50 boats are expected to sign up for the Captains Run where participants will search for playing cards hidden in mystery locations on the lake.

The boat that returns with the best poker hand will be crowned ‘Captain of the Lake’ and hold the title until next year’s event.

All proceeds raised on the day will be donated to TLC 4 Cystic Fibrosis; the mid west branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

“TLC 4 Cystic Fibrosis represents the three counties of Tipperary, Limerick and Clare that have come together to get better facilities for cystic fibrosis suffers at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick,” Linda Drennan, treasurer of TLC 4 Cystic Fibrosis, said.

The group is currently fundraising to fit out the new €4m cystic fibrosis unit which is due to open at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in January 2013.

“We have a lot of money raised for the build side of the project, but we need to raise over €1m to kit out the new unit so we really appreciate the generosity of everyone who organises fundraising events for us especially in the current climate, and we are extremely grateful to the organisers of the Captains Run for thinking of us as these funds are badly needed,” Ms Drennan added.

According to Andree Walkin of UL Activity Centre, the Captains Run 2011 is an ideal opportunity for boat lovers to enjoy a family fun day out on the water.

“Last year we had boats of all shapes and sizes and at the end of the day it’s the boat with the highest poker hand that wins so it doesn’t matter if you’re in a small boat or a speed boat,” she said.

Irish International rugby player Ian Dowling will fire the starting gun before the race takes off outside Flanagan’s Restaurant in Ballina and participants are invited to dress up for the occasion.

Registration for the Captains Run 2011 is still open at


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