2000 people take part in Curracloe walk for Darren Corrigan

By Maria Pepper

Shane Corrigan, Pat Ennis (organiser), Killian Corrigan, Alicia Corrigan and Colm Corrigan at the 5K walk in Curracloe.
Shane Corrigan, Pat Ennis (organiser), Killian Corrigan, Alicia Corrigan and Colm Corrigan at the 5K walk in Curracloe.
Darren Corrigan has been in a coma since the quad bike accident last year

Quad bike accident victim Darren Corrigan's mother Marissa stayed by his hospital beside last Saturday as an estimated 2,000 people turned up in unexpected sunshine for a 5km walk in his name, to raise money for Wexford General Hospital.

Marissa didn't want to leave Darren (21) who has been in a coma since suffering a serious head injury in the devastating accident over eight months ago while his dad Colm and his two brothers and his sister joined other family members and friends on the walk organised by Pat Ennis.

The young Screen man has not woken up since the quad bike crash which happened in a field near his home on June 23 2016. He has undergone a series of surgeries in Beaumont Hospital and has also received treatment and care at Wexford General Hospital which is to benefit from the successful fundraising walk.

At an outdoor ceremony before the walk began last Saturday evening, Screen parish priest Fr. Denis Kelly led the crowd in a prayer for Darren and his family who have endured a prolonged and heartbreaking ordeal as they continue to wait for a change in his condition.

Organiser Pat Ennis, manager of Freddie's Bar in Screen thanked everyone who took part in the event which attracted a large gathering of people who arrived to support Darren's family and the hospital, including members of his sporting clubs Blackwater GAA and Curracloe Soccer.

'It was a fantastic turn-out and I would like to thank everyone for their support, especially all those who generously provided sponsorship,' he said.

'The weather forecast was bad, it was supposed to rain but when we got down to the beach, the sun started shining which was lovely' said Pat.

Freddie's Bar hosted a well-attended barbecue with music, an auction and a raffle after the walk. The amount of money raised is still being counted and will be announced at a later date when all sponsorship has been collected.

Wexford People