24 Years a Running

Although this is the 24th year, €4.75 million has been raised over 23 years, which has helped countless homeless young people both at home and abroad through the Peter McVerry Trust, The Hope Foundation, and previously through GOAL.

The fundraiser was originally the idea of Eoin MacNeill and Joe Kelly of A&L Goodbody. In January 1999, Eoin and Joe approached the Law Society to explore ways of bringing the legal profession together to create an annual fundraising event to support homeless children in Ireland and in Calcutta. They met with Ken Murphy, who introduced them to Cillian MacDomhnaill and the idea of Calcutta Run was born! Eoin, Joe and Cillian are still centrally involved in the Calcutta Run today.

Spurred by the success of the inaugural run in 1999, the event has grown from strength to strength including three editions of the Calcutta Run Cycle Sportive (2017 to 2019). Calcutta Run accommodates walkers, runners as well as golfers and Tag rugby players with events taking place in Dublin, Calcutta, Cork and virtually anywhere in Ireland and the world!

Over 1,500 people took part in 2019, raising an incredible €300,000. The same amount again was raised when over 1,000 people took part virtually throughout Ireland within their 5k limit. In total, €500,000 was raised virtually in 2020 and 2021! An incredible achievement during difficult and unprecedented times and something to be proud of by the legal profession.

We want to raise €300,000 this year. With extra effort from all the firms and individuals involved we think we can do it!

If you have been in all 23 runs or close to it, or have novel fundraising ideas for your firm, please let us know by contacting h.kavanagh@lawsociety.ie.

We need your help to make this year special.

Our Ambassadors and supporters over the years