23 Years a Running

Our Ambassadors and supporters over the years

Although this is the 23nd year, €4.6 million has been raised over 22 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 now accommodates walkers, runners as well as soccer and tennis players with events taking place in Dublin, New York, Calcutta and Cork! 

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. An incredible achievement and something to be proud of by the legal profession.

We want to raise this amount again in 2021. With extra effort from all the firms and individuals involved we think we can do it!

If you have been in all 22 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.