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Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk

You can now register for the event "Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk" on "Sunday, 26 June 2016"

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The Walk

Welcome to the 7th Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk on June 26th June 2016 and thank you for your support and inspiration over the past 6 years!

We are now registering for the 7th Killaloe Pink Ribbon "Mid-Summer" Walk on SUNDAY JUNE 26TH 2016. The walk will again be through the beautiful twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina, spanning the counties of Clare and Tipperary. We welcome new and old participants and look forward to a fantastic fun-filled day. 



Important Information for this year's walk - you can register anytime online and event details will be updated closer to the time. The registration age has been lowered to 12 years. 

Registration on Sunday is from 9am to 11.15am - at the Lakeside Hotel Ballina.

If you have any questions please call us on +353 85 106 4808 or email at

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter  for regular updates and news. 

Information you will need:

1. Register online on - registration is €20

2. The walk starts and finishes at the Lakeside Hotel Ballina: The start time is 12pm. Warm up starts at 11.30am.

3. There is ample parking available for all walkers at the Lakeside Hotel.

4. If you haven't already done so please follow us on Facebook - here we have all the events that are being held coming up to the walk and anything else you need to know. We would love to hear from you also

5. You can email us anytime on

6. If you are arranging a fundraising event please let us know and we will make sure you get some posters and flyers. Email us on 
















The Route

Beginning at the Lakeside Hotel in Ballina, Co Tipperary we will take you through the picturesque village of Ballina, over the famous Killaloe Bridge, through old Killaloe town and onto what is locally known as the 'round' the Garraunboy loop, a route loved by all the local walking enthusiasts.

The 10km route allows the walkers and runners to experience the most of the spectacular views and brings you up some steep hills  before meandering down to follow the shores of Lough Derg.

You finish where you started, back at the Lakeside Hotel

Race Number/t-shirt collection

Check In : Saturday June 25th 2016 from 3.00pm to 6.00pm at St. Anne’s Secondary School, Killaloe. 
Check In:  Sunday morning June 26th from 9am to 11.15am  in the Lakeside Hotel Ballina. 

At Check In, you are invited to collect your race number and official pink ribbon t-shirt. Please bring with you any sponsorship also.

Start time

From 11.30am we will begin with the motivational warm up, under the expert leadership of Carmell de Mello on the lawns of the Lakeside Hotel. Carmell will ensure that we are all properly warmed up with some light exercises and stretches.

The Pink Ribbon Walk starts at 12pm sharp from the Lakeside Hotel. We welcome participants with all level of fitness and would ask that those choosing to run the route take their place closest to the start line, while those choosing to have a more leisurely stroll and enjoy the spectacular scenery can join the 'back of the pack'.


The course takes place entirely on sealed main and country roads.


The expected time to complete the 10km walk will be about 2.5 hours and will suit walkers with an average level of fitness. There will be plenty of water stops along the route and - if we are lucky like previous years - the lovely locals may have a few treats along the way.


Sui able footwear is recommended, so leave the stilettos at home (or put them in your bag for dancing later!)

We are in the beautiful west of Ireland so we do suggest that you bring rain gear just in case and would ask that no rain dancing is done the night before!

The finish line

The walk/run will finish back at the Lakeside Hotel. On presentation of your race number, you will be awarded a medal and be offered some refreshments - including ice- cream, burgers and hot dogs. The Lakeside will be holding a garden party the afternoon of the Pink Ribbon Walk, with entertainment for all the family in their fabulous grounds. We will also be screening the Ireland v. France Euro 2016 Match on large screens, so do stick around to enjoy the atmosphere. 

We are also pleased to report that as in 2011-2015 we will have our pink pamperers looking after your tired body. We will have trained masseurs, reflexologists, reikists and bar staff to tender to your every need!.


We do ask each walker to try and raise much needed funds in sponsorship. However, we understand that we are in difficult times, so we ask that you try and do what you can - every cent counts. You might want to get a group together and have a cake sale, a jumble sale, or girls' night in in order to raise some funds - do keep us posted on Facebook.

You may find it easier to collect your sponsorship money online rather than in person, the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk is now an affiliated event on

Local Info

About Killaloe and Ballina

Killaloe, Co. Clare and Ballina, Co. Tipperary are situated on either side of the River Shannon and are joined by a beautiful arched bridge that spans the river.

Things to do

The towns are famous for their lively pubs and quality restaurants, while nearby Lough Derg is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and anglers. The area is also well-known among hill-walkers, who enjoy its stunning scenery.

Learn more about Killaloe

Discover Ireland: Killaloe

Discover Killaloe 


Hotels & B&B's

Ballina and Killaloe are both popular tourist destinations and therefore has accommodation to fit any budget. The list below is supplied by the website

Following the Pink Ribbon Walk, there is always lots of fun to be had - so why not make a weekend of it and stay in our glorious village?!


The Lakeside Hotel Pink Ribbon Special



The Lakeside Hotel in Ballina is offering special rates for Killaloe Pink Ribbon walkers.

All rates include complimentary use of our indoor leisure facilities, the perfect place to relax and unwind after the walk

Tel: 061 376122

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

Glocca Morra B&B


Glocca Morra B&B is a 4 star Failte Ireland Approved Bed and Breakfast situated in Ogonnelloe, Killaloe, Scarriff, County Clare, Ireland, with breathtaking views of Lough Derg, the Slieve Bernagh Mountains of Clare, and the Arra Mountains of Tipperary. Just outside the Heritage Towns of Killaloe and Ballina, only 45 minutes drive to Shannon Airport and 30 minutes to Limerick City. Come and discover the history and majestic land of King Brian Boru, the last High King of Ireland, and follow his footsteps through this enchanted area. Glocca Morra Bed and Breakfast is a superb location for the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside, with over an acre of mature gardens, and an ideal base for guests touring Counties Clare, Limerick, Galway, and Tipperary.
Tel: +353 (0)61 923172
For more info:

Derg House B&B

Derg house is a bed and breakfast located in Killaloe Town overlooking the River Shannon. The property boasts six ensuite rooms, three doubles, two twins and one family room. There is a Deli and Coffee shop located on the premises. Tea and coffee facilities and TV in each room. Centrally located with many local amenities. Local free parking available fifty yards away from the property. John and Siobhan Cassidy, Derg House, Royal Parade, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Tel: +353 (0)61 375599
Mobile: +353 (0)87 2936363


Carramore Lodge B&B

Spacious family home on 1.5 acres of beautiful gardens, panoramic views, beside Lough Derg on River Shannon, 5 minutes walk to village, pubs, restaurants. Ideal for fishing, water sports and hill walking. Close to Shannon Airport and ideal base for touring mid West region.
Tel: +353 (0)61 376704
Mobile: +353 (0)86 3728477
For more info:


Kincora House B&B 



Kincora House is situated in the centre of the beautiful Historic Killaloe town. This is one of the most picturesque area's of the Emerald Isle with Killaloe/Ballina recognised as Heritage town's of Ireland. Kincora House is a charming old house and offers comfor able accommodation that is within walking distance of many of the local attractions.
Tel: +353 (0)61 376149
For more info:


Lakeland House B&B


Friendly award winning B&B beside Lough Derg on the River Shannon in the vibrant heritage towns of Ballina/Killaloe. Situated in tranquil surroundings with lovely gardens and off street parking, yet only two minutes walk to lake, amenities, restaurants, pubs, hotels and shops. Shannon Airport and Ennis only forty minutes away, Limerick and Nenagh – twenty minutes. An ideal base for touring and an ideal holiday destination. For a unique holiday by the banks of the River Shannon in the beautiful heritage town of Ballina/Killaloe contact Trudy.
Tel: +353 (0)61 375658
Mobile: +353 (0)87 6387653
For more info:


Lantern House Restaurant and B&B

Located on a hill overlooking the bottom end of Lough Derg and Killaloe The Lantern House comprises of six luxury bedrooms, all en suite and with direct dial phones and TV in each room, a licensed bar with an extensive wine list, and a restaurant which is open to residents and non residents. Liz and Phil are your hosts and will welcome you with warmest of hospitality and personal attention at all times.
Tel: +353 (0)61 923034
For more info:


Shannon Breeze B&B 

On R496 comfor able relaxing spacious B&B in close proximity to Killaloe on river Shannon, private garden. Shannon airport - 18 miles, Limerick University 12 miles. Activities: Hill Walking, Riverside Walks, Watersports, Horseriding, Golf, Fishing, boat trips, heritage town, pitch and putt, traditional Irish music and set dancing. Award winning restaurants and pubs in the area. Super location, close proximity to shores of Lough Derg.
Tel: +353 (0)61 375027
For more info:


 Whitethorn Lodge B&B



Modern and friendly family home, in the tranquil and secluded setting of the picturesque heritage towns of Ballina and Killaloe on Lough Derg. Within 10 minutes walk of the hotel, restaurants, pubs and shops. It is also an ideal base for touring the counties of Clare, Tipperary, Limerick, Galway and Offaly. Located 25 miles from Shannon Airport and 14 miles from Limerick City and Limerick University and 12 miles from Nenagh. Private car parking available.
Tel: +353 (0)61 375257
Mobile: +353 (0)87 9177235
For more info:


Self Catering Accommodation

AnnaCarriga Holiday Village


There is a range of different properties available for rental in this holiday village. There are houses and holiday cottages that are three and four bedroomed. The village is in an ideal location fro exploring the lake and its surrounding areas.
Tel: +353 (0)61 376777

Trident Lakeside Holiday Homes


These modern self catering holiday homes are situated on the shores of Lough Derg just a 10 minute walk from the little town of Killaloe. The properties are just minutes from UL Activity Centre.
Tel: +353 (0)1 2018400


Sheena Holiday Home

Sheena, Main Street, Killaloe, Co. Clare

Main Street, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Tel: +353 (0)61 376764





As we are sure you can imagine putting something together like the Pink Ribbon Walk requires a lot of work, and money! And something that we are very passionate about is that all monies raised goes towards Action Breast Cancer.

So to do this we have to get everything sponsored, from the water that you drink on the day to the hi-vis jackets worn by the organisers, the toilets, the signs, the medals, race numbers etc.

So we ask local companies for sponsorship, and it’s our job to ensure that these lovely kind and generous companies get the acknowledgment they so deserve. 

We would then kindly ask that you say thank you on our behalf through looking on their web sites or taking a mental note to use them the next time. Without these super sponsors, our jobs would be very difficult indeed.



















Thank Yous







"Thank you very much you are so brilliant,
thank you very much thank you very very very much,
thank you very much for helping pink ribbon,
thank you very very very very very much!"


For the sixth year running we have benefited so much from the generosity of people, and we owe them so much - the Pink Ribbon Walk would be impossible without each and every one of them - so a big pink ribbon thank you to you all.


Firstly we have to say Thank You to Rossa Hogan he kindly provides us his huge massive lorry which we use as a stage on the day of the Pink Ribbon Walk, he also lent us the lorry for the St.Patrick's Day Parade - and not only the lorry but himself as the driver. A big thankyou to Rossa x

Moving on to the Sound, we want and need to be heard, we want you to hear the brilliant band we have, and SPIN DJ's, and we can only do this with the latest and greatest in sound equipment. This is where our friends in Star Systems come in - they are in charge of all the noise today - so thanks to them

Video apparently killed the radio star, let's hope not on the day... to commemorate the third pink ribbon walk in Killaloe we are recording the day, the lovely Richard Lynch from "I Love Limerick" will be in charge of this - make sure you thank him personally.

First Aid: Perhaps our most important friends are the ones who put us back together and we sure have those with us on the 12th. The Order of Malta, Ballina and Killaloe Coastguard and Shannondoc will be on hand to help. We hope we won't need them but are delighted they are supporting us on the day - a big big thank you

The following people have also helped in so many different ways, their ideas, support and generosity again overwhelming, and humbling - we are so grateful to you.

  • Barbara MacMahon - for her unyielding support and encouragement. 
  • Rose O'Dea and Stephanie Casey from the Irish Cancer Society
  • Penny McGowan - the lady behind the Pink Ribbon Walks and Chairperson!
  • Kieran Clancy - responsible for all the fab photos!
  • Bernie Ahern - for all her honesty and talking to the radio and for the local press
  • Alice O'Farrell - for rounding the troops in Limerick
  • All the Volunteers and marshals 
  • Floweb - website maintenance
  • Carmell de Mello - remember the green goddess well we have the pink princess, our warm up girl!
  • Patricia Feehilly - for press releases
  • Pearse Mitchell - health and safety expertise
  • Brendan Foley - transporting our marshals around the route
  • Noel and rosemary McKeogh - field for car park
  • Fine wines for sponsoring our Bubbles at the launch
  • AIB - for all our financial queries
  • Brian O'Shaughnessy for the clock
  • Holistic Centre of Excellence, John Dillon,
  • glenesk holistic centre,
  • breffni  Frayne,
  • Mark van Drumpt,
  • Trudi Ryan - treatments and massage
  • Paul for Frieda Barrett Memorial Trophy
  • THE KILLALOE COMMITTEE GIRLS!!!And our husbands, partners, children, parents, friends who have all supported us through these pink times!!!!!


thank you.... we think you are incredible












About the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk

-F.A.Q: Who can take part?

-F.A.Q: Is the course wheelchair accessible?

-F.A.Q: Can I bring my child in a buggy?

-F.A.Q: Where will I park the car?

-F.A.Q: Will there be toilet facilities?

-F.A.Q: Will there be water provided or will I bring my own?

-F.A.Q: What happens if I injure myself or feel I cannot complete the walk?

Fundraising for the Pink Ribbon Walk

-F.A.Q: How much money do I have to raise?

-F.A.Q: Where will my sponsorship money go?

-F.A.Q: Where does my registration fee go?

-F.A.Q: How will I raise my sponsorship money?

-F.A.Q: Where will I hand in my sponsorship money?

-Who can take part?

The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk is open to women and men of all fitness abilities. The minimum age to take part is 16 years. Anyone younger must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult. We request that there is at least one adult present for every two under age participants.

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-Is the course wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, some of the terrain on the route makes this course unsuitable for wheelchair athletes.

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-Can I bring my child in a buggy?

Unfortunately, due to the terrain on the course, we do not have insurance for people to bring children under 16 or buggies on the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk.

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-Where will I park the car?

Free parking will be provided on the day in the grounds of the Lakeside and in a nearby temporary carpark. Just follow the pink parking arrows on the day and our friendly parking attendants will assist you.

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-Will there be toilet facilities?

Yes. There are bathrooms in the Lakeside Hotel and there will also be portable toilets in two locations around the course.

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-Will there be water provided or will I bring my own?

There will be regular water stops provided along the way and at the end of the walk.

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-What happens if I injure myself or feel I cannot complete the walk?

St Johns Ambulance will be providing medical assistance on the day of the walk. There will also be officials at every kilometre along the walk who can organise prompt transport back to the hotel for anyone who feels they cannot finish the course.

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-How much money do I have to raise?

We would ask all individual participants to raise a minimum of €100 in sponsorship.

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-Where will my sponsorship money go?

All money raised in sponsorship will go directly to Action Breast Cancer. The 2010 Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk raised an amazing €80,000 for Action Breast Cancer and we are hoping to make over €100,000 this year.

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-Where does my registration fee go?

The €20 registration fee includes administration costs, you free pink ribbon t-shirt, your medal at the end of the race and a post event meal.

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-How will I raise my sponsorship money?

Have a look at our fundraising page for great ideas on how to raise money in fun and inventive ways.

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-Where will I hand in my sponsorship money?

You can return your sponsorship money:

  • At the Check In from 3pm to 6pm at the Lakeside Hotel on Saturday June 25th.
  • At the Check In from 9am to 11.15am at the Lakeside Hotel on Sunday June 26th.
  • Directly into the bank: AIB Killaloe branch, Sort Code 935417, Account No.04755090.


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