The volunteers at South Eastern Mountain Rescue (SEMRA) have been helping people who get into difficulty in the Comeraghs, Knockmealdowns and beyond for 40 years this year.
It was set up by a network of members from local walking clubs to provide a search and rescue service any hour of the day, any day of the year.
In their four decades they’ve responded to over 400 callouts – 24 so far this year.
On Saturday evening (Nov 25) they will host their annual ‘Long Way Round’ night walk and run fundraising event.
Jimmy Barry, volunteer with SEMRA, says they need to raise much needed funds for the day to day operating costs of the team, which is run to the highest professional standards:
“We go out in all kinds of weathers 365 days a year. It costs a lot to run the team we get about €7,000 from the government but it costs €45-50,000 to run the team with training and equipment”.
Saturday night’s run and walk is a 14 kilometre walk/run, over road, track and open mountain in and around the north western Comeraghs and all are welcome.
(The photo attached shows the most recent team leaders of SEMRA. Starting with the most recently on the left. Pat Holland (Current Team Leader), Ray Bradfield, Mike Power, Ann Murphy, Terry Brophy, Roy Johnston. Donal McNamara and Ned Mahon(Retired). Apart from Ned Mahon all the other team leaders are still actively involved in the team and bring a vast range of skill and experience.)