Become a Turf Warrior with Us

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become a turf warrior

with us

  • When

    Saturday, November 4th, 2017

  • Location

    Killary Adventure Centre,

  • Cost

    Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €500 in sponsorship.

  • Details

    The 2017 Turf Warrior race takes place at Killary adventure centre in Connemara on November 4th.

Register Now

Join Intercounty GAA Stars for the Turf Warrior challenge on November 4th! Have a great weekend and help leave a lasting legacy on hundreds of children with disability in Zambia.

Alan Kerins in partnership with Gorta-Self Help Africa is currently recruiting 100 volunteers for the event, which will take place at the Killary Adventure Centre in Connemara.  The race will take you on an 8-10km purpose-built circuit, boasting more than 18 thrilling obstacles that will get you leaping, swinging and crawling in the Connemara bog.

No special skills are required to take part, you will only need a minimum level of fitness, some upper body strength…and a willingness to get muddy! There will be non-swim options all throughout the race, though you will need to be comfortable wading in water or bog. Remember, the ethos of Turf Warrior is to finish, have fun, and leave no one behind!

Up for the challenge? All you have to do is to raise €500 in support of our work. This sum includes:

– Race entry fee
– 2 nights in a Bed & Breakfast (dorm room)
– Music session and entertainment in Leenane on the Friday night
– 2 course dinner on Saturday evening
– Access to the race after-party at Killary
– Priority booking into on site accommodation
– Soup at the finish line (and a sneaky beer to quench your thirst)
– Personalised race t-shirts

Register here and our team will get in touch with more information and some advice to help you achieve your fundraising goal.

The Team


Ger Cafferkey

Mayo, Ballina
Ger Cafferkey is a Civil Engineer based out of Castlebar, Mayo. Originally from Ballina, Ger has represented the Mayo Senior Football team since 2009. Ger is fond of a nap and in an attempt to seem interesting he pretends to have an interest in philosophy and psychology, and has even tried to learn Chinese.


Molly Dunne

Galway, Eyrecourt
Molly Dunne works as a Sports Development Officer in GMIT college Galway and is also a Sky Sport Living for Sport athlete mentor. Molly, from Clonfert in Co. Galway has represented the Galway Senior Camogie team since 2008. She was part of the victorious 2013 All Ireland winning side. She loves cats and her most used slogan is “Life is Short and so am I” (Molly’s picture is actual size).


Kevin Conlan

Leitrim, Dromahair, Cork, Douglas
Kevin Conlan is a so-called “entrepreneur” currently based in Cork. He is involved in multiple roles across business/tech/people and performance. Seeing life as one big adventure, Kevin is passionate about crafting his own legacy and helping others to do the same. Kevin played Senior football with Leitrim between 2010 and 2016 and has recently just joined the Douglass GAA club in Cork city. He values authenticity and particularly appreciates people who innovate, pioneer and push boundaries. He thoroughly enjoys sport, traveling, wildlife, photography, music and anything that involves a good laugh! Kevin is not afraid of taking risks and once was described as the type of person who would almost fit 2L of milk into a 1L bottle!


Jason Doherty

Mayo, Tart, Burrishoole
Jason Doherty is a project engineer at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland based in Dublin City centre since 2014. He graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway in 2012 and Dublin Institute of Technology in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Energy Management respectively. He is a tart and a member of the Mayo senior football team since 2011 and has a passion for all things sport, personal development and making people laugh.


Anna Conlan

Leitrim, Dromahair
Having always had a passion for the outdoors, drinking and wildlife, Anna studied Earth and Ocean Science in NUIG. After her studies she took some time out to travel the world and since her return, has developed a keen interest in campaigning for both environmental and social issues. She is now working in the Dáil as a Parliamentary Assistant to the Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan. She has played with Leitrim Ladies for far too long 🙂 and was fortunate to be part of the team that won the All-Ireland in 2007. He favourite thing in the world is kicking with the outside of her right boot!


Stephen McDonnell

Cork, The Glen
Stephen McDonnell is a cool and ambitious Cork City man with a background in practical management & engineering, human connection and performance. He is a passionate man and was once described as being passionate about passion. Stephen loves all things nature, being immersed in the diversity of the world, connecting with people, experiencing new cultures and growing as a person. As being the current Cork Senior Hurling captain Stephen enjoys a challenge and knows all too well of the power of teamwork and how magical things can happen when we come together.


Niall McGovern

Na Fianna, Dublin
Niall Mc Govern is a Personal Development Programme Coordinator in the Gaelic Players Association. He is from the Navan Road in Dublin but has strong family roots in Leitrim. Niall has a deep passion for sports, leadership, human connection and personal development. This can be reflected through his history of captaining school, club and county GAA teams, including the 2013 Dublin U21 football team. Following his graduation from DKIT with a BSc in Health Promotion, he chose to further qualify himself as a personal and business coach to support him in his life’s mission to help others.


Alan Kerins

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