AN AMERICAN couple whose baby son passed away at the Cliffs of Mother will make an emotional return to Clare later this month.

Newborn baby Nicholas passed away at the Cliffs Of Moher in 2006. His parents Kelly Stokes and Delia Garcia Stokes were so touched by the support they received at the time of the tragedy that they have raised over $80,000 to supply emergency equipment and emergency response training for personnel at the Cliffs of Moher, where the first aid centre is known as “The Nicholas Room”.

As part of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the twinning of Ennis and Phoenix, The Baby Nicholas Memorial run, jog, walk will take place on Saturday, March 16, at 11am, at the Cliffs of Moher.

Cllr Mary Howard (FG) of the Ennis Phoenix Twinning Board explained, “One of the highlights of the week will be the Cliffs of Moher 5 Miler. We feel this is a very positive way of honoring the memory of baby Nicholas and the generosity of his parents.”

Delia and Kelly are travelling from Phoenix, Arizona, to Ennis for the Ennis Phoenix Week celebrations and will be participating in the 5 Miler.

Nicholas’ little sister 17-month-old Maddie along with organiser Cllr Mary Howard will officially start the race with the help of the St Mary’s Catholic High School Band.

The 5 Miler is part of Phoenix Week 2013, which will mark the 25th anniversary of twinning between the town of Ennis and the US city of Phoenix. For seven days this month Ennis will celebrate the special relationship it shares with Phoenix Arizona. Over one hundred people will travel from Phoenix for the week-long event.

The group will include an official delegation led by Councilman Michael Johnson.  He will be joined by City Council elected representatives, executive business leaders and Phoenix Sister City personnel.

It is expected that at least 500 runners / walkers and joggers are to attend on the day. On the day there will be free parking at the cliffs, as well as free admittance to the cliffs for those participating, along with tee shirts for the first 400 finishers, as well as hi-vis vests for the first 500 registrations. Lahinch Sea World are offering a 50 per cent discount to all who take part for the use of its facilities too.

The funds raised by the run will go towards the Nicholas First Aid Room at the cliffs and to the Neonatal Unit in Limerick.

Registration at www.runireland.com and shortly at the Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre, registration will be on from 9am to 10am at the cliffs on the morning of the Baby Nicholas Run.

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