A FUNDRAISING triathlon is being held in Ireland in memory of a former Hall Green youth and charity worker.
Family and friends of James McManus, who died last year from cancer at the age of 47, have come together to support the ‘James McManus Memorial Sprint Triathlon’ to raise money for the palliative care services for Cavan, Monaghan.
The father-of-three worked as a youth worker in Birmingham and raised money for West Midlands Fire Service before moving to Co.Cavan in Ireland in 2003 - the birth place of his father.
The Cuilgagh Triathlon, together with James’ wife Louise, have organised the special event in Ireland in memory of their former triathlon team mate.
The local community will be taking part in the sprint triathlon, which consists of swimming, cycling and running in Swanlinbar, North West Cavan.
The decision to raise money for the palliative care services, Louise said, is in recognition of the team’s dedication in helping James and her family get through a difficult time.
Since moving to Ireland, James set up his own local walking group and youth club and met the President of Ireland Mary Mc Aleese in recognition of his hard work and commitment.
A keen cyclist, who regularly competed in triathlons, James also set up his own seasonal cycle hire business.
James was also a keen surfer and was training to become a competitive swimmer.
His wife Louise said: “James was so in tune with life and will be remembered for his smile, being a true gentleman and a genuine, good person, willing to help, with an ability to get on with everyone young and old.
“[The triathlon] is a very befitting tribute to James - a true gentleman and a sad loss to all that knew him.”