EIRE: It's a Long, Long Way . . .

Most peoples are gradually being debilitated and unmanned by factory produced comforts. Not so the sons of Tipperary. In Belfast last week, Pat Fitzgerald of Coolcrow, County Tipperary, beat 230 other runners to the all-Irish cross-country championship, but his speed (40 min. 31 sec. for six miles) was not the real news. Fitzgerald, like the other contestants from his county, ran the whole race barefoot, through two-foot-deep snow. Said a (doubtless biased) Belfast observer: "Aye, it's not unusual to see runners going barefoot in Tipperary, although the other folks there wear shoes when not in a hurry."


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