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Brothers Sean, Brian, Frank and Mick Quinn run together in the New York City marathon

Brothers Sean, Brian, Frank and Mick Quinn run together in the New York City marathon

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A Dublin pub owner will walk a marathon in his back garden this weekend in a bid to raise funds for MS Ireland.

Mick Quinn, owner of Toner's, The Waterloo, the Lansdowne Hotel and The 51 Bar, will notch up 42km over the course of today, tomorrow and Monday with the goal of raising €20,000.

He and his brothers Frank, Sean and Brian made headlines when they ran the New York City marathon 40 years ago.

Honour

The four took part in many marathons, together and individually, and have raised thousands for MS Ireland.

Frank died last month, and Mick decided the best way to honour him amid the lockdown would be to walk a marathon.

He said MS Ireland had written a letter following his brother's death in which it paid tribute to the fundraising work Frank had done for it down the years.

"Frank was a physical education teacher and a business partner of mine for some time too," Mick said.

"He was very sporty, very active and played many sports throughout the years.

"He was very well travelled and even went all the way to the South Pole."

May is the main money- generating month for MS Ireland, and Mick will be one of the first to start fundraising.

"When the letter came, I though that if they needed money, they need it now and not tomorrow, so I looked out the window and saw the garden and thought, 'I'll do it there'," he said.