It turned into a big story back in 1980. The fact that Sean, Brian, Frank and Michael Quinn were the first set of four brothers to compete in a marathon made all three network nightly news telecasts and was covered in the New York Times and the Daily News.
There should be another burst of U.S. media attention this fall when those same Irish lads return to compete in the 2015 New York City Marathon, for the benefit of charity MS Ireland. From a report in the Irish Mirror:
Michael, who lives in Ballsbridge, Dublin , told the Mirror yesterday: “Now is the time to do it. We might not be able to in 10 years’ time. We’re definitely more nervous than we were then.”
“We have a lot of years on the clock and a lot happens in 35 years but it’s good to have a goal because if you don’t, you’ll do nothing. It might be more accurate to say that we’ll walk most of it, do bursts of running and then sprint the last 500 metres.”
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