At least 3,000 runners and bombing victims gathered

Marathon victim throws first pitch as Boston slowly heals

A Boston Marathon victim was honored at Fenway Park before the start of Tuesday night Red Sox game as America iconic city slowly recovers more than a month after the Marathon bombing killed three people and wounded more than 260 on April 15.

Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the twin blasts, threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. His rescuer, Carlos Arredondo, escorted him to the mound in a wheelchair and also threw out a first pitch to Sox designated hitter David Ortiz before the start of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Earlier this week first lady Michelle Obama visited Boston for the second time since the explosions as she headlined a Boston fundraiser for Massachusetts Senate hopeful Edward Markey and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. On Wednesday, she reunited with several victims of the bombing whom she met at hospitals in the days following the blasts.

Last month she went to an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston to honor the victims with President Obama, who vowed to Bostonians: “You will run again.”

OneRun on Saturday gave runners the chance to finally cross the Marathon finish line on Boylston Street as a chance to heal and complete the race they began more than a month ago. At least 3,000 runners and bombing victims gathered to run the final mile of the world oldest annual marathon. On the day of the bombing, officials stopped the runners on the course after the blasts erupted near the finish line.

## ## The event was not a fundraiser, but some sponsors covered the operating costs of OneRun, which honored victims and emergency workers of the explosions.

Homeland Security Secretary JanetNapolitano last Friday visited the Marathon memorial in Copley Square, which is decorated with stuffed animals, Red Sox baseball hats, and signs. Included in the memorial are four crucifixes bearing the names of the three Marathon victims and one police officer killed during the manhunt that followed the attack.

A special pre game ceremony was held at Fenway Park prior to the Sox game against the Kansas City Royals on the Saturday after the bombs exploded. Sox players wore “BOSTON” jerseys that were autographed and auctioned to benefit the victims. In addition, the Fenway faithful were led in their eighth inning anthem of Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.

The stadium has played host to some amazing scenes

Leinster stars don the red of Munster in touching tribute to rugby legend Foley

There was a minute silence ahead of every Champions Cup game over the weekend, in memory of the Munster player turned manager, who passed away in Paris aged just 42 on October 16.

## ## Ulster fans sang a haunting rendition of the Fields Of Athenry moments after the kick off in their dramatic 19 18 win over the Exeter Chiefs at Belfast Kingspan Stadium on Saturday.

But Thomond Park was the weekend focal point. The stadium has played host to some amazing scenes over the decades but perhaps none more so than on Saturday.

A minute silence was impeccably observed at Munster sold out game against Glasgow.

Spectators in the West Stand held up placards that spelt out Foley nickname along with the number eight shirt, and all Munster playing shirts had sewn on their red shirts under the club crest.

The Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir performed There Is An Isle on the pitch, receiving a standing ovation.

At the Shannon RFC clubhouse, there was a constant queue of people waiting to sign a book of condolence.

Nearby, the tribute of flags, flowers, jerseys, scarves and children handwritten messages proved to be a shrine to all.

The mementos came from all over the country. over us from above Axel and last High King of Thomond read some of the slogans.

The number eight jersey was retired for the day and There is an Isle echoed across Limerick.

It emerged during the week that Foley died from acute pulmonary oedema caused by heart disease. Pulmonary oedema is when excess fluid collects around the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

He was found dead in his room at a hotel in Paris after he failed to show up for a scheduled team meeting on the morning of Munster game against Racing 92. The game was postponed.

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