Welsh Family Hall was built in 1997 and is named in honor of Robert and Kathleen Welsh and family. It is conveniently located on the West Quad just north of the Eck Visitor’s Center and Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. The women of Welsh have a strong commitment to service and spiritual development in addition to interhall athletics, which include flag football, lacrosse, water polo, and ping-pong. It’s most famous annual event is the Clary Murphy Thomas 5K, which honors Brionne Clary, Connor Murphy, and Miranda Thomas, three students from the Class of 2002 who lost their battles with leukemia during their time at Notre Dame. Welsh Family, commonly referred to as “Welsh Fam” to avoid confusion with Walsh Hall, a separate women’s residence, last won Hall of the Year in 2004-2005. Notable former residents include women’s basketball standouts, Ruth Riley and Niele Ivey.