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Jamie reaches new heights in less than 24 hours

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By Michelle Crean

Taking on a four day physical challenge is a massive undertaking but one team member went a little further and completed it in under 24 hours.

TEAM EFFORT: Pictured are the team leaving Fossa GAA pitch as they headed off on their 54321 Challenge last Thursday morning.

Jamie O’Shea from Dromid is one of the organisers of the 54321 four-day Challenge where 50 members took part from last Thursday to Sunday.

But Jamie decided to bring the challenge to new heights and test the theory that it can be done in 24 hours.

He had previously completed the challenge over the four days, but knocked it out of the park by completing it in just 22 hours and 15 mins!

Jamie started at 3pm on Saturday with his backup team by cycling the Ring of Kerry, climbing Carrauntoohil in the dark by torchlight, then cycling on to Cahersiveen in the dark and then climbing Cnoc na dTobar to see the sun rise. He then joined the rest of the 54321 Challenge team on the Sunday morning to complete the fourth day to finish in Killorglin. Jamie decided to fundraise specifically for Skellig Stars Athletics Club which is very close to his heart.

The 54321 Challenge started 10 years ago with a team of five people over four days, completing three cycles, and climbing two mountains for one cause – a local charity.

Testament to the popularity of the event is the fact that over 80% of this year’s participants had completed the challenge previously over the first nine years; with some who have not missed a year since its commencement in 2013. But as always the new participants added a new lease of life and added to the 54321 Challenge experience, which is predominately all about people who are doing it, those supporting them and the people involved in the charities we are trying to raise much needed funds to support.

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"The aim of the 54321 Challenge this year was to raise €100,000 and to date the fundraising is at approx. €60,000, so please get behind us and give what you can to help us reach our optimistic target," Tony Dunne from the 54321 Challenge said.

"The 10 Kerry charities to benefit are The Irish Pilgrimage Trust, Kerry Hospice, Comfort for Chemo Kerry, ADAPT Kerry, Skellig Stars, Cystic Fibrosis Kerry, Sera Husky, HeartBeat Killarney, Alannah and Polly’s Fight for Sight and Scoil Iognaid Ris.

A major contributor to this year’s fundraising efforts were a number of Spinathon Days where this year`s participants, volunteers from all the charities, family and friends took the streets in different locations including Killarney, on spinning bikes. The final one will be in Tralee tomorrow (Saturday).

"Thanks to everyone who made these Spinathons possible, to all the volunteers, and thanks to all the members of the public who gave their support and generous donations, and finally yet importantly thanks to An Garda Síochána and especially James Foley for his help with the organisation of the Spinathons," he said.

On behalf of all the charities and the 54321 Challenge team we would like to say thank you to all those who have sponsored to date and supported us along the way and ask you to give the 54321 Challenge participants and the selected Kerry charities one last and final push to reach our €100,000 goal."

To get a true sense of the magic of the event: Follow us on Facebook at (6) 54321 Challenge | Facebook or visit www.54321challenge.org.

To donate go to GoFundMe: 54321 Challenge - 10 Years On.

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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