GALLERY Clare group climbs Croagh Patrick for charity

GALLERY Clare group climbs Croagh Patrick for charity

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Croagh Patrick Climb. Pic John Meyler
Croagh Patrick Climb. Pic John Meyler

A misty Croagh Patrick in County Mayo was lit up with a sea of pink on Sunday when over 300 people adorned in pink beanie hats and backpacks made the difficult journey to the top.

Whilst there was a few spills and tumbles, the majority made it up to the peak and back down again and in the process raised more than 15,000 euro for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI).

Most of the 300-strong fundraising party was from Clare, including students from Scarriff, and groups from Shannon, Ennis, Newmarket-on-Fergus and Clarecastle.

What started off as as an idea and a Facebook event page set up by Siobhan Purcell Tierney at the beginning of the year, soon began to gain momentum in March when scores of people signed up to take on Croagh Patrick for charity.

“Some took part to honor the memory of a loved one lost to cancer, others joined in to take on the challenge and others to tick off the bucket list whilst raising funding and awareness for breast cancer,” explained Siobhan Tierney.

“Unfortunately, one lady who had travelled from the UK to join her family in the climb had an unfortunate slip and went over on her ankle. Thankfully, those around her quickly took charge and the Mayo Mountain Rescue team and the Coast Guard eventually got her down the mountain safely.

“Afterwards the local tavern in Murrisk fed everyone with exceptional food and a lot of tired but very proud people were glad to sit for the few hours home in the buses,” added Ms. Tierney.

All pics by John Meyler Photography.

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