Caitríona challenge cheque handed over

Caitríona challenge cheque handed over


A group that completed a challenge to climb 26 mountains across 32 counties in just 10 days, has presented a cheque with the proceeds from the charity venture to the Friends of Ennistymon Hospital.

The Caitríona Lucas Challenge took place in June and the group has handed over over €8,000 to their chosen charity.

The event has been organised to honour Irish Coast Guard volunteer and mother-of-two Caitríona Lucas who lost her life in the line of duty in September 2016.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Those who took part in the challenge in June handed over a total €8,178 to the Friends of Ennistymon Hospital.

The group thanked all those who made their event possible including physiotherapist Dr Keir McNamara who “made such a difference and was great support on and off the mountains.”

Vanderlust in Lahinch provided a van while Barry O’Keefe of Barra Oil sponsored the fuel for the whole Journey

A spokesperson for the group said: “To each and every person that allowed us into their homes, the hospitality we received going around the country was unbelievable, we appreciate it so much.

To everyone that came out and joined us on the mountains – it really kept our moral up and made it that bit easier. To every business that got behind us it is all greatly appreciated. To everyone that donated,  thank You.

“All this was done to honour and remember a very special woman – Caitriona Lucas,” the spokesperson added.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.