Epic voyages by land and sea for worthy charities

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AN epic cycle of swimming and kayaking was completed this week to raise money for worthy local causes.

A group of 13 cyclists, led by Bantry man Eoghan O’Leary, cycled from Malin to Mizen Head for five days in memory of Eoghan’s late wife, Helen.

Helen died in 2020, aged 32, from breast cancer and the cycle helped three charities which are very important to people in a similar situation to her.

This is METavivor, whose sole focus is the field of metastatic breast cancer; Groundbreaking cancer research and St Francis Hospice in Dublin.

Eoghan said there were lots of laughs and a few tears shed along the 650km route and they were hoping for raises of around €90,000.

Meanwhile, Ken O’Shea swam between Bull Rock Lighthouse off Dursey Island and the mainland Beara Peninsula last Friday in aid of the Castletownbere RNLI.

Ken, from Cork City and living in Dublin, was the first person to complete the 14km swim: “But that’s only because it probably didn’t cross anyone else’s mind,” he joked.

He was in the water for four and a half hours, helped by skipper Brian O’Rourke of Bantry Bay Tours and his wife Tina O’Leary of Drimoleague.

“The tidal conditions were perfect but there was a bouncy swell and a bit of wind,” he said. “Bull Rock is also the largest gannet breeding site in Ireland and they weren’t happy at all that I was there.” For the first hour, I had about 5,000 gannets dive-bombing with me, which, to say the least, was a nice distraction! »

So far he has raised around €1,500 which he is very happy about considering the difficult financial situation people are living in.

Meanwhile, Kinsale man Jon Hynes has completed his solo sea kayak around the Cork coast for Arc House, a cancer support service.

His wife Alayne sought the services of Cork Arc after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

He started his five-day, 254km journey in Ardgroom and finished his epic journey in Youghal raising almost €7,000 along the way.

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