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Donal's dad helps raises €14k with marathon rugby walk

Luke Byrne

Published 08/02/2014 | 17:15

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Fionnbar Walsh father of the late Donal Walsh who lost his battle to cancer in May 2013 with Tralee transition year students and CBS The Green Tralee and Tralee RFC starting the walk from the Aviva to Thomond Park in Munster to raise funds for the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation, CMRF Our Ladys Hospital, Crumlin and Tralee RFC Charities. Photo: El Keegan
Fionnbar Walsh father of the late Donal Walsh who lost his battle to cancer in May 2013 with Tralee transition year students and CBS The Green Tralee and Tralee RFC starting the walk from the Aviva to Thomond Park in Munster to raise funds for the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation, CMRF Our Ladys Hospital, Crumlin and Tralee RFC Charities. Photo: El Keegan

THEY walked for more than 200km over six days.

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But the exhausted 46-man group that undertook a gruelling charity trek from Lansdowne Road in Dublin to Thomand Park in Limerick are delighted after raising more than €14,000.

Led by Finbarr Walsh, the father of anti-suicide campaigner Donal, the group of Transition Year students aimed to raise money for the foundation set up in the inspirational teenager’s memory.

“The lads are absolutely whacked, but it was a great experience for a great cause,” Mr Walsh said.

The journey was completed just ahead of the Muster rugby match against the Cardiff Blues this evening. 

Along the way, the group visited rugby clubs, schools and other institutions spreading Donal’s anti-suicide message and collecting money for the Live Life Foundation.

A portion of the funds raised will also go towards Crumlin Hospital, where Donal was treated prior to his death from cancer last May.

“We were walking around 20 miles a day. Every place that we went to, we were adopted as a family,” Mr Walsh said.

“The walk and the spirit of the walk really took off.”

Those on hike included students from Donal’s old school CBS The Green and Mercy Mounthawk in Tralee.

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