Tuesday 21 October 2014

Introducing the Trinity College 'Jailbreakers'

Published 13/03/2013 | 11:03

Matthew Hainbach and girlfriend Claire Cullen are the winning team of Trinity's Jailbreak challenge. Credit: Facebook
Matthew Hainbach and Claire Cullen. Credit: Facebook
Matthew Hainbach and Claire Cullen. Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook
Lulu Courtney. Credit: Facebook

Meet the teams who begged, borrowed and blagged free travel around the world.

These two Trinity students who will undoubtedly have the best story to tell their children from their college days.

Medical students Matthew Hainbach and Claire Cullen travelled to Argentina - without spending a penny - and even had their flights home covered by Lady in Red crooner Chris de Burgh.

The pair made their way to Mirimar in Argentina, 7,020.4 miles from Trinity College Dublin in the space of 36 hours as part of the 'Jailbreak 2013' challenge. They raised €2,120 for St Vincent de Paul and Amnesty International.

Volunteers for the charity initiative were given 36 hours to travel as far away from the university campus, but here's the catch: they weren't allowed to spend any money reaching their destination.

Brian Cusack and Sonia Wu Murphy finished in second place, having reached Bintan in Indonesia. And another team boarded a flight to Brunei yesterday morning, however they fell short of the 36 hour deadline.

The quick-thinking students have raised more than €10,600 as a result. Forty teams of two were forbidden from spending any cash for their travels and many were able to secure sponsorship through travel agencies.

Finn Murphy and Lulu Courtney reached Bratislava, Fiona Shiels and Eibhleann Ní Dhiarmada made their way to Paris, Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne and Sam Holt made it as far as the Vatican City. Jack Cantillon and his DCU team-mate Tommy Browne eventually boarded a flight to Sydney, but they too had passed the 36 hour travel deadline.

Law student Sorcha McCauley, 22, organised the 'Jailbreak' and said they were thrilled with the results. "We can't believe they've gone so far,” she told The Herald. “We're really shocked and we've raised more money then we imagined – €11,000 so far.”

“I'd heard of it in the UK. We thought we'd try it out here. We're shocked how successful it has been given it's the first year of the competition. Only three couples didn't make it out of Dublin Airport.”

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