Thursday 29 June 2017

It's 300 not out for Croagh Patrick adventurer

Fiona Ellis

ONE man, one mountain and 365 days.

Matt Loughrey (32) is attempting to climb Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo every day for a year to raise money for charity.

The father of two, pictured above by Paul Mealey, made his first climb on June 5 and every day since the mountain-climbing enthusiast has scaled the 764-metre mountain.

Yesterday was the 300th time he had ascended and descended at the popular pilgrimage site. He can make it up and back in an hour and 12 minutes.

Mr Loughrey, who is originally from Gloucester in England, has lived in Westport for seven years and works as an online merchant.

This means he has his days free to do the climbs and works at night.

Mr Loughrey is doing the climbs in aid of St Vincent de Paul. He has raised €27,000 so far and his target is €100,000.

"Every day that goes by this thing just grows more and more, and even on a bad weather day I just remember the comments that people leave on the Facebook page and it makes it all worthwhile."

Come rain and hail, Mr Loughrey has never missed a climb. He has even ploughed through 4ft-deep snow.

"If you just put your head in a different place you can do pretty much whatever you want to achieve."

Not intent on giving up come June 4 when the series of climbs ends, Mr Loughrey has decided to complete even more physical challenges over a similar period to raise more money.

Anyone wanting to support the cause can visit www.croaghpatrick365.com.

Irish Independent

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