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Fundraisers row, row, row their boat all around Ireland

Jane O'Faherty

Published 28/09/2015 | 02:30

The rowers after finishing Row-a-Round Ireland in a self-built 15ft skiff, an initiative in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
The rowers after finishing Row-a-Round Ireland in a self-built 15ft skiff, an initiative in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Megan Crowley, Simon Harris TD and Ger Crowley - who finished Row-a-Round Ireland - with their mascot, Joey the dog

After a gruelling journey of nearly 1,000 nautical miles, 20 rowers have completed an ambitious round-trip of Ireland.

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It took the 'Row-A-Round Ireland' team almost four months to row back to their starting point in Bray, Co Wicklow, in a self-built 15ft skiff in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

Bray-based maritime enthusiast Ger Crowley, who first came up with the idea for the fundraiser, credited the success of the trip to the crew, volunteers and communities on the way.

Rowers were divided into groups of two oarsmen or women at a time, rowing in relays.

They stopped at more than 50 designated points along the coast, before arriving home.

"I'd like to take this time to thank each and every individual who provided support to this challenge, whether it was by offering accommodation or providing invaluable local knowledge - we couldn't have done it without the Irish people doing what they do best," Mr Crowley added.

To donate to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland simply text ROW4CF to 50300 to donate €4.

Irish Independent

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