Friday 30 September 2016

Warm welcome home for team who rowed for four months in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Jane O'Faherty

Published 27/09/2015 | 20:21

Ger Crowley (local Bray man) & 19 of his crew, they rowed around Ireland in a boat called NAMA in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Pics : Mark Doyle
Ger Crowley (local Bray man) & 19 of his crew, they rowed around Ireland in a boat called NAMA in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Pics : Mark Doyle
Ger Crowley (local Bray man) & 19 of his crew, they rowed around Ireland in a boat called NAMA in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Pics : Mark Doyle

A team of 20 rowers have completed their round trip of Ireland in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland - almost four months after their initial departure.

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The ‘Row-A-Row Ireland’ team, which comprised rowers of varied ability and experience, first set off from Bray on May 30 in a self-built 15ft skift.

The crew, who stopped at more than 50 designated points along the coast, have arrived home to a warm welcome from friends and family.

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 who provided local knowledge on the way. 

Ger Crowley (local Bray man) & 19 of his crew, they rowed around Ireland in a boat called NAMA in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Pics : Mark Doyle
Ger Crowley (local Bray man) & 19 of his crew, they rowed around Ireland in a boat called NAMA in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Pics : Mark Doyle
Ger Crowley (local Bray man) & 19 of his crew, they rowed around Ireland in a boat called NAMA in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Pics : Mark Doyle

“It’s was an ambitious project, a journey of almost 1000 nautical miles, but I am delighted to say we have arrived home today after completing the challenge safely,” he said.

“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,” he added.

Mr Crowley also said that fundraising will continue over the coming days as the crew settle back at home.

“At the start of this initiative, we all decided upon a target we would like to hit, and while we have raised a huge amount so far, we are going to give it one last push over the next few weeks to hit that top note,” he said.

Cystic fibrosis affects approximately 1 in 1600 births in Ireland, making it the country with the highest incidence of CF in the developed world.

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

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