Friday 26 May 2017

Salty sea dog Joey to embark on round-Ireland rowing fundraiser

Crew members from Row-A-Round Ireland – including Joey the dog, who will be taking part – pictured with All-Ireland winning Dublin footballer Cian O’Sullivan and Leinster and Ireland rugby star Ian Madigan at Bray Harbour in Co Wicklow.
Crew members from Row-A-Round Ireland – including Joey the dog, who will be taking part – pictured with All-Ireland winning Dublin footballer Cian O’Sullivan and Leinster and Ireland rugby star Ian Madigan at Bray Harbour in Co Wicklow.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

A golden labrador is to serve as an on-board coxswain, guiding a team of 20 rowers as they circumnavigate Ireland.

Joey, a salty and seasoned sea dog, will give the crew members of Row-A-Round Ireland their barking orders as they row 1,000 nautical miles around the coast to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

Joey and his trusty team will set off from Bray, Co Wicklow, in a 15ft skiff on May 30. They hope to complete the journey within 120 days.

The two-rower crew will average 20 miles per day.

Six-year-old Joey is well used to life at sea, having spent much of his youth manning the stern. Joey is often to referred to as "the virile Viking" by his fellow crew members.

"Joey is tall, blonde and adventurous - a true Viking," owner Ger Crowley told the Irish Independent.

"He is a stoic and self-assured dog and a real team player. He barks out commands and we listen. He is undoubtedly the best coxswain in all of Ireland."

While his prowess at sea cannot be questioned, keeping Joey on a tight leash on dry land is another matter entirely.

"He is known to wander so keeping him focused when he rocks into port and making sure he doesn't get distracted by local talent will be a challenge," Crowley admitted.

The rowers will stop at 50 designated points along the coast and are looking for support, donations and assistance with accommodation.

To help Joey and the team on their ambitious journey, visit www.rowaroundireland.com

Irish Independent

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