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Monday 21 April 2014

Long way from Clare to here

Maharees skippers Declan Griffin, Peter Hennessy and Tommy Griffin who plan to row from Clare to Kerry in a three hand currach this August in aid of Fenit Lifeboat Service. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

THREE Maharees fishermen are currently preparing to undertake a tough challenge on the high seas in an effort to raise much needed funds for RNLI Fenit Lifeboat Service by rowing from Clare to West Kerry this August.

Weather permitting Peter Hennessy, Tommy Griffin and Declan Griffin will leave Kilbaha in Co. Clare on the Loop Head Peninsula at 10am on Sunday, August 4, in a three hand currach, rowing 17 nautical miles across the mouth of the Shannon, past Kerry Head and back home to the Maharees.

The three skippers are in training for the challenge and between now and then they will be busy fund-raising for their journey and they are inviting the public to sponsor them in their endeavour.

Tommy, skipper of the Kingdom Warrior, and Declan Griffin, skipper of the Western Warrior, are seasoned Maharees oarsmen who won every naomhog race worth winning on the West coast and can even count rowing the River Thames in London in a naomhóg among their many achievements.

For Peter, skipper of the Lady K, it may be something of a maiden voyage but certainly not his first effort in fund-raising for Fenit lifeboat by any means, having raised an incredible €13,670 for the service earlier this year in a weight-loss challenge, which saw him shed 48lbs in 12 weeks.

As fishermen, all three are passionate about raising funds and awareness for RNLI Fenit Lifeboat Service.

"They are our lifeline if something goes wrong out there," said Peter, who has lost relatives to the sea. "We can count on them and we need to support this service as they save lives. This is going to be a tough challenge but we are ready to go at it again. We hope people get behind us in this as we hope to raise as much as we can."

Sponsorship cards will be available throughout the county and the trio also hope to host a competition which will invite people to guess how long their journey will take. Anyone who would like to sponsor a prize for their endeavour is also invited to get in touch on 087-9293099.

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