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Friday 18 April 2014

Paul tests the water with real Dingle sharks

Paul Fennell.

A DUBLINER is preparing to get into the water with some real Dingle sharks as part of a very special fund-raising initiative next month.

On November 23 Paul Fennell will don his scuba gear and get into the shark tank at Dingle Oceanworld in an effort to raise much need funds for the Irish organisation for Premature Babies.

In the tank he will encounter two eight-foot sharks who, at that stage, will have hopefully put Kerry's defeat to the Dubs in the All-Ireland Semi-Final this year behind them!

Paul (48) who hails from Lucan and works in Dublin Airport, is father to two daughters and is undertaking this challenge for reasons close to his heart. "A very close friend of both my wife and I had twins who were born prematurely," Paul explained. "Sadly only one survived – it is tough to watch a family and close friends go through that."

Paul decided that he wanted to do something positive and was inspired by seeing a shark dive on television. A plan began to formulate in his mind with Dingle coming to fore as the most appropriate place to complete this feat. He is currently doing scuba diving lessons in preparation for spending 15 minutes or more with the sharks.

"The reason we chose the shark tank in Dingle was for the size of the sharks there; it really puts the fear factor into the challenge!" he said.

Paul is currently fund-raising for the dive; people can text PREM to 57802 or visit his page on MyCharity.ie to donate. He is also hoping that locals will come along to support him on Saturday November 23 in Mara Beo.

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