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Monday 21 August 2017

Tommy's fantastic four-peak challenge

Tommy (32) is raising money for the charity DeafHear

Tommy McLoughlin at Mweelrea, County Mayo
Tommy McLoughlin at Mweelrea, County Mayo
Tommy McLoughlin on Carrauntoohil
Tommy McLoughlin on Ben Nevis
Tommy McLoughlin at Lough Dan, County Wicklow

David Looby

New Ross man Tommy McLoughlin Jr has climbed the four highest peaks in the four provinces to raise money for the charity DeafHear.

Tommy, 32, from Haughton Place, is the son of former McLoughlin's jewellery shop owners Tommy and Margo.

Having given up alcohol in 2016, Tommy turned to hiking and fell head over heels for the sport.

His work as a stock controller in Tesco in New Ross prevented him from doing as many climbs as he would have liked, but when he changed jobs to working in quality control in Clearstream Technologies in Enniscorthy, he was able to indulge his new passion.

Tommy said: 'I got fed up of being feeling fatigued, getting the flu every so often and going to pubs didn't help, so I decided to give up the alcohol for good and went hiking in Lough Dan in County Wicklow where the Vikings television programme is filmed.

'I loved the scenery. After that I noticed my moods, immune system, sleep patterns and fitness improved dramatically in those months. Although I found it difficult to go to pubs and not drink as it's Ireland afterall, but I never gave in and I do designated driver for my friends now.'

Tommy is off the drink now 11 months and loves going climbing every weekend.

'It's great for your health and you can enjoy life. I have done the fours province peaks of Ireland: Munster- Carrauntoohil 3,406ft, Leinster - Lugnaquilla 3,035ft, Ulster - Slieve Donard 2,789ft and Connacht - Mweelrea 2,671ft.'

In late April Tommy climbed the highest mountain in the United Kingdom, Ben Nevis, which stands 4,411ft.

'It took me five hours and 58 minutess to climb to the top where it was -5C.'

Next on his climbing wish list is climbing the highest peak in Wales, Mount Snowdon and possibly Everest Base Camp.

Tommy decided to raise money for the DeafHear charity as he has been hard of hearing since birth and because of the great work the charity does.

'I don't like asking people for money, but feel free if you want to donate to help as I have been hard of hearing since birth.'

People can donate at https://www.deafhear.ie/DeafHear/supportUsMakeADonation.html with all money going to the charity.

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