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Friday 22 November 2019

Blind journalist to make waves in Shannon trek

BEING legally blind was the least of his worries yesterday as Wesley Bourke set out on his marathon canoe trip down the River Shannon yesterday.

The 34-year-old journalist and adventurer from Celbridge, Co Kildare, lost 85pc of his vision when he was just 18 years old due to a rare genetic disease, Leber's optic neuropathy.

But that hasn't stopped him from taking part in canoeing marathons in his two-man sea kayak with fellow canoeist Aisa Cooper (40), also from Celbridge, who acts as his guide.

In fact, their biggest worry as the pair began their 260km charity trek from Dowra, Co Cavan, to Limerick yesterday was 3ft-high waves following Wednesday's storm.

Mr Bourke plans to make history as the first blind person to paddle the length of the Shannon to raise funds for ChildVision.

Irish Independent

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