Tuesday 21 August 2018

Watch: 'I feel like I'm in labour' - How I conquered my fear heights on an eight-storey Dublin landmark

Amy Molloy is terrified of heights, but decided now is the time to face her fears. Watch her as she prepares herself to abseil down a landmark Dublin building

Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

I’ve cried at the top of the Eiffel Tower and crawled along the walls of the Empire State Building - but neither experience came close to abseiling down an eight-storey building in Dublin.

My fear of heights has gradually worsened over time. Six years ago I did a skydive and I wouldn’t even considering doing one now at the age of 27.

When a colleague emailed around the office asking if anyone was interested in doing an abseil for the Make a Wish Foundation, I didn’t think I was a suitable candidate.

Then I mentioned it to my parents, who called me a scaredy cat for ruling myself out.

My stubbornness kicked in and I put myself forward after a couple of drinks. It was all grand until we were in the lift on the way up to the roof of the building.

Even looking at the blue cranes across the road made my legs turn to jelly.

I had a couple of panic attacks, cursed at the instructor and shed a few tears, but I managed to conquer my fear of heights in the end.

The shakes lingered for about three hours afterwards but the adrenaline rush was worth it - as was the cause it was all in aid of.

You can make a donation to Make A Wish here.

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