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Thursday 17 January 2019

Conor is king of the ocean

Annual St. Stephen's Day fundraiser in Blackrock

Keeping up-to-date with the weather app, Conor Hughes as ‘Neptune’
God of the Sea during his annual St. Stephen’s Day fundraiser in aid
of Crosscause held in Blackrock
Keeping up-to-date with the weather app, Conor Hughes as ‘Neptune’ God of the Sea during his annual St. Stephen’s Day fundraiser in aid of Crosscause held in Blackrock
Life goes on as normal with Conor Hughes as ‘Neptune’ God of the Sea during his annual St. Stephen’s Day fundraiser in aid of Crosscause held in Blackrock. Picture: Ken Finegan/Newspics

Olivia Ryan

Blackrock charity leader Conor Hughes was the defender of the ocean during his St. Stephen's Day fundraiser at the beach.

St Stephens Day in the scenic coastal village has become synonymous with the spectacular charity fundraiser organised by local music shop owner Conor.

For over a decade he has been organising an annual Christmas time fundraiser for his Crosscause charity who are working to support children in Romania and West Africa.

Always a seasonal treat, over the years Conor has tested the water, weather conditions, and his own endurance each St. Stephen's day, as he came up with amusing and innovative ways to impress onlookers, and raise the profile of his charity, Crosscause.

This year Conor adopted an 'Aquaman' theme taking to the water as the mighty 'King Neptune' atop an artifical whale which had its water spout polluted with plastic bottles.

The invention was in fact a 35feet high pole, adorned with plastics, and crowned with a platform for Conor to enjoy the best view of Dundalk bay!

'I wanted to do something topical this year.' said Conor, adding that an ocean pollution awareness themed fundrasier was a popular choice.

'We are lucky to live in such a clean beautiful village beside the sea but many people live in parts of the World which polluted with plastics. So I wanted to raise awareness and also funds for the Crosscause charity.'

Conor told the Argus he was 'very lucky to have had such mild weather this year' making his five hours balancing on the whale's water spout 'not too bad at all!'

Crowds gathered on the beach and along the promenade to enjoy the spectacle, with many donating to the current Crosscause campaign.

'We raised around €5000 from the St. Stephen's Day event alone, which is fantastic. A really big thank you to everyone who supported us again this year.'

He added: 'Any funds raised this year will be going to a new eye clinic outreach team who are using equipment already donated by the Mater Hospital in Dublin to treat patients in West Africa.'

He explained that a plot of land has been bought in Ghahna, and building work on the new eye clinic is expected to get underway in the coming months.

Crosscause are still accepting donations for the St. Stephen's Day event. Anyone who would like to support this fundraiser can donate online via the www.crosscause.ie wwebsite.

The Argus

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