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Storms, songs and sea-sickness: Andy O’Reilly’s Atlantic challenge to help Purple House and Bray Rowing Club

Bray man Andy O’Reilly spent 41 days at sea, rowing 5,000km through often treacherous conditions to raise funds for two local causes

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Andy O'Reilly rowing into the sunrise.

Andy O'Reilly rowing into the sunrise.

Andy O'Reilly holds the tricolor aloft in Antigua at the end of his Atlantic rowing adventure for Purple House.

Andy O'Reilly holds the tricolor aloft in Antigua at the end of his Atlantic rowing adventure for Purple House.

Conor O'Leary of Purple House with Andrew O'Reilly on Bray beach.

Conor O'Leary of Purple House with Andrew O'Reilly on Bray beach.

Andy O'Reilly celebrates during his Atlantic row.

Andy O'Reilly celebrates during his Atlantic row.

Andy O'Reilly outside Bray Rowing Club.

Andy O'Reilly outside Bray Rowing Club.

Andy O'Reilly and his team in their Atlantic rowing boat.

Andy O'Reilly and his team in their Atlantic rowing boat.

Andy O'Reilly holds the tricolor aloft in Antigua, the end of his Atlantic rowing adventure for Purple House.

Andy O'Reilly holds the tricolor aloft in Antigua, the end of his Atlantic rowing adventure for Purple House.

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Andy O'Reilly rowing into the sunrise.

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For 41 days, four hours and 18 minutes, Bray man Andy O’Reilly battled the Atlantic ocean, thinking of nothing except getting back to his family.

Through 20ft waves, dehydration, isolation and exhaustion, the 53-year-old was spurred on by memories of his three grandchildren and the support of his 11 team mates, as they worked day and night on their small rowing boat to make the 5,000km crossing from Tenerife to Antigua.


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