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Sunday 15 September 2019

Rowing Club raises over €14,000

(Front) Vartry Rowing Club team captain Paula Keating, club chairman George O’Brien and team captain Garrett Whittington presenting the cheque to John Hickey, voluntary CEO of the St Vincent’s Cancer Care Foundation, along with (back, from left) Dave Collard, Thomas Corkish, Kerrylee J Hempenstall, Leanne Manning, Thomas Hamill, Jason Dunne, Dale Flaherty, Liz Collard, Joe Quinn, Pascal Ryan, Jordan Ryan, Jim Kenny, Marie Fahy, Laurie Keogh, Hilda Cullen and Mary Doyle
(Front) Vartry Rowing Club team captain Paula Keating, club chairman George O’Brien and team captain Garrett Whittington presenting the cheque to John Hickey, voluntary CEO of the St Vincent’s Cancer Care Foundation, along with (back, from left) Dave Collard, Thomas Corkish, Kerrylee J Hempenstall, Leanne Manning, Thomas Hamill, Jason Dunne, Dale Flaherty, Liz Collard, Joe Quinn, Pascal Ryan, Jordan Ryan, Jim Kenny, Marie Fahy, Laurie Keogh, Hilda Cullen and Mary Doyle

Myles Buchanan

The Vartry Rowing Club raised €14,070 for St Vincent's Cancer Care Foundation through their involvement in the biannual Celtic Challenge.

The St Vincent's Foundation is the fundraising body for St. Vincent's Healthcare Group which raises funds in aid of research and patient care.

The Celtic Challenge is the longest open sea race of its kind in the world and Vartry Rowing Club, sponsored by Flogas, came second in this year's competition which took place in May.

George O'Brien, chairman of Vartry Rowing Club said: 'The people of Wicklow were incredibly generous in supporting us and we are very grateful for their support in raising funds for this very worthwhile cause.'

However, despite all the success, Vartry Rowing club remains homeless without its own clubhouse.

'Other rowing clubs around the country have their own club house and facilities and Vartry, which is arguably one the most successful, does not. We are petitioning Wicklow County Council for a clubhouse to form part of its plans to develop the harbour as it is a wonderful club that gives so much back to the community where it is based,' said Mr O'Brien.

Wicklow People

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