Thursday 22 March 2018

Chris de Burgh pays for Trinity students flights home

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The crooner covers cost of medical students flights from Argentina

Chris de Burgh famously wrote 'Don't Pay the Ferryman', but thanks to his generosity, two Trinity College students didn't have to pay anything at all for an around the world trip.

The 'Trinity Six', as they have now been dubbed, took part in a charity challenge which saw them attempting to travel as far away from their college campus as possible - without paying a cent.

Law student Sorcha McCauley, 22, organised the 'Jailbreak' challenge to raise funds for St Vincent de Paul, and within 36 hours, students had reached Sydney, Malaysia and Argentina. The winning team included third year medical students Clare Cullen and Matthew Hainbach, who managed to fly to Argentina within the 36 hours deadline, and Lady in Red singer Chris generously covered the cost of their flights home.

The crooner, who was born in Argentina, is an enthusiastic benefactor to the prestigious university and reportedly heard of their efforts on Twitter and decided to help. He has since earned a large new fan following thanks to his efforts. His daughter, former Miss World Rosanna Davison tweeted her own excitement at her father's actions, saying she "loved" that the story had gone viral.

"We can't believe they've gone so far,” Sorcha told The Herald. “We're really shocked and we've raised more money then we imagined – €11,000 so far.”

“I'd heard of it in the UK. We thought we'd try it out here. We're shocked how successful it has been given it's the first year of the competition. Only three couples didn't make it out of Dublin Airport.”

“Two other teams got further but they missed the deadline. One team is in Sydney and the other is in some corner of Malaysia,” she laughed.

“One couple got to Rome, they dressed up as priests and handed their CV into the Vatican –so it's a good story to tell when they get home.”


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