Impacted by cancer, the Solas Centre is a facility my family and I have used. They provide a community service I'm glad to help support in a little way.
While swimming the length of Ireland from the Giant's Causeway, home to Waterford, in 2016, I became very familiar with the 24-hour search and rescue services of the RNLI. One evening, after swimming for four hours straight and having clambered onto my support boat to return to shore, our engine failed, and we were drifting as fog and nightfall descended. We were so fortunate to have the safety net of the RNLI. I decided there and then that I would repay the RNLI someday. That day has come.
I plan to SUP from Tramore, County Waterford, on the 19th of July and head clockwise 1,500km around Ireland. The first four weeks will be supported by a sailboat and a two-person team, aiming to complete the west coast. I will then be self-supported, paddling shore to shore and camping until I make it back to Tramore.