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Fifteen Intrepid Adventurers to Explore the Wild Atlantic Way around the Cliffs of Moher

Date: May 26, 2014 Author: OWNER Categories: News 0



At 8am tomorrow morning, Tuesday 27th May, fifteen intrepid adventurers from the west coast of Ireland will embark on a 20KM stand up paddle from Doolin, County Clare, around the Cliffs of Mohor in aid of the Donal Parsons Trust.


With six months of planning involved, the group have been on standby for the last six weeks waiting on the green light, that is, ideal wind and sea conditions.


An expert-led group, participants include big wave surfers Feargal Smith, Barry Mottershead and Seamus McGoldrick as well as adventure professionals involved in adventure businesses along the west coast of Ireland.


The paddle was set up to promote the Donal Parsons Trust: Donal is a six year old boy from Strandhill, County Sligo. In October 2013, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a very rare Children’s cancer. He is currently receiving 18 months of intensive treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin. An extraordinary fundraising initiative has been spearheaded by the Parson’s local community in Sligo to help access any viable treatments to prevent relapse and to pay for treatments if Donal does relapse. Donal’s father Andy Parsons will also participate in the paddle on Tuesday morning.


The Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, loom high over County Clare’s west coast. Standing 214 metres at their highest point, the cliffs stretch for 8km along the Atlantic coastline. The group are set to enter the water at Doolin Harbour and paddle down to Liscannor. The paddle is nearly 20kms and the cliffs have no exit points and so the group need to be prepared as sea conditions can change rapidly. Local safety agencies are on board to support the group with an escort boat and jet skis following the group as well as the local coast guard on standby.


With the rise in popularity of stand up paddling, the event will be recorded as the organisers plan make to make it an annual event of international importance .


If you would like further information about our challenge and follow live updates please join our Facebook page at or website There is numerous ways you can support at these sites. Donal wrote a book before he was diagnosed that is available to buy on-line. There is also “iDONATE” on these pages or you can text in “DONAL” to 57802 and donate €2 from your mobile (a minimum of €1.38 will go to the trust fund/Service Provider Phonovation Ltd/Helpline 0818217100).


Numerous participants will be on hand for for interview tomorrow morning live from the paddle, please call Denise Rushe on 086 3977 869 to arrange.

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