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Saturday 10 December 2016

Sea scouts row from Dublin to Holyhead

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The Sea Scouts after their marathon trip
The Sea Scouts after their marathon trip

Twenty Malahide Sea Scouts completed a gruelling 18-hour row from Dublin to Wales to raise funds for their new den.

Sea scouts aged from just 15 set off from Malahide Marina at 2am on Saturday morning and reached Holyhead at 8pm on Saturday night.

"It was incredible," scout Stephen O'Reilly told the Herald.

"We had a crowd of people down to cheer us off, even at that time," he added.

Setting off in darkness was a bizzare experience for the experienced rowers, who usually only operate during daylight.

"You couldn't see anything in front of you but it was amazing to look back and see the coastline as far as Howth all lit up," Stephen said.

Choppy

The journey was choppy in places but the teamwork of those involved ensured that they reached dry land safely, he added.

Members of the Holyhead Sailing Club greeted the tired Dubliners and even had a whip around to contribute to their fundraising efforts for an upgraded den.

Malahide Sea Scouts are hoping to raise €600,000 to revamp their den building, which was built in the 1980s.

The group hopes that better facilities will help them add members from their 400-strong waiting list to the club.

Anyone who wishes to donate can do so at www.malahideseascouts.ie/big-row-home/.

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