Saturday 18 November 2017

Dublin's favourite sailor Ger and dog Joey going on four month charity row around Ireland

Ger and dog
Ger and dog

Ger Crowley and his dog Joey are familiar faces along the Dublin coastline but soon, they'll be known around the entire island.

On May 30, in a boat the Wicklow man built himself, Ger (60), Joey and a team of alternating rowers will head north from Bray harbour to begin a four-month journey around Ireland in aid of cystic fibrosis.

"We've got 20 rowers that make up ten teams of two and each team will row 100 miles each," said Ger. "But we still need a lot of support as we go around, like food, accommodation and a back-up jeep because all the donations are going directly to cystic fibrosis."

Ger started rowing six years ago after he built his boat, named NAMA, an acronym from the initials of the first names of the women in his life - his mother Nancy, his wife Angela, his daughter Meghan and Angela again.

He said that the idea to row around Ireland has been "fermenting" in his mind since 2006.

"This is very much a team effort. It's about people getting involved in all the maritime communities around Ireland," he said.

More information about the row is available at www.rowaroundireland.com.


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