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Fireman to walk 1,000km...in his best suit

DUBLIN firefighter Ger Devine will trek the ancient Camino de Santiago in a suit and tie – and all because of a dare.

Dressed in a pin-striped suit, Ger heads to northern Spain on Sunday for a 1,000km walk along the famous route.

The 37-year-old rose to the challenge when close friend, stand-up comedian PJ Gallagher, dared him to do the walk in a suit, shirt and tie, complete with a brolly and a hat.

Despite the fact that his longest walk to date was "one night when I missed the late Nitelink bus", Ger will be walking 40km a day – the equivalent of a marathon.

He flies to Biarritz tomorrow with all his luggage in small briefcase.

His €900 pin-striped suit, donated by Louis Copeland, has been given the stamp of approval by none other than Irish Hollywood star Brendan Gleeson.

"He was in Louis's shop the day I tried on the suit and he told me 'you look great'," he told the Herald.

Ger says he keeps fit with a "a bit of cycling" and he has played hurling, but has never walked such a long distance.

"My biggest problem is that I have only 28 days' leave so I'll have to walk 40km a day instead of the usual 22km. I will get in late to the hostels."

When Ger gets home the next plan is a charity cycle with PJ from Galway to Dublin in aid of Temple Street Children's hospital.

csheehy@herald.ie