WhatsApp NewsCommunityGarda Ken gets set to carry up CarrauntoohilBy David Raleigh – February 22, 2020 972 Print Facebook Twitter A LIMERICK Garda is planning to carry a rowing machine to the summit of Ireland’s tallest mountain where he will row a distance of ten kilometres to raise funds for children battling terminal and serious illnesses.Ken McDonald from Ashbrook Gardens on the Ennis Road has set a €30,000 target for his “Carry up Carrauntoohill” fundraiser to cover the cost of repairs to the Share A Dream ‘Dreamland’ play area which was broken into a number of times last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The one of a kind fantasy play land on the Dublin Road allows for non-able bodied children to play with their able-bodied siblings and friends.A champion rower and training instructor at the Garda Training College in Templemore, Garda McDonald told the Limerick Post that he was determined to help the Share a Dream Foundation after meeting its founder Shay Kinsella last year.“To say I was blown away by the amazing work being done by the charity for seriously ill and disabled children all over Ireland for the last 27 years, would be an understatement.“Not only do Share a Dream make dreams come true for children fighting terrible life threatening illnesses but they have also built the very first ever all- inclusive magical indoor Fun Centre called Dreamland.”Garda McDonald said the charity relies solely on donations and the goodwill of the community and does not receive any government funding.“So, when the charity suffered two major break-ins last year causing thousands of euros worth of damages, I decided I had to do something to raise much needed funds for repairs and to make dreams come true for terminally ill children while raising more national awareness that the charity deserves.”“Rowing is my passion and I have been so fortunate in my career to have broken the World indoor record over 1000m last November at the Provincial rowing Championships; I won the Rhine marathon in Germany in a men’s coxed quad, and won two Gold medals at the World Masters rowing championships in Budapest.“So, whatever I decided to do, it had to be associated with rowing. After witnessing the amazing courage and determination that the children endure daily to find some quality in life, I decided I would challenge myself to the limit for Share a Dream.”He plans to carry out his ‘Carry up Carrauntoohill’ challenge on Saturday, March 28.“I will be attempting to carry my rowing machine, which weighs 26kgs up Carrauntoohill and then row 10 kilometres before bringing it back down.“My aim is to raise €30,000 rectify the damage caused by the break-ins and so that this wonderful organisation can continue making dreams come true for very sick children.”He is now encouraging people to take part in raising funds by organising a sponsored cycle on a stationary bike or rowing machine; a sponsored head shave/beard shave.“Or why not get out with the kids and go for a walk or a climb in your local area,” he suggests.Online donations can be made at on iDonate or contact 061-200080 to get a sponsor pack. Email Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleCity’s churches will fill for Limerick Choral FestivalNext articleWATCH: Munster earn bonus point win over Zebre David Raleigh
“Road Closed” signs greet motorists on Bay Avenue at Third Street during construction work on the drainage project. Work to be completed during the week of Nov. 19-23:Feriozzi Concrete will finish work on Seventh Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue, restoring curb, gutter and sidewalks. The contractor also will continue restoration on Haven Avenue between Seventh Street and Eighth Street, as well as Moore Avenue between Seventh and Eighth. Pipe crews will finish work between First Street and Second Street on West Avenue installing a main. At the same time, a second crew will continue installing a main on Bay Avenue between Second Street and Third Street.Sodding will continue on Fourth and Fifth streets. Project design:See Design Presentation for DetailWork continues on the drainage project to alleviate flooding in the north end neighborhoods.
Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza each notched half-centuries as Zimbabwe emerged from a tight first one-day international against Ireland in Harare with victory by two wickets with only six balls remaining. Ireland’s innings started in unconvincing fashion as they slipped to 54 for three, but a fourth-wicket partnership of 83 between Wilson and Joyce saw them gain some momentum. Things fizzled out somewhat thereafter, though, with John Nyumbu (two for 35) and Masakadza (two for 45) impressing to leave Zimbabwe with a thoroughly achievable-looking target. The hosts subsequently made tough work of getting there as George Dockrell (two for 29) and Andy McBrine (two for 53) restricted their progress. But they made it in the end, thanks chiefly to the efforts of Ervine and Raza as Ireland were left to reflect on three dropped catches. Previous meetings between the two sides have tended to be closely-fought affairs and Ireland will be hoping to draw this three-match series level when they play each other again on Sunday. After the tourists were put in to bat on Friday, debutant left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza helped restrict them to a tally of 219 for eight – to which Gary Wilson contributed 70 not out and Ed Joyce 53 – by taking the last couple of wickets. Zimbabwe then just squeezed home, Tinashe Panyangara (eight not out) striking a four in the 49th over to take them past their victory target. Raza also ended unbeaten at the crease on 60, the score Ervine had earlier posted before being ousted. Press Association