Mizen-Malin Mission Event:Mizen-Malin Walk
Date: 11-06-2009

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Thanks for visiting our fundraising page. The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland is a very worthy cause and we would very much appreciate your support in helping us to raise funds for this charity.


The Story:

The plan to walk the length of the country was hatched on a rainy evening in Deer Park tennis club, when two young pups, Gavin Kane and Barry Flinn, were discussing laziness and life over a hot drop and a cheeky Milky Way bar. It had all the makings of a plan that would be talked about and go nowhere, but surprisingly, the lads stuck to their guns. Indeed, a team of 8 more friends came on board and the team doing the walk is now 10 strong.

We chose Cystic Fibrosis Ireland as our cause for a number of reasons. The nature of the illness and its effects are reasons alone, but its prevalence in Ireland, and seeing it as an especially Irish problem, made it fitting to be tied to a walk across Ireland. In our fundraising efforts so far we have met a number of people who suffer from CF, or are closely connected to patients, and the prevalence of the disease in Ireland has been well demonstrated. The numbers don't lie. Indeed, one of the team, Sam Hodgins, sadly lost his cousin to CF a few years ago.

Looking at it as an Irish problem has mobilised a desire to bring Irish people together to fight it. To that end, and to raise more interest and awareness, we are going to do the walk with our noses painted green. Countless ideas have been discussed to add an eye-catching touch to the mission, and until recently we had decided on painting ourselves in the various county colours of our given destination for the day. However, with some members more keen than others, and in the interest of unity (and feasibility - carrying tubes of paint, frantically trying to change colours at the Galway-Mayo border, you know yourself) we decided on a more subtle theme. The green nose is a small symbol of health, nature and Irish unity. We think it encapsulates the aim of the walk in a more subtle way. Of course by we, I mean everyone except Sam, who will be lathered in paint as often as he can. And with his grizzly beard, thundering muscles and sleeveless shirts, catching the eye shouldn't be a problem.


The Team:

Aoife Devane: The newest member of the crew. An all-round catch. The boys in Meenacrumlin won't know what hit 'em.

Gavin FitzGerald: 'We'll be grand lads, it's only walking.'

Barry Flinn: Enthusiast of the finger-toothbrush. Hygiene issues likely to dominate.

Mark Grennan: Unbelievable at really hard sums. Best serve-and-volleyer of the group.

Sam Hodgins: Unlikely to pack long pants. Likely to find a really big stick along the way.

Tim Hurley: Expected to eat no more than 8 times on the trip. Mostly M&M's.

Gavin Kane: The hottest guy in BESS and co-ordinator of training and safety.

David McKeating: Prone to apparating against his will, splinching could prove troublesome.

Conor McKinney: Two weeks of uninterrupted beard growth will have the girls in Meenacrumlin as feverish as the boys.

Laura Motherway: The original mother figure of the group. Has better handwriting than Tim. The Motorway.


The Route: (UPDATED!)

Over 570 kilometres, through 3 provinces and 9 counties. If you know of anyone in any of these towns who might let us pitch a tent outside their house, let us know!

June 11th: Mizen Head to Bantry.

June 12th: Bantry to Macroom.

June 13th: Macroom to Mallow.

June 14th: Mallow to Croom.

June 15th: Croom to Kilkishen.

June 16th: Kilkishen to Ardrahan.

June 17th: Ardrahan to Galway City.

June 18th: Galway City to Castletown.

June 19th: Castletown to Knock.

June 20th: Knock to Tobercurry.

June 21st: Tobercurry to Strandhill.

June 22nd: Strandhill to Bundoran.

June 23rd: Bundoran to Meenacrumlin.

June 24th: Meenacrumlin to Derry.

June 25th: Derry to Malin.

June 26th: Malin to Malin Head (Banba's Crown).


What Else Is Going On?

We have already done collections in UCD and Trinity, and will be doing another in Galway City Centre on the 17th of June.

We have now held Table Quizzes in Russell's pub in Ranelagh on the 1st of June and in Donnybrook Tennis Club on the 4th. Combined, the two events raised over 2300 euro. We would like to thank everyone who came down and supported the events for their incredible kindness and generosity.

Keep track of the Mission by reading our blog, which will be updated daily so that you know where we are and how we're doing:

If you're on Facebook (and if not, why not?) join our group - Friends of the Mizen Malin Mission. There you'll get all the latest news on the goings on and we can send you messages directly. After the walk we'll have photos up and all the post-walk analysis you could hope for.

Please read a few words about CF Ireland below. You can donate using the "sponsor me now" button below via credit or debit card, or of course, in person. You can be assured that your transaction on the mycharity.ie website is very secure. You will automatically receive an e-mail from us thanking you for your support, and acknowledging the amount of your donation. Any donation no matter how small is hugely appreciated.

Many thanks in advance for your support,

Aoife, Gavin, Barry, Mark, Sam, Tim, Gavin, David, Conor & Laura.

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, is totally dependent on fundraising and voluntary donations, is the body responsible for the provision of a wide range of services to the Cystic Fibrosis community in the Republic of Ireland.

We provide:

  • Assistance, financial or otherwise, to persons with cystic fibrosis and their families
  • Funding for medical research into the cause and cure of this incurable disease
  • Funding of specialist multidisciplinary posts in hospitals throughout Ireland
  • Campaigning and lobbying at political level for improved treatments and facilities for persons suffering with cystic fibrosis

Help us continue to deliver our much needed services throughout Ireland. To see a full list of our upcoming events, log on to www.cfireland.ie and get involved! Contact us at LoCall 1890 311 211 or email fundraising@cfireland.ie



My Online Sponsors to Date

Name Date Type Amount Comment
Catherine O'Sullivan 17-08-2009 Donation €20.00 Well done!
Anonymous 16-07-2009 Donation €30.00 -
frank Little 01-07-2009 Donation €50.00 frank & anne little
Amy O'Shea 29-06-2009 Donation €50.00 congrats lads! xxx
Anonymous 27-06-2009 Donation €15.00 -
Anonymous 27-06-2009 Donation €500.00 Well done everyone from West Limerick pasta and roadside support services gang
Michael Doyle 26-06-2009 Donation €75.00 Well done. Great charity
Anonymous 26-06-2009 Donation €10.00 Just in the nick of time. Great job people!
Claire Tansey 25-06-2009 Donation €20.00 -
Sam Boodhram 24-06-2009 Donation €50.00 Well done for taking the initiative to help a worthy cause. Sam and Anne
caitriona devilly 23-06-2009 Donation €100.00 Well done lads for a great cause. Caitriona Devilly
Deirdre Kerrigan 18-06-2009 Donation €20.00 Well done
Michael Bevan 17-06-2009 Donation €100.00 March on, M-M-M! And hope you're brushing your teeth. Michael and Mary and sundry Bevs.
Anonymous 16-06-2009 Donation €20.00 Alright lads-following the blog from over here, great stuff... Tim and Chav
Hannah Breslin 16-06-2009 Donation €10.00 Good luck with the walk. Great idea!
Anonymous 15-06-2009 Donation €50.00 best of luck sam! from the butterlys
Eimear O'Donnell 15-06-2009 Donation €10.00 positive thinking:)
Anonymous 15-06-2009 Donation €20.00 -
Catriona Forsyth 15-06-2009 Donation €50.00 good luck guys! we're all rooting for you from spain!x
Suzanne Sullivan 15-06-2009 Donation €20.00 Good Luck
Anonymous 15-06-2009 Donation €20.00 -
Anonymous 15-06-2009 Donation €100.00 -
Rachel Hanley 15-06-2009 Donation €20.00 Fantastic Mark and friends we're cheering you on here in Canada - Rachel, Gerry and all.
Anonymous 12-06-2009 Donation €50.00 Send me a card when you finish!
Alison Banks 12-06-2009 Donation €30.00 Good luck Efey!x
Anonymous 11-06-2009 Donation €200.00 Well done. Keep safe.
Anonymous 11-06-2009 Donation €20.00 Great idea, good luck
Anonymous 10-06-2009 Donation €50.00 Great idea
jennifer o ' dwyer 10-06-2009 Donation €20.00 Fair play lads! great idea .. jen x
Tim Sykes 10-06-2009 Donation €10.00 Recommended by Jen O Dwyer
Anonymous 10-06-2009 Donation €20.00 -
Alan Burns 10-06-2009 Donation €50.00 If anyone's asking about a missing poster, you didn't see nothing
Anonymous 09-06-2009 Donation €50.00 Good Luck Gavin and the rest of the team. John, Myra, Rory, Conor and Sean.
Julie Motherway 09-06-2009 Donation €60.00 Best of luck you all!!!
Anonymous 08-06-2009 Donation €200.00 Best of luck to all - it is a great charity
Anonymous 08-06-2009 Donation €150.00 -
Anonymous 08-06-2009 Donation €40.00 Good Luck!!
Anonymous 07-06-2009 Donation €20.00 Good luck lads and ladies!
Hugh McDowell 07-06-2009 Donation €10.00 Best of luck lads
Anonymous 06-06-2009 Donation €40.00 Enjoy it!
fiona mcgoldrick 06-06-2009 Donation €100.00 I think you should have to run it but fiona says No Best of Luck,Fiona and Gerry
Judy Coakley Dittmann 03-06-2009 Donation €100.00 Go Barry!! Bring some clean socks.... Cheers from Judy and Family
maureen reed 01-06-2009 Donation €20.00 to support barry flinn and in honor of Nico Strassle
John Griffin 28-05-2009 Donation €10.00 Some stroll your taking!
Stanley Wright 21-05-2009 Donation €10.00 Good luck lads, t'will be a hard old slog!! LEINSTER LEINSTER LEINSTER xx Simon
Anonymous 17-05-2009 Donation €500.00 hi Gav, have upped the ante for you to put pressure on the rest. All the best, Karl & gang.
Colin Kane 11-05-2009 Donation €100.00 super glue works well to cover any blisters
Eoin Bevan 10-05-2009 Donation €15.00 -
Cillian Forde 14-04-2009 Donation €10.00 Best of luck lads!
Anonymous 13-04-2009 Donation €5.00 -