A Louisburgh man who now resides in Edinburgh in Scotland is to travel home next month to cycle the gruelling Wild Atlantic Way to fundraise for two charities very close to his heart.
David Heneghan is planning to cycle some 2,100 kms over 15 days and he is starting his adventure on Saturday, June 3. He has titled the cycle ‘HOPE (Happy Outcomes Possible for Everyone) on the WAW (Wild Atlantic Way)’.
“I’m really excited about the challenge. The route will see me having to climb some 23,000 metres, and I will be travelling unsupported for about 140 kms a day. I plan to take just the one day off, on June 12, when I will be home in Louisburgh and Westport,” said David, who told The Mayo News that he had three compelling reasons for undergoing this fundraising trek.
“Firstly, I have always felt there was a bit of an adventurer in me and this is definitely one way of testing it out! Secondly, two years ago I spent time in Malawi helping build and renovate classrooms for children. While I was there I became aware of a charity – ‘Mary’s Meals’ – who provide nutritious meals for children who go to school. ‘Mary’s Meals’ now feed more than 1.3 million children every day and it costs just over €16 to feed a child for a whole school year. That’s far less than a quiet night out! My cycle aims to raise money for this great charity.
“Thirdly, my mam died this year from cancer as did my dad two years ago.
“Cancer continues to be a major killer and too often people leave it too late (as my parents did) to do anything about it. Research has helped reduce the impact of the disease and prolonge life expectancy. When cancer strikes, an enormous amount of care is needed, all of which is expensive. My cycle aims to raise money for Cancer Research (Irish Cancer Society and Cancer Research UK).
David grew up in Louisburgh until he left to go to university in Dublin.
“My dad Seán was a teacher before he passed away in April 2015. My Mam Maree was the daughter of John Doyle, a guard in Westport. Sadly mam passed away on March 12 of this year. Her death is a big part of my motivation for the cycle. I have three brothers (John, Cyril and Paul) and three sisters (Áine, Niamh and Ciara). Áine lives in Louisburgh and Paul and Ciara live in Westport. I’m married to a Scottish woman Denise and we have two children - Conor (16) and Abby (14) - both of whom were born in Ireland before we moved to Scotland.”
David went to college in NIHE (now DCU) in Dublin to study accounting and finance before spending over 20 years working with big multinationals.
“I then moved to Scotland where I spent seven years working in the Scottish public sector. Last year I decided to set up on my own and am now a self employed management consultant.”
David is keen to keep everyone up to speed on his journey along the west coast and he intends to blog every day on his cycle as he passes through some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery.
“Even though I am cycling totally unsupported, I need lots of help to raise money for my chosen charities. Anyone who wises to donate can give what they can to the charities on my just-giving site at https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/HOPEWAW.”
Another way to help David on his adventure is to help provide some accommodation for him along the way.
David will start on June 3, setting out from Schull in Cork and travelling to the village of Glengarrif. The plan from their on in is as follows: June 5, Kenmare; June 6, Killorglin; June 7, Tralee; June 8, Kilkee; June 9, Galway; June 10, Clifden; June 11, 12, Louisburgh/Westport; June 13, Belmullet; June 14, Ballina; June 15, Donegal; June 16, Bunbeg; June 17, Letterkenny; June 18, Derry.
“I have accommodation organised for my stay in Galway and, of course, at home in Louisburgh and Westport, but if anyone knows of any other accommodation along the route, I’d be forever grateful of any help that can be given.”
David can be contacted on 0044 131449599 (home) or 0044 7951429288 (mobile) and his Irish mobile while on the fundraising cycle will be 087 1519900.