Saturday, May 23, 2020

RTE Midlands correspondent and Lanesboro native Ciarán Mullooly could end up sporting a new look in front of the TV cameras very soon, as he has agreed to take part in a “Shave it all” fundraiser designed to fund the building of Ireland’s first ever specialist passenger boat for disabled anglers.

The group “Lough Ree access for all” is working with Waterways Ireland, the Irish Wheelchair Association, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Roscommon County Council and the Department of Community & Rural Affairs in this project, with Ciarán one of ten volunteers agreeing to shave their heads to raise funds.

The aim is to build a boat that will allow groups of up to eight disabled people travel together on the Blueway on the River Shannon this summer. For the very first time, all eight will independently travel onto the new vessel when the bow is lowered, enabling them to take part in fishing or sightseeing while in the company of a professionally-trained crew on board.

To support the project, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/1x8e9br3hc.

The loading ramp on the new boat, specially designed for easy access for all.

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