Friday, September 18, 2020

If you live anywhere close to the banks of the River Suck, this band of hardy canoeists could be set to pass by your doorstep in the next day or two, all as part of the River Suck Descent Challenge in aid of the Noah and Rowan Benson Gately Support Fund.

L to R: Mike Fallon, Shay Galvin, Paddy Naughton, Enda Curley, David Thompson, Robbie Glennon, Thomas Naughton, Cathal Kelly and Keith Waldron. Missing from the photo are David Donohoe, Alan Corbett, Dick Donohoe, Paul Neary, Eoin McCormack and Thomas Finneran

The group plan to cover the full length of the Suck, 120km, over today and tomorrow. Their journey starts in Castlerea this morning at 8.30 a.m. and they plan to pass by Ballymoe (10 a.m.), Donamon bridge (noon), Castlecoote (1 p.m.), Castlestrange bridge (3 p.m.), Athleague (3.30 p.m.) before finishing up at Mount Talbot at 6 p.m. this evening.

Tomorrow they will set out at 9 a.m. and reach Ballyforan by 10.30 a.m., where they will be joined by members of Athlone Boat Club, who have a special surprise lined up for Noah and Rowan. Their journey will then continue past Derrycahill, Ballygill bridge, Ballinasloe, and on into Shannonbridge for a 6 p.m. finish.

Anyone available to come out and show their support for the group at any of the stop off points is encouraged to do so, while donations to the Noah and Rowan Benson Gately support group can be made at


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