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Newport native taking on 23 of Ireland’s highest peaks in honour of Ashling Murphy

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The Ashling Murphy 23 Peaks Challenge will see Paul Tierney take on Ireland’s 23 highest peaks to raise funds for Ashling Murphy Memorial Fund and the Children’s Grief Centre

Paul Tierney has taken on the enormous challenge of cycling and running 23 peaks as part of the Ashling Murphy 23 Peaks Challenge

Paul Tierney has taken on the enormous challenge of cycling and running 23 peaks as part of the Ashling Murphy 23 Peaks Challenge

The challenge is to conquer the 23 highest peaks in the ROI on a continuous expedition, unaided and travelling via bike and on foot while sleeping/camping using a tent and camping equipment he will carry as part of the challenge.

In Paul’s message on his iDonate fundraising page, he noted the purpose of the challenge is “to honour Ashling’s love of sport, to raise funds to support the Ashling Murphy Memorial Fund in continuing Ashling’s strong legacy in the area of Traditional Irish Arts, Culture & Heritage for young people”.,

Paul’s fundraiser will also raise funds for the Children’s Grief Centre which he hopes will ” support the invaluable service provided to children & young people affected by loss through death, separation or divorce”.


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“For my own completion of the challenge, it is also aimed at prompting discussion among men and raising our awareness of the greater degree of unease felt, and the vigilance that many women are forced to adopt, in pursuing the activities that they choose,” said Paul.

The 23 peaks will honour Ashling says Paul: “Ashling will be forever 23 years old, and the number 23 holds a special importance for Ashling’s family & friends. I am excited to create an endurance challenge focusing on the 23 highest peaks in the Republic of Ireland and I’m greatly honoured to be given the chance to raise funds for the Ashling Murphy Memorial Fund and the Children’s Grief Centre.”

Taking on the challenge, he admits he is not sure how his “body will react to the cumulative strain after several days” but says he is expecting his preparation and the support “will allow me to push through each day, to recharge each night, and go again next morning until I arrive back in Blueball”.

Paul said, “And when the going gets tough, as it will, I can remind myself how privileged I am to be able to do things like this.”

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.