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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Hardy duo raise €2,000 for RNLI

BROTHERS SPEND THE NIGHT IN IGLOO

MARIA PEPPER

TWO WOULD-BE arctic explorers spent a night in an igloo on Duncannon beach in a spontaneous fundraiser that brought in more than €2,000 for the RNLI.

Brothers Rory and Eoin O' Connor of Duncannon slept in the ice house constructed by locals during a ' Winter Olympics' carnival held in the snowbound village last week.

It was Duncannon on ice last Wednesday as energetic fitness instructor Cara McGrath took it upon herself to organise community snowball fights, sleigh races and igloo building.

A fantastic igloo was built on the beach and when father-of-three Rory O' Connor saw it, he had an idea. 'It was fabulous. I rang Eoin and asked him if he would be up for sleeping in it on Thursday night and he said 'yeah'. So I checked with the lads who built it and they gave the go-ahead,' he said.

Rory, who has just set up a new company called scurri. com, posted an announcement about the fundraiser at mycharity.ie, Facebook and Twitter and the news went around like wildfire.

The brothers felt like real arctic explorers as they hiked from their homes to the village on Thursday evening, with rucksacks containing flasks of tea and thermal sleeping bags.

' The roads were so bad, we couldn't drive, we had to hike in but once we got there we were well-looked after,' said Rory.

The whole village got caught up in the excitement and there was a celebratory traditional music session in a local pub during the night. 'We could hear the music down on the beach. The whole thing was great craic. It was hilarious,' Rory remarked.

The pair stayed in the igloo from 8 p.m. on Thursday night until 8 a.m. the following day and were as warm as toast. 'It was really well built. It was quite tight inside it so we warmed up fairly quickly.'

Rory's wife Josephine couldn't leave the house because she was snowed in with their three children Orlaith ( 6), Caoimhe (4) and Ríona (six months) but Eoin's wife Mandy manage to get a lift in a jeep. They also have three children Aoife (5), Cormac (3) and Cathal (six months).

The icy fundraising effort raised €2,000 for the RNLI.

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