Wexford town native Trish tackles an uphill battle for a worthy cause
A dedicated volunteer decided to push herself to the absolute limit in an effort to help a cause close to her heart.
Patricia Byrne, a MarineWatch volunteer from Wexford town, took on the Pikeman Challenge in an effort to raise funds for Wexford RNLI and MarineWatch. Through hiking across 75km of challenging terrain, including the Ring of Hook and the Blackstairs Mountains, she managed to raise €500 for each cause.
'I've been working with MarineWatch for a year and a half,' she explained. 'Along with the RNLI, they have given me so much training and I wanted to give something back.'
Patricia was required to prepare for months to ensure she was fit for the challenge.
'You have to put in a lot of training as you spend 10 hours on the mountain,' she said.
Of course, the challenge was no sweat for Patricia, who has already completed the hike four times.