Co Antrim GAA players set for island castaway challenge

Members of Carey Faughs GAA, Ballyvoy who are holding a Castaway challenge in August on Rathlin island

MEMBERS of a Co Antrim GAA team are to be 'castaway' on an island with only a fishing rod and their survival skills to keep them going in an effort to raise money for their club.

Ten brave members of the Carey Faughs GAA from Ballyvoy in north Antrim will be holding the castaway challenge next month.

But the Bear Grylls-style challenge will not take place on a deserted tropical island but on windswept Rathlin off the blustery north coast.

The 'Carey Castaways', will be left on the island for a week with only their wits and what they can forage or catch for food.

The team mates will make the short journey across the Sea of Moyle to Rathlin on Friday August 14, where they will be pitted against the elements and each other with a series of tasks aimed at finding the ultimate castaway.

Siobhan Brennan, who is helping organise the challenge, said: "They're going to have to set up camp and set up their fires and then on the Saturday morning it's all down to their own survival.

"They'll have to catch their own food and cook it before the challenges that lie ahead", she added.

All the participants have pledged to raise at least £500 each for the club, all money raised will go towards the pitch development project.

As they struggle to survive their struggle against the elements will be available to watch on a big screen in Hunter's Bar in Ballyvoy, people can vote for their favourite contestant with the winner revealed at a grand finale on August 16.


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