Writer climbs Errigal twelve times in memory of brother
County Antrim born writer Malachy Doyle has completed a marathon twelve climbs of Donegal's Mount Errigal in just under 22 hours to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Pieta House suicide prevention agency.
Now living in Cruit Island in west Donegal, Mr Doyle climbed Ulster’s highest peak six times on Sunday and six times again yesterday. He undertook the challenge in memory of his brother, and walking companion, Raphael who died from MND four years ago.
From Whitehead in County Antrim, Mr Doyle (67) is the author of more than 125 children’s books. He set himself the Errigal challenge - which he called Everest on Errigal - in support of former RTE journalist, Charlie Bird who is climbing Croagh Patrick this Sunday to raise funds for the MND Association and Pieta. Earlier this year, Mr Bird announced that he was suffering from MND, an incurable illness which affects the brain and nervous system.
Mr Doyle said: “I love Errigal and I’ve often dreamed of climbing Errigal so why not put the two together for a good cause.”
As he set off on the final climb yesterday afternoon, he told “The Irish News” he was delighted with the response he has received. Completing the final climb within eleven hours yesterday, Mr Doyle revealed he had raised more than €1,800 (£1,510).
“Even people on the mountain were inspiring me and donating money as we climbed,” he said.