260KM Walk and 226KM Triathlon for Deaf Enterprises

Deaf Enterprises is celebrating its 30-year anniversary next month, and the social enterprise’s Chairperson (Mike McGrath) and Manager (Conor Cahill who was diagnosed over 3 years ago with Chronic Fatigue/ME and Fibromyalgia) are taking on personal challenges of the epic proportion to raise awareness and funds for this not-for-profit furniture repair business in Ballinlough. Firstly, Conor Cahill is planning to walk 260 Kilometres of The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), from Porto to Camino de Santiago over 10 days across the ancient pilgrim route in North West of Spain. On Conor’s return, Mike McGrath will head to Spain also, to undertake the Ironman Barcelona Challenge on September 30th, consisting of a 3.9 km swim, 180 km cycle and a marathon 42 km run.

“We are highly motivated to complete these challenges and we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to raise Awareness and raise badly needed Funds for Deaf Enterprises”, said the recently elected Chairperson of the voluntary Board of Management, Mike McGrath. Mr McGrath continued to advise that “fund-raising is now a full time activity for all charities and Deaf Enterprises have recently started a Development Committee to source donations to improve the working environment within the furniture workshop, with successful events already having taken place in 2017, with Cork City Marathon, Ring of Kerry, Charity Fashion Auction and UCC Summer Concert in the Quad

Conor Cahill mentioned that “all support is greatly appreciated to allow us to continue to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities for at least 30 more years. We are going through a transition stage at the moment, with the opportunity to develop a Local Training Centre with CETB assistance for the Deaf. These much needed funds will help us overcome some short-term cash-flow challenges”.

Feel free to support Conor and Mike on their expeditions in September via the website, or via sponsorship cards which may be got by emailing while all donations of €10 or more will be entered into a draw for a signed Cork City FC jersey which has been kindly donated by recently signed Conor Mc Carthy and signed by all the players at their recent European game against AEK Larnaca in Cyprus.