Denise Ryan from ‘Operation Transformation’ Conquers Carrauntoohil

Denise with climb leader John G O'Dwyer on Carrauntoohil summit.

Denise with climb leader John G O'Dwyer on Carrauntoohil summit.

Following her very popular appearance on the RTE ‘Operation Transformation’ programme last year Denise Ryan, Borrisoleigh is still on her journey to good health and regular exercise. Recently she completed ‘The 14th Annual Kerry Charity Challenge’ (in association with Mid Tipp Hillwalkers). This involved ‘The Carrauntoohill Challenge’ by climbing to the top of Ireland’s highest mountain via the Hag’s Glen and the Devil’s Ladder. Denise and her friends also used the opportunity to raise funds for The National Council for the Blind.

Denise writes: “Mairín Keeley and Clare Bohan and I made our way to the Castle Rosse Hotel at the foot of the Kerry Mountains in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Michael Sutton was the event promoter who organised everything and there were over 160 people in attendance for the weekend. It was brillantly organised and a very fun weekend! I would like to give a special mention to John Gerard O Dwyer who was the event organiser, and led our particular challenge, he made the challenge very enjoyable and made sure everyone in our 35 plus group reached the summit and returned home safe and sound, with the help of Winnie from Clonoulty and Joan Quinn from Drombane. Without the help of these people I doubt we would have reached the summit and got back.”

Denise also pointed out that Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers next big charity event is the 12th annual Autumn Charity Challenge which this year takes place in Westport and offers an opportunity to enjoy a weekend of  the best walking  in the west.  Further information on this event from  Michael Sutton at 086-2602133.

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