A LIMERICK Fire-fighter will attempt an amazing feat this weekend when he cycles the Ring of Kerry, after which he will then runs almost 50km (30 mile) home to Abbeyfeale.
Firefighter Jonathan Doody will be among 11,000 cyclists taking part in the 180k Ring of Kerry Cycle on Saturday. Jonathon is taking the challenge to raise funds for Brú Columbanus in Cork, which helped his family while his father Jim recovered from a horrific cycling accident. Jim suffered devastating head injuries when he was involved in a collision with a van outside Abbeyfeale in February. He lay in an induced coma for four weeks, and spent another month recovering in Cork University Hospital.
Jim then went to St Ita’s Hospital, before moving to the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire, where he will remain until July 17th. “He’s lucky to be alive,” said Jonathan.
Jim himself has completed the Ring of Kerry several times and Jonathan will now take up the challenge for his father along with a run that’s four miles more than a full marathon. Speaking to ‘Kerrys Eye’, Jonathan said’ it’s worth it to give something back to Brú Columbanus, where the family were able to stay while he (Jim) was recovering. We were preparing for the worst – but thankfully he’s doing well now.” He said.
Emergency Times wishes Jonathan well on his challenge.