Newbridge students scale great heights

From left: Brian Kelly, Luke Mimnagh, Arron Dunne, Gregory Dobey (parent), Christopher Dobey. Mel Mimnagh (parent) and Cathal Mattimoe.
Five transition year students from the Patrician Brothers Secondary school in Newbridge have earned the title of the youngest team to complete the Four Peaks Challenge in aid of Focus Ireland.

Five transition year students from the Patrician Brothers Secondary school in Newbridge have earned the title of the youngest team to complete the Four Peaks Challenge in aid of Focus Ireland.

Students Christopher Dobey, Luke Mimnagh, Brian Kelly, Arron Dunne, Cathal Mattimoe, set out with parents Mel Mimnagh, Gregory Dobey, and driven 800 miles by Robbie Cullen, to scale the four highest peaks in the four provinces of during the hottest weekend of the year.

And they did so in an impressive time of 15 hours and 21 minutes, and were also ranked the eighth fastest team out of 40 on the challenge.

“On the 7 to the 9 of June we climbed the highest peak in each of the four provinces of Ireland in aid of Focus Ireland,” said Gregory Dobey from Great Southern.

“Our aim was to raise a minimum of €3,800 to go directly towards taking homeless people off streets in Ireland to date we have raised almost €4,000 through sponsorship, bag packing and a civvies day in the school.”

The climbers made their way to the base of Carrauntoohil for the first and highest climb on Friday June 7 followed by Mweelrea, Slieve. Donard and Lugnaquilla. The challenge ended in the Glen of Imaal, on Sunday 9 with an award ceremony where team PSS Newbridge got an award for being the youngest team ever to complete the challenge.

“This is a cause that the boys felt strongly about,” added Gregory

“It was a great achievement for them and they did it for themselves but more importantly they did it for Focus Ireland.”

- Paula Campbell