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Three of the climbers today in Wicklow. Valerie O'Sullivan Photography
Focus Ireland

Dozens of climbers scale four Irish peaks in one weekend

The event was in support of homelessness charity Focus Ireland.

A TOTAL OF 46 teams of climbers have successful scaled four peaks in one weekend, fundraising for Focus Ireland.

The events raised as much as €200,000 to support the charity’s work in combating and preventing homelessness.

Today saw the final mountain, Lugnaquilla in Wicklow, climbed by over 300 people.

Other peaks included in the Four Peaks Challenge event, supported by Today FM, were Carrauntoohil in Kerry on Friday, followed by Mweelrea in Mayo and Slieve Donard in Down on Saturday.

Another 47 teams climbed one of each of these peaks.

“There was a real feeling of camaraderie up on the mountains,” Martha Lamont from Dun Laoghaire in Dublin was with ‘The Walkabouts’ team said.

Personally, it’s such a sense achievement to have the four highest peaks in the land scaled and all in one weekend. Doing it for Focus Ireland and raising lots of vital money for the homeless makes it all the better.

The charity said that there currently 5,000 people homeless in Ireland, with a 25 per cent increase in this number and the number of those at risks witnessed last year.

“Without fundraisers like this and the support of people taking part we would really struggle to provide the vital lifeline services that are needed more than ever before,” Focus Ireland’s Director of Fundraising and Marketing Lisa Nicole Dunne said.

She added that “89 cents of every euro” received is spent on charitable services.

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