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Donnelly Signs Up For King Of Greystones

Latest press release from Stephen Donnelly TD, issued on Friday, July 19th 2019…

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Stephen Donnelly TD has entered the King of Greystones Triathlon.

The Deputy explained, “I’m trying to raise funds for the Gavin Glynn Foundation, but I also have a personal reason for taking part. Twenty-one years ago I broke my back. Luckily, the spinal cord wasn’t damaged, but it was an unpleasant experience. One day I was fit and active – in fact, I was training to cycle across Europe – the next, I was in a Dublin emergency department being told that I wouldn’t be able to do much for quite some time. In the end, it was nearly a year and a half before I could go back to work.

“The medical care I got at the time was so bad it actually made the impact of the injury worse. I was, for example, refused any rehab, and told to never do sports or exercise again. Luckily, many years later I was helped by two friends who are brilliant physios – Xavier in Medfit and Catherine in East Coast Physio. A few months back I was then harangued by another friend into signing up for a triathlon (he’s an excellent haranguer).

“So for the past few months I’ve been slowly building up, and on Sunday 28th July, I’m hoping to complete my first triathlon. It won’t be fast, and it sure as hell won’t be pretty…but I aim to finish it!

“At the same time, I’ll be raising money for the Gavin Glynn Foundation. The foundation was set up in honour of the young hero, Gavin, who showed more courage in his young life than most of us will show in many decades. The mission of the foundation is supporting families who need to travel abroad for cancer treatment for their children.

“I’m hoping to collect as much money as possible and if anyone has a few Euro they’d be happy to see find a great home, please donate. And if they have a lot of Euro they’d be happy to see find a great home…it’s the same, just go to and search for Stephen Donnelly”.

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