Civil Defence raises €5,000 on way to Errigal summit

Pictured presenting the cheque are, back row L-R; Eimear Byrne, Paddy Byrne, Joanne McGroary, (Instructor), Paidin Doherty (Area Commander – Inishowen), Denis Gallagher, (Instructor), Ruth Moffett, Pat Flynn, John Quinn, (Area Commander – Stranorlar), Donal Bonner, Sarah McGinty.
Front Row L-R: Mrs. Thelma Cunningham, Ms. Edel Flynn, Civil Defence Officer, Mr. John Cunningham, Ms. Lorna Given IMNDA, Ms. Jackie McCrudden (Area Commander – Letterkenny).

DONEGAL Civil Defence has presented Lorna Given from Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) with a cheque for €4,856.50 following a sponsored climb they embarked upon up Mount Errigal.

A total of 31 climbers, including members of the Civil Defence from Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan and Tipperary, reached the summit to raise much needed funds for the IMNDA following the diagnosis of one of Donegal’s long serving members and friends within the organisation, John Cunningham, Carndonagh, who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in recent years.


A spokesperson for the Civil Defence explained, “John joined Civil Defence on February 15 2007 and has been an active member ever since. Since joining, John has been a significant role model for young and the not so young, within the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS). He worked hard at setting up of the AFS station in Carndonagh, has worked alongside the Donegal Fire Service at gorse fires and was a member of the winning National Civil Defence AFS Pump Drill Team in 2008. Despite his diagnosis, John continues as a member of Civil Defence and continues to give valuable service to his community in any way possible.

“Donegal Civil Defence would like to thank all the climbers and helpers on the day.”

Climbers on the day were:

Donegal – Paidin Doherty, Denis Gallagher, Joanne McGroary, Eimear Byrne, Paddy Byrne, Tianan Doherty, Alice Duffy, Edel Flynn, Pat Flynn, Davy Leonard, Phonsie McAteer, Sarah McGinty, Ruth Moffett, Paul Rooney, Paul Dunnion and Donal Bonner

Leitrim – Brian Sweeney, Patricia Sweeney

Sligo – Darren McGough,, Brendan McCarrick, Allan McGloin

Cavan – John Maguire, Jackie Eakins, Ciaran McCarthy, Ciara Simmons, Aine McGovern, Crezi Smith


Tipperary – Malachy Colison, Brian Ely, PJ Graham, Shane Kerwick, Gary Shanahan).

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