Walking from Galway to Letterkenny for LUH

WELL known Letterkenny man Davy Cowan will be leading a sponsored walk 
between Galway and Letterkenny in March to raise money for the 
Oncology and Neo Natal wards at Letterkenny University Hospital.
Davy, who works in Optum Ireland, has been joined by a small group of 
work colleagues to raise money for two causes which are close to his 
A talented sportsman in his youth, Davy played senior hockey with 
Raphoe and football with Letterkenny Rovers after a spell in the 
League of Ireland with Athlone Town.
Planning, preparation and training is now well underway to allow Davy 
to achieve his goal within a time-frame of one week.
The walk gets underway from Galway city (Eyre Square) on Sunday, March 
29 and finishes at the Port Road roundabout, Letterkenny, the 
following Sunday.
“I’ll ride into Letterkenny on Psalm Sunday without the donkey! That’s 
the plan and anyone who wants to join in is more than welcome,” he 
Work colleagues Susan Flinter, Jimmy McCarthy, Moira Doherty, Pauline 
Coll and David Carroll are all onboard as is Mark McFadden, Estates 
Manager, Optum.
“Unfortunately, almost everyone knows a family member who has been 
affected by cancer and needs the help and support of the staff from 
the Oncology ward while Mark’s twin boys received great help and 
support from the Neo Natal ward in Letterkenny.
“I’m due to retire in April and I’ve always wanted to do something for 
“Those two wards are close to my heart and it’s helping to get me fit 
so it’s a win-win.
“I’ve always been into sport and I’m hoping that some former team-
mates and opponents will come on board and help out,” he said.
Mark McFadden explained that identical twin sons, Caiden and Cian, 
spent the first few months of their young lives in hospital.
“The boys were two earlier this month and I’m hoping to strap them 
into a buggy and walk part of the journey with Davy when he nears 
Letterkenny. Due to complications, my wife Tresa gave birth ten weeks 
early and the boys spent five weeks in the Neo Natal Intensive Care 
Unit at Holles Street Children’s Hospital before being transferred to 
Letterkenny where they spent a further three weeks.
“It’s only then that you really realise the important work that the 
nurses and staff do at Letterkenny and I’m delighted that Davy has 
decided to include Letterkenny’s Neo Natal ward in his plans,” Mark 
McFadden said.
Davy’s wife Joan, son Keith, a PE teacher at Coláiste Ailigh, and 
daughter Cathy, who works in PR and Marketing, are busy finalising the 
route and B&Bs along the way.
“We’re hoping to gather about €15,000,” Davy said.
Former work colleagues at Unifi Textured Yarns – where Davy spent more 
than twenty-five years – have also joined in the fund-raising effort.
As part of the fund-raising effort there will be a quiz night at The 
Fort Bar, An Grianan Hotel, Burt, on Thursday next, February 6th, at 
Davy’s sister, Margaret McNutt, has also organised a flower 
demonstration at the same venue for Wednesday, March 25 at 7.30pm.
Davy is now encouraging the local community (and their dogs) to walk 
with him and the team in solidarity and friendship any time between 
Sunday, March 29 and Sunday, April 5.
Further details can be found on Davy’s Go Fund Me page

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