Offaly Fire Fighters win the Croghan Hill Challenge for the second year running

Date Published : April 24th, 2016    Published By : admin

A team of fire fighters from Tullamore and Edenderry fire stations in County Offaly have won the ‘Croghan Hill Challange’ for the second year running.

The event, which was established three years ago by Tipperary Garda Keith Gantly, aims to help raise funds for the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

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The Winning Team

By Declan Keogh
The four Offaly fire fighters were Brendan Daly and Michael McEvoy from Tullamore and Gordan Cummins and George Morrissey from Edenderry. Philip Keegan, a fifth team member from Clara fire station was unable to participate this year.

The charity event took place yesterday under lovely sunshine at Croghan Hill, which is situated in the heart of the midlands. Its famous extinct Volcanic Hill is a perfect location for a cross country boot camp style obstacle course.

Challenges faced by participants were hill climbs, 5k and 10k runs, climbing 10ft walls, negotiating water flights and many more obstacle courses, thrills and spills.

640 Offaly Fire Suds

Speaking to Emergency Times earlier, Team Captain Brendan Daly said the Croghan Challenge is a great event and a great cause. “There are a lot of obstacles and courses, some harder than others and some more awkward than others, but overall, it is a great event and for a great cause”.

The charity event was run in conjunction with Crumlin Hospital and it’s not yet clear how much was raised for yesterday’s event. Last year, it raised in the region of €10,000.

Offaly County Fire & Rescue Service has also supported the event and sponsored the team with their jerseys, sports bag and kit for the challenge while Firefighters themselves, from stations across the county also raised funds with sponsorship cards over the past few months.

640 Croghan Hill Channange
Team Captain: 'The 10ft wall was the toughest'

The Fire team trained a lot for this year’s event and according to Brendan Daly, their hard work and efforts paid off, but says; it’s all down to team work. “We have been training for this year’s event as a team and individually on our own, in our own time. The toughest part of the challenge yesterday was probably the 10 foot wall, but it’s all down to teamwork, and even though we are delighted to have won again this year, and at the end of the day it’s all a bit of fun in aid of a good cause”.


Over 750 people participated in yesterday’s event and the Offaly Fire Team were the first ‘full team home’, completing the Croghan Hill Challenge in record time of 1hr:05mins.

Well done to all involved!

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