From Lanesboro to Limerick by kayak

No small challenge for Junior

From Lanesboro to Limerick by kayak

A Ballyleague man is about to fulfil a longtime ambition by kayaking along the Shannon from Lanesboro to Limerick, and he's doing it all for charity.

Patrick 'Junior' Hannon will set off on the adventure late next month and he hopes to complete it in as few as three days.

“I've been kayaking for around 15 years and this is something I've always wanted to do.” he explained. “A few other lads are going to be joining me for the journey, including Roy Glennon who is a manager at Senator Windows in Longford, Niall Madden from Ballykeeran in Westmeath, and Fergal Brazil from Tullamore. We're hoping other people will also get sponsorship and join us long the route.

“We're planning on rowing around 30 miles a day but we also want to enjoy the trip. My kayak and gear are being sponsored by the Canoe Centre in Blanchardstown; We'll have VHF radios with us and a support van which will follow us with our tents and cooking equipment.”

Junior added that the trip will be a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society.

“It will be in aid of cancer research,” he explained.

“Everyone has been touched by cancer at some stage; my own father died from it and my wife Elaine's aunts and uncles died from it.

“I have sponsorship cards in all the local shops and people can also donate online by going to