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Mary welcomed by Mayor of Waterford City & County

Mary Hickey, the 65 year-old Wicklow woman running the coast of Ireland for the RNLI met the Mayor of Waterford City & County Council Cllr. Pat Nugent in the Council Chamber of the Civic Offices in Dungarvan on Tuesday April 3rd where he welcomed her. He expressed his profound appreciation on behalf of the 115,000 people in the city and county for her outstanding commitment, raising over €25,000 for the RNLI since New Year’s Day.

Also present were Helvick crew Alan Kelly, Pat Devereux, Cathal Reilly and Nicky Hannigan, Safety & RNLI Helvick Fundraising Committee. Cathal Dwane, Brian Fleming and Colin Lynch from Irish Coastguard, Bunmahon; Garda Aidan McCarthy; Brian Jackman, National Ambulance Service; Caroline Russell; and Tomás deFaoite, West Waterford AC.

On Easter Monday, the previous day, Mary ran from Youghal Lifeboat Station to Helvick Lifeboat Station where an enthusiastic reception awaited her and she was presented with a piece of Criostal na Rinne created by master craftsman Eamonn Terry. After the presentation Mary enjoyed a well-deserved saltwater seaweed bath in Sólás na Mara on Helvick Pier.

The next morning Helvick RNLI escorted her to Dungarvan and after meeting the Mayor she accessed the Waterford Greenway to Durrow with runners from West Waterford AC, Garda Aidan McCarthy and Brian Jackman from the National Ambulance Service. In Durrow they were joined by The Irish Coastguard to Stradbally along the Copper Coast to Bunmahon.

"Mary Hickey is one remarkable woman and we wish her the best as she continues the remainder of her lap of the map raising funds for the RNLI along the coasts of Waterford and Wexford back to her home in Co Wicklow," said Mayor Nugent.

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