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Eamonn Donnelly

Eamonn Donnelly & Sepp Tieber are doing 'The Long Walk Home' a 2,500km trek from Austria to Keady, Co Armagh to raise funds for dementia research

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Sepp Tieber and Eamonn Donnelly have been good friends for over 25 years. It wasn't long before they started playing Irish music together, eventually forming the band, Boxty. Besides having a shared interest in music, they and their families have shared a lot of good times together over the years.

Eamonn was born in Keady, Co. Armagh, but has lived in Austria since 1990. In the last year, he came up with the idea of 'The Long Walk Home' (leaving Hitzendorf in southeast Austria and walking home to Ireland) to help raise awareness and much needed funds for dementia research. The reason is, sadly, all too easy to explain. Several years ago, Eamonn's mum, Margaret passed away after suffering from a rare and extremely aggressive form of dementia. Frustrated and feeling helpless that nothing could be done to alleviate the symptoms let alone cure this cruel disease, it became apparent that much more needed to be done to understand and tackle it. 'The Long Walk Home' is a very small step along the way to doing just that, while also honouring the life of an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Event details

The Long Walk Home for Dementia Research

Together with his friend Sepp, Eamonn hatched the idea of this expedition and they have been planning and training for it over many months. They will be trekking, climbing and camping all the way to Keady covering a total distance estimated to be over 2500 km (1500+ miles).

As music continues to play such a central role in the boy's lives they also hope to play some impromptu gigs along the journey - as long as they can borrow a guitar from some friendly locals - given the strict weight restrictions in their backpacks.   They set off from Hitzendorf (near Graz) on 18th  June and are aiming to arrive in Keady at the beginning of September.

It promises to a be an eventful journey with many trials and tribulations. They hope you will be interested in following it though their blog or on Facebook/Twitter. They hope that people may feel inspired to donate to this very worthy cause, where all the money will go to support dementia research.

Event date

22-June-2017 00:00  - 
12-September-2017 00:00

Event type

Overseas challenge

Event is completed


Sorry it’s late... we’ll done guys
Donation by Anonymous
on 05-12-2017
£62.50 gift aid
Well done Eamonn and Sepp, sorry only getting round to this now. From Kate O'Reilly Keady (sister of Susie who met you from Bristol). Amazing what youse done and great charity.
Donation by Kate O'Hagan
on 23-10-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Well done Eamonn, you have done us proud.
Donation by Mary Fanning
on 26-09-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Sorry for not doing this sooner, wanted to be sure you made it... Never doubted you...
Donation by JG
on 20-09-2017
£25.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 18-09-2017
£75.00 gift aid
Eamon we are very proud of you as a Donnelly & Keady man. Your Mother Margaret was so precious to your family and to all who had the privilege of knowing her Congrats on your walk, fanstastic and well done Kevin Ann Kp and Shauna V Mone and Son
Donation by Anonymous
on 13-09-2017
£25.00 gift aid
Wow! Well done!
Donation by Anonymous
on 11-09-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Well done Eamonn and Sepp! Fantastic achievement for a very worthy cause!
Donation by Isabelle and Darren
on 11-09-2017
£25.00 gift aid
Superb cause and some achievement in doing that walk!
Donation by Conor McKeown
on 11-09-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Well done Eamonn! Great effort for Dementia support. Wuss you every success with your walk!!
Donation by Linda Nesbitt Armagh
on 11-09-2017
£7.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £3,110.00
Offline Donations: £500.00
Total Raised: £3,610.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £4,182.50

Donations closed

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