Donnaca celebrates 85th with 5 mile row

5 Mile Row in aid of NW Hospice and Ethiopian Cancer Squad

Donnaca celebrates 85th with 5 mile row
Philip Rooney @LeitrimToday

Excursions on water are nothing new to Carrick-on-Shannon's Donnaca Kennedy having previously completed 80K and 100K rows in order to raise funds for charity.

To mark his 85th birthday, Donnaca planned to row 5 miles along the River Shannon from Carrick-on-Shannon on the June Bank Holiday.

However, with some uncertainty as to how long the good weather would last Donnaca decided to complete his latest venture a week earlier than was originally planned.

Reflecting on his latest expedition Donnaca stated on his blog (, “Originally I said I would start the row on June Bank Holiday weekend however last Sunday, May 29 saw perfect (and calm) rowing conditions so I decided to seize the day and I set off!

“Accompanied by my wife Dickie and family on the barge Alameda, I left Carrick-on-Shannon and rowed upstream towards Lough Drumharlow.

“After a pit stop for lunch on an island in Lough Drumharlow I continued on to the Boyle River.

“All in all it took about three hours of rowing to complete the five miles. I retired home with aching muscles very glad I hadn't undertaken an 85 mile row!”

Donnaca expressed his gratitude to all who have helped him and all who have contributed to his fundraising efforts.

All proceeds raised from his 5 mile row will be split equally between the North West Hospice and the Ethiopian Squad.

If you would like to donate to Donnaca's fundraising efforts please visit Donnaca's blog which can be found at where you can also read about his previous fundraising efforts.