A THIRTEEN-year-old Dundalk boy has treaded water for an amazing two and half hours in a bid to raise money for membership to Carlingford Sailing Club.
It is not the first time that Sean MacCarthaigh (13), from Clontygora Court has taken on an epic challenge to pursue his hobby.
Last year Sean treaded water for an staggering two hours in a bid to raise money to pay for a Laser-Bug sailing boat, one of many fund raising tasks he took up to raise the cash.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat Sean’s parents told the paper: “Last year he wanted to buy a sailing boat, which are pretty expensive,” says Sean’s mum. “So he went about earning the money over the course of the summer.”
Nothing was going to stand in the way of the hard working Bush Park Student. He packed gift bags, delivered leaflets and newspapers, helped out at his aunt’s café, and partook in a number of projects across Dundalk and North Louth to raise the price of the boat.
The centre piece event to raise the cash came when he got sponsorship to treading water for one hour. Sean’s proud dad explains: “He was only initially going to do one hour. But when the hour mark came he decided to go for another 15 minutes and then another 15 and so on. Eventually he ended up doing two hours.”
Sean took on the task again this year, this time to raise the fee to become a member of the Carlingford Sailing Club, which allows him to go sailing during the season every weekend, supported by the boats of club.
“This year he managed two and half hours, beating his personal best from last year,” said Sean’s dad. He was also helped out by Dorian and Anthony McKenna from Oldbridge.
And after his epic two and half hour record? Off to the cinema and some well deserved fast food!