An Ironman challenge for Drogheda Triathlon Club

Drogheda Triathlon Club with their little mascot Faye
Marcas and Mary with a smiling Faye

Drogheda Triathlon Club members are all super fit and strong. Some would consider them to be hard men (and women). But when a fellow member seeks support they reveal their soft side and are not slow to rally around.

Club member Marcas Morrison became a father for the first time in late 2014, while this was a joyous occasion, unfortunately for Marcas and his partner Mary Foley, their daughter Faye was born with a bowel condition which meant she was unable to process her food.

Faye spent six weeks in Temple Street where she underwent a life saving operation and during this time Marcas and Mary were really impressed with the extremely high level of care and support given to their daughter and to themselves.

Thankfully Faye has now made a full recovery and is now leading the life of any normal toddler. To show his appreciation for the care and support shown by the staff the hospital, Marcas and other DTC members are doing the gruelling Dublin Half Ironman race on August 9th to raise funds for Temple Street.

The race consists of a 1.9km swim in Dun Laoghaire Harbour followed by a 90km cycle through Dublin city and into the Meath and Kildare countryside before finishing up with a 21km (half marathon) run around the Pheonix Park.

Another friend of the club, Eddie Carr and his partner Donna Kavanagh, are also extremely grateful to our doctors and nurses  for the care and support they provided for their son Patrick during what was a terribly difficult time for the family. At just six months old Patrick was admitted to Temple Street. Our consultants worked tirelessly to get to the bottom of his illness and nursing staff provided immense care for Patrick.

Sadly however, Patrick died shortly before his first birthday but the care and support shown by the staff in Temple Street made it possible for him to spend his final months at home with his parents in Drogheda. For parents Eddie and Donna their kindness and professionalism will never be forgotten.

Now Drogheda Triathlon Club are competing in the Dublin Iron Man to raise funds for Temple Street, with both Faye and Patrick in their hearts and on their minds.