Councillor heads for the Alps

Crettyard county councillor Ben Brennan is planning a major uphill struggle for himself this September, all in aid of the Share a Dream Foundation.

Crettyard county councillor Ben Brennan is planning a major uphill struggle for himself this September, all in aid of the Share a Dream Foundation.

It will be the second time for Cllr Brennan who is aged 55 and a keen runner with St Abban’s AC, to climb the Austrian Alps. He will again be raising money for the charity, who specialise in making dreams come true for very sick and terminally ill Irish children.

“They are a brilliant organisation, they fulfil dreams. It is three days of walking for 20 hours in the Alps. It is tough, it’s very steep mountain trekking, but the views are fabulous. You would need a good basic level of fitness or you wouldn’t be able to do it,” he said.

His walking partner will again be Maria Murphy a Wexford mother of two sick children, one of whom received a Share A Dream award in the past.

Cllr Brennan will be holding a fundraising social in Behans of Tolerton next month, and hopes to raise well beyond the basic €2,000 required to take part in the walk.

“We have to raise a minimum of €2,000 each. The last time we raised €6,000 each,” he said.

Currently nursing a torn calf, he normally runs about 40km a week, spread over five days.

“It is improving, I did 4km the other day. I took it up when I quit smoking 23 years ago. I have run marathons in Boston, England and France,” he said.

Cllr Brennan is a committee member of St Abbans, who have seen national and international success with their athletes, and have over 250 members.