Portarlington native Julie Dunne took on a challenge of epic proportions when she rowed across the South Atlantic recently for the charity War Child who help children whose lives have been torn apart by war.
Julie’s family in Portarlington, Peter and Eve Dunne anxiously followed their daughter’s progress from her departure in Spain on January 17, until they arrived in Barbados on March 4.
Julie only began rowing when she moved to London almost 10 years ago.
“We thought she was mad when she told us what she was going to do, and part of me hoped the trip would fall through,” her dad, Peter said.
Julie was part of an eight man crew of six men and two women. Four of them would row at a time, with two people sleeping and two people eating.
Julie made a brief trip back to Portarlington last weekend to catch up with family before heading back to London.