First blind man to reach the South Pole

Portlaoise parish welcomes Mark Pollock, the first blind man to reach the South Pole, to speak in St Peter and Paul’s Church on February 26 as part of their nine-week Novena.

Pollock is a Northern Irish adventurer, athlete, rower, kayaker, author and international motivational speaker.

In January 2009, he took just over three weeks to complete the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race, alongside Simon O’Donnell and Inge Solheim.

They participated against nine other teams, including that of BBC personality Ben Fogle and the Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell.

An avid rower, Pollock has won bronze and silver medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England and has also written a book titled Making It Happen.

Commencing at 7.30pm, Pollock will talk about breaking through the barriers of paralysis and blindness.




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