GAA Legend walks the Camino again for CRY

GAA Legend walks the Camino again for CRY

06 February 2020

Five-Time All-Ireland winner Aidan O’Mahony will participate in the Camino for CRY 6th Annual Trek to raise money for screening services for families affected by Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) with Liam Herlihy Trustee for CRY.

Liam lost his daughter, Niamh to Sudden Cardiac Death SCD in 2011 which left him determined to help others that have lost loved ones to sudden death. Now as advocates for CRY, Aidan and Liam are heading back on The Camino together and are asking the public to join them again on completing the 107km trek to raise awareness and much-needed funds for CRY.

Aidan O'Mahony said "I was so moved by the Camino walk last year and the stories I heard from those affected by SCD that CRY has helped. CRY is saving young lives with their services and I am so happy to support them as an ambassador. I am asking for people to join me on the Camino this year so we can save more young lives from sudden cardiac death."

The Camino offers an escape, a haven for self-reflection and an opportunity to disconnect. It is a way to get away from your daily life and connect with nature while also helping to raise money for CRY at the same time.

The Camino is suitable for almost anyone and is as rewarding as it is challenging, so if you are looking for a new challenge in 2020, test yourself mentally and physically this year and walk the Camino for a great cause.

The 7 night trip will begin in the walled city of Lugo, after two days the trail will join the Camino Frances in Melide, with the final destination being Santiago, where you will be able to get the Compostela, the traditional certificate of pilgrimage on completion.

Liam Herlihy, said “Ever since Niamh died we have received huge support from CRY and our two sons have been screened annually which has been a great comfort to us”.

Lucia Ebbs, CEO of CRY said “Approximately two people under the age of 35 die every week in Ireland from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). Conditions that cause SCD cannot be cured, but if diagnosed, the risk of death can be significantly reduced. The best treatment for people at risk is expert assessment and this includes screening. The CRYP is the only clinic in Ireland that provides a full-time dedicated service, and it is free to all patients.”

CRY is an Irish registered charity that aims to support families who have lost a relative to sudden cardiac death (SCD) and helps raise awareness of the conditions that cause it.

The CRY Camino will take place from September 19th to 26th 2020.