Conor Cahill (Deaf Enterprises), Conor McCarthy (Cork City FC) and Mike McGrath (Deaf Enterprises), with the signed Cork City FC Jersey.

The Chairperson and Manager of Deaf Enterprises, both of whom are from East Cork, will each take on individual and personal challenges in aid of the registered charity, with the first beginning earlier this week on Wednesday, 20 September.
In celebration of its 30-year anniversary of Deaf Enterprises, Cloyne’s Conor Cahill, its Manager, and Shanagarry’s Mike McGrath, its Chairperson, are tackling Spain’s Camino de Santiago and the Ironman Barcelona triathlon respectively this month. The money they both raised will go towards Deaf Enterprises Cork.
Mr Cahill, who was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (myalgic encephalomyelitis) and fibromyalgia more than three years ago, will walk approximately 260km of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, specifically the Portuguese Costal Way. Beginning in Porto, the Portuguese Coastal Way (or Caminho da Senda Litoral) leads to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, the shrine to St James, usually within ten days.
“All support is greatly appreciated,” said Mr Cahill, “to allow us to continue to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities for at least 30 more years. We are going through a transition stage at the moment, with the opportunity to develop a Local Training Centre with CETB assistance for the deaf. These much needed funds will help us overcome some short-term cash-flow challenges.”
When Mr Cahill returns from completing the Camino de Santiago – the Way of St James in English – his compatriot Mr McGrath will set off to Barcelona to compete in an Ironman triathlon on Saturday, 30 September.
Held in Calella, Barcelona-Maresme region on Spain’s eastern coastline, the Ironman will begin with a 3.9km (2.4mi) swim in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This will continue into a 180 km (112mi) cycle and end with a marathon (42km or 26.2mi) from Calella to Santa Susanna.
“We are highly motivated to complete these challenges and we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to raise awareness and raise badly needed funds for Deaf Enterprises”, said Mr McGrath, the recently elected Chairperson of the voluntary Board of Management. “Fundraising is now a fulltime activity for all charities and Deaf Enterprises have recently started a Development Committee to source donations to improve the working environment within the furniture workshop, with successful events already having taken place in 2017.”
All donations of €10 or more will be entered into a draw for Cork City FC jersey, donated by defender Conor McCarthy and signed by the squad at their Europa League qualifier against AEK Larnaca.
To support Mr Cahill and Mr McGrath with their fundraising events, visit deafenterprises.ie or email info@deafenterprises.ie for a sponsorship card.

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