RNLI Lap of the Map’s Mary Makes it Home

By Claire O’Donoghue


The indefatigable Mary Nolan-Hickey has made it home to Arklow and a well-deserved hero’s welcome after 104 days of running to and visiting all the Lifeboat stations on the coast. Her “Lap of the Map” for the R.N.L.I. has raised an estimated €60,000 to date and donations are still coming in, blowing her target of €20,000 completely out of the water. She’s managed to clock up 1510 miles in total. To put that in perspective, as the crow flies, in a southerly direction from Youghal, you would end up in Tiznit in Southern Morocco, heading north, it would get your half way up to the Eastern coast of Greenland, south east and you would be almost in Malta!
Mary has partaken in more than her fair share of adventure. She previously ran the Marathon de Sables, a 7-day race across the Sahara Desert, she's the only woman to have completed every Dublin City marathon since it began in 1980, she also was part of the First All-Female Crew to row the Celtic Challenge from Arklow to Aberyswyth and was the first boat home to boot! At 65, Mary doesn't seem to be giving any though to taking it easy.
Youghal Lifeboat would like to offer its gratitude and admiration to Mary and all her supporters that turned out on the Ballycotton –Youghal- Helvic leg of her triumphant run.