Youghal RNLI Welcomes Superwoman Mary Hickey

Article By Claire O’Donoghue, Photos by Andrea Cunningham


Mary Hickey (66) from Arklow is into the first week of her mammoth second round-Ireland tour to raise money for the RNLI. She is cycling around Ireland and visiting each of the RNLI Stations to raise both money and awareness of the incredible voluntary work done by the hard-working, life-saving crews. On Saturday, 20 April, 6 days into her challenge, she arrived at Youghal RNLI. Speaking with The East Cork Journal Mary said, “I’m estimating the challenge will take me 48 days of cycling. I plan to cycle for 2 week stints and then return home to Arklow for a week off before setting off again. When I headed out from Arklow RNLI station, the weather was just awful and it was very tough going but here I am today, the sun is shining and the leg from Dungarvan to Ballycotton RNLI is beautiful so I’ve a lovely day for it.”

Crew members and locals called to the Station to support and thank Mary and to wish her well on the remainder of her challenge. Tea, sandwiches and cakes were laid out in preparation for her arrival and were gratefully received after a morning in the saddle.

Last year Mary ran 2,428km around the coast, on her “Lap of the Map” again stopping at each RNLI station. She raised an amazing €72,000 for the Lifeboat Stations of Ireland. She would like to have both challenges tally up to a nice, round €100,000. If you would like to support her current challenge, on which she set off a year to the day from when she finished the last, you can donate at