John Roche, Londis Doneraile (left) pictured at the launch of Climb for Joy, with Paul McGrath, former Irish soccer international; Senator Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House; Conor Hayes, Londis Sales Director and Gillian Rigney, Londis Marketing Manager.

An initiative that involves scaling Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil in County Kerry on May 27 in order to raise money and awareness for mental health charity, Pieta House, will see staff from five County Cork Londis stores participate.

One such retailer who has signed up to undertake the fundraising event is John Roche from Doneraile.

According to John, “We are really looking forward to the climb next week. Pieta House is a very worthy charity and it’s important to have this type of support in our community. Anyone who wishes to sponsor us and donate to Pieta House can do so in store.”

Paul McGrath was on hand recently to lend his support for the launch of Climb for Joy and acknowledges the vital work Pieta House carries out each day in local communities across Ireland by providing free and therapeutic care for people who are in suicidal distress and those with mental health issues.


Londis began its partnership with Pieta House in 2016 when over 30 retailers put their fears aside and undertook parachute jumps for the Londis Jump for Joy event last May at The Irish Parachute Club, in Clonbullogue, Co Offaly. The initiative raised over €35,000 for Pieta House.

Following that success, even more Londis retailers, their family and friends are getting involved this year and they are all set to embark on the challenging climb of Carrauntoohil this month, which will surely be a tough but rewarding experience.

Pieta house are located in nine towns around the country, Ballyfermot, Lucan, Finglas, Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Roscrea, Waterford and Tuam and their goal is to have a Pieta House within 100kms of every person in Ireland.