Éanna Hyland from Ballyduff and Kieran English from Conna have teamed up to take on the ‘Jailbreak’ charity race on the weekend of February 23rd.
The aim of the competition which is organised by various student societies at Trinity College Dublin, is for teams to find their way to ‘Location X’ with little or no money, all the while promoting the Irish language and culture and raising money for St Vincent de Paul and Amnesty International Ireland in the process.
Éanna Hyland and Kieran English were school pals at Blackwater Community School and now both attend UCC.
Éanna has been performing with The Booley House in Ballyduff for many years and both young men are very proud of Irish culture and heritage.
Éanna’s older sister Ríoghnach, took part in Jailbreak last year and had the experience of a lifetime.
Now she is on the organising committee and is a member of an Cumann Gaelach at Trinity College, and so, encouraged Éanna to participate in the 2019 event.
“We’ll have 36 hours to find Location X and they’ll give us clues along the way to indicate where in Europe it will be. We’ll all be starting from the grounds of Trinity College and we’ll see where we go from there,” Éanna told The Avondhu.
“I do a lot of travelling so I won’t be nervous really, I’m looking forward to it. We must raise some money before we go and we’ll be raising more along the journey too,” explained Éanna.
The pair hosted a trad session in the Log Cabin, Ballyduff recently where Éanna, his brother Seamus and plenty other local musicians played. There was a raffle on the night and €510.40 was raised.
This was the first fundraising event held by Éanna and Kieran – further events would also be held before they head away on February 23rd. Best of luck lads!