Swapping Heels for Hiking Boots to climb Croagh Patrick in aid of Galway Hospice

2017 Galway Rose to Climb Croagh Patrick
Pictured launching the event at Galway Hospice are: (l-r) Shane McDonagh (Event Coordinator), Joe Connolly (former Galway hurler and Captain of the 1980 All-Ireland winning Galway senior hurling team), Ultan Dillane (Connacht Rugby), Niamh Elwood (Galway Rose 2017/2018), James Connolly (Connacht Rugby), Noel Lane (former Galway hurler and holder of three senior All-Ireland medals) and Joe Canning (Galway All-Ireland senior hurling team).

2017 Galway Rose Niamh Elwood swaps her heels for hiking boots as she takes on Croagh Patrick.

Niamh Elwood who was the 2017 ambassador for the City of the Tribes as she represented her home county of Galway in the Rose of Tralee Competition will climb Croagh Patrick this weekend in aid of the Galway Hospice.

The 24 year old nurse from Castlegar, works in the University Hospital in Galway and describes herself as a true Galwegian.

Last month she handed over the Sash to Galway’s newest representative,24 year old Deirdre O’ Sullivan who hails from Corrandulla.

Softly spoken Niamh Elwood took it all in her stride as she looked back fondly on her year as the Galway Rose where she worked closely with the Galway Hospice.

“I didn’t realise how much involvement I was going to get with different charities, like I spent an awful lot of time with Galway Hospice. I done a lot with them which obviously I would have a close connection with the fact that I’m a nurse and the fact that I’ve often had to refer people onto the hospice so it was lovely to spend time with them and anything they’ve asked me I’ve tried to do.”

Niamh’s work with the hospice didn’t end when her year as the Galway Rose did as this weekend she is taking on Croagh Patrick in aid of the Galway Hospice.

“The annual ‘Croagh Patrick Climb in aid of Galway Hospice’ takes place on Saturday 16th June 2018.

“A host of well-known locals are supporting this annual fundraising event and are encouraging the Galway community to do the same.

“The event is aimed at individuals, as well as groups, clubs, businesses and companies.

“You can register for this event by calling Galway Hospice on 091 770868 or by emailing fundraising@galwayhospice.ie. Corporate sponsors interested in featuring on the event t-shirt can contact Shane on 087 2220807.

“On 16th June, not only can you climb Croagh Patrick to help raise much-needed funds for Galway Hospice but you might also meet some sporting heroes and Galway Ambassadors along the way.

Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/galway.hospice for further event details. You can use the hashtag #Climb4Hospice when uploading your photos from the day.