Climb with Charlie – CastleDargan to Lough Lumman

Charlie Bird on Croagh Patrick by artist Niall O’Loughlin. Thanks to IMNDA for permission to use.

On Saturday April 2nd, Charlie Bird will climb Croagh Patrick in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.

Due to Charlie’s Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis, the climb will be an immense challenge but he is determined to do it to highlight the vast mountains so many people have to climb in their everyday lives due to severe illness, physical and mental.

The campaign is encouraging everyone to ‘Climb With Charlie’, meaning not just climbing physical mountains, but getting through all the serious challenges in their lives.

While Charlie and his close friends and family embark on their climb on the weekend of April 2nd, the campaign encourages everyone all over Ireland and indeed all over the world get behind his efforts and arrange their own climb in their local area, with all monies raised going to two really worthy charities.

People can donate to the campaign or find out more on All funds raised will go to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.

Due to COVID restrictions, health & safety, and ongoing environmental works on Croagh Patrick, the campaign cannot facilitate large numbers of people on Croagh Patrick on April 2nd. Therefore, Charlie is encouraging people to climb in their local area, and to keep on climbing the mountains of their personal battles.

The first of the Sligo walks to fundraise for Charlie’s charities has been announced and will also take place on April 2nd, 2022. The walk will begin at CastleDargan and will go to Lough Lumman, which is a stunning mountain lake and part of The Sligo Way. The way is being organised by Thomas Walsh and you can book a place by contacting 086 1025285 or You can also donate here, and all donations will go to the Climb with Charlie Charities.

If any other walks are being organised in Sligo just drop me an email and I’ll mention them.

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