By Kieran O’Mahony
THE mammies may not have been too impressed when their sons came home with WAW tattoos, but it was all good fun for a Clonakilty trio who drove the 2,500km WAW route to raise awareness for the charity Pieta House.
Darragh Keane, Jack Haigh and Paul Kelly set out on their WAW adventure in the middle of September and they even set up a Twitter account, @TooFarFromMammy so they could relay home that they were safe while on their trip.
‘Our parents thought it was a great concept and my mum and dad even set up their own Twitter accounts so they could follow our progress,’ Darragh told The Southern Star.
‘It was a great adventure travelling the route but also great to raise awareness of Pieta House and the work they carry out in relation to mental health issues.’
The trio stopped off in a lot of places along the WAW route and tried to see as much as they could in their week-long adventure and they recorded the journey, which they hope to put online soon.
‘When we were in Galway we decided to get WAW tattoos at the Rise Tattoo parlour and we’re probably the first people to get a tattoo of the logo. Of course our mothers were shocked when they saw them, but they’re getting used to them now,’ added Darragh.
The lads also had an important message to promote while on their adventure and they took part in interviews at several radio stations along the route to promote positive mental health.
‘It was a fantastic week and it was great having the Twitter account as people were tweeting us all the time. We would love to do it again for a longer period so we could stop off at more places.’