BY MARTIN WALSH
A 60-YEAR-old Courtmacsherry mother-of-six who is afraid of heights, is set to take to the skies to fundraise for the local RNLI and Rowing Club.
Grandmother Margaret O’Donovan, who is originally from Newcestown, said: ‘I wanted to do one mad thing in my life and this is it. I don’t particularly like flying and I definitely don’t like heights, this is a one-off. I am very conservative really, but I always wanted to so something for the Lifeboat and I also feel that the Rowing Club do such magnificent work and provide so much for the young people.’
Her family gave her a voucher for her 60th and the dive, weather permitting, will take place at the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue in Offaly on September 8th. Sponsorship cards will be available while people can also give their donations to Margaret, who has a GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/margaretsskydive
Last November the Courtmacsherry Rowing Club launched their plans to build a new facility at a cost of some €400,000. To date the club, who have a four year plan for the project, have raised around €40,000 and are awaiting news on grant applications.
Club chairperson Brian Whelton has welcomed Margaret’s idea as well as Chairperson of the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Fundraising Committee Paul Finn.