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About WWYC

In March 2018 Fr Tony was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. For a man with untold energy levels as well as a contagious zest for life, this news came as a bolt of lightning. Tony found himself part of a vastly under-resourced medical world of lengthy waiting lists and over-burdened medics.

Never one to be struck down by adversity, Tony came to the decision to walk the length of Ireland in order to raise funds and to help highlight the need for further funding in this area.

The Route

WWYC – July 10th to August 6th, 2018

Details for each stage of the route are below.

The Route PDFs contain all the info about each stage including walking directions, start locations and food & drinks along the way.

The Google Maps links provide an easy way to load the directions onto your device.

(A folder containing all route PDFs can be downloaded from here)

What is the start time?

You will need to be at the start point at 9:30am to receive relevant information for the day in which you are walking. The start time each day is 10am sharp i.e. we will begin walking at 10am.

Evening events

Locally organized events take place each evening in the route towns.
More details below.

Donations over €250?

Please see this page to see how  €250 donation equals €431 to the charity.

Walkers Guide & FAQs

Read our Walkers Guide here  and FAQs here

Filming

RTÉ is filming Fr Tony Coote’s walk for a documentary to be aired later in the year. If you have concerns about appearing in shot or questions about the production, please contact the Head of Religious Programmes, Roger.childs@rte.ie 

Stage
Date
Start
Length
Finish
Google Maps > & Route PDF
Event
9th July
8pm
Central Bar, Main Street, Letterkenny
Pre-departure Evening Event
1
10th July
Letterkenny
>
19km
>
Ballybofey
Event
10th July
Jacksons, Ballybofey
2
11th July
Ballybofey
>
28km
>
Donegal Town
Event
11th July
8.30pm
Dom’s Pier 1, Donegal Town
3
12th July
Donegal Town
>
28km
>
Bundoran
Event
12th July
Bundoran Evening Event
4
13th July
Lá Saor (Bundoran)





5
14th July
Bundoran
>
35km
>
Sligo
6
15th July
Sligo
>
9km
>
Ballysadare
7
16th July
Ballysadare
>
26km
>
Tobercurry
Event
Mon 16th July
8pm
Murphy’s Hotel, Tubbercurry
Evening event
8
Tues 17th July
Tobercurry
>
35km
>
Knock
Event
Wed 18th July
3pm
Basilica Church,
Knock Shrine


Mass 3pm, Welcome Reception 4pm

9
Wed 18th July
Lá Saor (Knock)





Event
Wed 18th July
GAA Club Game of 25
Claremorris
10
Thurs 19th July
Knock
>
14km
>
McWilliam Hotel
Event
Thurs 19th July
8pm
Dance While You Can
Dalton Inn Hotel, Claremorris
11
Fri 20th July
Claremorris
>
28km
>
Tuam
12
Sat 21st July
Tuam
>
23km
>
Claregalway
Event
Sat 21st July
8.30pm
McSwiggans Pub,3 Eyre St,
Galway City
Celebration, nibbles
and collection
13
Sun 22nd July
Lá saor (Claregalway)





14
Mon 23rd July
Claregalway
>
24km
>
Ardrahan
15
Tues 24th July
Ardrahan
>
28km
>
Crusheen
Event
Tues 24th July
5pm
Fogarty's Bar, Crusheen
Welcome BBQ at 5pm
16
Wed 25th July
Crusheen
>
30km
>
Shannon
Event
Wed 25th July
10pm
Neil Diamond Tribute Band
Durty Nellys, Bunratty
17
Thurs 26th July
Lá Saor (Shannon)





18
Fri 27th July
Shannon
>
23km
>
Limerick
Event
Fri 27th July
8pm
South's Pub, Limerick City
Evening event
19
Sat 28th July
Lá Saor (Limerick)





20
Sun 29th July
Limerick
>
18km
>
Adare
21
Mon 30th July
Adare
>
29km
>
Milford
22
Tues 31st July
Milford
>
29km
>
Mallow
23
Wed 1st August
Lá Saor (Mallow)





24
Thurs 2nd August
Mallow
>
30km
>
Cork
25
Fri 3rd August
Lá Saor (Cork)





26
Sat 4th August
Cork
>
26km
>
Bandon
27
Sun 5th August
Bandon
>
28km
>
Dunmanway
Event
Sun 5th August
8pm
Casey's Bar, Main St, Union Hall, Cork
Evening Event
28
Mon 6th August
Driomoleague
>
23km
>
Ballydehob

Tonys’ Story

Hi Everyone,

 

Tony Coote is my name. On the Wednesday of the beginning of the recent snow in Ireland, I was told I had Motor Neurone Disease. Like others who have received such news, I was terrified and my body went into shock. Around this time someone asked me to remember that, ‘the diagnosis is not the prognosis’. I have repeated that in my head as a mantra every day. I have also committed myself to living each day, looking to the future and choosing to live rather than exist.

 

I am a priest in the Dublin Diocese working in Kilmacud and Mount Merrion parishes. I used to play squash twice a week and was always on the go thinking of the next plan and idea. This illness has slowed me up and for the first time since I was a child I fall over easily and have to watch the ground as I walk.

 

Since I was diagnosed I realised the only medication is 24 years old and that the Motor Neurone Disease Association can only provide three nurses for the whole country with just over 400 people living with this illness. Their salaries are paid for by church gate collections.

 

Rather than just complaining about these facts I want to use my time and my voice to do something about it. To this end we invite you to become part of Walk While You Can, to donate,  walk with us, organise a fundraising event or offer accommodation to around 6 of us doing the whole walk.

 

All funds will be donated for research for new medication RMN and to the IMNDA for the care of those living with the illness.

 

PLEASE HELP!

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About Tony

During his time in UCD, Fr Tony established the charity UCD Volunteers Overseas and national mental health campaign Please Talk.

 

UCDVO.org

UCDVO was established in 2003 by the former UCD Chaplain Fr Tony Coote in response to an expressed desire among students to engage in voluntary work abroad. Since its inception and launch as a registered charitable organisation in 2004, UCDVO has extended its activities to projects in India, Haiti, Nicaragua,Tanzania and Uganda and employs two full-time staff to co-ordinate its activities. To date, approx 1,500 volunteers have engaged in environmental, educational, healthcare, construction and computer training projects in disadvantaged communities overseas. (UCDVO.org)

 

PleaseTalk.org

In response to an increase in the rates of suicide among young people, he also headed up the Please Talk campaign, a positive mental health campaign for students, encouraging them to talk about their problems. (PleaseTalk.org)

Twitter

Heading to Claregalway today with this amazing crowd. 22km Let's do this!! #walkwithtony

Well done to all involved. Hoping to catch up with @walkwhileyoucan when you get towards Clare and Limerick. Great cause @IMNDA Donate online if you can at https://t.co/Hpj6MXZq7i or https://t.co/n4SttoBgSD https://t.co/77oXel6WHm

@walkwhileyoucan Great to see the huge entourage of blue t-shirts today walking from Claremorris to Tuam. Well done all! 👏🏼👏🏼 @IMNDA #MND

@walkwhileyoucan @UCDArch getting ready for our trip to Galway tomorrow for some kick ass walking #walkwithtony

A big shout out to the staff in the O'Tooles SuperValu Tuam @SuperValuIRL especially Gary and Mary who organised a great feed for the the whole group on our arrival. #fullfordays

28km later we got to Tuam!! Thanks to everyone who gave donations along the way!! #everycentcounts

Absolute honour to wave off the @walkwhileyoucan team on today's journey from Claremorris to Tuam, who are raising funds for MND care & research in Ireland. Great to meet youTony, - make sure Mark puts in a good days work for you today! @IMNDA

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Our absolute life saver, Michael from The Bike Clinic in Castlebar who yet again fixed Tony's chair after a puncture on the road
#savedtheday #thirdtimelucky

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If this doesn't make your weekend, then nothing will!! The weekend crew have arrived! 🙌🏻 #walkwithtony

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1 hour 11 minutes ago

The crew yesterday, arriving into Tuam! Leaving from here this morning again at 10am. Big crowd expected for the weekend walk!

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1 hour 14 minutes ago

A big shout out to the staff in O'Toole's SuperValu Ireland Tuam especially Gary and Mary who organised a great feed for the whole group on our arrival yesterday. #fullfordays

BALLONS

Yellow Balloons

As a symbol of hope we are asking people to hold a yellow balloon on the walk.

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How you can help

Walk with us
Raise awareness on our walk
$
Walk with us
Help 2 Irish MND Charities
Fund new research
Inspire your community
Help us reach our goal

Walk With Us

Walk While You Can is all about bringing people and communities across Ireland together to raise vital awareness and support for Motor Neurone Disease. We’ll be walking the length of Ireland this July to generate funds and help highlight the need for more funding in this area – and it would mean so much if you could be there with us. By joining our walk, you are not only lending your voice to our call for better supports and services for people living with this Walk with the condition but making those supports possible. This walk is for everyone, young and old, so, if you’d like to get involved, find out more about our route here (Above) and let us know where you’ll be joining us by using our Contact Form (Here).

See you there!

Fundraising
Organise a fundraising event
$
Event Fundraising
Organise a local event
We'll support you to make it a success
Cake sales to Karaoke
All help welcome!

Fundraise

You can make a real difference in the lives of people and families living with Motor Neurone Disease in Ireland by organising a fundraiser in your community for the Walk While You Can campaign. From bake sales and raffles to town treasure hunts and karaoke parties, we have plenty of ideas to get you started and lots of tips and resources in our fundraising pack to help make your event a success.

Fundraising Ideas Link

Whether you coincide your event with when the walk passes through your town or run it at another time, it’s entirely up to you – but we’ll be there to support you every step of the way.

If you’re interested in hosting a fundraising event, please use our contact form (Here) to let us know, and we’ll be in touch with any information and advice you need.

Donate
to the 2 MND charities
$
Donate
Support 2 Irish MND charities
Direct to Charities
Support MND Nurses in ireland
Help us reach our goal
Support MND Research in Ireland

Donate

All money you raise will go to Walk While You Can’s two chosen charities (link), bringing much-needed support to those living with Motor Neurone Disease in Ireland.

For donations by phone : 01 7162400

Online donations idonate.ie/walkwhileyoucan

Fundraising Works

Ice Bucket Challenge Funds MND Breakthrough

Posted: July 27, 2016   www.imnda.ie

Money raised from the global fundraising phenomenon “The Ice Bucket Challenge” has helped to make a significant breakthrough in identifying a key gene linked to Motor Neurone Disease. Project MinE – which is in part funded by the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association – has identified a new gene NEK1, which is believed to be a gene that contributes towards the illness.

It’s hoped the breakthrough will ultimately lead to an improved outcome for the 110 Irish people who will develop Motor Neurone Disease every year. One person is diagnosed with MND every 4 days. MND is known as the 1000 day disease from diagnosis to death.

During these 1000 days, someone with MND gradually loses control of their limbs ultimately resulting in a loss of independence. Everyday things we take for granted like walking, talking and eating may become virtually impossible.

The Ice Bucket Challenge raised 1.6 million euro in Ireland alone. Over €600,000 went directly to research. This research, which includes Project MinE, is carried out by Prof Orla Hardiman and her team in Trinity.

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What is Motor Neurone Disease

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching the muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

 

MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.

 

The cause of MND is not known. There may be environmental factors that trigger the damage in people who are susceptible to the disease. On going research is necessary to find out the nature of these environmental factors, and what makes one person more susceptible than another.

 

MND strikes people of all ages and currently there is no cure, however symptoms can be managed to help the person achieve the best possible quality of life. The drug Riluzole (Rilutek) has shown to be helpful in slowing down the progress of the disease.

 

For more information see imnda.ie/about-mnd

MND Stats in Ireland

These are just a few of the reasons fundraising for MND in Ireland is so important.

Charities

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA, CHY 8510) is the only organisation of its kind in the country.

 

They are dedicated to working on behalf of people living with MND and their families and carers.

 

Their key services include home visits by our 3 MND nurses, financial assistance towards home help and the supply of specialised equipment on loan.

 

They also fund and promote research into the causes and treatments of MND.

IMNDA.ie
Research Motor Neurone (RMN CHY 17822) was founded in 2007, for the purpose of promoting and facilitating research into the causes and treatments of motor neurone disease (MND), also known as ALS.

 

RMN also strives to increase awareness of this incurable disease at both a national and international level.

 

Ongoing research is needed to discover the cause, treatment and methods of improving quality of life for MND sufferers and their families.

MND.ie

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