Dunlo’s Street native Dominic Divilly will be taking on the mammoth task this October when he climbs Island Peak in the Himalayas a mountain that is 6,187 meters tall.
Dominic is a son of the Divilly family whose sister Regina currently operates the Carry Out Off-licence in the family premises on Dunlo Street.
He is Himalayan bound to raise money for Croí, which is the West of Ireland Heart Foundation. “My dad died in 1984 from heart issues when I was only 24 and I lost my rock that day.” stated Dominic. His father Wille was only 60 years old. All the money he raises from donations will go straight back into the charity.
A fresh and youthful 62-year-old but when Dominic was 58, he had to get three stents put in his arteries, however he feels fit and ready for this expedition.
He has been climbing for almost 20 years and has been to the Himalayas twice before. Climbs all over the world including Scotland, Wales, Spain, Corsica, Slovenia, Montenegro, Borneo, Africa, and Nepal. He had climbed the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, highest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav and has a great passion for mountains and climbing in general.
To train for this he regularly hikes the mountains of Ireland most weekends. He has climbed the highest mountain in Ireland, Corran Tuathail in the Magillacuddy Reeks over 200 times and leads hikers to its summit many times a year.
Dominic is a trained rock climber but will have a team of five people climbing this peak with him. Currently he works for a medical device company in Galway - Medtronic and the stents in his arteries were manufactured in the factory. As a matter of fact, he was the person who printed all the paperwork for those batches of stents to be made.
He has three children who are all very supportive of his passion for climbing.
His main goal is trying to get the fundraiser out to as many people as possible to maximise the fundraising for charity.
“One could say Croí is very close to my heart.” states Dominic.
If you would like to donate you can do so on the iDonate website: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/DomDivilly-Island-Peak-for-Croi
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