October 28, 2021


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Laois lads in epic kayaking adventure in memory of beloved woman – Leinster Express

The family and friends of a beautiful young midlands woman who died earlier thi.......

The family and friends of a beautiful young midlands woman who died earlier this year, have marked her life by completing a kayaking river adventure.

In the process they raised over €8,000 for the charity who supported her through her illness.

Linda Fitzpatrick, a hairdresser from Walsh Island, was aged just 38 when she passed away suddenly last April 2021. Linda’s death shocked her parents Annette and Johnny, her only brother Keith as well as her wider family and friends.

Her funeral took place during strict Covid-19 restrictions, making grieving even harder to cope with for her loved ones.

Below: the late Linda Fitzpatrick with her brother Keith.

Afterwards the germ of an idea began to grow, for her brother Keith, an electrician, and three friends to kayak down the Barrow river, all the way from Laois to Enniscorthy.

They planned to paddle some 100km along the River Nore, over weirs and whitewater, from Durrow to Enniscorthy in three days, camping along the route.

They would try to raise money for the Irish Skin Foundation, a small charity who support people living with skin conditions.

Keith’s companions were Liam Byrne, an accountant from Mountrath, train driver Owen Beere also from Mountrath as well as kitchen supplier Anthony Quinlan from Abbeyleix.

The only flaw is that the lads had no experience whatsoever in kayaks.

Yvonne Beere Byrne, Liam’s wife and Owen’…….

Source: https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/local-news/669307/laois-lads-in-epic-kayaking-adventure-in-memory-of-beloved-woman.html