Atlantic Challenge Dinner presents Top Class Line Out

Former Leinster and Connacht Rugby Star Damian Browne is currently preparing for one of his toughest tests to date in a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean starting this December. In an effort to raise funds for his chosen charities MADRA Dog Rescue & Adoption, Médecins Sans Frontieres and the Strong Roots Foundation School Rwanda, the Atlantic Challenge Dinner will take place on Saturday, 30th September in the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway. The Black Tie event presents a rare opportunity to hear Irish International Rugby Coach Joe Schmidt and Irish International & Lions Defence Coach Andy Farrell speak about their experiences and lessons from the game with former Irish & Munster Rugby Star Alan Quinlan. Exceptional auction prizes will also be available to bid on including a day in the company of Joe Schmidt and a round of golf with Johnny Sexton. A four course meal which will commence with a champagne reception where guests will be entertained throughout the night by a variety of performers including Sean Costello and Frank Naughton’s Duo Vocis.

Damian’s 4,800km crossing will begin in the Canary Islands and finish in Antigua. The solo task will stretch the mental and physical capacities of the individuals taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Damian will be competing as a solo rower which means there will be no support boat and no company, just himself and a boatload of food to sustain him on his journey.

No stranger to a test of self during his Rugby Career, Damian completed his first international physical and mental challenge in April 2016 when he ran the Marathon des Sables in the Moroccan Sahara. This fulfilled a dream of his which was 12 years in the making. He then set his sights on his next perilous venture. Damian came upon the Talisker Whisky Challenge and discovered that more people have summited Everest and been into space than have successfully rowed the Atlantic Ocean. Speaking about the challenge Damian says “I want to test myself mentally and physically in the world’s most extreme environments. These experiences are incredibly powerful and rewarding, giving you windows into the corners of yourself you very rarely if ever get to see. The main challenge with the row will be the mental battle, it's what interests me the most. I believe in putting myself in uncomfortable positions and testing myself regularly. It's something I've done all my life and something which continues to reward me in countless ways.”

“As well as pushing myself physically and mentally with the trans-atlantic row, I wanted to push myself in my fundraising efforts and have a campaign to mirror the challenge of the row. The Atlantic Challenge Dinner will be the feature piece of my charity fundraising campaign with 100% of the funds raised on the night going directly to my three charity partners MADRA, Médecins Sans Frontieres and the Strong Roots Foundation School Rwanda.”

Tickets for the Atlantic Challenge Dinner are available by contacting Catherine Tiernan on 086 254 6936 with details on the fundraising event and Damian’s Atlantic Solo Row on damianbrowne.com

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