“Former Irish rugby player Damian Browne proclaimed ‘never give up’ after completing his epic solo row across the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday evening.

Once a second row with Leinster and Connacht, Browne spent 64 days at sea and rowed an incredible 4,800 kilometres before he crossed the finishing line in Antigua at 7.40pm Irish time.

The 37-year-old Galway man set off on the 14th December from the Canary Islands on his rowing vessel called Gulliver’s Travels with only himself and a boatload of food for company.

He battled high winds, blisters, head lacerations, a frightening near miss with a cargo ship and capsizing on a number of times.”