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Galway welcomes home hero Gavan

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 1:01am

Galway will officially welcome home world record holder Gavan Hennigan this weekend.

The adventurer made history two weeks ago when he completed a 5,000km solo row across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canaries to Antigua in the Caribbean, smashing national, international and world records. Mr Hennigan undertook the row in a bid to raise funds for Jigsaw Galway and Cancer Care West.

The 35-year-old Knocknacarra native will be honoured at a special homecoming this Sunday, 19 February, at the Salthill Hotel from 12noon until 4pm.

Mr Hennigan also received a hero’s welcome at Dublin Airport when arrived back on Irish soil on Sunday evening. “It is just incredible to get such a welcome home. I am used to arriving on my own into airports so this is really amazing,” he commented on his arrival into Terminal 2.

“I was so happy to see my mother Julie, who was waiting for me to come through the arrival gates, and then to see such a crowd, such a show of support, I am really delighted.”

Sunday’s event will also see Mr Hennigan speak about his experiences during his 49 days, 11 hours and 37 minutes at sea. The welcome home event is open to everyone, with proceeds on the day going to Cancer Care West and Jigsaw Galway.


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