In June, Nathan Kirwan from Currabinny suffered a broken neck after he fell 30 feet from a tree, just two weeks before he was due to graduate from the National Maritime College in Ringaskiddy as a Marine Engineer.
Nathan was due to depart this September on a dream trip around the world working as an engineer on a cruise ship. However he is instead recovering from his injuries having spent nearly two months in the spinal unit of the Mater Hospital.
If you have not already done so I suggest you check Nathan’s Blog:
www.nathansrecoveryblog.wordpress.com. Nathan gives a remarkable insight into the situation he now finds himself in and the obstacles he faces as he tracks his road to recovery.
Nathan spent much of his college holidays working in the RCYC where he was a highly regarded and valued member of the team of rib drivers and support crew that contribute so much to our enjoyment of the sport of dinghy and yacht racing.
A major fund-raising campaign has been underway to support the popular 24-year-old engineer, sailor, diver, fireman and (sometimes!) boat builder. More details can be found on: https://www.facebook.com/…Nathan-Kirwan-Trust
As part of this fund raising initiative each crew member of every participating boat in the RCYC Autumn League will be asked to make a voluntary contribution. Each skipper/ boat representative will be given an envelope on the first day of League. They will be tasked with collecting all crew contributions and return the envelope to their respective class representative as listed below:
Class 1 Sean Hanley (Exhale)
Class 2 Frank Desmond (Bad Company)
Class 3&4 Kieran O’Connell (Bandit)
White Sail Paul O’Shea (Elegance)
1720 Jimmy Nyhan (Salve Marine Racing)
All donations are purely voluntary and there is no compulsion on anybody to contribute. The Club is conscious of the fact that many of you may have already contributed to one of the many other fund raising endeavours already underway.