WATCH: Two Irish men to take on monstrous challenge of rowing from New York to Galway  

By Sarah Finnan

October 8, 2020 at 12:38pm


The two Irish men have set themselves the seemingly impossible challenge of rowing 5,000km across the Atlantic from NYC to Galway.

Former professional rugby player Damian Browne has teamed up with his lifelong friend Fergus Farrell, setting themselves the fairly grueling challenge of rowing across the Atlantic.

Already having completed the trip once himself, once apparently isn't enough for Browne who endeavors to become one of the very few people to have made the journey in both directions.

Aiming to set a new Guinness World Record, the duo will embark on an unsupported 4,937km trans-Atlantic row in two year's time - setting off from the big Apple with the next time they set foot on solid ground being in their hometown of Galway in the west of Ireland.

Part of Project Empower, the project was born out of Browne's ambition to row across the Atlantic and Farrell's  determination to prove that surviving a life threatening injury does not mean that life can no longer be lived.

Temporarily paralysed after a workplace accident two years ago, Farrell was only given a 5 per cent chance of ever walking again. One year later he completed a 206km charity walk across Ireland.

Speaking of the project, the duo said:

"We hope to give future generations of Ireland and the World, a real image and touchable action to emulate and inspire them to dream big in whatever avenue of life they pursue."

Below is a video about how the project came about.

Launching a crowdfunding campaign to help them raise funds to build a specialised boat, you can find out more info on how to support them here.

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