Incredible Cork boy hailed a hero by the President, Taoiseach and Lord Mayor 

Incredible Cork boy hailed a hero by the President, Taoiseach and Lord Mayor 
A delighted Oliver Lynch, Ballincollig, Cork, who completed the final 100m of his 5,000m fundraising walk during lockdown in which he raised over €31,000 for the CUH Charity, Dogs for the Disabled and Enable Ireland, pictured with his father Kevin after he had crossed the finish line.Picture Denis Minihane.

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins hailed an eight-year-old Cork boy a hero after he completed an incredible feat and raised €30,000 for charity.

People wept openly as Ballincollig boy Oliver Lynch, who has cerebral palsy, completed his 5km journey — 100 metres a day over the last 50 days.

The media, fire service, friends and family lined the route of his final 100m walk yestereday to acknowledged Oliver's bravery,  prompting President Michael D Higgins to write a personal letter saluting his courage.

Oliver pictured with his parents Kevin and Alison, his sister Caoimhe and brother Reuben.Picture Denis Minihane.
Oliver pictured with his parents Kevin and Alison, his sister Caoimhe and brother Reuben.Picture Denis Minihane.

“As President of Ireland, it makes me very proud to hear of young people like you who are kind, thoughtful, and determined to do good for others,” said the President Higgins.

 “There can be no doubt that you are one of life’s great heroes.”

In total, Oliver has raised €31,000 for three charities — Enable Ireland, Dogs for the Disabled, and the CUH Charity.

Lord Mayor Joe Kavanagh said he was moved to tears watching Oliver: “In difficult times like the Covid pandemic, we need heroes, we need people like Oliver to bring people together, to bring communities together and showcase resilience. 

"His resilience, his strength of character is typical of the resilience of the people of Cork.” 

Taoiseach Micheál Martin was among the first to send congratulations. 

In a special video message, Mr Martin paid tribute to him for raising so much money.

“I can’t believe the amount of money you’ve raised,” said the Taoiseach. 

Firefighters from Ballincollig applauding as Oliver Lynch, Ballincollig, Cork, completed the final 100m.Picture Denis Minihane.
Firefighters from Ballincollig applauding as Oliver Lynch, Ballincollig, Cork, completed the final 100m.Picture Denis Minihane.

“It’s fantastic, you deserve great credit.” 

Oliver is a student of Gaelscoil Uí Riordáin in Ballincollig and began his challenge after he became frustrated that he could not join siblings Reuben and Caoimhe in their couch to 5k challenge.

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