Offaly man Tommy Sheeran to climb mountains and skydive for autism

Damian Moran


Damian Moran

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Offaly man Tommy Sheeran from Tullamore will take on the challenge of a lifetime on the October 11, 12 and 13.

Offaly man Tommy Sheeran from Tullamore will take on the challenge of a lifetime on the October 11, 12 and 13.

Tommy and some of his friends are climbing the four highest mountains in Ireland, The Macgillcuddy reeks in Co Kerry, Croagh Patrick in Mayo, Mourne mountains in Down and Wicklow mountains.

If that wasn’t enough, he is finishing the weekend off with a Skydive in Clonbullogue at 3pm that Sunday. They are doing this to raise awareness and hopefully some much needed funds for the charity Irish Autism Action. A few close friends of Tommy’s have had their children recently diagnosed with autism which in turn raised his attention to the disorder, and the main reason behind why they are doing this fundraiser.

Tommy and the lads have sponsorship cards in most shops in Tullamore and Daingean. Your support would be gratefully appreciated. Irish Autism Action are very grateful to Tommy and the lads and patron Keith Duffy spoke last Friday about the great courage and energy there still is in Ireland to support worthy causes. He sends his best wishes to the lads too.

In the recent prevalence study that has been circulated, 1 in 88 people are affected by autism. This staggering statistic provides some idea of the scale of the issue in Ireland today. Irish Autism Action is striving forward in addressing this – through the opening of the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) in the heart of Ireland.

The new innovative Autism Centre of Excellence is located on the grounds of the Franciscan Friary in Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath which was opened in January and will reflect the national flagship nature of the facility through an environment of learning, research and developmental opportunities for children and adults on the spectrum.

The objective in setting up this unique Centre in Ireland is to offer vital resources to families through a variety of services including a diagnostic and assessment Centre, a Helpline and Information Centre, supported employment opportunities on site in addition to Outreach Programmes.

For more information of Irish Autism Action visit or follow on twitter @irishautism or contact 044-9371680