'Following Tom': Memorial Charity Fundraiser

From August 10th-14th myself, Luke Stuart-Mills, and Denise Buckley will be climbing five mountains in five days to raise charitable donations in memory of my dad, Tom Griffin. Dad was only 52 years old when he passed away suddenly last summer (June 2019) after having a hemorrhage while kite-surfing on his holidays in Portugal.  Anyone who knew Dad knows he was an avid outdoors-man, who loved to walk, hike, swim, and generally adventure in his time off. In particular, Dad loved to climb the mountains around his home in Killarney with his family and friends. We would always laugh at how his long stride meant you actually ended up moreso following/chasing him up the mountain - he was always at the head of the pack.  We have organised the 'Following Tom: Memorial Charity Fundraiser' to honour Dad and all the memories we have of following him up those mountains. We will be climbing five of his favourite mountains over five days: Mangerton, Torc, Tomies, Strickeen, and Carrauntoohill. If you would like to sponsor us and/or make a donation in memory of Tom Griffin, we will be splitting all money raised between three charities that were close to Dad's heart: - Kenya Education Project: Mom and Dad had always hoped to be involved with Eddie Sheehy's locally founded charity later in his life. We would like to contribute to them now, in his memory, so he'll get the chance to do so. https://www.facebook.com/pg/kenyaneducationproject/posts/ - Kerry Mountain Rescue: Dad loved the mountains and was a big believer in the work done by this group. https://kerrymountainrescue.ie/ - Killarney Water Rescue: Dad was always in the water and respected it. We understand how important it is for people to have access to groups like this when a loved one gets into difficulty in the water. http://killarneywaterrescue.ie/ All funds will be subdivided evenly between these three groups. Anything you can give is enormously appreciated, we are so grateful for your involvement, and thank you for standing with us as we remember Dad. We'll keep you up-to-date through posts as we prepare for and complete the climbs! I miss you, Dad, and I know I'll feel you with us as we climb those peaks.


  • Emmett Molloy 
    • €100 
    • 7 hrs
  • Norma Griffin  
    • €50 
    • 8 hrs
  • John Mallon  
    • €2,000 
    • 8 hrs
  • Caroline & John  
    • €20 
    • 11 hrs
  • Eoin O'Hagan 
    • €20 
    • 12 hrs
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Laura Griffin 
Maynooth, IE
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