Well known car enthusiast and rally driver Martin Ward, will reach the ripe age of 70 at the beginning of October. To celebrate Martin and his wife (and long-time co-pilot in their rallying days), Linda Conroy, are taking on a unique challenge, as they will visit the capital towns/cities of the 32 counties of Ireland in 32 hours in a 32-year-old car, so therefore it’s been called ‘32 for Croi’.
For many years during their rallying career, Martin and Linda flew the flag for Croi and carried out other fundraising for the cause; as with so many others, Martin’s family has a history of heart disease and he has lost a number of siblings and relations to sudden heart failure. He himself has had two heart attacks, so this is the reason this charity holds a special place for him.
Martin and Linda will take to the road in their 32-year-old Mercedes 190E Cosworth, which has just been recommissioned after being off the road for almost sixteen years. They will be holding a launch night at the Meadow Court Hotel on Friday 28th September. Follow their Facebook event page for further updates
32forcroí challenge schedule
Day 1, On Monday the 1st of October they will leave the Croi headquarters in Galway at 9am, and over the next twelve hours they will visit the counties in the west, northwest and north of Ireland before stopping overnight in Armagh.
Day 2, Tuesday the 2nd of October is Martin’s birthday, and a 9am departure will see them head south along the east side of the county before the overnight stop in Cork, twelve hours after leaving Armagh.
Day 3, the final leg, will see them leaving Cork at 9am and heading northwards through Kerry, Tipperary, Clare and back in Galway for a 5pm finish at the Croi headquarters, after a total of 32 hours of driving time over three days.
(Detailed routes to follow)
Martin and Linda would love to meet other car enthusiast and/or clubs along the way, and they invite you to meet up with them for a photo at the main road sign as they enter each of the county towns or cities. Alternatively you can meet them at their planned stop offs along the journey, with the itinerary for each day being posted on their Facebook Fundraising page, 32forCroí. Here you can track their progress as well as donate to the charity.
To track this event on Facebook go to 32forCroi
To make a donation go to idonate or simply text croi to 50300 to donate €4
We would ask as many of our readers as possible to support Martin, Linda and this great cause somewhere along the route if you can, and to share your photos with us!