Like the film of the same name which won many Oscars a young Donegal couple were equally deserving of similar accolades as they arrived into Donegal Town on Tuesday evening after a marathon and sometimes, hair-raising cycle from Goa in India,
Peter and Keara Brennan were escorted into Donegal Town by members of cycling clubs from the county and the Gardai Siochana after their visas were checked at Tullyearl Junction.
The couple who have both completed numerous challenges for charity including treks from Vancouver to Alaska and Sydney to Cairns were given a rapturous welcome as they approached the town to be met by The Donegal Town Community Band, Donegal Town Mayor, Tom Conaghan and Irish International Soccer star, Seamie Coleman and all their family and friends.
Peter and Keara are the son and daughter of Peter and Carmel Brennan from Mountcharles and completed this gruelling cycle in aid of a charity - “Room to Read” which facilitates reading and learning in underprivileged countries.
The couple encountered some hair-raising and even threatening incidents on parts of their journey throughout the Indian sub- continent but this only increased their determination to complete the journey.
Asked by the Donegal Democrat what was the hardest part of their journey, Peter joked, “The last four miles to Mountcharles after a couple of pints of Guinness!”
The couple were met on the Diamond in Donegal Town by Rana Miah and Ovi from the local Chandpur Restaurant who brought along some authentic Indian dishes to remind them of their travels - rumour has it that the couple are now on a strict diet of Irish Stew, bacon and cabbage and some good Irish beef!
Peter and Keara will appear on stage tonight (Thursday) just before Jedward along with Ireland’s answer to Ant and Dec., “The Teddymen” aka Uncle Paul O’Sullivan and TV3’s Noel Cunningham when they will be assured of a true Donegal welcome.