18 Carlow men set to fall from sky to raise funds for local man

18 Carlow men set to fall from sky to raise funds for local man

18 members of Carlow Rugby Club will dive from the skies in a bid to raise money for a local man.

The tandem skydive was due to take place today at Kilkenny's Airfield, but due to bad weather, it has been postponed to a later date.

The group hopes to raise €10,000 in aid of the Martin Dunphy Trust, a former rugby coach at the club who suffered a life-changing injury in 2020.

A Go Fund Me page was set up earlier this summer and has already surpassed their target, reaching over €11,000.


Funds raised from the group's skydive will provide money for the Carlow man's everyday care.

Speaking to Beat News, Carlow's Johnny Murphy explains more:

"The 18 of us are all close friends with Martin or we have been coached by him up in the rugby club."

"Last year when the accident happened, we had to raise money to get him back from National Rehabilitation Hospital and the whole community came together, we had to renovate his house to make it wheelchair accessible."


Johnny, a Media and POublic Relations graduate from IT Carlow has been running %km every day in the lead up to the skydive.

Murphy added that it's one final last push to raise as much as they can for Martin:

"We are looking to raise money for round-the-clock care and physiotherapy, he is completely dependent and we need to get the best care possible to ensure he has a better life. It's one last push."