The 32 County High Point Challenge is often one set for themselves by seasoned hill walkers. That young Dillon Lynch from Kildorrey has just 9 counties left to complete the challenge is remarkable in itself because Dillon is just nine years old.
Dillons Father Pat told us “We really only focused on the challenge in June of last year after checking out some walks to do while on holidays in West Cork. One that we climbed there was Knockboy (Corks highest) and having already having Galtymore done (Tipperary and Limericks highest) we were well on our way and started looking for others. Then we discovered that it was something that others had done and decided to have a go at it. It was only recently that we decided to use it as a fundraiser.Dillon is 9, from Kildorrery and does Karate with Kildorrery Karate club. He does coder dojo classes in Mallow since last September and loves them. He is also a keen cyclist and has recently started coming to the Ballyhoura Bike Trails with me.”
Discovering the challenge was accidental while searching the internet for mountains to Climb in West Cork while on holidays in the area. At that time I had already climbed Galtymore which meant after climbing Knockboy in Cork only Kerry and Clare remained to complete the counties of Munster. This became a goal for 2015 and was completed by September that year. That summer Lugnagulla (Wicklow) and Kippure (Dublin) were also completed, staring off Leinster too.
The challenge resumed in 2016 by completing Arderin, the highest point of Laois and Offaly, bringing the count to 10 out of 32 counties completed.
In May 2016 it was decided to use the challenge to try and raise funds for Kildorrery Karate and Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services (CDYS)
Dillon has a Facebook Page showing his progress with the challenge. If you would like to sponsor Dillon, sponsorship cards are available from John Dunlea at the Big Blue Cube (086 0805400 firstname.lastname@example.org) the Lynch Family, and Members of the Kildorrey Karate Club.
Dillon also has a website (built with skills developed at Coder Dojo) https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/ which is now live from today.
Dillon hopes to fundraise further by placing adverts for businesses on the website pages. You can see the samples in the slideshow on each page. So spread the word and contact pat on 0863383972 if interested in placing an advert.
You can also check his facebook page for updates, with businesses now also being able to advertise on his site, all funds raised will go to the 2 organisations. We all wish Dillon well in his remarkable endeavours.
Rank County Mountain peak Elevation
Overall Irish Rank
1Kerry Carrauntoohil1,039 m (3,409 ft)1st
2Wicklow Lugnaquilla925 m (3,035 ft)13th
3Limerick Galtymore*919 m (3,015 ft)14th
3Tipperary Galtymore*919 m (3,015 ft)14th
5Down Slieve Donard850 m (2,790 ft)19th
6Mayo Mweelrea814 m (2,671 ft)34th
7Carlow Mount Leinster*796 m (2,612 ft)44th
7Wexford Mount Leinster*796 m (2,612 ft)44th
9Waterford Knockmealdown794 m (2,605 ft)45th
10Dublin Kippure757 m (2,484 ft)73rd
11Donegal Mount Errigal751 m (2,464 ft)76th
12Galway Benbaun729 m (2,392 ft)89th
13Cork Knockboy706 m (2,316 ft)104th
14Londonderry Sawel Mountain*678 m (2,224 ft)144th
14Tyrone Sawel Mountain*678 m (2,224 ft)144th
16Cavan Cuilcagh*665 m (2,182 ft)165th
16Fermanagh Cuilcagh*665 m (2,182 ft)165th
18Sligo Truskmore647 m (2,123 ft)201st
19Leitrim Truskmore Cairn631 m (2,070 ft)229th
20Louth Slieve Foy589 m (1,932 ft)299th
21Armagh Slieve Gullion573 m (1,880 ft)323rd
22Antrim Trostan551 m (1,808 ft)361st
23Clare Moylussa532 m (1,745 ft)390th
24Laois Arderin*527 m (1,729 ft)399th
24Offaly Arderin*527 m (1,729 ft)399th
26Kilkenny Brandon Hill515 m (1,690 ft)425th
27Roscommon Seltannasaggart428 m (1,404 ft)699th
28Kildare Cupidstown Hill379 m (1,243 ft)872nd
29Monaghan Slieve Beagh373 m (1,224 ft)878th
30Longford Carn Clonhugh278 m (912 ft)980th
31Meath Slieve na Calliagh276 m (906 ft)982nd
32Westmeath Mullaghmeen258 m (846 ft)n/a