When the adventurous people of Ireland were invited to enter a competition to take part in a dramatic cliff diving experience off the West coast, no one could have predicted that the two winners would not only come from the same town, but be former class mates!
That’s exactly what happened when Caroline Maher, from Cashel, and Paul O’Dwyer, from Dundrum, entered the Red Bull Cliff Diving competition.
Caroline and Paul, who are both 26, went to school together at Cashel Community School. It was by complete chance that they both entered the same competition and won, when it was held in conjunction with Today FM and the Irish Times.
Caroline told The Nationalist: “As it has turned out, there are only two non-experienced jumpers nationwide that have the opportunity to jump on Thursday. We live within five miles of each other and went to school together at Cashel Community School.”
Caroline and Paul are now set to have a great adventure when they get a chance to join the world class divers as they jump from ‘The Serpent’s Lair’ on Inis Mór, this Thursday August 2.
The main Word Cliff Diving round will be on August 4.
If Paul completes the 28m dive, he will win a trip to Boston to join the Red Bull Cliff Diving next stage.
As part of their prize the Cashel winners will get to take part in a closed training session with the divers and get the chance to make the dive themselves.
Paul is the main winner of the competition to take part, and Caroline took part in the radio competition and when one of the winners dropped out she was invited to take their place.
Although a sports lover who plays hockey, tennis and goes horse riding, Caroline says not only has she attempted anything like this before but she’s even afraid of heights! But, she says, she loves the water so hopefully one will overcome the other.
Caroline will be heading off to Galway with her boyfriend Mike Dunlea and her borrowed wet suit later this week. She says she’s nervous but is looking forward to the adventure.
The international Red Bull Diving competition in an international event with heats in France, Norway, America, Portugal, Wales and Oman as well as on the Aran Islands. The competition was first held in 2009 and competitors jump from a platform as high as 26 or 28 metres. Divers free-fall for three seconds before entering the water at speeds of up to 85 kph.