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Two Co Armagh friends walking Camino Trail for charities close to their hearts

Two Co Armagh men are taking on a three-day pilgrimage in aid of two separate charities very close to their hearts.

Joe McGleenan from Granemore and friend Vincent O’Connor from Keady are challenging themselves to complete the Camino Trail in Spain this month.

Joe, will be doing his walk to raise funds for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, while Vincent will complete his for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), in memory of his late son, Stephen.

In 2006, Joe was blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, Ellie. However, the little new-born was found to have only one half of her heart functioning, along with a number of other defects.

But, now aged 11, and a number of open-heart surgeries later – plus a lot of support from all those in Clark Clinic in Belfast – she is doing great!

Joe is now raising some much-needed funds for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust to help other families going through the same journey.

Children’s Heartbeat Trust is a local charity supporting families of children with heart disease in Northern Ireland.

They work closely with Clark Clinic at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children to ensure that children with heart disease and their families receive the best care, treatment and support possible.We are solely funded by the generosity of the public to maintain our services of support and are grateful for every donation received.

For more info on our work please visit

Vincent, is raising funds for the CRY in memory of his son Stephen who passed away in December 2012.

Stephen had travelled home to Ireland with his girlfriend Michelle to enjoy the Christmas with his family.

However, while out on a shopping trip Stephen suddenly collapse and passed away a short time later. His death was attributed to Adult Sudden Death Syndrome.


To help Vincent and his fundraising, visit

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