Edward Downey in action.

TWENTY four-year-old Edward Downey from Kilkenny will be attempting a Malin to Mizen challenge with a difference starting on Saturday, September 22nd next.

He is bidding to smash the record for travelling between Ireland’s most northerly and southerly points … on a skateboard!


Edward aims to complete the 412-mile trek in seven days, breaking the existing record of 11 days.


He is undertaking the mammoth task as part of a fundraising campaign in Kilkenny to help provide a skate-park in the city, which is currently the largest town in Ireland without a dedicated skate-park facility.


Two groups, Urban Sports Kilkenny and Kilkenny360 were founded in recent years to support local skateboarders, rollerbladers and bmx-ers who have been campaigning for a skate-park facility for several years.


You can follow Edward’s progress at www.boardman.ie.