THEY’LL be dancing in the streets of Ballydehob tonight as returning hero Steve Redmond is welcomed home to West Cork after becoming the first person ever to complete the Oceans 7 challenge.
Steve jets in to Cork Airport at 7.35pm tonight where he will be welcomed by family including wife Anne and children Siadbh and Stevie, friends and supporters from West Cork and his native Castledermot, Co. Kildare.
Steve will then head back to West Cork where he will greet supporters in Skibbereen before heading on to Ballydehob where the town will be out in force to welcome their returning hero.
Steve will parade through Ballydehob by bus where his many friends and supporters from across West Cork and the rest of the country will join the celebration of his truly remarkable achievement.
The celebration will contniue in Ballydehob Community Hall with tickets priced €10 available on the door with proceeds going towards the estimated €100,000 cost for Steve to complete the Oceans 7 Challenge.
Steve said the main emotion was one of relief to finally have completed the Ocean’s 7 Challenge, “I keep thinking of the relief of not letting anybody down, I will just be glad to get home,” he said.
Steve became the first person ever to complete the Oceans 7 Challenge when he successfully conquered Japan’s Tsugaru at the fourth attempt on Sunday having already completed the Moloka’i Channel in Hawaii, the Cook Strait Swim in New Zealand, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel in California, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Irish Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland.
7.35pm land Cork Airport followed by press conference
8.20-8.30pm leave airport
9-9.15pm congregate at Pedlars Cross for Garda escort through West Cork
10pm arrive at rugby club in Skibbereen
10.20-10.30pm leave rugby club for trip to Ballydehob