Heroic brothers Atlantic Bro-ing receive Special Recognition Award

Eamon and Andrew Breen, the brothers behind Atlantic Bro-ing, who rowed 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua in aid of charity, have been honored with a Special Recognition Award from Arklow Municipal District.

The Arklow brothers, who spent 42 days rowing from La Gomera to Antigua to raise money for Make A Wish and First Light Ireland, were honoured with a Special Recognition Award from Arklow Municipal District at a ceremony on the 28th of March.

The brave and heroic duo took on the most gruelling rowing challenge known to man in order to raise vital funds for the two charities, which are close to their hearts, and the pair documented their journey from their starting point on December 13th to their arrival on the 24th of January.

Eamon and Andrew Breen, or Atlantic Broing, joined 30 other teams on the Atlantic Crossing rowing challenge, a momentous task that saw the duo completing an estimated 4800 kilometres, from San Sebastian in La Gomera on the Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour in Antigua & Barbuda.

For additional context, more people have scaled Mount Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean.

Thousands watched on social media as the duo rowed through some of the harshest conditions at sea, and through thick and thin, Atlantic Broing kept their supporters updated on their journey even with the momentous challenge at hand.

The Special Recognition Award is given each year to recognise an outstanding contribution from an individual or group in Arklow Municipal District.

Cllr. Annesley chose Eamon and Andrew Breen for their outstanding achievement of completing the World’s Toughest Row.

Cllr. Annesley said he was ‘honoured to present the awards to Eamon and Andrew and to recognise the challenges they faced undertaking such a phenomenal row, they spent a gruelling 42 days, 1 hour and 58 minutes at sea. 

He added “they left port in their seven-metre-long, one-metre-wide rowing boat ‘Rory’, named in a fitting tribute to their brother’.

Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Emer O’Gorman extended her congratulations to the pair, ‘It was a remarkable achievement on the part of both Eamon and Andrew to complete such a gruelling challenge, and it is fitting their accomplishment has been recognised’.

Leonora Earls, District Manager of Arklow Municipal District stated ‘We are delighted to honour the Breen Brothers with the Cathaoirleach’s award; she addedher “praise for the support given to the brothers by their families and friends”.

Along with a Certificate of Recognition, Eamon and Andrew were each presented with a specially commissioned clock made by Asgard Turning. Their parents, Christy and Patsy Breen were also presented with a framed picture of Eamon and Andrew celebrating reaching the finishing line on their boat, “Rory“.

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