A Roscommon People investigative reporter was recently given clearance to speak with a member of the highly trained unit preparing to take on Croagh Patrick with John Tobin.
This reporter met with the unit member in an undisclosed location on the outskirts of Roscommon town and was briefed on the mission which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 10th.
Our source, who will remain anonymous, said: “John will be in a modified wheelchair and will lead a team of twenty elite volunteers. This team of twenty will be broken down into five smaller units of four. There will be one group of four at all times with hands on the wheelchair. There will also be safety lines; nothing will be left to chance.”
The source confirmed that the unit had been in intensive training for months and had just returned from a reconnaissance mission on Croagh Patrick.
“We’ve just returned from the area, we are at an advanced stage of the mission at this time. This is John’s Everest and we are prepared to make the impossible possible. Discipline is the most important thing and a team of twenty has been chosen in order to pull this off,” he said before disappearing into the shadows.
Before John embarks on his climb of Croagh Patrick, he will host ‘John’s Dance with the Stars’ in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe on Monday, September 5th, featuring acts such as Gerry Guthrie, Johnny Brady, Barry Kirwan and MC Eunice Moran from Midwest Radio. Tickets are €15 and more details are available on 087-7146901.