Derry Iron Man Danny Quigley returns to St. Joseph’s Boys School in Derry to talk about mental health and resilience


Danny Quigley took up the challenge earlier this year to mark the 10th anniversary of his father Colm’s death on March 23, 2011.

He has raised an incredible amount of funding for the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and Pieta House 1-2-1 counseling service through his charity business.

The local athlete spent much of the year training for the grueling challenge, which consisted of a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile cycle, then a marathon – all completed ten times in a row.

Iron Man Danny Quigley pictured receiving a school sports jersey in honor of his recent achievement of ten marathons in ten days by, left to right, Ms Margaret Ross, teacher, Abdullah Khello, Head Boy, Mr Paul Kealey, vice principal and Danny “TM’s younger brother Colm Quigley at school Thursday morning.

Danny was at Westway School talking to the sixth graders about mental health, determination, resilience and fitness.

He was introduced by Mr. Patrick Hribar as the former winning captain of the school’s basketball team and he answered questions on various topics.

Speaking after the event, Paul Kealey, Deputy Principal, said: “As a school we were delighted to welcome Danny to his old playground and give our students a glimpse of his motivation and of his determination to succeed.

“It was important for our students to hear that it is okay to ask for help if they are feeling down. Danny has certainly turned out to be an Ironman in more ways than one and the school is very, very proud of his achievement.

Mr. Peter Smith, teacher, pictured welcoming Iron Man and former student Danny Quigley to St. Joseph’s Boys School on Thursday morning. The 14 year prefect team is included.

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IN PICTURES: A hero’s welcome for Derry IronMan champion Danny Quigley

IRON MAN HONORED. . . . Thursday event honoring Ironman Danny Quigley, a St. Joseph’s Boys School alumnus who recently completed an incredible 10 triathlons in ten days. Danny took on the incredible challenge in memory of his father Colm Quigley, who committed suicide 10 years ago to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention and raise funds for Pieta House and the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum’s 1-2-1 Counseling service. (Photo / s: Jim McCafferty Photography)
Mr. Pat Hribar, Danny’s former teacher, addresses Thursday’s event honoring Iron Man Danny Quigley at St. Joseph’s Boys’ School. (Photo / s: Jim McCafferty Photography)
Former Derry student and Iron Man Danny Quigley pictured during a visit to St. Joseph’s Boys’ School Thursday morning. From left to right, Shea Gallagher, Bailey Oâ € TMDoherty, Liam Shiels, Mr. Paul Gibbons, physical education teacher, Jack Keating and Adam McGlinchey.


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