In the space of just a week, both President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have given their support to Gregor McGuckin ahead of his solo non-stop sailing lap of the planet as part of the Golden Globe Race.
President Michael D Higgins wrote to Gregor to wish him well on behalf of the people of Ireland. The letter was delivered to Gregor and read out in the presence of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail alone non-stop around the world in Falmouth last week.
Yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar joined the President by Tweeting his support for Gregor.
On 1 July, Gregor McGuckin will set sail onboard Hanley Energy Endurance in the non-stop race against 17 other competitors. The race can be tracked live for the 8 to 9-month duration of the race and through CJ Fallon and the Marine Institute, a national primary school programme is being launched to follow Gregor and learn about the ocean.