Galway man to hitchhike the 32 counties with his microwave

A Galway man is setting off on a hitchhike across the country today, with no money and while carrying a microwave.

Diarmuid Cleary will begin his "Microwave Express" journey in Ballinasloe and is hoping to cover every county in Ireland.

He will be relying on the kindness of strangers and local businesses to help him out - and has promised to perform any "weird requests" for people who donate over €100.

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I’m going to attempt to hitch-hike to every county in Ireland with no money while carrying a Microwave. 32 counties 1 microwave €0 The challenge will start a week today on Friday April 6th as I leave Galway heading West. I will be traveling alone with with one rucksack and be relying completely on the kindness of strangers to survive as I will have no food or place to stay. The aim of the event is raise money and awareness for Jigsaw a mental health charity. I’m going to be using this account to document the trip so be prepared to see a lot of countryside and talking microwaves. I will be renaming this account starting soon Incase your wondering. Also expect some weird images tonight (will make sense later) The inspiration for this comes from one of my favorite books about a man who hitch hikes with a fridge. If you would like to know more please search for The Microwave Express on Facebook as I will Be launching it tomorrow. 💚 #themicrowaveexpress #ireland #adventure #microwave #eire #travel #travelireland #irish #irishman #irishpride

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Diarmuid is setting off from Ballinasloe this morning and says people can follow the journey on Facebook and Instagram.

All funds raised will go to Jigsaw, who run mental health centres for young people across the country.


Diarmuid explains why he decided to take on the challenge.

He said: "I do a lot of charity events, and I decided I wanted to do something big.

"I had a broken microwave in my office so I decided I would go hitchhiking with it for the craic.

"I'm not allowed to spend any money, zero cash. I'm relying totally on the kindness of strangers to get around."

- Digital Desk

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