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Dermot Breen

Dermot is walking the Ireland Way for Cancer Research UK

I am fundraising in memory of my wife, Jacqui, and for Cancer Research UK because I want to support the fight against cancer

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Cancer Research UK

We pioneer life-saving cancer research to help beat cancer sooner

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666


1000K4J Fast & Furious

My wonderful wife Jacqui lost her life to cancer in January 2015. I want to help raise as much money as possible to support the fight against this awful disease. 

On 20th June 2018, I will be setting off on my third long distance walk for Cancer Research UK (CRUK). This time I will be walking the Ireland Way, which stretches from Castletownbere on the Beara Peninsula in Co Cork al the way to Ballycastle on the North Coast of Co Antrim. I feel that I was destined to walk this Way as the finishing point, Ballycastle, is the town where Jacqui grew up and her remains now rest in Ramoan Parish Church, which is located at the top of the town. I also hope to reach Ballycastle by 1st August 2018, a very significant date as it would have been our 31st wedding anniversary.

I have called this walk '1000K4J Fast & Furious', as 1000K4J is shorthand for one thousand kilometres for Jacqui, I will be walking it "fairly" fast over consecutive days and I am still furious at the sheer destruction that cancer causes to so many lives. 

Please make a donation here (or support CRUK by buying one of my books - see links below) and encourage your friends to do likewise. I am as committed as ever to helping Cancer Research UK fight cancer and, with your support, we will all help them with their aim of finally defeating cancer.

Thank you,


Further Background and Links

During the summer of 2015 I walked my first 1000K4J (shorthand for '1,000 Kilometres for Jacqui') by completing the entire Ulster Way around Northern Ireland. The following year, I completed my second 1000K4J by walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Northern Spain. The stories behind both of these walks have been captured in my books 'The Edge: Walking the Ulster Way with My Angels & Demons' and 'The Man with the Camino Tattoo' respectively. Both books are available from Shanway Press (cut and paste links below into your browser) and all proceeds from my book sales are also donated to Cancer Research UK.

Both books are also available on Amazon. Search for 'Dermot Breen' in Books

You will be able to follow my journey along the Ireland Way via my 1000K4J FaceBook page at: 

Find out more about the Ireland Way route at:


  • The Breen Family