A blind kayaker from Co Kildare has today set off on an unusual challenge in which he will paddle the length of the River Shannon.

Wesley Bourke and his paddling partner Aisa Cooper intend to kayak a total of 260km from now until Sunday.

The pair set off from Dowra in Co Cavan this morning.

They will pass through Roscommon, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Galway, Clare, Tipperary and Limerick over the next four days.

They hope to reach their destination in Limerick city by Sunday afternoon.

Mr Bourke, who is a keen paddler with Celbridge Paddlers Canoe Club, will be the first blind man to kayak the length of the River Shannon.

He has already raised €2,500 for Child Vision and he hopes that his efforts on the River Shannon will help raise more funds for Ireland’s national education centre for blind children.