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Johnny Ward from Fair City and Love/Hate as well as Fiona O’Carroll and Pete Finn from Home Rescue made the leap

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Fundraisers took to the abseil challenge with gusto, all for a good cause

Fundraisers took to the abseil challenge with gusto, all for a good cause

Fundraisers took to the abseil challenge with gusto, all for a good cause

A PLUCKY trio of TV stars have jumped off the roof in Croke Park all in aid of a good cause.

Pictured here abseiling down the famous Dublin stadium are Johnny Ward (Fair City and Love/Hate), Fiona O’Carroll and Pete Finn (Home Rescue).

Thousands has been raised for Down Syndrome Ireland thanks to the bravery of the trio.

“It was great to so something as adventurous in Croke Park and also raise funds for a really worth cause,” Johnny tells the Sunday World.

“I don’t really have a fear of heights but this was different. Fiona was great. She really enjoyed it, she was screaming her head off. We were all petrified. The same with Pete, heights wouldn’t be his forte.

“You’d say ‘oh yeah I’ll do that’. But the skywalk in Croke Park is a different story, so you can imagine doing this.”

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Fiona O'Carroll (second from left) and Johnny Ward (left) will soon be going on a nationwide tour with Copper Face Jacks The Musical. They took on the challenge with Pete Finn (second from right).

Fiona O'Carroll (second from left) and Johnny Ward (left) will soon be going on a nationwide tour with Copper Face Jacks The Musical. They took on the challenge with Pete Finn (second from right).

Fiona O'Carroll (second from left) and Johnny Ward (left) will soon be going on a nationwide tour with Copper Face Jacks The Musical. They took on the challenge with Pete Finn (second from right).

Johnny, who was also a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, explains he has a long history with the charity.

“Down Syndrome Ireland approached me and said they were looking for an ambassador and would I be interested. I said ‘absolutely’,” he recalls.

“They had seen me in Copper Face Jacks The Musical and were a big fan of Love/Hate and just approached me through social media.

“I was also involved in a storyline in Fair City about Down syndrome, so they were aware of that.”

Himself and Fiona O’Carroll will shortly be appearing in a nationwide tour of Copper Face Jacks The Musical.

“I got her involved when we were doing rehearsals,” he adds.

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They have so far raised thousands for Down Syndrome Ireland

They have so far raised thousands for Down Syndrome Ireland

They have so far raised thousands for Down Syndrome Ireland

“Pete Finn is Pete the builder from the Home Rescue show, is a good friend of mine and the three of us got together and tried to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

“It was a great steppingstone to meet Fiona as I’m going to be doing this tour with Copper Face Jacks the musical.”

He admits going to Croker in this capacity was a totally different experience.

“I have been to Croke Park for matches and concerts, but I never thought I’d be jumping off the roof there,” he smiles.

“I have never done anything like that before, bungee jumping or whatever. I’ve done ziplining. But it’s given me the impetus to do other stuff like this, maybe a parachute jump might be next.”

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