‘My Story: Dillon’s Adventures’ takes a glimpse into the wonderful world of 12 year-old Dillon Lynch: Coder, Hiker and Outdoor Adventurer Extraordinaire!
Dillon Lynch is no ordinary 12 year old. He climbed his first mountain at the age of 3 and by the time he was 9, he had already hiked to the top of all of the highest points in each county in Ireland. These included the highest peaks in each province, leading to him winning an award for being the Youngest Person ever to complete this challenge.
Having completed this feat, Dillon and his Dad, Pat, have been undertaking many more mountain challenges, including the Mainland Munster High Point Challenge. In this short documentary, we accompany Dillon and Pat as they brave the elements to climb to the top of the 49th and final mountain on this challenge, Mount Eagle, outside Dingle in Co. Kerry.
Braving wind and rain, and having already made it to the top of 48 mountains before this, Dillon & his Dad have one goal in sight – the trig stone at the top of the mountain – but will they make it?
Along with climbing mountains, Dillon is also National and World Karate medal holder, an avid coder, and an inspiration to us all, young and old.
‘My Story: Dillon’s Adventures’ was commissioned by RTÉ Young Peoples department as part of their ‘My Story’ strand and can be seen on the RTE Player and is also available for acquisition at RTE Programme Sales. It was first broadcast on RTE2 at 3.40pm on Monday Oct 26th 2020 and again on 2nd June 2023.
It was accompanied by a series of 10 social media challenges and RTE Lifestyle articles entitled ‘Dillon’s Challenges’ that aimed to get kids & families challenging themselves with a variety of outdoor activities. Once the activity was completed, kids could download a ‘Dillon’s Challenges Completion Cert’ from the RTE Kids website. Each challenge was also accompanied by a Challenge Information Sheet, avaiable via the RTE Lifestyle article page below.