“Motoring stupidity on a global scale” is how the Mongol Rally describes itself on their website.

So why will the Irish Skibob Champion 2019, Eugene, and Pete, the King of the Mountain of Zell am See 2018, join this rally?

Maybe because they agree that “this is the greatest motoring adventure on the planet. This is 10,000 miles of chaos across mountain, deserts and steppe on roads ranging from bad to not-a-road in a tiny 1000cc car you bought from a scrapyard for £4.60.”

The organisers make it crystal clear: “There’s no backup. There’s no set route. There’s no guarantee you’ll make it to the end. It’s just you, your rolling turd and planet earth sized bucket of adventure.”

Check out the short video “Guide to the Mongol Rally” to get a taste.

Whatever their real reason for this crazy adventure is: they are doing it to raise funds for “Caring for Pádraig”. You can help them by supporting them via their GoFundMe page.

Rally Details

20-22 July 2019 Send-off in Prague.
22 July 2019    Start (Prague)
Start line:     Junktown, CZ
16 Sept 2019    End
Finish Line:    ULAN UDE
Teams:          288
Participants:   757

27 July 2019 (day 7)  “We stayed in Vama Veche last night in Romania which is just south of the Bulgarian border and lies on the Black Sea. A very nice swim in the Black Sea this morning and then off to Istanbul and try to cross the Turkish border today.”

28 July 2019 (day 8)  When Julius Caesar was about to cross the tiny Rubicon River in 49 B.C.E., he quoted from a play by Menander to say “anerriphtho kybos!” or “let the die be cast” in Greek. There is no way back. This is what it must have felt for the lads when they crossed the Bosporus  driving into Asia. Neither wild beasts nor beautiful countryside are distracting them from their aim to go to Mongolia and Beyond!

On 12 August, our heroes Eugene and Pete, sent pictures from Almaty in Kazakhstan,

In “The World Is Not Enough” (1999) James Bond said famously: “… If you can’t trust a Swiss banker, … What are you doing here in Kazakhstan?”

They seem to be having a great time.

And they are not driving but running!

I’ve got this feeling, though, that they are just getting ready for what is going to come on the second half of their incredible journey to Mongolia.

13 August 2019 Half way mark for both our heroes’ goal and their destination!

Here is a tase of their first half: hot off the press (I’m giving away my age here…)

15 August 2019: “Heading towards Mongolia tomorrow morning so could be out of coverage for a few days : weeks…”

We wish Eugene and Pete good luck and safe driving on the second half of their journey.

If you want to make contact with Pádraig and his family email:

CaringForPadraig@gmail.com or call +353-87-6736414.


“It is time for change. It is time for a revolution in rehabilitation.”  - Not our words but those of the person appointed by the Government of Ireland and the HSE as the National Director of Clinical Strategy and Programmes, Dr Áine Carroll. (Irish Examiner, 03.02.2011)

Download the New Dreamboat poster to promote the CD
in your school, college, place of work, or neighbourhood!

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 13.20.44Extracts from the Amhrán do Phádraig album, recorded by 40 of Pádraig’s friends during the summer of 2014 were played for the first time live on national radio on 06 November 2014. Listen to the beautiful interview with Maitíu O’Casaide of the Bonnymen by Rónán Beo@3 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta playing live on air extracts from the album, including Conamara, opening the programme, by Claire Hyland and Aisling Ní Laoire),  the title track Dreamboat, in the background during the interview with Maitíu, by the Dreamboaters; the poem Pádraig (by Marcus Mac Conghail); and Ní Bheidh Tú Riamh leat Fhéin (You will never be on your own), by Lauren Ní Chasaide and Fiona Pain.

Check out “Dreamboat” on youtube (with chords and lyrics), follow the ‘making of‘ on Facebook (give it loads of ‘likes’), and buy the album for your friends and family!

Download the New Dreamboat poster to promote the CD
in your school, college, place of work, or neighbourhood!

Pádraig Schäler (also known as Patrick, Paddy, ‘Schaler’, and Big P!) was knocked off his bicycle as he cycled to work on Cape Cod on Thursday, 27 June 2013, at 10am. He remained in a coma for a long time. He had just finished his undergraduate studies in Trinity College Dublin and had planned to spend the summer on a J1 working visa in the US while considering which of his many plans for the future he should pursue.

After a few weeks in Cape Cod Hospital, his family brought him home to Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital. Four months later, they decided to move him to a dedicated early neuro-rehab facility in Hamburg, Germany.

The family have had to cover very significant expenses since the accident happened. His air ambulance flight to Germany alone cost 12,000 euro and had to be paid for by them. Now, weekly therapy cost run into the hundreds of euro. Necessary intensive therapy sessions abroad cost thousands of euro.

Many people have asked if they could help ease the financial burden on Pádraig’s family. For anyone who would like to make a contribution, the following account has been set up:

AIB, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.
Account name: Caring For Padraig
Sort Code 93-35-70
Account Number 51728089
IBAN IE70 AIBK 9335 7051 7280 89

Alternatively, you can contribute online.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

A special committee has been set up to coordinate the fundraising efforts and to administer any funding raised. This committee is independent of the family and will be fully accountable of how any money raised is spent. (For further details on fundraising see: About)

The family used all their energy, as Pádraig’s condition became more stable, to highlight the shortcomings of insurance policies sold to young students planning to work abroad; the inadequate protection of cyclists in the US by the authorities; and, most importantly, the lack of appropriate care and therapy for patients with a severe brain injury in Ireland.

(Pádraig’s father writes a personal blog about the move to Germany at www.hospi-tales.com . You can contact him on 087-6736414.)

Please send any questions or comments you might have to CaringforPadraig@gmail.com.

Last changed 16 July 2019

In the newsRTÉ Nuacht  (29 June 2014),  PRESS RELEASE (30 June 2014), University Times (02 July 2014), Meath Chronicle (02 July 2014), TheJournal.ie (01 July 2014), the Evening Herald (11 July 2014), and the Boston Irish Reporter (01 August 2014), Rhode Local Paper, Co. Offaly (25 October 2014), Máirtín Ó Muilleoir in NewBelfast.com (02 November 2014), Rónán Beo@3 (06 November 2014), TheJournal.ie (29 November 2014), Herald.ie (03 December 2014), Irish Times (03 December 2014), NewsTalk (03 December 2014), Seachtain (03 December 2014), Céili House on RTÉ 1 (13 December 2014). Launch of the song “Pádraig” (11 June 2015) with short live video – buy the song here to support Pádraig’s rehab programme!