Hilton woman’s skydiving experience helps her jump for John


Aishling Ni Bhrionn completing her skydive.
Aishling Ni Bhrionn completing her skydive.

APRIL Fool’s Day was anything but for Hilton resident Aishling Ni Bhrionn – who jumped out of a plane to raise money for epilepsy in memory of her brother.

John Byrne, Ms Ni Bhrionn’s brother, suddenly passed away as a result of epilepsy.

A total of 15 people completed sky dives in Australia and New Zealand and have raised a total of $2300 for Epilepsy WA.

Ms Ni Bhrionn said those who planned to jump in Ireland were unable to after a weather change.

“The weather did not hold up so the jump had to be postponed to July 5, the day of John’s anniversary and beginning of Irish summer,” she said.

“I believe there are 22 jumpers for Ireland which includes me, as I will be visiting at that time.”

Ireland-born Ms Ni Bhrionn said she thought her late brother would have played it down.

“I can imagine him saying, ‘fair play, yep, you’re all mad’,” she said.

“He would have been a little bit mortified about all the stuff everyone is doing for him.”

The first time sky diver said the jump was absolutely fantastic.

“We had a beautiful day and we had loads of supporters come down,” she said.

“What a rush, best experience I’ve ever had.

“I could not have asked for a better group of people to ‘jump for John’ with.”

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