Summer 2016 Celtic Walking Pilgrimages
Greetings from Brigid's Way!
This summer we are offering a different way for people to experience the Brigid’s Way Celtic walking pilgrimage in Ireland.
For the past three years, the Brigid’s Way pilgrimage has been walked over 9 consecutive days starting from Faughart. Co. Louth and continuing through Ardee, Slane, Tara, Kilcock, Robertstown, Milltown and Pollardstown Fen into Kildare town.
In July 2016, Brigid’s Way will offer an opportunity for people to experience a shorter version of this pilgrimage. We are hosting two weekend opportunities, which will allow pilgrims to have a deep and rich experience of the two places most often associated with Brigid, her birth place Faughart, Co. Louth and Kildare town, the home of her monastery.
It is also possible to join either of these pilgrimages for 1 day.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July Weekend Pilgrimage from Faughart to Ardee
We invite you to join us at Faughart, Co. Louth on Saturday and Sunday July 2nd and 3rd. On day 1 of this weekend pilgrimage we begin at Brigid’s Well on Faughart Hill where we hold a blessing and prayer ceremony at Brigid’s well invoking her presence during our pilgrimage. We will then walk to Brigid’s Healing Shrine, spending time at the stream, the wonderful beech trees and the healing stones, allowing time to experience the beautiful peaceful energy of Faughart in it's "Summer Glory". After a picnic lunch at Faughart we will walk to Dundalk via Kilcurry, Toberona, up to Mount Avenue and into the beautiful lands of Lisnawilly (part of the ancient pathway) and into Dundalk town. On Day 2 we will walk from Dundalk to Ardee visiting the famous Cuchulainn stone and enact a dialogue that might have taken place between Brigid and Cuchulainn if they ever met! We visit the Brigid stain glass window in Knockbridge village before having lunch on the village green. We walk on to the beautiful village of Tallonstown and then into Ardee where our pilgrimage finishes. Dinner is available each evening and must be pre-booked.
Cost: €15 per day or €25 for 2 days
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July Weekend Pilgrimage from Robertstown, Co Kildare to Kildare town.
We invite you to join Karen and Lynda on Friday evening at Robertstown Cottages after 5.30pm for a Circle Gathering Meditation to meet Brigid, Goddess and Saint after a vegetarian dinner. On Saturday 23rd we will walk along the beautiful Canal banks past the Hill of Allen stopping for a picnic lunch (bring own) to arrive in Milltown and have a well deserved drink followed by dinner in the local restaurant (buy own). Following a lift back to Robertstown Cottages we will gather in Circle to celebrate the Full Moon and share our experiences of the day. On Sunday 24th we will drive / get a lift to the magical Pollardstown Fen to start our Pilgrimage walk across the Curragh to Brigid's Fire Temple, onto her Healing and Garden Wells and finishing with a very welcome cup of tea at the Solas Bhride Centre.
Cost for full weekend €150-€120 for further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org (only for full weekend)
You are very welcome to join us to walk either 1 or 2 days. Cost €15 per day OR €25 for days walking only. For further information and bookings email: email@example.com Telephone Karen McDowell on 087 460 9006
Full details will be emailed to participants on receipt of their bookings and payments. Paypal option available.
Slieve Donard Moonlit Walk Friday 3rd June 2016
Torches at the ready for Cancer Focus NI Moonlit Walk!
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is calling all walkers to challenge themselves to trek to the top of the highest peak in Northern Ireland – in the dark!
The Slieve Donard Moonlit Walk will take place on Friday 3rd June and all money raised will go towards helping local cancer patients and their families.
Jillian Wallace, Challenge Events Officer for Cancer Focus NI, said, “This is a great event for any keen walkers out there as well as people looking for a new and exciting challenge.
“Trekking the Mourne Mountains is a treat at the best of times- but by moonlight it will be a truly spectacular experience. The walk will start at 8pm and we plan to make it to the summit around midnight.
“From the top we’ll be able to stargaze and marvel at the lights of Newcastle and beyond, before returning to Donard car park for a well-earned hot cuppa. It will truly be a night to remember.”
Cancer Focus NI is a local charity committed to tackling cancer by supporting cancer research, providing services for cancer patients and their families and by advising people how to reduce their risk of the disease.
Jillian explained, “Our work in the community includes cancer support groups, a free helpline on 0800 783 3339, a bra-fitting service for women with breast cancer, art therapy, creative writing and other therapeutic and complementary services.
“We also have Keeping Well vans that bring health checks to local communities and we bring cancer prevention services to workplaces, schools, sports and social venues.
“All Cancer Focus NI services are provided free of charge for cancer patients and their families but we do need public support to help raise the necessary funds to continue our valuable work. So please do consider taking part in our Slieve Donard Moonlit Walk- your support really will make a difference.”
To find out more information about this exciting challenge please call Jillian on 028 9068 0788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or to register online please visit www.cancerfocusni.org.
Fancy climbing Northern Ireland’s highest peak in the dark? Join Cancer Focus Northern Ireland on their Slieve Donard Moonlit Walk on Friday 3rd June. For more information or to sign up, contact Jillian Wallace, Challenge Events Officer, on 028 9068 0788 or email email@example.com. You can also register online at www.cancerfocusni.org. Get your torches ready for this must-do challenge!
"Arise and go now..."
Trek 34km from Dromahair, Co. Leitrim to Coolaney, Co. Sligo and discover the Sligo Camino.
The Camino will follow the Sligo Way through some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland. The route is a challenging mixture of tracks, trails, forest paths, finishing with 8km of country lanes around the Annaghmore Estate.
Sponsored Walk ( Grade A)
Sliabh-Liag to Malin Beg
June Bank Holiday Walk- Sunday June 5th
Registration Carrick Old School, Co Donegal @ 12pm-1pm
All proceeds will be donated to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.
The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating the body (bodies) of loved one(s) who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland. To date they have helped repatriate 170 loved ones from Australia , America, Thailand, Germany, Spain and all parts of Britain to their families in Ireland. The fund is sustained by on going fundraisers and donations because sadly with so many young people away from home tragedy will happen
This is a strenuous walk on mixed upland terrain. The distance is 15k/4 to 5 hours taking in the scenic sights of Bunglas, One Man's Path, Silver Strand. Transport is arranged for collecting the walkers from Malinbeg for return journey to Old School Carrick. Refreshments will be provided in the old school before and after walk.
For more information go to the sliabh liag hillwalkers website www.sliabhliagwalkers.com
or check out Sliabh Liag Hillwalkers facebook page here
Get your Boots on for Barretstown and Take on the Dublin Mountains Challenge!
Back by popular demand, the Dublin Mountains Challenge will take place again this year on Sunday, 29th May. The event takes in a scenic way marked route from Tallaght to Shankill and you can choose between a 24km or 42km distance. The event is being organised by Barretstown and all funds raised will go directly to the children’s charity.. Those interested in challenging themselves for charity can register as an individual or as part of a team of 4. Registration is now open but places are limited and filling up quickly so don’t be disappointed and register today at www.dublinmountainschallenge.ie
Barretstown was founded by the actor Paul Newman in 1994 and modelled on his renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in the United States. It provides programmes of Therapeutic Recreation for children affected by serious illnesses (primarily cancers and serious blood diseases) and their families. Barretstown’s camp in Kildare serves over 3000 children each year, entirely free of charge to the families who attend, so donations and fundraising efforts are vital for the charity to help more sick children experience the magic of Barretstown each year.
Barretstown’s mission is to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness and their families. The therapeutic recreation provided by Barretstown is seen as a crucial part of the treatment of childhood illnesses, helping to reduce the disruption to the normal; child and adolescent development process. For more information or to register for the event, visit www.dublinmountainschallenge.ie or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dublin Mountains Challenge 29th May 2016
Rathlin Ramble 7th May 2016
The RISE Foundation will be holding our 3rd Rise Rathlin Ramble on the 7th May 2016 on the beautiful Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim.
To REGISTER for the RISE Rathlin Ramble 2016 please click the link below:
Bishopstown Hillwalking Festival 21st 22nd May 2016
The Bishopstown Hillwalking Festival will take place over the weekend of Sat 21st and Sun 22nd May 2016 to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Bishopstown Hillwalking Club.
The festival will include walks to the Galtees and Knockmealdown Mountains.
The Kilbeheny Community Centre will be the event centre for all walks. Registration will take place at the Kilbeheny Community Centre from 1 hour prior to the bus departure up to 15 minutes prior to the bus departure for any particular walk.
The walks will be graded as follows. A Walk : Fast Pace, Strenuous, Duration up to 7hrs, Total Ascent up to 1400m, Distance up to 25km. B walk : Tough, Good Pace, Duration up to 6hrs, Total Ascent up to 1000m, Distance up to 18km. C walk : Moderate, Moderate Pace, Duration up to 5hrs, Total Ascent up to 600m, Distance up to 14km. D Walk : Easy, Easy Pace, Duration up to 4hrs, Mainly on the flat, tracks and paths. All walks are guided and will have leaders and co-leaders appointed by BHC. All participants in the walks are asked to follow the instructions of the walk leaders at all times.
Proceeds to SEMRA.
Download your entry form by visiting their website here
Kildare Walking Destical 10th -31st July 2016
This year the Kildare Walking Festival includes a Grand Canal Challenge and for those interested you can already register by emailing email@example.com to book your free transport back to the start point, for each stage of the six day challenge. The bus is free and is available to the first 50 people registered for each walk. Walking the canal is flat easy and relaxing. Walks are as follows:Kildare Sports Partnership host this event. The bus will fill up quickly!
Sunday July 17th meet @ 3 pm – Stage 1: Hazelhatch to Sallins
Distance 13km. approx. Meeting point: Hazelhatch Canal Bridge, free parking at Mc Evoys Pub
Wed July 20th meet @ 11 am – Stage 2: Sallins to Roberstown
Distance 11.5 km. approx. Meeting Point: Sallins Canal Bridge
Sunday July 24th meet @ 3pm - Stage 3: Roberstown to Rathangan
Distance 12.5 km. approx. Meeting Point: Roberstown Canal Bridge
Tuesday July 26th meet @ 11am - Stage 4: Rathangan to Monastervan
Distance 10.5 km. approx. Meeting Point: Rathangan Canal Bridge
Thursday July 28th meet @11am - Stage 5: Monastervan to Vicarstown
Distance 11.5 km.approx. Meeting Point : Monasterevan Train Station
Sunday July 31st meet @ 3pm - Stage 6: Vicarstown to Athy
Distance 11 km. approx. Meeting Point : Vicerstown Canal Bridge
For more details check out Kildare Sports Partnership's Facebook Page
Fermoy Multiple Sclerosis Society Annual Galtee Walk
Every year, on the 3rd Sunday of June ( Father's Day), Fermoy MS host the Galtee Walk, this is our main fundraiser, so having your support means we can reach out to more members of our community and offer the support and services they need. You are also helping to provide scientific research into the causes of, cure for and management of MS
Join us for a fun day out in the countryside
Below is a link to our dedicated Facebook page, so please feel free to have a look, see what were up to: https://www.facebook.com/Fermoy-Multiple-Sclerosis-Society-Annual-Galtee-Walk-146262412220600/
We are looking for people with hill walking experience to join our stewarding group; this is split into two shifts (8am-12.30 & 12.30-5pm) If this is something you are interested in please contact Mary on 087-6682834 asap for more information.
Looking forward to meeting you all on the mountain.
Fermoy Multiple Sclerosis Society Annual Galtee Walk 19th June 2016
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Contact Information: MS Resource Centre 80 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4
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