In­ter­na­tional peace walker Arthur stops off in Ark­low

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A BUL­GAR­IAN man who has walked around the world for 23 years pro­mot­ing peace was in Wicklow this week while on his lat­est trek from Mizen Head to Malin Head.

Arthur Bo­gomil Bur­ton, aged in his 60s started these solo walks over two decades ago to pro­mote peace is also a hu­man rights and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist who car­ries two flags while on his trav­els - the Earth flag and the World Cit­i­zen flag.

He has also en­gaged in peace­ful protest dur­ing times of war.

He was spot­ted on foot walk­ing from Castle­town over the Wex­ford bor­der into Ark­low on Fri­day.

Lo­cal man Pat Crotty said that he saw Mr Bur­ton on a few oc­ca­sions dur­ing the day, and cu­rios­ity got the bet­ter of him.

‘I saw him walk­ing along with his flags and I won­dered what he was do­ing. Later that evening I saw him walk­ing up the street in Ark­low so I stopped to talk to him. He told me about his walk­ing and I re­alised he had nowhere to stay so I gave him a bed for the night,’ Mr Crotty said.

‘He is in his 60s and he walks ev­ery­where to pro­mote peach through­out the world. He has walked across so many coun­tries and he doesn’t make any plan, he just walks all day un­til he finds some­where to stay. He told me as it was a clear night on Fri­day, he had planned to keep on walk­ing.’

Mr Crotty said that his guest was a very in­trigu­ing man, with a fas­ci­nat­ing knowl­edge of his­tory, dates, peo­ple and places.

‘He was a very un­usual and in­ter­est­ing man. He didn’t ask for a thing and would only let me give him some fruit when he was leav­ing. He was walk­ing to­wards Glen­dalough so I hope that some­one else was able to lend him a hand on his trav­els.’

Pat and Lourde Crotty and their grand­son PJ with Arthur Bo­gomil Bur­ton and the two flags he car­ries on his journies.

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