International peace walker Arthur stops off in Arklow
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.