Dogs take lead in cancer fundraiser
About 300 dogs took the lead in a fundraising walk expected to have raised in excess of €5,000 for a cancer support service in Youghal.
Bark for Arc brought more than a thousand walkers to the Green Park for a two kilometre-round journey organised by the Friends of Cork ARC Cancer Support House, which opened in the town last April.
Co-chair of Friends of Cork ARC Cancer Support House, Tina O’Driscoll, described the tail-wagging turnout as “exceeding all expectations”.
She thanked “everyone from across east Cork, west Waterford and beyond who participated in what was wonderful day”.
Ms O’Driscoll also revealed that the walk is to be an annual event.
A carnival atmosphere persisted under grey skies as the walkers, in many cases entire families, traversed the Lighthouse Hill, continued onwards by the Front Strand promenade and along the boardwalk before circumnavigating Claycastle on their return.
Guest of honour for the occasion was Waterford hurler Brian O’Halloran, whose skills at stick wielding and small ball chasing naturally commanded huge respect from all four-legged personnel present.
Another exceptional walker on the day was Dusty, a 23year-old Shetland stallion owned by local man Pat ‘Nobber’ Daly.
Cork ARC Cancer Support House caters for people directly and indirectly affected by cancer across east Cork and west Waterford.
Treatments include counselling, touch therapy, dietary assistance, welfare advice and guidance on living with cancer and after treatment.
The service currently runs on Wednesday from 10am to 4pm.
Drop-in is available without an appointment.
Megan Burns, mum Sandra, and five-month-old chocolate labrador Toby, from Killeagh, taking part in the BarkforArc dog walk in Youghal in aid of Cork ARC Cancer Support House.
BarkforArc charity walkers on a foggy Youghal promenade.
Lily and Liz Dempsey taking part in BarkforArc with their dog.
Eddie Flavin, from Youghal, with 10-month-old cockapoo Teo.
BarkforArc dog walk organiser Tina O’Driscoll with Kate Innes and bichon frise shih tzu crossbreed Maisie.