WALKERS ENJOY NEW FR WALSH TREK
THE annual Father Willie Walsh walk was held last weekend with around 95 walkers, aged between 2 and 90 years, taking part.
John O’Reilly, Irish Red Cross and walk co-ordinator for around 30 years, mapped out a new family friendly route this year.
He was assisted on the day by Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue personnel Robert Farrelly, Diarmuid Scully, Sean Byrne and Robert and Sandra Power. Without the help of John and the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue, the walk could not take place.
Fr Walsh sent his best wishes to all those involved on the day from his base in Kitale, Kenya and his brother, Sean, spoke on his behalf. Sean mentioned the 100 per cent safety record of the walk and wished everyone a safe walk.
He also spoke about the work carried out in Kenya due to the fundraising carried out in the community. This includes feeding programmes, school classrooms, library and help with university fees. The primary focus is on providing quality education.
Catherine, Fr Willie’s mother, who recently celebrated her 98th birthday, was there to welcome the walkers back. Mary Case and Breda Dowling provided refreshments afterwards.
Fr Walsh will return home in October. All money collected will be presented to him before he returns to Kenya next January.
The organisers of the walk also extended their thanks to Coillte and the Department of Defence who provided the route and parking.
John O’Reilly (on right) gets set to lead the walk.
Joe O’Brien, Gretta O’Brien, Margaret Fitzgerald, Justine O’Brien and Niall O’Brien.
John Spane, Pat O’Toole and Paul O’Toole.
Eileen Clarke, Trish Carroll and Peggy Curran.
Mary Manley, Michael Walsh and Margaet Flynn.
John Fitzgerald and John O’Reilly.
Gael Weldon and Margaret Byrne.