Croghan walk draws big crowd

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - PICTURES - By EIMEAR DODD

Sunny weather helped to draw the big­gest crowd yet for the an­nual Croghan Peace Walk.

Around 230 peo­ple of all ages took part in the walk which started from the White Heaps en­trance to the Wind Farm up Croghan.

It was a fam­ily friendly event and some walk­ers brought their dogs along. Ev­ery­one had the chance to en­joy the stun­ning scenery as they com­pleted the 90-minute route in per­fect con­di­tions.

Or­gan­ised by Fr Michael Murtagh, this year’s walk was to raise funds for two projects. Nan­dri is a project based in South In­dia that helps par­ents to keep their chil­dren in ed­u­ca­tion and to build sus­tain­able in­comes for fam­i­lies. The pro­ceeds of the walk will also sup­port the ren­o­va­tion of the Abbey ceme­tery in Ark­low, a project which is be­ing led by Ark­low Tidy Towns.

The In­dian Am­bas­sador to Ire­land, San­deep Ku­mar, was the spe­cial guest at this year’s Croughan walk.

Cllr Pat Fitzger­land, Cathaoir­leach of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict, and Cllr Tommy An­nes­ley were also among those who took part in the walk. Around 30 scouts helped to mar­shall the event. Ark­low First Re­spon­ders and the Ark­low Pipe Band were also there on the day.

Thanks have been ex­tended to all those who took part and helped out in any way to make the walk a great suc­cess. Spe­cial thanks were also sent to Father Michael Murtagh who or­gan­ised an­other en­joy­able event.

Some of those who took part in the an­nual Croghan Peace Walk.

PHO­TOS BY GER LEACY

Cllr Tommy An­nesey, Fr Michael Murtagh, Ter­ence Dick (sec­ond sec­re­tary), His Ex­cel­lency San­deep Ku­mar, In­dian Am­bas­sador to Ire­land, Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald, Cathaoir­leach of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict, and Phe­lim Moy­lan at the Croghan Peace Walk.

Chris and Shel­ley Cooke with their chil­dren, Saoirse and Cor­mac.

Pat and Jac­inta Cooper with Adrian Cad­den.

Glenn and Kerry Forde with their daugh­ter, Amy.

Veron­ica Fitzger­ald and Joy Cros­bie.

Peter and He­len McDon­nell and their dog ‘Tilly’ with Hi­lary Moy­lan.

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