The Walk and Talk Weekend organised by Clogher Environmental Group in conjunction with Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail and Sláinte Ireland Tours was a tremendous success.
The weekend’s events started with an information evening on Friday September 28 in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris. Speakers attending were Dave Langford - internationally renowned organic grower - who spoke on the use of Irish seed potatoes as a sustainable answer to world poverty.
John Cunningham, Erne Tours, gave an interesting talk on the effects of the Irish Potato Famine. A surprise speaker on the evening was Éanna Ni Lamhna, Irish environmentalist, who gave an insight on the works of VITA in Ethiopia.
On the Saturday a group from Leeds Health and Homes were taken on a tour of the locality visiting Clogher Heritage Complex and Belcarra’s Eviction cottage.
The weekend’s activities concluded on the Sunday with a fundraising walk from Clogher Community Centre to Ballintubber Abbey. Proceeds of this event were shared by VITA - a Third World Development Agency who supply Irish Seed Potatoes in Ethiopia and Leeds Irish Health and Homes - who organise respite holidays for elderly Irish Emigrants in Leeds. A sincere ‘thank you’ to everybody who helped make this weekend such a success.The group are pictured above at the Community Centre, Clogher.
A family fun day was held at Clogher Bog on Saturday 24th August. This Gathering event took place as part on National Heritage week. The group assembled at Clogher Heritage Cottage & Forge, Newtown, Clogher at 11a.m. Following a visit to view the old thatched cottage the group set out to walk to Clogher Bog led by Martin Larkin and Brían Hoban. On arrival at the chosen bank of turf Paddy McDonagh gave a brief demonstration on cutting the turf then everyone pitched in and had a go. A donkey and cart was on duty to bring some turf back to the cottage!
A group of Mayo walkers raised an mpressive €450 for the Irish Heart Foundation when they enjoyed a scenic five kilometre walk from Clogher Heritage Centre on Sunday, September 2
Nice, brisk walk across the bog as part of a nationwide fitness initiative, “Transformation Ireland”.
Great, shake off those remaining extra Christmaspounds!