Monday, 4 June 2012

"Welcome to Country"

We were farewelled by Neil Lucey who provided us with a wonderful overnight stay at Gougane Barra Hotel and arranged for us to meet up with Donal Cronin at Seipeilin Eachras. It was here OSullivan Beare spent his first night on the march and being sacred ground he was assured he would not be attacked. We were also
most fortunate to have Padraig join us with his son Daniel and he provided wonderful leadership and understanding of the area. Donal Cronin was so generous to allow us on his land and also give a most interesting insight into Tempeallin Eachras and I believe it is a place that will remain with us. Padraig then led us right through to Gort an Scairte and our team of Mary and Jean, Barry and I ably led by Padraig and Daniel.
Next on our programme was Ballingeary where we were welcomed to country by Rachel Ni Riada who began by giving us a tour of St Gobnait Cemetry, suffice to say this is a must for any one visiting Ballingeary, for now I suggest you do your own research, and will inspire you to visit.
Cathal O Riada was our leader in the afternoon as we headed northwards over the hills leaving Ballingeary and Coolea behind.
Running(walking!) behind schedule Joe and Willie welcomed us to Millstreet by leading us over the last climb of the day and into Millstreet
A day that began at 9.15am came to close at 6.15pm and some 20 odd miles covered was again a very special day and I finish by saying a Cead Mile Maith Agaibh to Padraig agus Donal, Rachel agus Cathal, Joe and Willie for their Welcome to Country.
This would not have happened if not for the kindness, enthusiasm and boundless energy and fun from my sister Jean and brother Paddy, a Hugh Big THANKS

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