Walk across Ireland – Walk from A to B
TAKE PART IN THE ULTIMATE WALKING CHALLENGE. It’s not your average walk, it’s 230 Kilometres long and that’s if you don’t get lost! It starts in Allihies in West Cork and ends in Bunmahon, County Waterford, from copper mine to copper mine. It’s now an annual event on its second year and it takes 8 days to complete. Walkers depart from Allihies on Saturday morning 18th August and are due to arrive in Bunmahon the following Saturday 25th August. Can you join them?
Last year 6 people completed the challenge even though over a dozen people attempted it. This year over 30 people are involved from Bunmahon alone so it looks like this could become a huge annual event. They even have their own catering team joining them for the whole journey and they have a newly-wed couple travelling from Italy on their honeymoon to take part! It looks like this might become something to rival the El Camino to Santiago that goes across Northern Spain.
The event coincides with and is affiliated to National Heritage Week. The walk is based on the tragic journeys that were made between the two communities during times of severe hardship in the 1800’s. Both places have their roots in the Copper Mining industry but when work dried up miners and their families would move across the country in search of a living. Many didn’t survive the journey. Although the walk honours the historic links between the two communities it is not a pilgrimage or a historic re-enactment. It’s a fun and exciting challenge.
Reflecting on last year’s journey, Sean Corcoran from Bunmahon says “Last year we made it up as we went along. We agreed targets each day and we all travelled at our own pace. We met up several times a day and every evening. We never had to carry our main gear, just what we needed for the day. It was hard to pass a public house as they are a sanctuary for tired feet and a source of information and refreshments of varying degrees of strength! We mainly camped each night but on several occasions we were given a roof over our heads by hospitable people along the way. It was incredibly memorable and absolutely great fun”.
The walkers will pass through the following places along the way; Allihies, Castletownbere, Adrigole, Glengarriff, Kealkill, Kilmichael, Crookstown, Killumney, Cork City, Midleton, Killeagh, Youghal, Clashmore, Dungarvan, Stradbally and Bunmahon.
Can you help? Gather a few people together, walk the full journey, walk for a day, lend them a hand along the way, move the gear, make a picnic, throw a few coins in their bucket, spread the word, help them to publicise the event. Funds raised are used for local causes in the two communities.
The walkers would be thrilled to see new faces joining them to complete this epic journey. If anyone would like to take part for the entire journey, for some of it, or just would like to know more about it, visit www.WalkfromAtoB.wordpress.com or contact Sean Corcoran on 051 292919. Check out the Walk from A to B Facebook page too.