A CHARITY walk offers the chance to burn off the excesses of Christmas Day, raise money for a good cause and see beautiful views of the East Limerick countryside.
Cappamore man Seamus Ryan decided over three years ago that he would try to raise €100,000 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital where a number of Limerick children have to travel for specialist care.
To date Seamus has collected €22,000 from events including raffling a Limerick jersey donated by Shane Dowling; bucket collections and running the half marathon with fellow Cappamore men on Inis Mor.
This is the third annual St Stephen’s Day forestry walk in the Slieve Feilims and it has raised over €1,000 from donations.
It begins at noon on Friday, December 26, at the forestry entrance at Crehane/Buffanoka at the end of the Kyle Road, north of Cappamore.
“It has established itself as an annual event over the festive season. It has continued to grow each year with 52 walkers in 2012 and over 70 in 2013. We may have over 100 this year,” said Seamus.
“It is proving to be a great family event with some bringing upto eight members last year. It’s also a great occasion for meeting up with people we don’t see from one Christmas to the next and having a chat along the very scenic route,” he added.
The walk starts at the foothills of the Slieve Feilims and meanders through forestry and into Grageen bog.
“From the bog there are great views of the countryside below us. On a clear day the Galtee mountains are a sight to behold especially after some snowfall,” said Seamus.
They then stroll back to their cars where hot refreshments await.
There is no fee but people can donate to Temple Street on the day. Contact 0872673322 for more on the event.