Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Sligo Way Challenge 2012

On a wet and windy Saturday morning last Sean Watters and a group of friends from Sligo IT took to the lakes, mountains and valleys of some of the most scenic and breathtaking areas of Sligo in a bid to complete all 80km of the Sligo Way over two days. The trek which was is in aid of Outreach Moldova started from Lough Talt close to the Mayo County boundary and continued across the mountains and valleys of Sligo to Creevelea Abbey in Dromahair.

Spirits were high as supporters joined the group for the final section from Slish Wood to Dromahair, taking in the spectacular views over Lough Gill and Innisfree as the walking gathered pace for the last couple of miles of the journey. The group crossed the Sligo County boundary into Leitrim at 7.30pm.

This is Sean’s second year to organise a fundraising event in aid of Outreach Moldova (ORM). Last year the group organised a fundraising cycle from Malin to Mizen over 3 days, this year’s challenge was to undertake the 80km hike across the Sligo Way over two days. Sean will be travelling to Moldova to volunteer on the 10th of July.

Speaking at end of the challenge Sean thanked all those who joined them for the trek and who helped and supported them in different ways. Sean explained “The Outreach Moldova (ORM) charity is a very worthy cause and I would very much appreciate your support in helping me to raise funds for this charity”.  For further details log onto http://www.mycharity.ie/event/sean_watters_event.

Outreach Moldova (ORM) is an Irish Charity that has been working for 10 years with abandoned and orphaned children with special needs in the Republic of Moldova. Outreach Moldova is dedicated to providing basic human rights, medical care and social justice for children that have been abandoned or orphaned, children with special needs and children with terminal illnesses in the Republic of Moldova.

Sligo LEADER Partnership’s Rural Recreation Officer Deirdre Kennedy congratulated all those who took part, particularly those who completed the entire challenge despite the weather conditions. Deirdre urged those not familiar with the Sligo Way to get out and experience it!

Deirdre Kennedy acknowledged the support of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Coillte, Sligo County Council and Sligo LEADER Partnership’s Rural Social Scheme and TUS workers for their hard work in the re-development of the Sligo Way making it among the best way-marked walks in the country.

For information on this and any of the many other walks available in the Sligo contact Deirdre on 071 9141138 or check out Sligo Walks on Facebook.  The new Sligo Walks publication is also available from the tourist office and contains a range of walks from across County Sligo from waymarked ways and loop walks to coastal and forest walks with something to suit all fitness levels.

Pictured at Creevelea Abbey having completed the 80km Sligo Way Challenge are: From left to right- Mary Coyle, John Mc Gill, Siobhan Grogan, Geraldine Loughlin, Alan Healy, Sean Watters, Danny Mc Dermott, Colm Watters, Aoife Duignan, John Watters, Betty Duignan, Ciara Watters, Sue Watters and Sheila Mc Morrow.