Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sligo Way Challenge

Sligo Way Challenge

Seven hardy souls from Coolaney took to the lakes, mountains and valleys of some of the most scenic and breathtaking areas of Sligo in a bid to complete all 73km of the Sligo Way in one day. Their aim was to complete the long distance walking challenge from Creevelea Abbey in Dromahair to the Mayo County boundary west of Lough Talt. Fundraising from the event will be used for the re-development of their local Community Centre in Coolaney and the establishment of Coolaney as a key walking hub in Sligo.  

Spirits were high as the Coolaney lads headed across the Ox Mountains circling the shores of Lough Easkey, through the remote, rugged landscape above the mystical Lough Talt as the walking gathered pace for the last couple of miles of the journey. They crossed the Sligo County boundary into Mayo at 10.30pm having walked for some eighteen and a half hours. 

Sligo LEADER Partnership’s Rural Recreation and Walks Officer Deirdre Kennedy explained that it was a huge challenge to undertake and a massive achievement for those who completed it. Damian Mc Guinn Chairperson of the Coolaney Development association and walker said that sponsorship was still very welcome. Deidre Kennedy acknowledged the support of the Department of Community Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Sligo County Council and Sligo LEADER Partnership Rural Social Scheme workers for their hard work in 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.