Slieve Bloom hike for charity

Hill walkers and Pieta House supporters are being invited to take part in a memorable day long hike in the Slieve Blooms next Saturday May 25, in aid of the suicide counselling service.

Hill walkers and Pieta House supporters are being invited to take part in a memorable day long hike in the Slieve Blooms next Saturday May 25, in aid of the suicide counselling service.

The second annual Slieve Bloom Challenge is a 30km hike across the mountains, starting from Glenbarrow carpark. It is organised by a group of Roscrea based walking enthusiasts, including Cathal McNicholas, who hopes this year to exceed the €500 raised last year. All money raised goes to the Roscrea Pieta House, which opened last month.

“We got 57 people last year, so if we get 100 this year we will be thrilled. It comes two weeks after the Darkness into Light walk so we hope some of those walkers will join us,” he said.

An event for adults of reasonable fitness, the walk will have two exit points en route for those who wish to take a shorter option, the first being 2.5 hours into the route.

Walkers must register at Racket Hall Hotel on the old Dublin road outside Roscrea, at 7am on Saturday May 25. A bus will take them to the start at Glenbarrow.

The route takes in the source of the great Barrow river, over The Cut, to Wolftrap, over by the clear lake, onto Glendine, up onto Ard Erin, finishing at Gorteen wood where the bus will be waiting to take everyone back to the hotel for a well earned meal.

Walkers can choose a guided or un-guided option, as full maps and GPS coordinates will be supplied. Water checkpoints will be available, with tea and coffee at the finish. Participants should bring snacks, raingear, and comfortable hiking boots.

The €25 registration includes a bus to and from Racket Hall Hotel in Roscrea, and dinner on the evening of the walk. Walkers will get a certificate.

For more details contact Cathal on 086 3399193 email cmaccarpentry@eircom.net or Declan on 087 6769143 email declanrams@gmail.com