The Laois Walk Festival is back this July with some great new walks.
Now in its 15th year, the festival showcases a varied programme with 25 beautiful walks in just 29 days.
It was formally launched in Timahoe last Tuesday by Laois Walks Festival Committee Chairman, Dominic Hartnett. The festival kicks off with a 10km walk around Killamuck Bog, Abbeyleix at 7.30pm on Friday 1st July and finishes with a 12 km walk taking in the Leafy Loop in Durrow at 7.15 pm on Friday 29th of July.
Laois Walks Festival Committee Chairman, Dominic Hartnett welcomed the committee to Timahoe, which is the location for one of the most demanding walks up Fossey Mountain at 7.30pm on Thursday, 21st July.
“This festival could not happen without the goodwill and support of several private and state landowners, including Coillte, National Parks and Wildlife Services, Office of Public Works and Inland Waterways, who providing access to the walkways”, said Mr. Hartnett.
“I would also like to acknowledge the support we receive from Laois Partnership Company, Laois Sports Partnership and Laois County Council, which is key to organising such a successful festival”, he continued.
Laois Partnership CEO, Anne Goodwin thanked Mr. Hartnett for his kind words and commended the local communities for their continued commitment to developing the walking product in county Laois. “Each walk is maintained by the local community all year round”, she said.
“During the festival, members of the local community provide the stewards and the light refreshments. After attending the Laois Walks festival for the last fourteen years, I can confirm that it is the camaraderie between the walkers and the local communities that has led to its success”, she concluded.
Laois Tourism Officer, Dominic Reddin thanked the committee for their continued hard work and commitment.
“The programme this year is a testament to the strength of this committee and also to the quality of the walking product available in County Laois” he said.
“The recent rebrand of our county as part of Ireland’s Ancient East is an exciting development, which will build on the wealth of historical and cultural assets we are lucky to have here in Laois, and bring them to greater international attention.
“The Laois Walks Festival has always promoted the heritage of rural Laois, including the Round Tower here in Timahoe which is the starting point for the Fossey Mountain Walk on 21st July”, he continued.
Further details, copies of festival itinerary or €20 festival tickets, please contact Laois Partnership on 057 8661900.
You can also keep up to date on our Facebook page www.fb.com/laoiswalksfestival or on (www.laoispartnership.ie)