A large crowd from Mountrath made the trip west last Saturday to climb Croagh Patrick.
Organised by the parents council of St Fintan’s Boys national school in Mountrath, about 60 people travelled to Mayo to do the climb.
They picked a good weekend for it, as the sun shone down and gave the walkers a great view when they reached the summit. The group left at 5am on Saturday morning to reach Mayo but the early start didn’t not dampen the enthusiasm.
Speaking to the Leinster Express, Noel Moore said that the council had been organising it for almost two months.
“All the sponsorship cards have been out for a while now. We had our launch recently and Cllr James Kelly launched it in his first official function as a councillor.”
Noel said that the event was a great way of bringing the community together.
“We have people doing it who have no direct involvement with the school, and we also have parents, friends and past pupils of the school.”
The buses up to Mayo were organised by Joe Moore Transport, and t-shirts for the walkers were provided by Carrolls Costcutters, Eddie Kirwan’s Bar, Slieve Bloom Bouncy Castles and Eddie Phelan’s restaurant.
Noel said that there was a good sense of accomplishment on reaching the summit.
“You get a great feeling when you reach the top, and there are lovely views up there as well.”
Sponsorship cards are not back yet from the walk, but no doubt the group will have raised a good amount for the school.