The John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1 have chosen Laois as the spot for their next walking club outing.
The walk will take place on Sunday, April 14, starting and ending at Cullahill village community centre. It will take in an 8km circuit of scenic Cullahill Mountain, where a legendary battle saw the chief of Cullahill castle slain by Cromwell’s soldiers, and seven counties can be seen on a fine day.
With up to 2,000 people from all around Ireland attending the popular walks, it is good news for tourism in South Laois.
The news was announced live on air on Good Friday morning, when John talked to Michael G Phelan from South Laois Tourism, while Mr Phelan’s farm animals made their voices heard in the background.
Having applied to bring the walk to his area several times, Mr Phelan told the Leinster Express he is thrilled they have been chosen.
“This is outstanding, it’s brilliant, The publicity on the radio over the next couple of weeks will be great. It is a huge opportunity to show off what’s in South Laois. We will launch the first South Laois Tourism and Trails brochure on the day of the walk, which has 16 mapped trails. That will go out to a huge audience of people who are into walking,” he said.
Local groups are now busy organising the event, lining up entertainment, catering and stewards. Refreshments will be served after in the community centre, but Mr Phelan says the programme makers are interested in a visit to O’Connell’s Pub, owned by Darina Allen’s brother William, as the famous chef comes from the village.
“Darina will hopefully make it on the day too,” he said.
A meeting for all interested in helping arranged for tonight, Tuesday April 2 in the community centre.