The Tom Crean Endurance Walk Weekend began with a moving ceremony this evening as members of the Crean family and famous female current day explorers gathered together to lay a wreath at the statue of Tom Crean.
Present were Clare O Leary : the first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest and complete the seven highest summits on seven continents. Jan Meek: Arctic explorer and Europe’s only triple Guinness World Record holder and Aileen Crean O Brien, granddaughter of Tom Crean.
The Fourth Annual Annascaul Artist’s Group exhibition opened on Friday night (4th May) with a large attendance of local and returning visitors. The exhibition is running at Joan’s New Café until Monday 7th May.
Áit Iontach/Áit Fein
We all – whether born there, or choosing to live there – have a love of our own place. The Annascaul Artists Group expresses that affinity through their artistic endeavours, and are delighted to share these works as participants in Féile na Bealtaine 2018.
We have a new and exciting venue this year – Joan’s Café Nua & Gallery on Main Street, Annascaul, and we are organising a surprise event at our opening.
The Opening will take place at 8.30pm on Friday, May 4th 2018. The Exhibition will continue from 10.30am to 6.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday – May 5th to 7th inclusive.
Participating artists include:
- Monica Phelan
- Kate Landers
- Marie Kennedy
- Abe Boland
- Úna Ní Shé
- Eloise Flannery
In addition, Art Therapist Ellie Flynn will be present to explain & display her work, along with some pieces by children from the village.
Saturday 14th April is KWD County Clean Up Day… meet up at the Old Bridge i Annascaul where you can collect bags and high vis jackets and lots go gathering rubbish from the highways and byways.
OCTOBER WALKING FESTIVAL
This traditional walking festival takes place on the Irish October Bank Holiday Weekend which this year falls between Friday the 27th to Monday the 30th.
All fee entry walks include guides, transport if required and refreshments in Annascaul.
Friday 27th October
C Walk: Night Walk Tom Crean Trail, Start 7:30pm, Free.
Enjoy our night walk on the quiet rural Pound road with night views of the village and beautiful countryside. We will visit the final resting place of Tom Crean at Ballinacourty Graveyard.
Walk rating: Easy 5 km, 2 hours
Saturday 28th October
A Walk: Caherconree, Start 9 am
Caherconree is a majestic promontory fort which once was the summer residence of the King of Munster Cú Rí. The walk follows the marked route past the fort to the summit at 835m affording 360 degree views north to the Shannon estuary and west to the Blasket Islands. The return route is through the fort descending the steep green shoulder back to our start point.
Walk rating: Difficult 8km, 5 hours
B Walk: Macha na Bó, Start 10 am
Macha na Bó or “The pass of cows” is an age-old route linking Cloghane and Annascaul. The walk is a social history of farming life in the area with ancient homestead and field systems, bog cutting and wolf slaying.
Walk rating: Moderate 12 km, 4 hours
C Walk: Foot of the Hill Walk, Start 10:30 am
This loop walk begins in the village and crosses the parish’s first bridge at Sean droichead descending to the deep brooding corrie lake at Comdubh. The walk passes the birthplace of the sculptor, Jerome O’Connor and the resting place of the explorer Tom Crean.
Walk rating: Easy 11 km, 3 hours
Sunday 29th October
A Walk: Mount Brandon, Start 9 am
Mount Brandon is Kerry’s holy mountain and at over 3,000 feet is a must climb. The summit enjoys all four seasons in one day and offers jaw dropping views of the western edge of Ireland. The walk will start from Faha and finish at An Baile Breac.
Walk rating: Strenuous 11 km, 5 hours
B Walk: Acres Hill, Start 10 am
Acres Hill is one of three modest peaks forming the Doorah Range which stands on the edge of Dingle Bay. Acres Hill has a fragrant and rich vegetative cover and is climbed by following the sheep paths. The whole south coast of the peninsula provides the visible backdrop to this walk.
Walk rating: Moderate 9.6 km, 3 hours
C Walk: The Hidden Valley, Start 10:30 am
This is an archaeology walk tracing 4000 years of settlement from the Bronze Age cairn at Dromavally, through the Christian Ogham stones at Rathduff and then up to 21st century farm life.
Walk rating: Easy 7 km, 2½ hours
Monday 30th October
B/C Walk: Meelin Hill, Start 11 am
Monday’s walk is a marked loop walk with views of Inch Beach, Dingle bay and the lovely village of Annascaul nestling below us.
Walk rating: Easy 7.5 km, 3 hours
Register Early !! See our web site http://www.annascaulwalks.org
To encourage you to use the online prepayment facility to register early, we will enter all online entries into a raffle for one guaranteed paid place on the 2018 Tom Crean Endurance Walk.
If you purchase a walk for Saturday and another for Sunday online you will have purchased a Weekend Pass and are eligible to enter the Monday walk for free.
FOR A LIST OF ANNASCAUL ACCOMMODATION CLICK HERE
Annascaul GAA and Coiste na nOg are holding a fundraising event at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on Saturday 9th September. The event is being organised to raise funds to upgrade and improve club facilities. Tickets will be available from Club members.
A raffle will held at our Night at the Dogs on 9th September. Some of the prizes to be won on the night include 2 tickets to see Nathan Carter in the INEC on New Years Eve; €100 voucher for Ashes Bar and Restaurant, Camp; €50 fuel voucher for Kellihers Agri, Tralee and a voucher for a massage treatment with Claire O’Driscoll Massage Therapy.
A bus has been organised for our Night at the Dogs on 9 September. The return fare will be €10, departure and return times will be confirmed closer to the date.
As seats are limited, prebooking is necessary. To book your seat please contact Rita Knightly, AFTER 5PM ONLY.
Stay tuned to their Facebook page for further details.