Not a bed to be had in Cloghane

Published 23/04/2014 | 05:36

FÉILE Sléibhteoireachta agus Cheoil 2014, hosted in the West Kerry community of Clochán Bréannainn this past weekend, was an unmitigated success as the festival managed to attract over 140 walkers to the area.

Exceptionally fine weather gave walkers the opportunity to enjoy the Mount Brandon range at its most spectacular and they had the added advantage of being joined by experienced local walkers who shared their knowledge of the area.

The Sliabh Glas walk in particular drew the attention of World War II aficionados as remnants of some war plane wreckage can still be seen in the area.

Folk legends Scullion, whose line-up includes West Kerry resident Philip King, brought the weekend's proceedings to a fitting conclusion as over 110 people packed into Halla Le Chéile in Brandon on Sunday to watch them perform.

"The weather, the help from the local hillwalking club, Cumann Sléibhtoireachta an Leith-Triúigh, Dingle Hillwalking Club and local support all helped to make it a success," Petrina Ní Loingsigh, Bainisteoir Ginearálta, Comharchumann Forbartha an Leith-Triúigh, said.

"The Clochán - Bréannainn area had a very busy weekend with not a bed to be had in Cloghane," she added.

Local activists are currently lobbying Failte Ireland to include the area in the Wild Atlantic Way.

"We met with many walkers and visitors over the weekend who seemed baffled by the area's exclusion from the Wild Atlantic Way," Petrina said. "We feel we have certainly garnered more support from these future visitors to our spectacular hidden gem."


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