Tuesday 21 October 2014

River walk with a difference

Published 06/03/2013 | 05:36

Guide Seán Fagan showing his group how to eat nettles without getting stung during his 'River Walk with a Difference' in Castleisland on Saturday week. Photo: John Reidy

Castleisland and District Culture and Heritage Society's recent 'River Walk with a Difference' was a big success thanks to the very interesting and hugely informative guides, Sean Fagan and Nikki Wissell.

"Our two guides led us along our familiar and well- loved river walk but opened our eyes to its varied and useful plant life," said society co-founder Maggie Prendiville.

"We may all now look at the humble nettle with a new sense of respect for its many traditional uses. The guide's love and enthusiasm for their subject enthralled both young and old. We were given a lesson on how to make nettle rope and also taught about where our many plant names originated and the superstition behind many of them," said Maggie.

Sean Fagan specialises in areas including: wild plant walks; map and compass navigation skills; camp-craft and survival and tracking. He is a qualified nature and mountain guide who is currently embarking on a new and exciting bush-craft business which the heritage society here has enthusiastically endorsed.

For those who missed Sean and Nikki on this occasion the society will be inviting them back at a later date for another insight into our often overlooked hedgerows.

"As usual the society welcomes all new members particularly at the moment as we are in the process of establishing a local heritage trail and therefore are on a big fundraising drive. The society hopes that the local community and local businesses will support them in the coming weeks in their fund raising efforts. We all share a wonderfully interesting heritage in this area and are very proud of it. The heritage trail would stimulate an awareness of our heritage and facilitate access to it within our community," said Ms. Prendiville.

Anyone who wishes to seek further information can contact Mr Fagan on 086 3704773 or email


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