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Thursday 23 October 2014

Walking festival surveys World War II secrets of Mount Brandon

Published 02/10/2013 | 05:36

FOGGY weather did little to deter the 100-plus walkers who took part in the annual Castlegregory Walking Festival.

According to organisers everyone was delighted with the walks on offer. The festival, organised by Dingle Hill-Walking Club in conjunction with Castlegregory Community Council, was blessed with reasonably dry weather on Saturday and while heavy fog on Sunday made conditions a little more challenging the walks, through some of West Kerry's most scenic areas, still proved to be thoroughly enjoyable.

"Numbers were slightly down on last year with 100 walkers on the hills over the two days, but considering the great increase in the number of walking festivals around the country in recent years, we were very happy," said one of the organisers Noel O'Neill. "Our aim has been to keep the festival small and not to allow it to get too commercial and we are happy that we are achieving that," he added. "One highlight was the discovery of some plane wreckage below Mount Brandon which, as a club, we had not previously come across. Many of the walkers were fascinated by this not realising that four planes had crashed on Mount Brandon during World War II."

Walkers attending the festival hailed from many different parts of the county, many of which had family connections in the Castlegregory area. The event also managed to attract people from further afield with two couples from California also in attendance.

"They didn't know each other, they saw the festival advertised on the internet and decided to incorporate it into their vacation," Noel added.

Noel also paid tribute to Annascaul Walks who assisted greatly in providing additional guides for the duration of the festival.

Kerryman

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