OVER 60 walkers gathered in Tralee recently to take part in a fundraising walk in aid if MS Ireland and in memory of the late Ita Barry a longtime supporter of the charity and well known nurse at Kerry General Hospital who passed away last year.
The annual fundraising walk began at Tralee's Carlton Hotel and on a fantastic sunny day around 60 walkers made their way along the canal to Blennerville before returning to the Carlton via Ballyard.
While a final tally is yet to be reached organiser Ted Cronin of the Tralee Branch of MS Ireland said he was pleased with the turnout and the amount raised on the day. Most of the money raised will go towards covering the cost of physiotherapy for MS Ireland's 70 clients in the greater Tralee area.
"It went well and the weather certainly helped. It's an annual walk and one of our main fundraisers. This year we decided to dedicate the walk to Ita Barry who passed away last year and who was a great supporter of MS Ireland," said Ted Cronin.
Mr Cronin also expressed his thanks to Garvey's Supervalu who sponsored the event and provided refreshments for the walkers on their return to the starting line.
Ita Barry, who worked as a nurse in from 1974 until her retirement from Kerry General Hospital in 2007, was a prominent supporter of many local charities including MS Ireland. She passed away last July aged 64.