Sunday 19 January 2020

St Stephen’s Day trek to the source of Blackwater

Sheila Fitzgerald

Following torrential rain and strong winds on the night of December 25, a brief but welcome respite on St Stephen's morning allowed the annual Sliabh Luachra Macra fundraising walk to go ahead.

The event, which sees walkers assemble at the Old School House in Foyle, Ballydesmond, and travel to the source of the Blackwater River, has been raising funds for charities since 2012.

This year monies raised will go to the Cork Down Syndrome Centre. 

Beneficiaries in previous years include Fr. Martin McCormack's Swaziland Mission, The Irish Cancer Society and Marymount Hospice.

40 people set out on the 7km walk which began at the entrance to the Cordal Windfarm and continued on to the source of the Blackwater River at Muinganine.    

On returning to the Old School House in Foyle, everyone enjoyed tea and sandwiches, kindly sponsored by Howard's Foodstore, Lakevale, Ballydesmond.

Macra groups from Awbeg, Banteer and Freemount turned up to support the Sliabh Luachra group, and on the day €750 was raised for the Cork Down Syndrome centre.   

The Sliabh Luachra Macra group welcomes new members and can be contacted through their Facebook page.