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Tuesday 18 June 2019

Record crowd enjoy big Templeudigan walk/run

Nicole Quigley, Balloindonny, Caoimhe Doran, Templeudigan, Grace Fallon,Templeudigan, and Aoibhinn Doran,Templeudigan
Nicole Quigley, Balloindonny, Caoimhe Doran, Templeudigan, Grace Fallon,Templeudigan, and Aoibhinn Doran,Templeudigan
Mary and Seamus Boland with Maura Higgins, Templeudigan.
Martin Byrne, Rathnure, with Mag and John Redmond, Rathnure.

David Looby

The mild winter weather and a good cause saw a record crowd of over 200 people take part in the annual Templeudigan St Stephen's Day walk.

The Templeudigan St Stephen's Day walk is now a local tradition which was held for the fourth time this year.

The first walk was held in 2015 as a venture to raise funds to pay for the costs of building Templeudigan Park.

Each year since then Templeudigan Parish Council has chosen a different charity to benefit from the event. This year's chosen charity was the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, an organisation which provides financial support to Irish families who are trying to bring home to Ireland the remains of loved ones who died abroad in tragic circumstances.

The walk is one of a number of events in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust currently being held in the Templeudigan and Rathnure area in recognition of the support they provided to a local family this year. A member of that family spoke to participants in Templeudigan Hall after the walk to tell them about the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and the support they received from them in their hour of need.

The Templeudigan St Stephen's Day walk took a scenic 8km route through the local hills. Participants ranged in ages from pre-schoolers to people in their 80s.

The event saw a lot of participants take part who were visiting their home area for Christmas. A number of school children completed the route on the scooters and bikes they received from Santa the day before.

There were also a large number of competitive runners from athletics clubs in New Ross and Enniscorthy who were attracted by some of the more challenging hills on the route which have gained a reputation among local runners.

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