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Walking tours shine a light on history and folklore of Cahore in north Wexford

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Guided walk at the strand Cahore Ann and Brendan Barber with Jimmy Crowe ready for their guided walk

Guided walk at the strand Cahore Ann and Brendan Barber with Jimmy Crowe ready for their guided walk

Guided walk at the strand Cahore Aidean and Aoife Shelly with Jimmy Crowe ready for their guided walk

Guided walk at the strand Cahore Aidean and Aoife Shelly with Jimmy Crowe ready for their guided walk

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Guided walk at the strand Cahore Ann and Brendan Barber with Jimmy Crowe ready for their guided walk

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People from across the country got a snapshot of Cahore through the ages recently in a guided walk led by local history buff, Jimmy Crowe.

Organised by owners of The Strand restaurant, the walks have become a regular and very popular feature in the local calendar. During each walk, Jimmy takes people on a stroll through the sand dunes or a roadside ramble, offering snippets of information on local folklore, history and flora and fauna as they go. 

"Jimmy has great stories about growing up in Cahore over the years and the various vagaries of the parish, from stories about the rocket car to the castle to local personalities,” said owner of The Strand, Patrick Hanley. “A lot of the interest has been from people who have been coming here for years but might not know a lot about the area.”

According to Patrick, the walks have been a big hit with anyone who has taken part.

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"They love it. A lot of people returned and did other walks as it is not always the same one. Some walks on the dunes are all about the flora and fauna, while others are northbound and have a bit of history involved.”

Following the recent event, the walkers returned to The Strand to enjoy tea and scones. This part of the day is always welcomed by the walkers, said Patrick.

“People really like to hang around and have a catch-up. It’s a good opportunity for meeting other people,” he said. “There are so many frequent visitors to the area who I assume would know each other but they don’t. However, once they get talking about themselves and where they are from, they find that they have connections.”

“People are more willing now than ever to have that personal connection, talk to people and hear their story.”

The guided walks will continue throughout the summer on selected dates. The team at The Strand are also gearing up for some other community events, such as a Summer Solstice breakfast on June 21. Details of all of these events can be found on their website.


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