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Sunday 21 July 2019

Walk the Wicklow Way in aid of Tiglin Centre

YOUR WEEKEND CHALLENGE - SIX TIMES OVER!

THE TIGLIN Rehabilitation Centre at Ashford is calling on people to volunteer to walk all or part of the Wicklow Way, which stretches over 127km from Dublin to Carlow. The 'Walk the Wicklow Way' fundraiser will take place over six weekends starting on July 7.

The Wicklow Way begins in Dublin's southern suburb of Rathfarnham and travels in a south-south westerly direction across the Dublin and Wicklow uplands, running through County Wicklow finishing in Clonegal, Co. Carlow.

There will be seven walks over six weekends starting on Saturday, July 7 at Marley Park.

'The Wicklow Way is a beautiful scenic walk. I would encourage everybody to get out and experience the scenery. The walk is broken up into six weekends so you don't have to do the whole lot. You can sign up for one walk or all six while also helping to raise funds for Tiglin Rehab Centre', said Keith Flynn, Head of Fundraising at Tiglin.

The funds raised on 'Walk the Wicklow Way' will go directly to Tiglin. The funds raised will go towards the operating of the centre. This includes heating, food and the overall running of the centre. It only costs €21,000 to put a student through Tiglin, compared to €100,000 if you put someone through prison.

The Wicklow Way takes in a combination of suburban parkland, forest trails, wild and scenic mountain landscape and ruined buildings. Anyone setting out to walk the long distance trail is advised to dress appropriately and note that it is a serious test of physical endurance.

Tiglin is a rehabilitation centre located in the Wicklow hills and caters for men and women. It currently has 36 male and female residents.

Tiglin first opened its doors in 2008, operating as a men-only centre. In May of this year a women's centre was officially opened by President Michael D. Higgins. The men's centre has 24 students at present and the women's centre has 12. The women's centre also has a waiting list of 12. It was previously based in Kildare but moved to Tiglin in late 2011.

Tiglin's residents complete practical modules in horticulture, cookery, crafts and money management skills. They also take turns managing different parts of the house.

For further information, see wicklowway.com and sign up at www.tiglin.ie.

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