The coastal walk finished, for this year, at around 7.30 pm on the 17th September, between Omeath and Newry. At that point, I crossed into Co Down, where I will resume in the Spring ( n.b. Next year, while in the 6 counties, I’ll be fundraising for The Cancer Centre, Belfast).
So far, I have walked approximately 1800 km and raised in the region of €31,000 for The Irish Cancer Society. I’m delighted with that. A huge thank you to all who contributed either online, personally or en route as I cajoled and pestered you with my fundraising efforts.
For those of you who have been meaning to, donations are still being gratefully accepted on line at:
The last 7 days of the Coast For Cancer coastal walk took me from Dalkey, Co. Dublin to the border with Co. Down, via Howth Head, Skerries, Dundalk and the Carlingford Peninsula. Wonderful walking terrain apart from a scary stretch of dual carriageway near Swords. As you’ll see from the log below, a fair number of kilometres covered each day. In fact, an average of approximately 29kms (18miles) per day, with the last day being over 35km – this was the stretch around the Carlingford peninsula up to The Border between Omeath and Newry.
I wanted to get the last few kilometres completed before dusk as this is a fast and dangerous stretch of road. The second table shows some of the split times for my walk, minute by minute. I hit a walking speed equivalent to approximately 1 km per 8 minutes which isn’t bad after 1800 kms! My usual speed is about 12 minutes to the km which is greatly reduced when I’m in photographing mode or fundraising or simply chatting to people encountered along the way.
Thanks for all the support, encouragement and generosity!
Today, someone threw €5 into my collection bucket – little did they realise that their donation brought the total I have raised for The Irish Cancer Society, in 10 weeks of walking, to €25000!! Almost €4000 of that has been donated online, largely by family and friends – for which a huge thank you👍 The rest has been raised en route by calling into cafes, pubs, B&Bs, hotels, chemists, butchers, fish mongers, candlestick makers, and anyone else with a business and an open door, and asking people to support my efforts on behalf of the ICS by making a donation. Very hard work – harder than the walking- but worth it, as this is the raison d’etre of the walk and because the response has been phenomenal. A heartfelt thank you to all of you who have so generously supported my walk by making a donation. It’s more than just the money, it’s the endorsement and the words of encouragement that keep my spirits high and my feet going! My deepest gratitude! Marty. CoastForCancer.
My walk has already taken me through County Waterford and most of Wexford but for the moment here’s the route I took through County Cork. Note that the Co. Cork part of the walk from the Kerry border to Bantry was included in a previous post.
Right now, I’m back home in Cratloe and thinking about the great places I’ve been and the wonderful people I’ve met over the last 5 1/2 weeks. The walk has covered just over 750kms so far taking me from The Clare/Galway border, all the way around the coast of Clare and Kerry as far as Bantry in West Cork. All was made possible by the support of the generous people who provided a place for me to sleep and who organised accommodation and transportation for my baggage. Thanks to all the following:
George Quinn, Hylands Burren Hotel, Ballyvaughan.
Emer, Paul, Ciara and Orlaith Bowen, Doolin
Padraig and Helena Malone, Cratloe for accommodation in Spanish Point (and to The Armada Hotel for providing breakfasts on three mornings – John Junior, Marion and Majella)
The Management, The Kilkee Bay Hotel (and Nuala, Doonbeg who organised it)
Ian and Teresa at The Old School B&B, Cross, Loop Head ( and Liz & Ailish, Kilbaha Gallery who helped organise it & Michelle for support)
Gerard & Maria Geoghegan of The Magpie Bar, Glin
Denise & Tom Stack, Ballybunion (and John & Aileen Wren for extra support)
Roisin, Tom and Susie Rice, Abbeydorney
Breda O’Regan, Sarah & Brian, Fenit (Also extra emergency support from Dr Tommy O’Regan, Spa, Tralee)
Siobhan & Matthew White and John & Margaret O’Shea for the use of their mobile in Camp
Tom Curran, Wine Strand, Ballyferriter (and Sinead for the contact)
Rosemary Shinkwin, Dunquin (and Lindy and Kate for the contact)
Anne Marie & Michael O’Shea, Dingle (and Siobhan White for arranging the contact)
Pat, Maura and Roisin O’Shea, Cromane (and Roisin Rice who arranged the contact)
Gerard & Mary Anne, ‘Casur’ O’Sullivan, Laharan South, Cahersiveen
Ida & Doc, Caherdaniel
Neil & Ali, Templenoe
Fiona & Colm Brosnan, Tuosist (and Pat & Helen)
Ann Maria, The Village Inn, Ardgroom
John Murphy, Murphy’s restaurant and B & B, Castletownbere
Sheila (who supported me throughout The Beara Peninsula) & Kevin Jer O’Sullivan, Glengarriff (contact again arranged by my neighbour Siobhan).l
Hope I haven’t left anyone out – apologies if I did.
There were also many other people who offered me support on the road by way of a kind word, water, a cup of coffee, a snack or even a meal. Please be assured that your support was much appreciated and greatly assisted and eased my journey. Sincere thanks to you all. I hope I meet such generous people on my next 750km which I’ll start in Bantry towards the end of July.
I started out on the Clare/Galway border using Ordnance Survey Discovery Series, Map 51 – compliments of the kind people at the National Mapping agency, OSI, who gifted me the series of maps for my walk. Thanks again.