Walking Group JULY WALK

Here’s some news from Maura McAuliff:
To give you lots of notice, our next walk will be a beach walk, Laytown to Mornington. I’m hoping it will happen the first week of July but it is totally weather dependent.
I’m available Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th. I’ll be watching the forecast carefully and hope to give you a few days notice.
The plan is to take public transport if possible – get to Connolly station and take the train from there. It’s possible to drive (about an hour from here (Kill/Naas)) but parking on weekdays is tight. Anyway we should be using public transport where it’s available. It’s a lovely easy beach walk with the return journey on a quiet county road total distance about 10.8km.
So keep an eye on messages nearer the time.
ALSO A REPORT FROM STEPHANIE BERGIN (official reporter, I believe) ON JUNE WALK- Thanks Stephanie – looking forward to your JULY WALK NEWS


Retired  Teachers’ Walk from Avon Rí to Russborough House and Parklands

Stephanie Bergin

On Friday 7th June, twelve enthusiastic walkers assembled in the carpark at Avon Rí Activity Centre before setting out on The Blessington Greenway on route to Russborough House. The weather was pleasant and ideal for walking as a gentle breeze helped to keep us cool and comfortable.  Maura , the highly organised co-ordinator of the walking group, addressed the walkers and kindly  introduced me, as I was on my inaugural walk , only recently retired. A wonderful day unfolded as there was banter, craic among all the walkers as we ambled along leafy lanes and observed the magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes. The ruins of The Burgage Castle Keep peered out from behind the trees and the colourful foliage greatly enhanced our walking experience.  

 After enjoying this scenic walk, we quickened the pace as we entered the grounds of Russborough and proceeded up the avenue to the restaurant where a delicious lunch was enjoyed by all and certainly restored all our  energies expended on the outward walk. After some lively conversations during our lunch, we were revived and keen  and ready to set out on the homeward leg of the walk. The familiar  paths already taken that morning seemed all the shorter on the return journey and the chats and conversations among the group diverted our attention from any signs of tiredness after a steady pace transported us back to Avon Rí.

 I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience with the group, an excellent choice of walk, and look forward to the next outing. As I dust down the walking boots and recall the interesting conversations and general ‘ Craic agus Spórt’, I feel a true  true sense of ‘ Joie de Vivre’ ! A great day was had by all!         

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