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Press Release - Launch of Barrow Way Walk

Friday morning, 6 September 2019, saw the launch of the Barrow Way Walk take place on the Horse Bridge in Athy, Co Kildare. In attendance were representatives from Waterways Ireland, Sport Ireland, Get Ireland Walking, Carlow, Laois and Kildare County Councils respectively.

The key is in the name of the Barrow Way Walk, as in its essence it is a free event created to facilitate a large walk along the River Barrow in three counties simultaneously. The event is the brain child of Waterways Ireland and Get Ireland Walking who conceptualised the idea on the back of the Waterways for Health initiative.

In a brief summation, Waterways for Health is a programme designed to help and encourage participants in rehabilitation services to engage in gentle exercise in and around Green and Blue spaces. With the emphasis placed on showing participants how to utilise the incredible scenery that Ireland is blessed to have in order to better their mental and physical health. The benefits seen and vocalised by participants were vast and instantaneous, and so, in a bid to engage with as many people and as many demographics as possible, the Barrow Way Walk was born.

After linking in with the identified county’s Local Sports Partnerships; Carlow SP, Laois SP and Kildare SP, it was decided that the best time to host this event would be during the European Week of Sport, and, with the backing of Sport Ireland, it was confirmed that 29 September 2019 would be the date that this mass participation event would take place.

In order to accommodate all levels of fitness, mobility and time constraints, there are approximately 5km / 10km / 18km routes available within each county. The advantage of these walks is that each route has a meeting point and time where a bus will collect participants and ferry them to the start point of their respective walk. Each person then simply walks back to their car, at their own pace with a walk leader, first aid support and sweeper on every route. There will also be a hydration station present before and after the walks to encourage a ‘leave no trace’ practice – NB there will be no plastic bottles available at any of the events.

Further to this, each registered participant will be given a draw-string bag with some goodies provided by the Local Sports Partnerships. Due to this, the bus service and the provision of tea/coffee after the event, it is essential that each participant registers on www.barrowwaywalk.ie before the event as non-registered participants may not be catered for.

For more information on this event please see Carlow / Laois / Kildare Sports Partnerships’ social media platforms or visit; www.barrowwaywalk.ie

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Picture One: L-R Syl Merrins (Coordinator Kildare Sports Partnership), Deborah Foley (Kildare Sports Partnership), Emma Jane Clarke (Sport Ireland), Jason King (Get Ireland Walking), John Boyle (Director Waterways Ireland), Peter Carey (CEO Kildare County Council), Andrea Dalton (Mayor of Carlow), Michael Brennan (Carlow County Council), Cllr. Mark Wall (Cathaoirleach Athy), Gerry Murphy (Laois County Council), Majella Fennelly (Laois Sports Partnership), Martha Jane Kehoe (Coordinator Carlow Sports Partnership), Sandra Corrigan (Carlow Sports Partnership), Hugh Fanning (Waterways Ireland), Jim Fitzpatrick & Piper (Athy), Eddie Hennessy (Kildare Sports Partnership), John Doran (Kildare Sports Partnership), Damien McWeeney (Waterways Ireland).

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Picture Two: L-R Cllr. Mark Wall (Cathaoirleach Athy), Syl Merrins (Coordinator Kildare Sports Partnership), Peter Carey (CEO Kildare County Council), Gerry Murphy (Laois County Council), Michael Brennan (Carlow County Council), John Boyle (Director Waterways Ireland), Andrea Dalton (Mayor of Carlow), Anne Duff (Volunteer – Laois SP), Alice Carroll (Volunteer – Laois SP), Sean Ward (Proprietor Fisherman’s Inn), Colm Ward (Fisherman’s Inn), Deborah Foley (Kildare Sports Partnership), Martha Jane Kehoe (Coordinator Carlow Sports Partnership), Hugh Fanning (Waterways Ireland), Sandra Corrigan (Carlow Sports Partnership), Jason King (Get Ireland Walking), Emma Jane Clarke (Sport Ireland), Majella Fennelly (Laois Sports Partnership), Damien McWeeney (Waterways Ireland).

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Picture Three: L-R Andrea Dalton (Mayor of Carlow), Peter Carey (CEO Kildare County Council), John Boyle (Director Waterways Ireland), Emma Jane Clarke (Sport Ireland), Jason King (Get Ireland Walking), Gerry Murphy (Laois County Council).

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Picture Four: Event Details

 

 

Ends                                                                                                  10 September 2019

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