Burrishoole’s Unique festival explores countryside off the greenway

Posted in Connect on May 29, 2015.

Burrishoole , Newport and Mulranny are known as being places along the route of the Great Western Greenway, but Newport is surrounded by unspoiled landscaped with a Three-day walking festival aims to showcase the Nephin beg range  as well as  other places waiting to be discovered along side the history and the people intertwined with area, making it both an area of environmental and a cultural importance.

Burrishoole’s annual three-day walking festival is taking place this bank holiday weekend.

This year walkers will get to enjoy new routes on the two days of the main walks, both low level and high level walks.

Over the weekend there will be a lectures on the history and folklore of the Nephin Beg Range and the Bangor Trail, plus the usual entertainment in Derradda Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday night. As usual, the event will finish at the Oghillie Mass Rock on bank holiday Monday.

The organisers are hoping to see lots of new faces joining the walks this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 30 and 31 and June 1. The festival is a unique opportunity to explore the countryside off the greenway, between Newport and Mulranny, with low and high level walks, so all categories of walkers are catered for. Each walk is led by local guides.

The weekend package is great value at €35 for the three days, or it’s €20 for one day. This includes a packed lunch and entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday night in Derradda Community Centre, just outside Newport, from where the walks depart each morning.

Registration is open at Derrada centre at 10 a.m. and the walks start at 11 a.m.For further details, call Jackie Rumley on (098) 36144 or Sinead Cusack on (087) 2249679. You can also check out the festival online at www.burrishoolewalkfest.net or see the festival Facebook page.

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