Céad Míle- Céad Bliain – 100 miles – 100 years
The first of our Centenary celebrations has been and gone, but if it’s anything to go by, then this coming year should be a momentous occasion.
Our 100 mile sponsored walkers set off from Arbour Hill, the grave of our patron Thomas Clarke, on Wednesday 5th October. The group of fourteen 100 mile walkers were met by Joe Costello from Dublin County Board at Arbour Hill, who happened to have the Sam Maguire with him and he was only too happy to oblige with the ensuing photographs, both by the Clarke’s members and passing Dublin supporters alike.
Day 1 consisted of a 24.5 mile walk from Dublin towards Ashbourne, Day 2 was onward through Slane and towards Ardee covering a distance of 20 miles, Day 3 we started South of Ardee to Castleblaney. Day 4 we started from Castleblaney onwards to Keady and into Armagh City. The spires of the cathedral were never such a welcoming sight. Day 5 took us homeward from Armagh, through Eglish and into Dungannon to the homecoming.
Thanks to everyone who turned out to welcome the walkers home. Also a massive thanks and well done to all who completed the 5k run/walk round the town. Dungannon is a tough town to manoeuvre at the best of time with its numerous hills, but to see the amount of people up for the challenge in running the 5k was a joy to see. Well done everyone.
Thanks also to everyone who helped organise the walk, a special mention to Mr Danny Barr whose input and assistance in finalising the 100 mile route was much appreciated. A big thanks to the mentors on the bus, Sean McHugh, Mickey Corrigan, Benny McIntosh and Gerry McManus aka Blaney. They kept the walkers well supplied with water and fruit and kept the spirits up when the feet were sore with the craic and banter. Thanks also to Martin our bus driver from Ace coaches, who was also the team photographer on all occasions.
Many thanks to those who helped with the food in the club at the homecoming and for Dungannon Comhaltas for the music. The Club would take this opportunity to thanks all who supported and sponsored the walk, our Corporate sponsors, the families and businesses who sponsored our family miles and all those who sponsored our walkers. Your support is greatly appreciated.
If you would you like to aid in the development of Dungannon Thomas Clarke’s, please donate by clicking the button below. Thank you.
Thanks to the following families who have bought a family mile for our 100 mile walk. Each mile walked will be named for your family and a full list of all families who donate will be presented on a placard in the Club. Please continue to sponsor by clicking our donate button and message the Club via facebook or by informing any member with your family name. The Clarke’s Club would thank everyone for their continued support.
100 Mile Sponsorship launch
Some of the happy faces displaying the 100 mile sponsored walk leaflets in O’Neill park
100 mile sponsored walk
Thomas Clarke’s Centenary Video