Mayors walkers will continue to walk the walk

MARY CODY

Reporter:

MARY CODY

ONE of the highlights for Cllr Sean O hArgain after he stepped down as Mayor was the pledge of walkers in the group to continue to ‘walk the walk’.

ONE of the highlights for Cllr Sean O hArgain after he stepped down as Mayor was the pledge of walkers in the group to continue to ‘walk the walk’.

The group will meet as usual at 11am every Saturday. “Our final walk last Saturday last after 52 weeks brought a mixture of emotions for me as

Mayor of Kilkenny. The highlight of the day however was when the regular walkers in the group pronounced that they will continue to ‘Walk the Walk’ and will meet at the Parade next Saturday as usual at 11 am and keep it going afterward,” said Cllr O hArgain.

“When I proposed a weekly walk which I would lead to highlight the need for fitness and healthy lifestyles a year ago, many people told me I was ‘cracked’. But slowly over the first few weeks we built up to a nice average of 20 to 30 walkers each week. The constants were the wonderfully

knowledgeable Paddy Neary of Wolfe Tone Street who is a mine of local information and people like Eamon Corcoran and his wife Mary, Gina Doolan and Marianne Kelly. Best of all in many ways was the arrival of Derry woman, Róisín Ní Chléirigh, for whom the group became the circle of friends she had been seeking in the Marble City,” he added.

“The highlights included discovering the lanes of Kilkenny, an arts walk during the city’s arts festival, the cribs walk at Christmas and the two walks including last week from Bennettsbridge along the River Nore. Last week included stops at Colles Mills and a sit down on the wonderful seat erected in memory of the great Melosina Lennox Cunningham.