Easter Sunday will see the 2012 staging of the 18km.walk on the MacGiollapadraig Way from Durrow, County Laois to Gathabawn, County Kilkenny.
The name MacGiollapadraig (Irish for Fitzpatrick) is strongly associated with this area as nearby Cullahill Castle built in 1425 was the stronghold and residence of Brian MacGiollapdraig, first Lord Baron of upper Ossory. To this day many of the MacGiollapadraig clan still reside along this walking route.
This estimated 3.5- to four-hour crosscountry walk, which is promoted by South Laois and North Kilkenny Tourism groups, will start at the church car park in Durrow at 12.30pm and continue by Ballykealy (1.30pm) and Cullahill Mountain (3pm), where intended walkers can join at the trail head. This location boasts spectacular scenery whare seven counties come into view, and at this point a monument bush stands to commemorate the spot where – legend has it – Brian MacGiollapadraig was slain by Cromwell’s men.
At the conclusion of the walk, lunch will be served in Mackey’s Bar, Gathabawn. A pay-for shuttle bus will be available to transport passengers from the finish to the start point. The route will be marked from the start in the direction of Gathabawn with points of interest highlighted, and there will be a designated water point at the Cummer well on Cullahill Mountain.
For more information, contact Vincent O’Sullivan on 087 4168549, Michael G. Phelan on 087 2395357, P. Fitzpatrick on 087 2481710 or Ed Lalor on 056 8832192.