Easter Sunday March 31, sees another staging of the now annual MacGiollaphadraig Way Walk. This linear Walk which starts in Durrow, Co.Laois at 12noon and finishes in Gathabawn Co.Kilkenny is a 17km Grade A.4 hour way marked walk which traverses the Failte Ireland approved Durrow Leafy Loop, Cullahill Mountain Walk and the Gathabawn Loop.
The name MacGiollapadraig [Irish for Fitzpatrick] is strongly associated with this particular area as nearby Cullahill Castle, built in 1425, was the stronghold and residance of Brian MacGiollapdraig first Lord Baron of upper Ossary. To this day many of the MacGiollapadraig clan still reside along this delightfull walking route. Cullahill Mountain boasts spcetacular scenery whare seven Counties along with the Comeragh,Galtee and Blackstairs Mountains come into view also at this point a monument bush stands to commemorate the spot whare ledgend has it Cormac MacGiollapadraig was slain by Cromwells men.
South Laois Tourism expect in excess of 150 participants and issue an invitation as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013 to all walking clubs and groups both nationaly and international with a special invitation to all members of the Fitzpatrick clan both in Ireland and overseas. On the day a shuttle bus will be available throughout while refreshments will be served in Mackeys Bar at the conclusion of the walk. Registration fee 5 euro begins at 11.30am.which will include you in the Easter Sunday draw to be held on the evening. For more information contact 0872395357, 0872481710 or 0874168549.