Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Day Arrives

After months of planning we set out from Dunboy the historic home of O
Sullivan Beare. We were given a farewell by the O Sullivan Chief, Mr Michael OSullivan
and charged with the responsibility of passing on his greetings to the O Rourkes of Leitrim. Further dignitaries present were Mr Gerry o Sullivan local politician and representatives of Local historic society and Beara tourism as well as O Sullivans from Beare Island who made an early crossing to bid us farewell. We were led out of Dunboy Castle by Sara on her horse in away as a tribute toO Sullivan Beare whose own horse "An Cearc" has his own role in the overall story.
Weather conditions ensured we wouldn't be dehydrated and wet conditions prevailed throughout.
Nevertheless, enthusiastically we set out and from Dunboy we headed to Castletownbeare and the plan was to have lunch at Adrigole, this stage estimated 18 kilometers. We were greeted here by the local publican and local people ventured out in the rain to lend support.
Suitably replenished onward and upwards and the afternoon session into Glengariff was the plan. Again planning was spot on and two minutes to five we marched into Deasys Pub having completed 38 kilometers, a bit weary but all agreed a most enjoyable day.
Mention to Carla, Paddy, John and Derry were there all the way and braved the West Cork elements of wind and rain.
It is only appropriate to acknowledge the O Sullivan Clan whose unstinting support has allowed this to happen and in particular Mr Jim O Sullivan and Also Paddy Lonergan who so effectively, efficiently and good humoredly coordinated the whole March





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