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Funny man helps launch McVerry's Long Walk Home

Monday, 26th March, 2012 12:00am
Funny man helps launch McVerry's Long Walk Home

• WHEELY FUNNY: Neil Delamere catches a wheelbarrow lift from Fr Peter McVerry at the launch of The Long Walk Home


presenter Neil Delamere hitched a cheeky lift home last week in a wheelbarrow

from Fr Peter McVerry to help launch the Jesuit priest's new Grand Canal Way

Challenge for his homeless charity.

The challenge,

called The Long Walk Home, is for participants to walk across Ireland from

Shannon Harbour to Dublin over the May Bank Holiday Weekend (May 4-7).

The walk will

take four days and it's expected to cover around 32 kms every day.

On Friday May 4

the walkers will be transported by coach from Dublin to Shannon Harbour where

they set off on their epic journey along the banks of the Grand Canal.

The first night

will be spent in Tullamore staying in the 4* Bridge House Hotel where

participants will enjoy a three course dinner with their fellow walkers and

have a chance to relax in the hotel's leisure facilities.

Next day they

head to Edenderry, taking in the beautiful scenery en route, including the Bog

of Allen.

For the next two

nights the group will earn a well deserved

overnight stay in the Westgrove Hotel, Clane - a spa haven.

The third day

covers Edenderry to Sallins and on the final day the group set off from Sallins

for the last leg into Dublin, where they will be joined by one day walkers and

family groups.

After stopping

in Hazelhatch for lunch they will then tackle the final stage into Dublin.

The group's

final destination is Guinness's, whose historic connection with the Grand Canal

makes it the perfect venue for walkers to celebrate their achievements.

The hardy troop

will be welcomed into the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar were they will enjoy

fantastic views across Dublin, looking out across the route they have

travelled, and celebrate a great achievement in aid of Ireland's young homeless


“What better

way to spend your May Bank holiday?” said comedian Delamere, a native of


“It has

something for everyone - taking in the varied scenery, wildlife and historic

sites while enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside.

“Getting away

from the hustle and bustle of your daily lives, this walk will soothe your

soul, refresh your energies and put a spring back in your step.

“What better

way to get fit, make new friends and explore unseen Leinster, all while raising

much needed funds for Peter McVerry Trust's work with young homeless people.”


will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 and to fundraise a

further €700. Transport, accommodation and meal costs are included in the cost.

Details on

registration are available from Peter McVerry Trust on 01-8230776,

fundraising@pmvtrust.ie or www.pmvtrust.ie.

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