COMEDIAN and TV 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 people.
“What better way to spend your May Bank holiday?” said comedian Delamere, a native of Edenderry.
“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.”
Participants 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.pmvtrust.ie.