News 2015

Title: Annual Oireachtas Hill Walk
System Date: 14/06/2015
Mountaineering Ireland was delighted to once again host the annual hill walk for members of the Oireachtas and their friends, on Sunday, 14th June 2015. This year’s chosen charity was Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide which opened over nine years ago and has helped thousands of people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.

Those who participated in the various walks throughout Connemara on Sunday included Minister of State Jimmy Deenihan TD, who is chair of the cross-party hillwalking group, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD and Senators Fidelma Healy Eames and Catherine Noone. Also present lending their support in the Leenane Hotel on Sunday, were Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Sean Kyne TD and Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

As the representative body for walkers and climbers and the recognised National Governing Body for the sport of mountaineering, Mountaineering Ireland is delighted to support the Annual Oireachtas Hill Walk. Once again the event took place in beautiful sunshine. The participants enjoyed a choice of walks in the Leenane area, including both high level and low level routes, all of which delivered stunning views.

Mountaineering Ireland is extremely grateful to members of the Maumturks and Galway Walking Clubs together with Cumann Siul Cois Coiribe for providing leaders for the various routes and to Gerard Mangan for coordinating the walks. Mountaineering Ireland also extends thanks to the local landowners whose hills we walked, to Trish Walsh from Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre,  and to Martin Gavin for welcoming all on behalf of Leenane Development Association.

In addition to being a great day out for all, the annual Oireachtas hill-walk event also sends out a positive message about the attitude of Members of the Oireachtas towards fitness and wellbeing. To date the Oireachtas walks have raised almost €25,000 for worthy causes.


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