Deputy Noel Coonan Facilitated by Mr Kenny
Fifty community groups including Ormond Way in Ballingarry, Roscrea, and Multeen Tourism Co-Op Society were involved in developing this trail which will be the longest walking trail in Ireland and England.
“I am more than pleased to be associated with this exciting initiative and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny kindly facilitated my request many weeks ago to carry out the official launch on behalf of the Bearna Breifne Way group. I also worked in conjunction with Jim O’Sullivan, Chairman of the Bearna Breifne Way to help secure the Round Room in the Mansion House for the event,” said Deputy Coonan.
“Ormond Way in Ballingarry, Roscrea is one of the 12 agreed walking trails on the route. Multeen Tourism Co-Op in South Tipperary is also involved with the walkway.
“More than 300 people, many from Tipperary, attended the launch. This initiative will promote our local heritage and attract many tourists to County Tipperary; and generate revenue in the locality. As part of the launch, heritage stamps of each town and village along the trail have been produced,” said Deputy Coonan.
“Community groups have been working together to develop the route which is based on the famous walk in 1603 of O’Sullivan Bere and followers from Beara Peninsula in Cork to Breifne area in County Leitrim. Reconstructions of the march have been broadcast on RTE.”
The route goes through four provinces and stops in Blacklion, Co Cavan where it will join with Ulster Way; the longest walking route in Northern Ireland.