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Sunday’ delights hillwalkers

There were two walks last weekend. Mary Carroll led the short walkers on a 2 1/5 hour walk to Ard Erin – the highest point of the Sliabh Blooms. What a surprise they got when they reached the top – it was Fraughaun Sunday – the last day of July when the Bilberries (Blueberries) are gathered. To celebrate this, they were met by musicians and dancers at the summit – a date to remember for next year!

There were two walks last weekend. Mary Carroll led the short walkers on a 2 1/5 hour walk to Ard Erin – the highest point of the Sliabh Blooms. What a surprise they got when they reached the top – it was Fraughaun Sunday – the last day of July when the Bilberries (Blueberries) are gathered. To celebrate this, they were met by musicians and dancers at the summit – a date to remember for next year!

Mick Fogarty led 5 members on a long walk to Lugnaquilla – a 5 1/5 hour walk in mixed weather. Martin Matthews and Kyle Shanahan bagged another Munroe – a climb over 3000 feet – well done to both. This weekend, there will be two walks – long and short, with details of both text to members on Thursday and they will also be posted on Facebook. The Tuesday walks continue – meet in Damer Court carpark at 7pm every week. See www.roscrearamblers.com.

Roscrea Recital Raises J1500 for Hospice

Walkers in the vicinity of Fancroft Mill Roscrea (Saturday July 6) had the added pleasure of overhearing the glorious music of Beethoven, Debussy and Hayden wafting over the wall. In a unique event this handsome old Mill, now restored to working order, became a performance space for the Martello Trio.

Those lucky enough to have secured tickets for this sell-out concert also had an opportunity to explore the extensive Fancroft Gardens at the height of their summer beauty. J1500 was raised for the North Tipp Hospice. A new chapter has opened in the story of this fascinating complex of protected structures.