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Shell to Sea's Long Walk from Rossport to Dublin begins
mayo | environment | news report Saturday July 29, 2006 22:08 by EC - RSC rossportsolidaritycamp at gmail dot com
Despite the moist weather over sixty walkers turned out for the first leg of Shell to Sea's awareness raising Long Walk from Rossport to Dublin.
Over sixty Shell to Sea campaigners, Erris residents and members of Rossport Solidarity Camp braved the damp conditions of a Mayo summer this morning to participate in the first leg of the Long Walk from Rossport to Dublin City. The crowd of walkers gathered outside the gates of Shell’s semi-abandoned compound in Rossport amid soft Atlantic showers for the walks kick off at half ten.
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I had this prepared earlier but EC got there first. Well done to the rapid response team!
Today saw the first completed stage of The Long Walk from Rossport to Dublin, just under 10 miles (15.6 km) between the Shell compound in Rossport and the proposed refinery site in Bellanaboy.
At 1040 in the morning an official figure of 68.5 walkers (plus several cars) braved the wild and wet weather to begin the trek. After bilingual prayers and a few short words from Mayo TD Dr Jerry Cowley, the walk began.
Hi-viz jackets, bottles of water and raincoats were the order of the day. The company made good time after two months of hard training, and arrived in Bellanaboy on schedule, where the usual supply of tea and sandwiches were enjoyed by all.
Next stop tomorrow: Bangor Erris, and on to Bellacorick.
Damp walkers raring to go
The first yellow jersey!
Tea and sandwiches
As the campagin goes from strengh to strenght, so does next weeks weather prospects - Looking increasingly warm and dry from the west next week ;).
Saturday July 29th Rossport Bellanaboy
Sunday July 30th Bellanaboy Bangor-Erris Bellacorick
Monday July 31st Bellacorick Crossmolina Ballina
Tuesday August 1st Ballina Foxford Straide
Wednesday August 2nd Straide Ballyvarry Bohola Swinford Charlestown
Friday August 4th Charlestown Carracastle Ballaghdereen Frenchpark
Saturday August 5th Frenchpark Bellanagare Tulsk Strokestown
Sunday August 6th Strokestown Termonbarry Longford
Monday August 7th Longford Edgeworthstown Rathowen Ballinalack Bunbrosna Ballinafid Mullingar
Wednesday August 9th Mullingar Kinnegad Clonard
Thursday August 10th Clonard Moyvalley Enfield Kilcock
Friday August 11th Kilcock Maynooth Leixlip Lucan Liffey Valley
Saturday August 12th Liffey-Valley Kilmainham Dublin (City Centre)
All stages due to begin at 0800 and finish at 1700 (5.00pm) approx. except;
Rossport - Bellanaboy 1030 - 1330 (1.30 pm)
Longford - Mullingar 0630 - 1900 (7.00pm) approx.
Liffey Valley - City Centre 0800 - 1400 (2.00pm) approx.
Keep an eye on www.shelltosea.com for more details.
The Shell to Sea campaign have organised the walk from Erris to Dublin for the first two weeks in August. We need all the logistical, promotional and financial help we can get. Can anyone offer accomodation, meeting space and organising, press support, finance, food, friendship along the way?
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