‘Camino’ Sparkles in Autum Sun
Donegal dazzled in a blistering autumn heatwave for Donegal Camino 2023 which has so far raised €60,000 from this year’s walk for Cancer Care West Services in Donegal. The fund is rising, and organisers invite all walkers to return their sponsorship cards as soon as possible while also making a another call out for support to the people and businesses of Donegal to make the 2023 donation the biggest yet. The Donegal Camino idonate page - Donegal Camino| Fundraising Event Ireland - remains open up to the 8th of October 2023.
The 2023 Donegal Camino attracted 511 walkers with an average of 75 daily. This year’s attendance included walkers from Rhode Island and Boston, New Zealand, France, Scotland, Dublin, Cork, Clare, the Midlands, Galway and of course all across Northern Ireland and Donegal.
The pinnacle of this years’ Donegal Camino was most certainly the poignant sunrise climb of Errigal, Donegal’s highest peak. Starting out in the dark at 4.30am, the award-winning guide John McGroary and his team led 70 walkers in single file on a precious climb. The crunch of the ground underneath was the only sound as walkers trailed to the summit bringing with them their prayers, thoughts and life stories. They were joined at the top by renowned Donegal composer and fiddle player, Matt McGranahan. He invited fellow walkers to sit and be with their thoughts as he played a moving rendition of “Nearer My God to Thee”.
Deirdre McGlone said, “Along with generating much needed funds for Cancer Care West, we’re also showcasing Donegal as a world class destination for walking and hiking.”