Donegal Camino Raises €50K
The second Donegal Camino came to a successful close on Saturday 10th September at the iconic Sliabh Liag cliffs following a hugely inspiring seven day hike from Inishowen to Southwest Donegal.
The dual objective is to raise much needed funds for the Cancer Care West Support Unit in Letterkenny and to profile Donegal as a world class hiking and walking destination.
Organisers Donegal Person of the Year, Noel Cunningham; Donegal business woman, Deirdre McGlone; and the visionary and founder, Peggy Stringer, an Inishowen business woman now based in Dublin, appeal for one final push to achieve the final target before the end of September by donating to the Cancer Care West iDonate page: idonate.ie/event/donegalcamino22.
Funds raised currently stand at circa €40,000.
Over 100km were walked, scaling heights from 50metres to over 600metres, with an average of 65 people walking daily, taking in the Urris Hills in Inishowen on the opening day when the Carndonagh Brass Band launched Donegal Camino 2022. Lorna Henry and the Inishowen Honora Singers made a surprise appearance on the Urris Hills to entertain the walkers on the opening day as well.
This was followed on day two by the stunning Rossguill Penninsula ahead of Muckish Mountain, the Gaeltacht island of Gabhla (Gola), Sheskinmore Penninsula, Drimarone loop of the Disert and Clogher Valley with the finale on the Sliabh Liag Cliffs.
The off shore trip to the beautiful Gaeltacht island of Gabhla, or Gola, was extremely popular and walkers were joined by Altan’s Maireád Ní Mhaonaigh who sang for the group of 72 walkers.
On the final day, under a cloudless sky, numbers peaked at 82 for Sliabh Liag, which also included the challenging crossing of One Man’s Path in glorious sunshine.