Carrick on Suir Lions Club broke with tradition this year by holding its annual fundraising walk around the town last week rather than in the countryside. The general consensus among participants was that it was a good decision. Walkers did not feel the route as long as the same distance in the countryside, and some people said they visited parts of the town they had not seen before.
The walk, in aid of the St Vincent de Paul, The Strand Theatre Building Fund and local charities, began at Ormond Castle and proceeded through Castle Park to the Town Park on to St Nicholas Park, O’Mahony Avenue to the N24 as far as the boreen at Fitzpatrick’s.
The route continued back to the town on the riverbank to Bridge Street, Main Street, New Bridge, Woodland Heights, New Line Road, back across the Old Bridge to Main Street, Chapel Street to finish at the Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre.
A prayer service was celebrated at St. Nicholas Church by Fr Edmond Cullinan and Rev George Cliffe after the event.
Lions Club President Maria Madden thanked the large number of walkers, who filled sponsorship cards especially in the present difficult economic times.
She also thanked Fr. Cullinan for allowing the Club the use of St Nicholas Church for the prayer service and Brendan Mulvaney and the Suir Valley Choir for providing the music.
Refreshments were provided after the walk by Lions Club members at the Community Resource Centre.