Heritage Week Walk 2016 – Glorious Sunshine

THE UNYOKE WALK IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE – AN ATMOSPHERE OF EASY COMPANIONSHIP AND SIMPLE ENJOYMENT OF OUR LOVELY AND HISTORIC COUNTRYSIDE

What a wonderful day to have lived. Without exaggeration the Unyoke Walk with its faithful adherents and new participants, was a lovely simple occasion that crept up on us all by stealth and filled every heart with a palpable enjoyment and relaxed pleasure.

It was a wonderful occasion, set in motion by our youngest members excitement as they hunted the geocaches from the very start – ” Are we near the Silteán?, Are we near it yet?? Apparently all expected something good at the Silteán – and so it proved too!

We moved quick but unhurried along the old Wexford-Dublin coach-road past fields where corn was being harvested and elephant grass waved from its great height in a wandering breeze. As we passed though Ballinamonabeg an ass brayed! So many of us have not heard that sound for years. It was a lovely example of the authentic experience provided on the Unyoke Walk.

We passed through the old mediaeval part of Oulart known as the Lower Street where Jim Mythen had the Bygone Days House of Stories open for all to see where the local musicians and seanchies tell their fables and classic tales every month since the year 2000.

On reaching Oulart Hill no-one ever appreciated the taste of the waiting tea so much except perhaps men at work in summer fields or on the fragrant but energy sapping peat-bog. Jacqueline Power did us all proud and the confections which seemed to disappear into second helpings were made by her young children. Thank you!

There were several speeches reminding us of the nation we inherit and are charged to cherish and support – and it all seemed but an unintended overture to Senan Lillis’s deeply moving patriotic song of 1916.

In the name of all who attended and all involved in any and every way may we express everyone’s thanks to everyone else who took part and whose overall interaction made it such a beautiful occasion for our National Heritage Week.

Many more photographs will follow over the next few days. Please remind your friends about the site and help them to find us by googling the three words ‘Oulart Hill Facebook’.

Go mbeirimid beo ar an ócáid aoibheann seo arís.

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