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Based on the March of the O'Sullivan Beare

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Beara Breifne Launch

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches Beara-Breifne Way Heritage Stamps and Walking Passport

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An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. has launched the Beara-Breifne Way Heritage Stamps and Walking Passport for the longest walking trail in Ireland. Involving over sixty community groups from the Beara Peninsula in Co. Cork to Blacklion in Co. Cavan, the Beara-Breifne Way project is the largest community based project undertaken in the country, involving twelve local walking trails in ten counties and four provinces.  The route links counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Cavan. 


Beara Breifne Way Heritage Stamps

The Beara Breifne Way Committee are launching a new walking passport book on the Beara Breifne Way. Walkers can collect the stamps of the 60 towns and villages along the trail.
The  stamps will be available  in Tourist offices , and shops along the trail . The location where you can buy the stamps will be put up on the web site at the end of May. The 12 walking committees along the trail will supply the shops and tourist offices with the stampers.

THE March program on RTE in 2003

The re-enactment of the O'Sullivan Beara great march, made for RTE television, and the Beara -Breifne Commttee


the 400th anniversary of the famous March of O'Sullivan Beara, led by Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beara, chieftain of the O'Sullivan Beara clan, which was the culmination of a cycle of events that took place after the Battle of Kinsale - which saw Irish and Spanish forces defeated by a crown army.

The march got underway in December 1602, when the clan left Beara, with a view towards travelling to Leitrim to meet up with the O'Rourkes. The journey saw the clan pass through Cork ,Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly, Galway, Roscommon,  Sligo and Leitrim . In mid-January 1603, the O'Sullivan Bearas reached their final destination, with just 35 from an original party of 1,000 men, women and children - the rest having either settled along the way, or died as a result of hunger, exposure or in battle


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