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Pedal, Paddle, Pilgrimage to take place tomorrow


ALL SET Fr John Kenny cools off on his paddle board at Old Head, ahead of this year's Pedal, Paddle, Pilgrimage fundraiser for Pieta House, which takes place around Westport tomorrow. Pic: Paul Mealey

Michael Duffy

Pedal, Paddle, Pilgrimage and Party for Pieta House, the family friendly fundraising event for Pieta House ,goes ahead on tomorrow, Saturday, June 9. Organised by well-known Partry based priest, Fr John Kenny, this is the third year of the event which takes place in and around Westport. Fr Kenny is keen to emphasise that this is not an adventure race or an endurance challenge.
Registration starts at Westport Leisure Park from 7am to 7.45am or separately at the other activities for those who are taking part along the way during the day. You can also register online with Eventbrite.
It’s in four parts. You can choose to participate in any one part, combination of parts or all parts of the day. The fee is €30. A special family rate is also available on request. 
‘Pedal’ starts at 8am. This is a 10km cycle from Westport Leisure Park through the grounds of Westport House to Croagh Patrick avoiding the steep hills around the town. You may like to continue and join the Pilgrimage or return the10km cycle to Westport after a light breakfast in the hay barn behind Campbell’s Pub in Murrisk. Secure, supervised bicycle parking will be provided at Murrisk National School throughout the day.
‘Paddle’ is any time from 12.30pm to 5pm. You can call down to the sea side at Murrisk Abbey and try out some stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing. Wet suits and teaching institutions will be provided. Registration for these activities is €10 per person if you are not taking part in the other activities. There will also be an opportunity to try out a unique giant size Paddle Board with a group of your family or friends. Barbecue food will be available on site.
‘Pilgrimage’ is at 10am. After a light breakfast in the hay barn behind Campbell’s Pub in Murrisk, you can opt to climb Croagh Patrick for Mass in the Chapel at the time of arrival on the Summit. There will be a light lunch on return to the bottom.
‘Party’ takes place in the evening from 9.30pm. Feel free to join in the after party at the newly refurbished Clew Bay Hotel on James Street, Westport. There will be a retro disco, raffle and refreshments. Admission is free.
Fr Kenny has said thanks to all the various volunteers and sponsors who are giving their support.
“It should be a great day, hopefully the weather stays fine, and we can all have fun, while fundraising for Pieta House, who continue to do their very important work in our communities,” said Fr Kenny. If you cannot participate, please consider giving some support by texting PIETA to 50300 to donate €2.

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