By Dan Walsh
Walkers are being encouraged to join Wexford Walking Trail on April 2nd and go that extra mile for a ‘Climb With Charlie’ walk along the scenic route – 16.4km return – from Kiltealy village to the summit of Knockroe Hill in the Blackstairs Mountains.
The challenge begins at 10am and the task is to walk with RTE legend Charlie Bird raising valuable funds for two deserving charities – the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.
The start and finish is at Kiltealy Community Centre and the route will take participants via Cullentra to Sculloge Gap, up Shannon’s Lane and on to the summit of Knockroe (4,964 ft) and the organisers advise that “a good level of fitness is required for the challenge and this walk is not suitable for buggies or families with children.”
Online registration is essential – go to Wexford Walking Trails – and all information about terrain, what to wear, what to bring etc. is all there.
HISTORY; Knockoe is famous in World War II history. On New Year’s morning, 1941, three members of the Shannon family were killed in their beds when a German aircraft dropped bombs on their home.
The German bomber dropped eight bombs on the Mount Leinster-Blackstairs Mountain range, The third bomb scored a direct hit on Shannon’s house.