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Joyce Country Challenge- Report
The Joyce Country Challenge - (Dúshlán Dúiche Sheoige)

The inaugural Joyce Country Challenge was held on Saturday July21st. After months of careful planning by the Lake District Hillwalking club, the day finally arrived. It started fine and dry, with the hills around Lough Na Fooey reflected in the lake like some alpine postcard, and the early mist adding to the sense of tranquillity.

The organisers quickly registered the early starters for the challenge walk, the first ones leaving Finney Community Centre at 06:30. There was strong local support with many of the entrants having addresses in the locality. There were also entrants from Galway and some doughty Dublin campaigners. 19 entrants started the challenge, with 17 finishing.

The first person home on the Joyce Country Challenge was named appropriately enough David Joyce at 11:30, in a time of 5 hours. Local knowledge may have been of some help, but fitness and determination did the rest.

The refreshment stop at Ail Dubh proved too tempting for many, being more like a bistro than a pit stop. Comfortable seating combined with a varied menu made it a most enjoyable oasis before the ascent around Lough Na Fooey and back to the start.

There was a great atmosphere and sense of achievement as in the Finney centre at the end of the walk, as colourful certificates with a picture background of the area were presented to all.

The B walk had 14 entrants. This was a guided walk at road level around Lough Na Fooey, taking in the refreshment stand at Ail Dubh. The streams and waterfalls were in full flow due to the recent rains and the area was busy with bus loads of tourists taking pictures and probably envying the walkers who were getting the best deal of all.

The day raised in excess of €1000 for the Galway/Mayo hospice fund. The organisers will review the day and will no doubt add improvements to next year’s event.
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