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Stamp of approval for Beara-Breifne Way passport scheme

April 22nd, 2018 11:50 AM

By Brian Moore

Katy and Ali Lucy collecting their Beara-Breifne passport at Gougane Barra.

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A NEW passport and a selection of waypoint stamps has been launched for tourists and locals who plan on walking the Beara-Breifne Way which starts in Castletownbere and ends in Cavan this summer.

The passport will allow walkers to record their 500km journey along the country’s longest community-based walking trail, with the new passport which is drawing comparisons to the Camino Way. 

‘The Beara-Breifne Way, which begins in Castletownbere follows the 14-day march taken by Donal O’ Sullivan Bere, his troops, their families and other supporters in 1603,’ Jim O’Sullivan of Beara Tourism told The Southern Star. 

‘The new passport and stamps, which can be collected at various points along the trail are a great way to remember your journey and would represent a fantastic achievement for those who complete the journey from Castletownbere to Cavan.’

At an event in Roscommon to launch the new passport and stamps, Rural and Community Development Minister, Michael Ring TD, said that the Beara-Breifne Way would become Ireland’s Camino. 

Minister Ring said. ‘The increase in people accessing the outdoors and taking part in a range of outdoor activities is of major benefit to the health and economic prosperity of communities all over the country and it is therefore important to develop and promote amenities such as the Beara-Breifne Way in order to maximise their potential for the benefit of the communities along the way.’

Fiona Monaghan, head of activities at Fáilte Ireland, said that the co-operation between the local communities along the Way must be commended.

‘Fáilte Ireland is delighted to be involved in this iconic long distance walk whereby walkers can collect Heritage Stamps from local outlets along the duration of the Beara-Breifne Way. The initiative showcases the very best in community co-operation and will no doubt result in increased visitor numbers, both domestic and international, throughout the entire Way.’

Jim added: ‘The stamps are available now and you can order your Beara-Breifne Passport by logging on to www.bearabreifneway.ie.’

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