The Sean Larkin Society South Derry are pleased to announce the first in a series of local events in the lead up to the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
This event, A Hike through the Hills of South Derry, will be a 9k hike over Carntogher mountain and will commence at 10am on Saturday 20th February. We will be meeting at the car park at the bottom of Carntogher mountain at 9.45am.
Weather permitting, this is sure to be a great morning, with great scenery and a view right across the South Derry countryside. An Carn holds a special significance in our area, going back to Penal times and beyond. A place where the people took refuge, said Mass etc, in safety and away from the Red Coats. It was also the haunting ground of the infamous Rapparee, Shane ‘Crossagh’ O’Mullans, whom the Glenshane Pass is named after. It has provided shelter for Irish Rebels ever since, including Francis Hughes and his comrades.
There will be a £10 fee to take part and sponsor sheets will be provided, to be issued by our Society members in person or through our Facebook page. Each area is well represented right across South Derry, as we have members in Magherafelt, Maghera, Ballinascreen, Newbridge, Lissan and Ballinderry. The Society has a Paypal Account and payment can be made through it. If you are unable to make it on the day, donations will be much appreciated.
1916 was a seminal year in our history and yet there are still huge chunks of that history which remain untold – from both that era itself and the revolutionary period that followed. Our aim in the Sean Larkin Society is to contribute towards the uncovering and telling of that story. We intend our upcoming hike to begin our efforts in 2016 towards the same.
Refreshments to be provided on the day. For more information contact the Sean Larklin Society on Facebook.