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Tom Crean Endurance walk 2019

It’s almost the busiest weekend of the year in Annascaul: the Tom Crean Endurance Walk. The places on the walk have long been filled and the village will be full of activity.

Preparations for the endurance Walk include the building of this temporary bridge over the Annascaul River. All part of the huge volunteer effort by the village’s residents.

Press Release from Annascaul Walking Club:


The weekend will be launched on Friday evening with a wreath laying ceremony in the Tom Crean garden. This is currently planned for 8:30 pm on Friday.

On Saturday the Tom Crean Endurance Walk takes place, organised by the Annascaul Walks, it is a truly fitting event to honour Annascaul’s great Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.

The walk designed with the experienced walker in mind offers a great challenge to the participants over the 30 kilometres route with an elevation of 1900 metres incorporating Mount Brandon, An Géaran Mór, Ballysitteragh, An Cnapán Mór, Cnoc Mhaoilionáin and finishing with a steep descent to Com Dubh and on to the South Pole Inn in Annascaul village.

On completing the walk Enda O Brien grandson of Tom Crean will present a medallion to each walker and club photographer William Glasgow Howe will capture the special moment. The day finishes with a celebratory BBQ at Hanafin’s bar where events of the day can be discussed with old and new friends and plans for the 2020 walk put in place.

Annascaul Walks have invited the pupils of the local primary school Scoil Bhreac Chluain to take part in a ‘Junior Endurance Walk’. They too will each receive their special medallion to mark their achievement and get the opportunity to meet some of the world’s best explorers.

A super weekend guaranteed in Annascaul.

Annascaul Playground Fundraiser: “Who Wants to be a THousandaire?”

This Saturday evening the Annascaul Playground Group will be holding a fundraising event “Who wants to be a Thousandaire?” at the Hillgrove Hotel Dingle.

8 ticket holders will be picked from the audience, with a chance to win €1000. Proceeds from the night will go towards building Annascaul Playground.

Tickets available in the local shops, post office and local pubs in Annascaul, more info on 086 343 2722.

Shuttle buses leaving South Pole Inn at 7pm and returning before midnight – book your seats now; return ticket €10.

More details here.

To learn more about the palyground project, vist their website

TidyTowns Competition 2019

Annascaul’s  entry for the National TidyTowns Competition has now been submitted.

With the competition now taking in so much more than just tidiness and litter control it was quite a task. Fortunately, with so many initiatives in the areas of the environment, sustainability and biodiversity taking place in the village, it was a very substantial submission. We hope the adjudicator will recognise all the hard work and planning the people of Annascaul are putting in.

We have now received back the Annascaul Tidy Towns Long Term Plan, prepared by the group in consultation with Sharon Eastwood, Co-Director of Woodrow Sustainable Solutions. Supported by funding from South Kerry Development Partnership Limited, it sets out an ambitious series of targets and will help to direct activities in the village until 2021. These will be incorporated in the competition entry, and a PDF version of the 48 page report is available here.