Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Launch of Donegal Walking Week

Donegal Walking Week 2009, launched today by Donegal Sports Partnership, is hoping to encourage as many individuals, families, schools and workplaces as possible to get active and get walking. The event is primarily taking place from the 24th until 30th May with a focus on community led family fun walking programme all across County Donegal. The week will also include workshops and presentations on walking fitness, the environment and heritage.

The week long event will kick off with a family walk at the Bluestack Centre outside Donegal Town on the 24th May. This walk will include information sessions and practical demonstrations on outdoor activities such as tent pitching, outdoor footwear and clothing and personal safety.

Donegal Walking Week provides a great opportunity for both the local community and visitors to get out and sample the many walking opportunities Donegal has on offer. All abilities are catered for and local accommodation providers are offering overnight packages to encourage visitors to stay in the Donegal area.

A full programme of activities is planned throughout the week in all areas of the county including 26 guided walks both coastal and inland, a family challenge, educational workshops on outdoor activities and also on the environment and walking for health.

The week long festivities will conclude with a family fun day at Glenveagh Castle where they will present one lucky family with a €500 gift voucher sponsored by Wet’n'Wild, Letterkenny for having completed the family walking challenge!
Once again we have scheduled in some FitWalk workshops at various locations throughout the county, these workshop locations will be finalised shortly and a list will be published on

The key sponsors of the event include Irish Sports Council, Fáilte Ireland, Health Service Executive, Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, Donegal VEC, Udarás na Gaeltachta, Donegal County Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Donegal Local Development Company, the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Bluestack Centre.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hi Everyone,

On Thursday, 14th May 2009, the Greenbox and some of its Network Members were featured on the RTE Six One News. James Hanrahan from Sligo Institute of Technology, Noeleen Tyrrell of Ard Nahoo Health Farm and Kevin Currid from Lough Allen Adventure Centre all took part in the interview with Eileen Magner.

To view the video clip, please click on the link below. Scroll down the page until you come to the heading "In Focus - Growth in eco-tourism". Well done to everyone involved for a great interview promoting the Greenbox and ecotourism.