A swinging start to Sli na Slainte!
THE Mayor of Wexford and Chairman of Wexford County Council swung into action at the launch of Wexford town's Slí na Sláinte Walk on Saturday.
Cllr Joe Ryan and Cllr Michael Kinsella cut the ribbon to officially launch the new walking route in Wexford town, aided by camogie stars Mags D'Arcy and Noeleen Lambert. The walk was led by trained Walking Leaders from Wexford Walkers.
Around 60 walkers turned out in windy conditions for the four kilometre walk on Saturday morning. It started at the Ferrybank Leisure Centre and continued over Wexford Bridge and down to the end of the quay and back again.
The route was developed by Wexford Borough Council, Sports Active Wexford and the Irish Heart Foundation and was launched in conjunction with the start of RTE's 'Operation Transformation' programme as part of a national event involving all local sports partnerships.
Both Cllr Ryan and Cllr Kinsella spoke at the launch, promoting the benefits of keeping fit and healthy and also the opportunity to enjoy the changing elements of nature that these walks can provide in a picturesque setting.
They congratulated the walkers, young and old, who came out in difficult conditions to support the event.
The Mayor of Wexford and County Chairman even joined forces for a bit of amateur gymnastics on some of the quay's bike rails, showing there's still plenty of life left in local politics!
Wexford Walkers, led by Eithne Fitzpatrick and her walking leaders, meet twice a week at the Ferrybank Leisure Centre. They began a new four-week programme on Monday evening last.
They have ' Evening Stride' on Mondays at 7.30 p.m. and a Tuesday morning ' Stroll & Stride' at 11.30 a.m. Walkers meet ten minutes before the start and all abilities are welcome.
The maps of the Wexford town Slí na Sláinte (Path to Health) routes (which are also displayed on the quay) and further details about the initiative are available from the official website www.wexford.ie/sportsactive