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Monday 14 October 2019

New Lions president ready for beach walk

A new president has taken over the reins of Wexford Lions Club which is celebrating 35 years in existence this year.

A new president has taken over the reins of Wexford Lions Club which is celebrating 35 years in existence this year.

Seamus Murphy accepted the chain of office from outgoing president Rosemary Hayes at a hand-over in the Riverbank Hotel.

His first challenge will be to lead the annual Coastal Walk, which has been the charity's main fundraiser for the past nine years.

Walk for Wexford, which is open to joggers and walkers, will take place on August 16, 17 and 18 along the county's beaches.

Starting in Cahore on Friday night, participants will walk on the beach to Knocknasillogue, Blackwater.

For the more adventurous, the next walk starts at 10.30 p.m. and takes in Curracloe and the forest at Raven Point – participants will be issued with head torches to guide their way.

In an early start on Saturday, the walk will depart at 9 a.m. from Rostoonstown to St Helen's, passing through Carne village and the windfarm at Carnesore Point.

St Helen's will be a perfect spot for a cooling swim after the walk.

The last stage of the walk will start in Rosslare Strand at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, proceeding along the beach to the Point of the Burrow and back to the village centre.

The final leg takes in spectacular views of Wexford town, Mount Leinster, Raven Point and Rosslare Harbour and will finish in time for lunch.

Walkers will be provided with high-visibility vests and will be supported throughout the weekend by Wexford Coastguard and Wexford Civil Defence.

Sponsorship cards are available from Lions Club members.

Proceeds from the Coastal Walk are used to finance projects in the community, including Suicide Awareness Week, Wexford Women's Refuge and the weekly bus from Wexford to St John's Hospital in Enniscorthy.

The Lions Club is unique as members pay an annual membership fee which covers administration costs so that every cent raised goes back into the community.

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