Walk from Dublin to Dungannon kicks off Thomas Clarke GAC’s centenary celebrations

Tyrone Times clipping from Thomas Clarke GAC's 77th celebrations
Tyrone Times clipping from Thomas Clarke GAC's 77th celebrations

As part of a series of events to mark the centenary of Dungannon’s Thomas Clarke GAC in 2017, 15 walkers are to make the journey from Clarke’s Dublin grave to O’Neill Park this week.

The Centenary Walk begins this Wednesday, October 5, when the trekkers will make their way to Dungannon over a period of five days from Arbour Hill in Dublin to his hometown - a distance of 100 miles.

The walk will culminate at the home of Thomas Clarke GAC, O’Neill Park in Dungannon on Sunday, October 9.

As part of the weeken’s celebrations a 5k Run/Walk will also take place at 3pm this Sunday (October 9) beginning at O’Neill Park in Dungannon, when the 100 mile walkers will complete the last leg of their journey with the participants of the 5k.

Large crowds are expected to welcome home the walkers, and refreshments will be available afterwards in the club rooms at O’Neill Park.

Everyone young and old has been invited to take part in what the club say will be an historic day for Dungannon.

Damian Cahalane, Cathaoirleach, Thomas Clarke GAC Dungannon said: “2017 is the centenary of Dungannon Thomas Clarke’s GAC.

“The club is honoured to be the only GAA club in the world to bear his name.

“As we move towards our centenary, the club is eternally grateful to the people of Dungannon for their support throughout the last 99 years and into the future.

“I invite you all to take part in our Centenary Walk and the many other events planned over the next 18 months.” 

Details on how to take part, or make a contribution to the club, are available on Facebook, Twitter and www.thomasclarkegac.com