Backroads to the Rising - community walking/cycling event

Backroads to the Rising is a community walking/cycling event devised by artists Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune inspired by the journeys undertaken by men and women from throughout County Wexford during the 1916 Easter Rising. They are currently seeking interest from individuals, groups and communities from across the county to take part either by walking or cycling one of the five routes to converge on the town on Easter Monday morning in time for the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations.

The Routes

YOU are invited to participate in this momentous occasion by taking part in a stage of the journey.

There are three options which you can choose from:

The CYCLE (5 different routes, on average 25km in length)

The LONG Walk (5 different routes, on average 12km in length)

The SHORT Walk (5 different routes, on average 2.5km)

The FIVE ROUTES are:

1 - The Seamus Rafter Route: Ballindaggin to Enniscorthy (cyclists starting in Bunclody)

2 - The Séan Etchingham Route: Ferns to Enniscorthy (cyclists starting in Gorey)

3 - The Lar Redmond Route: Oulart to Enniscorthy (cyclists starting in Kilmuckridge)

4 - The Úna Brennan Route: Oilgate to Enniscorthy (cyclists starting in Wexford town)

5 - The Philip Lennon Route: Clonroche to Enniscorthy (cyclists starting in New Ross)?

Get Involved:

Families, individuals, community groups, schools, sporting organisations, active retirement groups, scouts and guides etc are all encouraged to participate.

For further information please contact Michael or Aileen by phone on 087 6470247/087 7552593 or by email at micfortune@gmail.com or aileenlambert@gmail.com 

Each route is staged and timed to suit people of all abilities. You can also find out more on our facebook page "Backroads to the Rising" or on the project website www.backroadstotherising.com  

To download the complete programme and maps, please visit the website or facebook page, while hard copies are available from libraries throughout County Wexford.

This project is inspired by the journeys which the men and women involved in the Rising made in the days leading up to, during and following Easter 1916 in Wexford. These include journeys which survive in local oral history such as the journey of a young Lar Redmond of Morriscastle, Kilmuckridge who set off on his bike with a shotgun and a handful of cartridges to cycle to Enniscorthy; or the journey of Paul Galligan who cycled with the news from Dublin that the Rising was on; to the countless men and women who walked the roads and fields, spreading the word to neighbouring Ferns, Camolin, Blackwater, Ballindaggin and Bunclody. This project aims to create a communal collective memory through the process of walking and create a means of remembering and articulating our past and imagining our future. The event is for whole communities, old and new, young and young of heart, for people of the place and visitors alike; all are beckoned to join in this shared experience. 

Opportunities

plus

Commission Call, Colaiste Ghlor na Mara, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

25 May 2017

Application deadline: Thursday 6 July, 12 noon Coláiste Ghlór na Mara is an Irish language multi-denominational secondary school, located in a state...More..

more opportunities

Focus On

plus

Traces

Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.

more about this article