Strokestown hikers embark on major hill-walking challenge

This Saturday, 4th of August, Strokestown GAA Club will take over 50 hikers on a unique sponsored hill-walking challenge around Connacht. The group will leave the Percy French Hotel at 6 am and will head for Murrisk in Co. Mayo where they will climb Croagh Patrick. Then they will head to Sligo to visit Queen Maeve’s grave which is on the top of Knocknarae mountain.    From there the group will go to Leitrim where they will climb Sliabh an Iarann before they head back to Strokestown to climb to the top of Sliabh Bawn.    It is hoped that the parrty will arrive back the The Percy French Hotel at approximately 10 pm when a bar-b-que and party will take place.   The fundraising effort is all part of the Strokesown GAA Club’s efforts to raise funds for the new GAA grounds in the town. The main sponsor of the event is Mr. Leo Cox of The Percy French Hotel.   The club have bought 12 acres of land at Lisroyne and now they are proposing to develop those grounds. The cost of the development will be in the region of €1.5 million. There are plans to develop two all-weather pitches, spectator facilities, training facilities and parking.   The club have embarked on three fund-rasing drives so far. The Punt of the year was an initiative that saw the club purchase its grounds without having to go to the banks for a loan. A 300 club draw will raise €50,000 while it is hoped that the Four Peaks challenge this weekend will raise in the region of €50,000. Strokestown GAA Club are appealing for support for the venture. Come along to the Percy French Hotel to see the hikers on their way or come to the party on Saturday night at 10 pm. All donations gratefully accepted.