Bill Kirby Memorial Walk Returns For St Stephen’s Day

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Part of the large crowd at the Bill Kirby Memorial Walk on St Stephen’s Day back in 2019. Photo by Dermot Crean

WHILE it could not go ahead last Christmas due to COVID restrictions, the annual St Stephen’s Day Walk in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foundation will return this year.

The walk, organised by Michael ‘Fox’ O’Connor, is held in memory of the late Bill Kirby who was a great supporter of the event and his family continues that tradition to this day.

As usual, everyone will gather from 11am in front of Kirby’s Brogue Inn on Rock Street , before setting off on the walk at 11.30am. Everyone attending is asked to do so in a safe manner and to practice social distancing.

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The four mile walk will depart from the Brogue Inn, up Rock Street and Monavalley, over to the Bracker Regan Road, down Caherslee then back to The Rock through Pembroke Street.

The walk has raised hundreds of thousands of euro for charity ever since it began as a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society back in 1999. Since 2006, all money raised has gone to the Kerry Hospice.

After the walk, participants will get a chance to warm up after with hot drinks back at the Brogue Inn after a job well done. Everyone attending is asked to adhere to public health guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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