As part of Heritage Week this week, Burrenbeo Trust carried out a slightly different type of heritage walk than usual. This Walk with a Difference was in association with the Irish Wheelchair Association from the Clare, and Limerick branches, and the Brothers of Charity Ennis branch. The event aimed at introducing the Burren to wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility. Along with Burrenbeo volunteers and a group of heritage experts the participants enjoyed a walk along the Carron high commons.
Over 30 people in total enjoyed learning about different aspects of natural and built heritage along this area with the stunning Burren hills looming in the background. The event opened up the landscape and heritage of the Burren to a group that may at times have difficulty with access. The participants had a real hands-on experience with information provided by the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers Drs Brendan Dunford and Sharon Parr, Richard Morrison and Burrenbeo’s Brigid Barry. Information was given on geology, archaeology, botany, fauna, culture and farming in the Burren. Event coordinator, Richard Morrison says ‘The participants were enjoying the landscape but also given a great overview of the different aspects that makes it such a unique and amazing place. It can be difficult for people with reduced mobility and other disabilities to visit this amazing landscape and to share the experiences of the people who live and work here and I think everyone really enjoyed the day’. According to Richard ‘The walk was conducted in an informal conversational manner. There were also a few questions from the staff and helpers that joined the event. I think there is a need for more of this type of activity in the region’. Afterwards the group were treated to a fine afternoon tea spread at the Daly’s house in the Carron, a spectacular house and garden with lots of memorabilia for the participants to reminisce over including vintage farming machinery and old farmhouse cooking utensils.
The Burrenbeo Trust organized this event as a one off as part of Heritage Week. The organization is hugely grateful to Brendan, Sharon, Richard and Linda Morrison who donated their time. With a special thanks to Richard for organizing the event. Burrenbeo organize monthly walks throughout the Burren and are always interested in engaging with new groups of people. To find out more about our upcoming events in the Burren, go to https://burrenbeo.com/latest/