« BackAn tSiúlóid Mór overnight walk from Ballyferriter over Conor Pass to be be re-enacted

Volunteers in Dingle in 1915Up to 100 people from West Kerry are expected to participate in a night walk over the Conor Pass tonight in a re-enactment of An tSiúlóid Mór.

On Good Friday 1916, up to 150 volunteers walked from Ballyferriter and Dingle over the mountain pass to join the Easter Rising effort in Tralee.

Óglaigh Baile an Fheirteáraigh, against the direction of their parish priest, left Ballyferriter on Good Friday 1916, armed and with the intention of joining the Easter Rising effort in Tralee.

Up to 50 volunteers walked ten miles to Dingle where they were joined by 100 more.

The 150 strong group opted to walk over the mountainous terrain of the Conor Pass to avoid detection by British forces.

This lunchtime at 1 o’clock, a group will set out in the footsteps of their forefathers, walking from Ballyferriter to Dingle.

Joined by another group in Dingle, they face an ardous hike of 30 miles over the Conor Pass, with groups from Annascaul and Camp joining along the way.

Seamus MacGearailt, whose grandfather Seamus Ó Dubháin was Lieutenant of the volunteers from Ballyferriter, is a member of the organising coiste.