Hundreds expected in Killarney ahead of walking festival

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Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Killarney this weekend for the second annual Killarney Walking Festival. NO REPRO FEE*****FREE PIC**** Killarney Walking Festival, walks and treks are in plac,  to Celebrate our ancient past and Summer Solstice,  The Festival centres around the magical and mystical celtic tradition of the Summer Solstice in the Killarney Valley. The Festival takes place from Friday 19th June to Sunday 21st June 2015, with the traditional trek on the Ancient Paps of Danú to celebrate Mid-Summer and Danú the Goddess of Fertility and Abundance. Other Signature walks include, The Coomloughra Horseshoe trek along the MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Summit of Carrauntoohil, Sunset on Strickeen Mountain on the Eve of the Mid-Summer, Old Kenmare Road, Mangerton and Torc Mountain Paths, Hidden Valleys of the Reeks, and Kerry Way, Gap of Dunloe Boat Trip, Walks in Killarney National Park. getting ready for the Walking Festival were,Donie Mulcahy, Sarah Clinton-Seery and Tim Long. For Further Information and To Celebrate our ancient past and Summer Solstice.Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan FREE PIC FREE PIC The festival will host a series of walking events through valleys, mountains, reeks, lake shores and Killarney National Park. This year’s signature walk is a climb to the ancient summit, ‘The Paps of Danu’ on the Cork – Kerry border. Keeping in line with the summer solstice theme, there is also a sunset walk on Strickeen Mountain. According to John O’Sullivan of the organising committee, a variety of walks have been devised to cover different hill-walking levels. Thirteen local guides – including Ray and Mary Walsh and photographer Valerie O’Sullivan – will lead the walks over the weekend.