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Sunday 4 December 2016

Musician Roisin's trek strikes a chord with kindly strangers

Roisin Rua Uí Bhroín, Leitrim pictured as she arrived in Dublin with a stone from Carantouhill after her walk from Kerry, yesterday.
Roisin Rua Uí Bhroín, Leitrim pictured as she arrived in Dublin with a stone from Carantouhill after her walk from Kerry, yesterday.

A DUBLIN-based musician has completed a gruelling 360km walk from the top of Ireland's highest mountain to the Spire on O'Connell Street.

Roisin Ui Bhroin slept in a tent and the homes of hos- pitable strangers after setting out on her personal challenge on July 8.

After climbing Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry, she collected a rock which she deposited at the Spire yesterday.

At several points during her trek, Roisin called to the homes of strangers after running out of supplies.

She also played songs on her guitar for schoolchildren she met on her travels.

Roisin, originally from Leitrim, said she was "overwhelmed" by the generosity shown to her by families, many of whom offered her a meal and a bed for the night.

She added that her the kindness she was shown illustrates that the "feel-good factor" is still alive in Ireland.

"There were points where I was miles away from the nearest shop and needed water so I called to homes of people I had never met," Roisin told the Herald.

"The level of hospitality shown to me knocked me sideways. It shows you that there is so much goodness out there.

"People were so interested in what I was doing. It showed me that the feel-good factor is still there."

Encourage

Roisin set off on her trek just months after marrying, Luaighaidh O Broin, who is a member of well-known Dublin band The Blaghards.

She said she decided to do the walk in a bid to encourage others to "give of themselves" and work towards promoting a better society.

A crowd gathered at the Spire as Roisin completed her journey and performed her song, Big Hands.

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