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Shell To Sea:
The Long Walk - a review
On the morning of Saturday July
29th 2006 about seventy people took off in the pouring rain on a trek that
would, for some of them, last for over a fortnight and stretch over two
hundred miles across the country.
Day one -
Rossport in the rain
"The Long Walk" from Rossport to Dublin was organised by the Shell To Sea
group to raise awareness for the nationwide campaign against proposals to
build an experimental gas refinery and upstream pipeline on land in the
remote Barony of Erris in north west Mayo.
The journey took the travellers through two of the four provinces and across
seven different counties, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Irish Sea, and from
a remote rural landscape to the urban sprawl of a twenty-first-century
Through all these contrasts two things remained the same... the
determination of "The Long Walkers" and the overwhelming warmth and support
from the ordinary people of Ireland.
DAY 1: Rossport to Bellanaboy - 9.7 miles (15.6 km)
A biblical downpour signalled the start of the adventure, but spirits were
high following more than two months of preparation involving route planning,
physical training and logistics work. The sun came out for a couple of miles
and all reached the proposed refinery site at Bellanaboy in one piece, where
tea and sandwiches awaited.
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