Rock to the Top hike and trek

Rock to the Top hike and trek

By Aideen O'Flaherty

PEOPLE are being invited to hike and trek along the Dublin Mountain Way on Saturday, May 12, while carrying granite pieces to ultimately form a cairn in homage to the legend of Oisín in Tir na nÓg.

According to legend, Oisín single-handedly lifted a large boulder out of the ground in Glenasmole, and now Rua Red-based artist Ciaran Taylor is continuing his ‘Rock to the Top’ event in recognition of this key passage of the legend, with hopes that a full cairn will be formed in Glenasmole by mid-summer.

Rock to the Top Jan 21 walkers make it to the top

Participants in January's 'Rock to the Top' trek

Participants are invited to take on a 22km journey, leaving from Rua Red, or a shorter 15km journey, with a meeting point at Bohernabreena Reservoir, followed by a moderate hike along paths and roads, before the pieces of granite will be laid at the foot of Kippure Mountain to form a cairn.

The 22km walk will start at Rua Red at 11am on Saturday, May 12, while the 15km walk will start at the Bohernabreena Reservoir car park at 12 noon on the same day.

Free parking will be available in the Civic Theatre car park, and participants will need to bring footwear suitable for walking, warm, waterproof clothes, water and food.

Participation is at your own risk, and you can register at rocktothetopdublinmountains [at] gmail [dot] com