The planning has come to fruition, arrangements are in place, boat and plane tickets have been purchased, the climbing shoes are dusted off and the people of Gaoth Dobhair and further afield are preparing to climb the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains this Saturday.
Huddle Up Errigal was the idea of a group of Celtic supporters in Gaoth Dobhair, who wanted to raise money for good causes, share in their supported dedication of the football team and promote the area, in the hope that once visitors saw the beauty of the place, they’d return.
Three local charities
This year, the initiative will raise money for Donegal Cancer flights, Donegal MS Society and Bunbeg Autism classes.
“The whole ethos behind it is to reconnect with Celtic and bring people into the area, and once they come to the area hopefully they’ll come back again and visit the place,” John Joe McGinley who lives in Glassagh, the chairperson of the Huddle Up Errigal committee, said.
This year, huddle up takes place this weekend, the ‘welcome night’ takes place in Teach Jack on Friday night at 9pm. Throughout the weekend events will take place that people will enjoy. There will be a question and answer session with Celtic blogger and Author Phil Mac Giolla Bháin in Teach Jack Glassagh which starts at 7pm on Saturday. Free entry will be granted and a raffle will take place.
Registration begins at 11am for those who want to climb the 751-metre mountain. Local people volunteer and work together and there is an absolutely buoyant atmosphere. It promises to be a great event for all concerned.
For more information please go to https://www.huddleuperrigal.net/about-us
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“It's going to be a great weekend in the hills of Donegal,” John Joe said.
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