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Thousands Expected To Walk Around Dublin Bay For Mental Health Charity On St Patrick’s Day

4th March 2020
Dublin Port Company chief Eamonn O’Reilly with Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon and Dominic Layden, CEO of Aware, at the Port Plaza for the launch of this year’s Harbour2Harbour Walk Dublin Port Company chief Eamonn O’Reilly with Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon and Dominic Layden, CEO of Aware, at the Port Plaza for the launch of this year’s Harbour2Harbour Walk Photo: Shane O’Neill

Newly elected Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon has launched the 15th annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk, which will take place on St Patrick’s Day, Tuesday 17 March, from 10.30am.

Over 2,000 enthusiastic walkers are expected to take on the 16.2 mile/26km challenge around Dublin Bay, with the option of starting from Howth Harbour or Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Suitable for most fitness levels, the walk will take participants along the scenic Dublin Bay route with a ‘Halfway Hooley’ hosted at Dublin Port Company’s public plaza. Participants can register now at aware.ie/events at a cost of €25 per person.

The walks starts at 10.30am and you're welcome to arrive from 9.30am to pick up your T-shirt. Once you have your T-shirt you can start walking — walk alone, in a group, or with your family, and you can even bring the dog!

The Harbour2Harbour Walk raised €91,248 last year and has raised €840,560 in total since it began in 2006. All funds raised will go towards Aware’s nationwide support, education and information services. These include Support & Self Care Groups nationwide and a Support Line and Support Mail service, both of which operate 365 days a year.

Aware also delivers a range of positive mental health programmes to adults and senior cycle students nationwide, designed to build resilience and empower people with the skills and tools to cope with the challenges of modern, everyday life.

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Aware chief executive Dominic Layden said: “The Harbour2Harbour Walk offers the perfect excuse to get friends and family together to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in a fun and healthy way.

“As a result of this and other fundraising efforts, Aware is able to provide vital support services for individuals and families impacted by depression or bipolar disorder, as well as offering free positive mental health programmes for adults and senior cycle students nationwide.

“Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Dublin Port Company, every single penny raised from the Harbour2Harbour Walk will go towards these services, helping ensure that Aware continues to make a real difference in the lives of others throughout the year.”

Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon added: “Aware do important work in Dublin and many other communities throughout the country in providing vital services to people suffering with mental health issues. I am thrilled to be here today to announce the annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk which has become a hugely popular family activity in Dublin on our country’s national day.”

Dublin Port Company is sponsoring the Dublin event for the sixth year running and will again host the ‘Halfway Hooley’ at their Port Centre, where participating groups travelling either direction can convene to enjoy some refreshments and festivities.

Speaking about their involvement, Dublin Port Company chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly said: “Dublin Port is once again delighted to throw its support behind the Harbour2Harbour Walk. With thousands set to take part it has become one of the fundraising highlights of the year.

“It is a great day that brings so many people together and it is the perfect way to see Dublin’s harbours, river and city all while raising funds for Aware.

“We look forward to welcoming walkers to Port Centre’s public plaza at the halfway stage and our team will be on hand with refreshments and plenty of support to all taking part in this great cause.”

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore. 

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

 

At A Glance – Dublin Bay

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south

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