20 May 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

More than 400 walkers converged on Sliabh Beagh for the RTE Walk Show hosted by John Murray on Saturday, May 7th. Local personalities including Jack and Sammy Leslie and Knockatallon Ramblers’ walk leader, Paddy Sherry were interviewed along the walk for the radio show which was broadcast last week.
A party atmosphere ensued at Knockatallon with local musicians entertaining the masses before the start. Pipers, Conor Curren and Ted Brennan led the walkers out towards the bog. Horslips legend, Barry Devlin was handed a guitar in the bog and played a song to the delight of the crowd.
Serenus Malone performed ‘Sliabh Beagh’ – a ballad she wrote herself. Fine efforts from Noleen Berry and Lizzie Allister were rewarded with weekend breaks courtesy of Discover Ireland. Sir Jack Leslie had plenty of energy to get the dancing started after taking advantage of a unique tractor-led form of transportation complete with airline seats!
The entertainment continued late into the day with the wonderful Monaghan Gospel Choir performing on return to Sliabh Beagh. Following the soulful choir, The Dominican Affair rocked the audience with some classics and their own excellent compositions.
The event was a huge success. A big thanks goes to the support of Monaghan Community Forum through their PEACE 111 Project – ‘Hands Together’ and Co. Monaghan Community Network, funded by the IFI and PEACE 111 and the Knockatallon Ramblers.
John Moyna and the staff at the Sliabh Beagh Hotel did an amazing job catering for the hundreds of people who turned out for the event.
Thanks also goes to the people who managed the parking and the registrations on the day and all the other people who volunteered their time to make the day a very enjoyable occasion.

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