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24 July 2003 Edition

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Emmet anniversary marked by Tar Isteach Bogtrotters

BY GAY CLERY


The Robert Emmet Association and the Bogtrotters combined forces and took to the Dublin mountains last Saturday afternoon.

The group followed the route taken by Emmet and his officers as they evaded capture in the hills after the abortive Rising which took place on 23 July 1803, 200 years ago this week. The walkers, young and old, had fine sunny weather and a fresh breeze as they rambled along ancient roads and mountain tracks.

At the ruins of Ballinascorney House, where Emmet and his party took refuge, Dr Ruan O'Donnell gave a fine rundown of events in Dublin during that fateful July of 1803, which led to the cancellation of the planned uprising. Following Ruan's discription of Emmet's escape from the city and betrayal, most of the group followed local man Jim Leavy as he guided us across hills and valleys, almost in the footsteps of Emmet and his group as they headed for the Kearneys' safe house in the next glen.

At the Mass Rock (still in use) high above Glenasmole, our walkers enjoyed a magnificent view of the city spread out below with the Cooley mountains to be seen in the distance. From here it was all downhill and ended with refreshments at a local hostelry. The day was enjoyed by all, with plenty of requests for more of the same.


a An Phoblacht will mark the 200th anniversary of Emmet's Rising in next week's issue, with an article by Ruan O'Donnell
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