Runners and walkers will get the chance to create one of the most famous battles in Irish history when Boyle hosts The Curlew Warrior 10K Challenge on Sunday, June 24, at 11.00 with all proceeds in aid of the MS Society in Roscommon.
On August 15, 1599, Sir Conyers Clifford assembled his English troops, at Boyle, in all about 3,000 men. Red Hugh O’Donnell, whose force numbered some 2,000, decided to await the enemy at The Curlews mountain pass, which was narrow at the entrance but broadened out further on.
The weary and hungry soldiers reached the pass, which they had been assured was unguarded. Red Hugh O’Donnell ,however, had posted some light troops at the entrance of the pass behind a barricade of felled trees, with instructions to make only a slight resistance, and then, by a feigned retreat, to lure the enemy on to where the main army was drawn up.
The English fell into the trap and the Irish soldiers were fresh and ready to receive them. After receiving further assistance from O’Rourke and McDermott, the Irish were victorious and won the battle that day.
Now you too have a chance at trying your luck on that trail. Will you be able for the challenge of “The Curlew Warrior” ?
The race starts at Boyle Credit Union and finishes at Green Street car park. The race starts off with 1.5 miles up the hill and according to runners competing in last year’s event, it is the toughest 10k in Ireland while the walkers loved the scenery from the top of the curlews.
Over 200 runners competed in last year’s event with prizes for first male and female and first team, best period dress and loads of spot prizes with registration and refreshments in Creighton’s Bar.
Roscommon Branch of MS Ireland provide local support to people and families living with MS in the area. The branch is run by volunteers who have MS themselves or have somebody close to them with MS.
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