6 October 2010
Over 500 walkers and strollers took to the rolling landscape last weekend of Ireland’s largest wind farm, Airtricity’s Meentycat Wind Farm and the adjoining Culliagh Wind Farm at Drumkeen, Lifford, Co. Donegal, to raise funds for local community projects in the area.
The walkers, representing almost 40 separate local community bodies and groups, were participating in the Airtricity Meentycat Community Fund Sponsored Walk. The walk is held annually to raise funds for worthy causes in the vicinity of the Airtricity wind farm. Groups from Ballybofey, Cloghan, Convoy, Curragh, Drumkeen, Glenswilly, Letterkenny, Stranorlar, the Finn Valley, and other areas in the vicinity of the wind farm took part.
The participants completed the 15km route through the Airtricity wind farm in times ranging from just over 1 hour for the super-swift to just under 3 hours for those who wanted to take in the scenery. As well as raising much-needed funding, participating walkers not only got a unique chance to get up close to many of the 63 wind turbines on the Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms, but also enjoyed unrivalled views of some of Donegal’s most stunning natural landmarks including Mount Errigal to the northwest and Barnesmore Gap to the southwest, as well as catching a glimpse of the outskirts of Letterkenny town to the northeast.