Ramblers from around the world take part in the Castlebar International Four Day Walking Festival.
Castlebar is host to some 500 visitors from Holland, Belgium, Germany, England and the United States. There is also a group of 100 school children from Northern Ireland taking part in the walking festival.
This is the thirteenth year of the event which over four fays will bring the ramblers and walkers along routes chosen to show off the most scenic spots around Castlebar.
A parade through the town, led by the Defence Forces and the FCÁ (Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil), consisting of the various community groups associated with the festival, such as Castlebar Urban District Council, Castlebar Athletic Club, local Girl Guides and Scouts, and the Order of Malta.
Music is provided by the Army Band of the Western Command, the Castlebar Silver Band and the Ballina Brass Band.
The official opening ceremony takes place on the Mall, Castlebar, by Chairman of the RTÉ Authority Paddy Moriarty. Having participated in the first walk of the festival himself, he recalls the joys of rambling through the Irish countryside,
Anybody that hasn’t participated in a long walk has missed God’s country, I think.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on this day in 1979. The reporter is Brendan O’Brien.