Holycross to Santiago de Compostela Event:2000k Trek from Holycross to Santiago de Compostela Spain on Foot
Date: 07-04-2013

The Route to Santiago

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My Personal Message

Hey Guys,

Tus Nua is a new Rehabcare Unit here in Thurles Caring for young Adults with Disabilities, comprising of 2 Houses and a Resource Centre,this exciting new complex compliments the work of Rehabcare in the Thurles Region ,providing Residential Care and Respite Care to many families. Rehabcare started in Thurles in 2006 and they now support over 30 individuals between the ages 18-40,with over 60 on the staff this is a most welcome development in the Thurles Region

In April 2013 Thurles resident & Co Galway native Commandant Michael Walsh (Retd & former aide de camp to H.E. the President of Ireland), will join forces with Yvonne Tyler to undertake a 2000k trek on foot. Their trek will begin from Holycross Abbey, Thurles, in Co Tipperary,to Cork ,FERRY TO Brittany,walk thro France and ending eventually to Santiago de Compostela Galicia in Spain, and will follow the Ancient Pilgrims Route, known as “The Way of St James.”

The final goal of Michael & Yvonne’s three month trek, however, is to increase an awareness of Autism nationally here in Ireland and highlight, not just its effect on family members and persons with Autism, but also to raise much needed funds for two specific Autism related charities, namely the Tús Nua Autism Residential and Resource Centre here in Thurles and Cottage Autism Network based in Co Wexford.
Michael is seeking your support for this trek and in particular the charities he hopes to support. Both Yvonne and Michael know, from first hand, the effect that Autism has on families and in his own case, his son Cian who is cared for in the recently opened Tús Nua Autism Residential and Resource Centre (a ‘RehabCare,’ project ) in Thurles. Yvonne’s niece Anna Gill and family receive great support from Cottage Autism Network in Wexford and without the generous support both of these groups give to all families in similar situations they are not sure how they and many other families could cope.

Charity(s) I am supporting:
1. Rehab

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Many thanks in advance for your support,



Rehab is a charity that champions the value of diversity and inclusion for people with a disability or disadvantage in their communities. Our mission is to help the people we serve to be more independent and to contribute to and be more included in their communities; empowering them with the skills and confidence to be active in the workforce, and supporting them to be in charge of their health and wellness. Over 20,000 people use Rehab's services - children and adults with disability, people on the autism spectrum, people with mental health difficulties and people who are disadvantaged in some way in the labour market. More than 3,200 employees deliver Rehab's services in over 170 locations in Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Poland.

To learn more about Rehab please visit www.rehab.ie


My Online Sponsors to Date

Name Date Type Amount Comment
Anonymous 17-08-2013 Donation €50.00 Well done Mick and Yvonne - Sean and Fiona
Ultan Edge 14-08-2013 Donation €100.00 Mick, all my best ....keep up the good work. Proud of ye! Ultan
Kevin Meehan 09-08-2013 Donation €50.00 -
Karl Merriman 30-07-2013 Donation €50.00 -
Anonymous 26-07-2013 Donation €50.00 Well done Michael.
Anonymous 20-07-2013 Donation €200.00 Well Done
Ann Keating 18-07-2013 Donation €22.00 Well Done
Anonymous 12-07-2013 Donation €50.00 well done michael, from young john w
Joanne Carney 08-07-2013 Donation €10.00 well done to ye and best of luck for the final few days!! xxx
Anonymous 07-07-2013 Donation €100.00 Well Done and Thanks Mick and Yvonne
colleen cox 07-07-2013 Donation €20.00 xoxo from us in middletown, ct.
Emma O'Riordan 07-07-2013 Donation €5.00 great causes and great achievement- well done!
phil grant 07-07-2013 Donation €50.00 Fair play to ye..Thats some walking .Phil Grant
Anonymous 18-06-2013 Donation €60.00 Yvonne and Michael, great to meet you both and Billy and Liam on the Camino. Best of luck . A
Margaret Diviney 08-06-2013 Donation €40.00 Well Done.
Anonymous 08-06-2013 Donation €50.00 Well done to you both. John and Valerie Hanlon
Cyril Meehan 07-06-2013 Donation €25.00 From Colman Burke
Owen O'Brien 07-06-2013 Donation €200.00 Best of Luck
Anonymous 05-06-2013 Donation €100.00 Well done guys. You should insist on bringing Cyril Meehan back out again! Keep up the tremendous wo
Alison Grogan 23-05-2013 Donation €50.00 -
Olga Halpenny 19-05-2013 Donation €50.00 A little support to help you continue putting one foot in front of the other. Shay & Olga
Anonymous 07-05-2013 Donation €50.00 Good luck Michael
Anonymous 28-04-2013 Donation €50.00 Best of luck on the journey
Olga Browne 12-04-2013 Donation €20.00 Thank you both on behalf of my son with Autism
Anonymous 09-04-2013 Donation €50.00 Good luck and safe trails
Anonymous 07-04-2013 Donation €20.00 Best of luck and enjoy your adventures too x
Anonymous 05-04-2013 Donation €450.55 Best of luck Michael and Yvonne, looking forward to joining ye for a week along the way!
Steven Martins 04-04-2013 Donation €50.00 All the very, very best - Steve, Chris, Sarah & Gaye
Teresa Cawe 03-04-2013 Donation €20.00 Best of luck Mick
Steven Anderson 01-04-2013 Donation €100.00 Happy trails
denise stafford 30-03-2013 Donation €200.00 Good luck - Denise & Conall
Roland Monsegu 26-03-2013 Donation €100.00 Good Luck Michael
Anonymous 28-02-2013 Donation €20.00 Great cause Mick, best of luck John and Eileen Kerry
Anonymous 26-02-2013 Donation €150.00 -