El Camino del Garda Centenario; Royal Canal Garda Walk

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On the 22nd of August, 2022 an event, entitled “El Camino del Garda Centenario” to acknowledge An Garda Síochána’s 100th year of working for, with and among the community. The event will coincide with the 175th anniversary of Black ’47, where 1490 people walked from Strokestown in Co, Roscommon, along the Royal Canal to famine ships in Dublin and will also be a part of the Garda Centenary Celebrations.

The event involves a sponsored walk from Enfield Co. Meath, to Clondara Harbour in Co. Longford, over three (3) days, along the Royal Canal Greenway. The distance is approximately 100km and volunteer walkers are expected to walk approx. 33KM per day, doing approx. 7 hours each day with intermittent breaks taken along the way.


  • Monday 22nd. Events start at 8.00am in Enfield and then proceeds to Baltrasna Bridge arriving at approximately 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 23rd.Walk starts at Baltrasna Bridge at 9.00am and finishes in Abbeyshrule at approximately 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 24th.Walk starts in Abbeyshrule at 9.00am and ends in Cloondara at approximately 5.30pm
  • Anyone who wishes to walk the full or part of the distance with the Garda are very welcome

See and for more details of walk go to; https://royalcanal.ie/el-camino-del-garda-centenario/

As a mark of respect, It is proposed to hold eighty nine seconds of silence, before the walk commences, to remember the eighty nine members of An Garda Síochána who lost their lives serving An Garda Síochána and their country. Along with the 89 seconds of silence for these members, it is proposed to dedicate a single kilometre to each of them. The countdown will start at kilometre number 11 from Enfield and finalise at the finish line at Cloondara Harbour.

It is also proposed to hold the same mark of respect for our Little Blue Heroes. As much of a celebration this event will be, we must not forget our Little Blue Heroes who have passed away. With this it is proposed to mark a three kilometre stretch of the walk for each Little Blue Hero who has passed. Updates on this mark of respect will uploaded on the El Camino del Garda Facebook page with the Little Blue Heroes name and a photo of the scenery.

Each walker will cover all of their own costs and every cent raised will go directly to the Little Blue Heroes Foundation. Little Blue Heroes Foundation is a not-for-profit charity operated entirely by volunteers (no paid staff) made up of Garda members/staff, retired Garda members, their families, friends and civic minded people from communities. It aims to help families in need from local communities in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for serious illness.

For more information on this event and for anyone wishing to support or get involved in this most worthwhile charity and sociable event, please contact Garda Daniel Eccles, Santry Garda Station, Santry, Dublin 9 on; daniel.c.eccles@garda.ie or on 0858872120. Donations may be made now by clicking on; www.idonate.ie/GardaCentenario