#LittleThings campaign – Healthy Walk 2

‘The More you Move the Better Your Mood’

At GHIS we are actively promoting healthy living on a daily basis as precribed by the HSE Health Promotion and the #LittleThings campaign as well.

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Jenny our Supervisor-in-Charge announced this morning that a 20 to 30′ walk was planned for today lunchtime. One of our students wrote a short piece about the walk and the area:

A walk in EVE

We started our journey gathered at the foyer of EVE GHIS.  A mixture of all ages came together in EVE, about 15-20 of us, staff and students, who came along to embark on a walk that was inspired by the RTE programme Operation Transformation. In the foyer there was a hive of noise, people clad in coats and hats to brace the stiff cold breeze outside. Outside it was a bright, chilly day as we tentatively made our way out of the college gates. Some strode ahead, some behind but we were all going in the same direction.

Liberty Church  – Ardee Street

As we walked down Cork St we heard the muffled noise of the traffic, a small red coated dog being brought for a stroll, but down Ardee St our first port of call was the Liberty Church. A place where “real people express their Christian faith in real, life-changing ways” a “community of people who don’t just talk about God and the Bible but live it, breathe it…act on it and share it”. As we walked people zoomed past all making their way, places and sights evoked memories in people who lived currently and who had lived some time go around the area. I walked side by side with an international student and perhaps her eyes but definitely mine seen sights for the first time.

Teeling Whiskey Distillery – Newmarket

Down by the Teeling Whiskey Distillery we strode, in the area of Newmarket, a place founded by Stephen and Jack Teeling when the “liberties area was the epicentre of distilling in Dublin” (www.celticwhiskeyshop.com). In some part of the way we passed a construction site as the buzz of activity and redevelopment surrounded us, men dressed in hard hats and high visibility jackets hard at work at constructing a student accommodation site.

Tenters & Tenterhooks

We passed by the Tenters which takes its name from the “field of Tenterhooks where weavers stretched their cloth from the 17th century”. (www.independent.ie). The old Tenters idle pub sat nearby although now permanently closed. In fact many of the roads surrounding the area owe their names to historical and literary figures such as Clarence Mangan with the area built up in the early part of the 20th century.  In the area local schools evoked memories for one particular student who had attended both in the area.


Then we swung by, our weary legs carrying us, by Blackpitts and Fumbally Lane.  The Blackpitts can be said to date back to Medieval Times, the name derived from the mass graves of people who suffered and died from the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century (www.en.wikipedia.org).  As we walked we chatted amongst ourselves taking in the sights as we travelled through the centuries, old, new and redeveloped buildings situated by, Dublin 8 through the ages, and then our jaunt took us  to Fumbally Lane.  Down past we saw kids playing and one particular in a small toy car striding along the pathway. Fumbally Lane is a historic site in itself connecting Blackpitts to New St with the name deriving form a local Hugenot family with the more modern setting of the Fumbally Café coming into view. Then we came by Clanbrassil St and back to the familiar setting of Cork St where talk of another walk sprung up and we set ourselves up for another goal.