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Flora Mini Marathon Donnybrook Dublin June Bank Holiday 2012

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Published on Jun 5, 2012

When I went outdoors it was initially to go to my favourite Donnybrook spot at the Dodder. http://goldenbridgeinmate39.wordpress... I accidentally stumbled upon the following. See also: http://youtu.be/DlxHiax2aDE Well done Mná na hÉireann. This video footage of the Flora Mini-Marathon was taken right outside the Sacred Heart church in Donnybrook on June Bank Holiday 2012. The flapping noise you hear in the background was created by a lone young woman organiser who was on the opposite side of the road with a plastic flapper cheering on the last of the walkers. It wasn't too long before that, that the side of the road she was on was thronged with walkers. That side of the N11 Dublin to Wexford route was eventually cordoned off and the last of the walkers were coralled on to where you see said walkers here.

The sound of an electronic road-sweeper / traffic lights can also be heard in the background. The cleaning went into action very speedily, as there were empty spring rock water bottles and styrene cups strewn everywhere. It was nice to see that there was no delay in getting the roads clean as soon as the walkers had passed by. Thankfully too that weather conditions held out. It was not too swelteringly hot, as it had rained buckets the day before and the air was so fresh and cool.

I'd seen workers stacking barriers at O'Connell Bridge on Saturday evening as the 46A bus en-route to Donnybrook. It was in preparation for the walk. There was a great sense of forebodance everywhere. Loreto, a friend of mine, had earlier reminded me to get into town very early on Monday to cheer on the runners/walkers. So hopefully this video will be my cheering on contribution.

The participants did Ireland proud. You will see towards the end of the film that the road-sweeper van was getting prepared to clean up after the last lot of walkers had passed by. I was also reminded upon looking at the video that I was at this very spot over a year ago videoing the funeral cortege of our very own ex-Fine Gael Taoiseach, Dr. Garret Fitzgerald. Two remarkable memorable occasions. I went down to Spar shop later on and saw a woman proudly wearing her medal.

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