Barefoot walk across Ireland sees Eamonn stop in Derry

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Keep an eye out for this man, Eamonn Keaveney who is due to arrive in the city tonight, on the 86th day of his mammoth trek walking barefoot across Ireland.

Tomorrow is technically a rest day for Eamonn who is on a mission to break the Guinness World record for the longest barefoot journey, but he says he’ll still be walking barefoot, because he doesn’t have any shoes with him.

He already knows he’s broken the world record but Eamonn says he will keep going until he completes the 2,021 km journey from his hometown in Claremorris to raise money for suicide prevention charity Pieta House.

Eamonn’s journey will take him through Galway, Cork, Waterford, Donegal, across the Wicklow mountains and into Northern Ireland before returning back to Mayo.

“Being barefoot isn’t too bad,” he told the ‘Journal.’ “The feet have toughened up a bit now but it was a bit sore at the start.”

While the walk is a world record breaking one, behind the journey is a more human story.

“I lost a friend to suicide two and a half years ago,” said Eamonn. “I was in Eason one day when I saw the record for the longest barefoot journey in the Guinness Book of Records and I decided that is what I would do, and along the way raise money for Pieta House.”

Travelling lightly with just the bare essentials, Eamonn said the response he has had has been amazing and people have been stopping him, donating and feeding him along the way.

For more see this Friday’s Journal

To donate to Eamonn’s page please click on https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/baring-my-soles