About

WHAT IS SIUL EILE?

Siul Eile is a social enterprise helping communities come together to form walking programs and challenges using the under-utilised local environment in their own community and to develop a sustainable walking culture in their community.

We build walking programs using quiet country roads, forest paths, tracks and trails.

It is designed for local communities to live quality healthy lives, socialise together and to combat rural isolation.

So far there have been over 70 innovative walking programs organised by Siul Eile attended by almost 5,000 individuals who have walked 200,000kms (the equivalent of walking all around the world 5 times, all in their own community).

These programs have been backboned by the support of over 100 volunteers determined to create a walking culture in their community.

OUR AIMS

Siul Eile’s main aim is to reconnect people with each other and with their locality.

Modern day rural Ireland has become so fast paced in the last couple of decades that we are fast losing touch with each other. We were once a country that was famous for its “cead mile failte”, nowadays we barely have time for a quick “hi” to each other. In the present-day Information age we are more likely to be aware of what is happening thousands of miles away in a foreign country, than what is happening two miles down the road from us.

There is also history and natural beauty all around us in our communities that is being overlooked for the modern day fascination of the next “big story” that is consumed and forgotten in days as it is replaced by the next story and so on it continues as we live our lives by slowly but surely disconnecting ourselves from the people and environment that is all around us.

Siul Eile believes that it is time to stop and take stock of what really matters to us and believes it is time to reconnect with each other and with our local environment.
We aim to bring life back to communities by energising their people and appreciating the local history and natural beauty that is part of our local community and by extension part of each one of us.

All Siul Eile community walking programs are free and open to all to join at any time.

HOW IT ALL STARTED?

The idea was simple – Let’s go for a walk.

One walk become a walking programme, few participants became a large community, neighbours became friends, hidden roads and places were rediscovered.

Siul Eile was born.

It was 2016 and Liam Fleming was the person organising and leading the walks around Clogheen, Co. Tipperary.

Following a successful year of walking, Suil Eile expanded to Clonmel, Co Tipperary in 2017.

SIUL EILE IN NUMBERS

The walkers are of all ages ranging from 4 years to 89 years, with the vast majority in the 45-65 years old range. The walks are suitable for most people as almost all walks were between 3 and 8km with everyone walking at their own pace.

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OUR WALKS

We have so many beautiful places on our doorstep – fascinating local history and mesmerising natural beauty – all waiting to be rediscovered.

Every community has hidden gems that even many in the locality are unaware of.

Here are some from the Galty Vee Valley where Siul Eile HQ is located.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

MEET THE TEAM

The volunteers run the show with regard to Siul Eile walking programs. Our walks simply wouldn’t be possible without their help! Next time you are on a Siul Eile walk, lookout for the volunteers and give them your thanks. It is recommended that EVERYONE volunteer on a walk at least 3 times a year. You can put your name down after your next walk and all training will be provided.

Liam Fleming

CEO

Lifestyle coach and father-of-five Liam Fleming is the founder of Siul Eile, a walking group in Co Tipperary:

“There are lots of walking routes in Clogheen but there was a time when I wouldn’t meet anyone while I was out on my walk. That’s what triggered it for me. I thought, ‘Why aren’t the local people out here? These tracks are literally on their doorsteps.’ It drove me to get the group up and running.”

IN THE PRESS

📰 Irish Independent – 14 January 2018
Walk the talk – this year’s big fitness trend

📰 Irish Country Living – 15 December 2017
It takes a village: Christmas and community spirit is alive in Clogheen

📰 The Irish Times – 14 December 2017
Siúl Eile walking scheme a pathway to tackling rural isolation

📰 The Irish Times – 23 November 2017
New incubator helps social entrepreneurs nurture start-ups

📰 Irish Country Living – 19 October 2017
Rural tourism on the up and up

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CONTACT US

If you are interested in setting up your own Siul Eile walking programme, would like to join us for a walk or simply get some more information – drop us a line!

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