Bark for ARC Reach for the Leash

By Claire O’Donoghue


Bark for ARC are warming up for walkies and are holding their official launch on  the 8 August at 7.30pm on the prom. Last year over 300 dogs (and their best friends!) participated in the walk in aid of Cork ARC House Cancer Support Centre in Youghal. Participants don't need to bring a dog to join in, and everyone is welcome. This year's main event takes place on Sunday, 9 September at 2pm. The starting point will be Green Park and the route will take in the boardwalk out to Aura and back. It is hugely popular event where animal lovers can involve their four legged friends in a fun activity which is for a very worthy cause. Registration takes place on the day itself from 12noon, and costs just €10, and sponsorship cards will soon be available from various outlets including Tom Scott's, Just 4 Paws, Maria O'Connor and For Mutt's Sake grooming parlours and Coleman's Butchers on the front strand.


Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Tina O'Driscoll (Committee Members) said, “We're delighted to have our special bandanas again, this year, kindly knitted by Ita Beecher. The walk is great fun and the dogs enjoy meeting up, as much as the owners. We'd encourage anyone interested in taking part to get a sponsorship card and help raise as much as we can for Cork Arc Cancer Support House in Youghal, which benefits so many locals.”

Tina and the committee are keen to point out the rules of participation if you are bringing a dog along. It is vital for the safety and enjoyment of all that they are strictly adhered to.

  1. All dogs, without exception, must be on a leash and under the full control of the walker at all times.
  2. Pooper scooper bags will be provided on the day. Please clean up after your dog at the event if needed.
  3. All nervous dogs must wear a yellow ribbon so that other owners know to keep their distance.
  4. Do NOT touch another dog without express permission of the owner.
  5. Restricted breeds must be suitably muzzled throughout.


Don't forget Youghal Vintage Club is holding their annual field day at Summerfield's Bar on Sunday, August 12 from 2pm also in aid of Cork ARC Cancer Support House in Youghal.

For an appointment at Cork ARC Cancer Support House please contact 024 91654 / 086 1895803 or email