5.26.12 Creativity and Inspiration of Sneem

Community members studying the map of the JFK 50 Mile walk.

Sneem is a small community of about 375 people. To put that in reference, I graduated with over 400 people from a public high school in Scranton, Pennsylvania. You would think that the small number of people would mean it would be a drab place. On the contrary, Sneem is a town filled with color, life, and laughter. Nearly even person I have encountered smiles and talks to you freely.

This past weekend Sneem increased their population by about 300 people because of their creativity. The JFK 50 mile walk was this weekend. This was created to be a personal challenge for the community members and outsiders. It seems like a lot of the people have accepted that challenge. The challenge reminded me of that saying “If you build it, they will come” Sneem created this 50 mile walk to commemorate John F. Kennedy. The people of Sneem rose to the occasion and took on the challenge.

One of the girls from our group actually completed the 50 miles. She started the race at 5:00 a.m. and completed the challenge in the evening at about 11:00 p.m. We were all so proud of her. I have the pleasure of rooming with Jen. I was amazed by her dedication.

Similar to Sneem’s creativity, poem about mushrooms we read in class, “A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford” is full of imagination. The poet, Derek Mahon took something that was commonly looked over and made it into something beautiful and intriguing. The mushrooms in the shed were stretching for the small key hole giving off light for sustenance and survival.

The creators of the race mapped out a new life for Sneem by creating this walk. They took someplace that was commonly looked over and gave it life by bringing in people from all over Ireland to walk in the race. They knew they had to maintain their community so they thought of something that no one else had: the JFK 50 mile walk.


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