Rugby legend Rory Best is nearing the end of his 9-day walk from Co Down to Cong in Co Mayo, to raise funds for Daisy Lodge - the proposed new therapeutic centre for children with cancer which will be built in Cong.

Rory Best started his 180 mile walking challenge last Wednesday and has been joined for short periods along the way by families affected by cancer, and by some well-known names from Irish and Ulster rugby, including Tommy Bowe, Jacob Stockdale, Tadhg Furlong, Rob Kearney, Bundee Aki and Conor Murray.

Rory has taken on the challenge in a bid to raise money for Cancer Fund for Children, which provides short breaks at their residential centre in Newcastle, Co Down and is planning a similar facility in Cong.

Day 8 of the walk today will see Rory Best leaving from Charlestown, and walking via Bohola, Ballyvary and Belleek to Castlebar.

The final leg of the walk tomorrow is from Castlebar to Cong, via Saleen, Ballyhean, Ballintubber, Partry, Ballinrobe and The Neale.

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