Route | Mostly via Dublin Mountain Way returning to Rua Red.
Distance | 22km. Moderate hike on paths and road, sometimes uneven underfoot, with climb at end.
Bring | Walking shoes/boots. Clothes for the weather, which can be changeable. Food and water.
Participation at your own risk.

Rock to the Top is inspired by the story of Oisín i dTír na n-Óg, who single-handedly lifted a boulder up the mountains near Tallaght. This public art project by Ciarán Taylor invites the people of South Dublin to take up the challenge of recreating this mythic feat by shifting a boulder from Tallaght to Kippure by hand and on foot! Participants will carry small rocks chipped from a granite boulder placed at RUA RED, Tallaght, and carry them along the Dublin Mountain Way to make a cairn at the top of the mountains.

You are invited to carry a piece of the boulder according to your ability, if you wish. Bring food and water for the day, and clothes for the weather, which can change quickly in the mountains.

This is part of a series of walks in Rock to the Top, which will continue until all of the boulder has been brought to the top. You can also participate in events during the year, so if you’d like to join the effort please get in touch.

Check for details of walks as they are announced, or email to register your interest and receive updates.

Rock to the Top is commissioned under IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME, South Dublin County Council’s Public Art Programme for 2016-2019 under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.

With thanks to Rua Red, Dublin Mountain Rangers, Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glenasmole Community for their support.