Well the dust has settled and the blisters have healed and I can finally take the opportunity to thank everyone for their fantastic contribution to the success of The Long Walk and for the wonderful gifts that I received.
So say that I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. I cannot convey how grateful I was for the friendship, camaraderie and kindness shown during my 50th celebrations.
Having grown up in a large extended family in Dublin, I have been used to celebrating significant events surrounded by parents and children, brothers and sister, cousins, aunts, uncles and close childhood friends.
This was the first time I was away from home for such a significant celebration, far from all my close companions, far from the familiar wind and rain and the cold of a spring March day in Dublin.
If thoughts of those absent loved ones tried to creep into my mind during that week of walking, talking and laughing, they were quickly banished by a joke, the companionship of fellow travellers and around the next corner, another stunning view of the Spanish Mountains we were trekking across.
I would like to thank each and every one of you for letting me celebrate my birthday with you in such a fabulous way.
Your kindness will live with me forever.