Welcome to the Galtee Walking Club

Hello and failte to the Galtee Walking Club, Cnocadóiri na Gaibhlte, based in and around Tipperary in Ireland. Our club has been in existence since 2003 and was started initially by a core group of hill walking enthusiasts who were born and raised around the foothills of the Galtee mountains and the Glen of Aherlow in South Tipperary. Since then, it has grown and diversified and currently has a membership of over 150, drawn from all over Munster. We offer a number of different graded walks on a regular weekly basis throughout the year which are available to new members or to those wishing to join us for a one off sample hike.  more

Slievenamuck Marathon and Half Marathon, Sunday April 5, 2020

The 12th annual Palm Sunday Marathon and Half Marathon takes place on Slievenamuck above the Glen of Aherlow on Sunday April 5, 2020. Walkers and runners are welcome and the event will be timed using a chip system. Details and registration are on the Slievenamuck Marathon page.

Walks Schedule for April, May and June

The Walks Schedule for April, May and June is now being prepared. If you have any suggestions or would like to provide a walk for any Sunday during those months you can contact Doreen on 087 6493391. New walk facilitators are always welcome.

Sunday February 16, 2020

16 February 2020

Sunday February 2, 2020

2 February 2020 2 February 2020
Members of the Mid Tipp club joined Marian on the tour to places which included Hore Abbey, the Rock of Cashel, St Dominick's Abbey, the Norman Tower House on the main street, the Bishop's Palace, the Church of Ireland Cathedral with its Chapter House and Library, the old town walls and the Roman Catholic Church built in 1795 on the site of an earlier Friary.

Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival 2020

The Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival took place over the weekend of January 25 and 26, 2020. The festival base was Aherlow House Hotel and buses took participants to the walk locations in the area.
The event was organised by Aherlow Failte Society and the walk leaders and stewards were provided by the Galtee Walking Club.
The walk leaders were:   John Lonergan, Tom Lyons, Pat Kinane, Thos O'Neill, Pat Riggs.

Festival Photo Album

Festival Brochure

25 January 2020 25 January 2020 25 January 2020 26 January 2020 26 January 2020 26 January 2020

Sunday January 19, 2020

IMG_7434 19 January 2020

Sunday January 12, 2020

12 January 2020 12 January 2020

Sunday January 5, 2020

5 January 2020

Thanks also to Thos O'Neill for his B walk in the same area.
The two groups enjoyed a New Year get-together in the River House in Cahir after the walks.

Wednesday January 1, 2020

1 January 2020

Sunday December 22, 2019

22 December 2019

Sunday December 15, 2019

15 December 2019

Sunday December 8, 2019

8 December 2019

Thanks also to Mike Moroney for his A walk in the Galtees.

Sunday December 1, 2019

1 December 2019

Sunday November 24, 2019

24 November 2019

Sunday November 17, 2019

17 November 2019 17 November 2019

Sunday November 10, 2019

10 November 2019 10 November 2019

Sunday November 3, 2019

3 November 2019
We started out in the wet and changed route near the top of Cush, we skirted down the eastern side of Cush and rambled back via forest track to give a 3.5 hour hike so worked out ok. Not a day for the wet wet uplands.  Aidan.

3 November 2019
Despite the heavy rain twelve committed club members took part in Denny O'Dwyer's C walk, Combaun Wood Anglesboro 3rd November 2019.

Membership Fee Increase

The fee for membership of the Galtee Walking Club has been increased to €45. This is due to an increase in the fee charged by Mountaineering Ireland for each member which covers insurance and the Mountain Log magazine etc. We hope you still consider €45 to be good value for the choice and variety of walks throughout the year.
Membership should be renewed as soon as possible for the coming club year which ends on October 31, 2020.
New members can join at any time for membership up to October 31, 2020 for the €45 fee.
You can pay online or print the application form.

The Views from Lyracappul

A poem by Rody Tierney

From the little Assaroola stream that joins the River Aherlow
I will climb to Lyracappul and survey all below
It is to the beauty of our precious glen that I will treat my eyes
Then ponder on the Shrough Dolmen where an ancient chieftain lies
Now with my back to the famine wall I gaze out further north
Beneath the gentle Phelims where three great warriors fought 
O’Sullivan Beara an Patrick Sarsfield to name the recent two
And before their time the King of Munster - the legend Brian Boru
Peeping from above the Phelims is Keeper Hill and Mathair Sliebh
Where Eamon an Cnoic was hunted and found refuge in a cave
I can just make out the Devil’s Bit to my right in the distant haze
But not the view from Toomevara where I grew up and played
Alone, alone and directly east stands lovely Slievenamon
Where Grainne raced up to the summit and won her sweetheart Fionn
Charles Kickham used your name to title his fine song
And lose, draw or win Tipp men will sing about you Slievenamon
To the south is steep Bengower, the Glounreagh valley and Seefin
The Blackrock river and Knockaterriff above the pigeon rock sweet glen
Looking west on this fine clear day - I can see the Kerry reeks
But nearer still is Temple Hill with that large cairn on its peak
Now as I have left you Lyre na Cappal and your beauty spots galore
I will pause and bless myself at the cross on Galteemore
Then scamper over Galteebeag and down the Geisha steps
And battle up the slope of Cush – it will surely put me to the test
My pleasant trek is over now and I must make my way on home
The hills and valleys I’ll leave behind for another day to roam
To Bianconi’s coach road pub I’ll call and drink a pint or two
Then before I cross over Slievenamuck I might sing a song for you



Galtee Walking Club

Come by the hills to the land where fancy is free.
And stand where the peaks meet the sky and the rocks reach the sea.
Where the rivers run clear and the bracken is gold in the sun.
And cares of tomorrow must wait till this day is done.
Gordon Smyth