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, April 9th, 2017

This very successful walking Marathon and Half Marathon, held annually on Palm Sunday since 2009, provides a unique opportunity to traverse the whole of this ancient Ridge over a distance of 42km. The figure of eight route is largely forest track, forming two loops, east and west, and taking in both the north and south sides of the ridge, with some gentle ascents of no more than 360m at the highest. Over recent years a number of runners have also taken part and anyone who wishes to run the route will be facilitated. For full details and registration go to the Marathon Page.

Cycling

A number of leisure cycles will be held over the spring and summer months. This is being done on a trial basis to see if there is enough interest to continue more permanently. For more details see the Cycling Page.

Tracks and Trails on RTE 1

The seventh series of Tracks and Trails can be seen on Friday nights at 8:30pm on RTE1.

Sunday March 26th, 2017

26 March 2017
26 March 2017

Fei Sheehy Challenge - 18th, 19th, 20th August, 2017

Fellow Walker,
You may have heard of the Fei Sheehy Challenge which took place for the first time in 2014. If you haven’t; it’s a three day, self-navigating hill walking challenge to ‘cross’ the Comeragh, Galty and Knockmealdown mountain ranges.
Pre-registered participants can elect to do one, two or three days and the money raised via registration fees and sponsorship is donated to charities/voluntary organisations. If you would like to raise funds for a charity of your own choosing, via sponsorship card or online, you can also do this.
To date, we have raised over €28,000..
We’ve decided to run the event again this year (18th, 19th, 20th August) and pre-registration is open. If you log on to the website http://www.feisheehychallenge.net/registration.html you can pre-register now. Numbers are limited.
Club Challenge
There is a perpetual cup on offer for any club that is interested in taking on this challenge. The current holders of the trophy are Peaks Mountaineering Club Clonmel. In 2016 they took the title with 15 points (a point for each day that a walker completed a crossing). 3 of their members did 3 days (9 points), and 2 of them did 2 days (4 points) and 2 did 1 day (2 points).
If you and your club are interested in taking this Club Challenge on, please contact me, gerardsheehy@gmail.com
Gerard Sheehy

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