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

Galtee Walking Club AGM in the Excel Centre, Thursday October 20

The Galtee Walking Club AGM took place in the Excel Centre in Tipperary on Thursday October 20th last. The following officers were elected.
President, Danny Bailey
Chairperson, Amelia Ryan
Vice Chairperson, Owen Ryan
Secretary, Mary Leahy
Treasurer, Anne O'Donnell
Social Secretaries, Mary O'Riordan, Paddy Bourke
PRO, David Stapleton
A walks organisers, Pat Ryan, Rody Tierney, Joe Browne
B walks organisers, Paddy Bourke, George Keogh
C walks organiser, Eddie McGrath
A sub Committee was also formed to run the Winter Walking Festival, the Slievenamuck Marathon and the Galtee Challenge and Crossing. The Winter Walking Festival will take place over the weekend of January 27th to 29th, 2017.

Club Christmas Party

The Galtee Walking Club Christmas Party will take place at Ballykisteen Hotel on Saturday 17th December 2016. Please give your name and 20 euro deposit to Mary O'Riordan or Paddy Bourke by the end of November at the latest.

Sunday October 16th, 2016

16 October 2016 Pat Ryan's A walk following the course of the River Suir from Thurles, through Holycross and on to near Boherlahan on Sunday October 16th, 2016.
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16 October 2016 Therese Roche's C walk in Bansha Woods on Sunday October 16th, 2016.

Trip to the Dolomites, 2016

A group from the Galtee Walking Club travelled to the Dolomites in northern Italy at the end of August.
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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