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

Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival 2018

The Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival will take place over the weekend of January 27 and 28, 2018. The event will feature A, B and C walks on Saturday and B and C walks on Sunday. There will also be a Welcome Evening at Aherlow House Hotel on Friday 26th at 8pm.
For full details of all the walks, guidelines for walkers and information on the weekend's entertainment, see the Festival Brochure.

Festival Stewards Needed
Several stewards are needed for each festival walk.
Galtee Walking Club members who are willing to help as stewards on any of the walks should get in touch with the walk leaders.
Saturday A walk     Tom Lyons 086 3954924
Saturday B walk     Brian McSherry  086 2331099
Saturday C walk     Pat Kinane  086 8886020
Sunday B walk       Mike Moroney 087 9267948
Sunday C walk       Eddie McGrath 087 9711796

Slievenamuck Marathon and Half Marathon 2018, 10th Anniversary Event

The annual Slievenamuck Marathon and Half Marathon, organised by the Galtee Walking Club, takes place on Sunday March 25, 2018. The event is open to walkers and runners and will mainly be on forest tracks and paths on the Slievenamuck Ridge, overlooking the scenic Glen of Aherlow and the Galtee Mountains. Registration is now open and full details and a registration form are available on the Marathon page.

Weekend Away to West Cork, 18th to 20th May, 2018

An away trip to beautiful West Cork is planned for the weekend of May 18th to 20th next. The base is the village of Glengarriff and the trip involves travelling down on Friday evening and staying for two nights. There will be a choice of A, B or C walks on the Saturday and a B or C walk on the Sunday. The walks will be in association with the Skibbereen Walking Group who came to walk with us in the Galtees last September. Anyone interested in going should contact Goretti Campbell on 087 9696071.

Walks Schedule for April, May and June

The club hopes to provide a full list of A, B and C walks for the next schedule from April to June. If anyone is willing to provide a walk during these months at any location please contact one of the following.
A walks - Doreen Hennessy 087 6493391
B walks - David Stapleton 086 8756487
C walks - Eddie McGrath 087 9711796

Sunday January 14, 2018

Thanks to Aidan Dilworth and Eddie McGrath for the walks on Sunday last. Aidan was leading his first walk for the club and it was a challenging but very enjoyable battle with strong wind! Eight walkers, including one new walker. Aidan got everyone there and back safely.

 14 January 2018

14 January 2018

Fei Sheehy Challenge 2018

Fellow Walker,
Individual Challenge
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 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 €32,000.
We’ve decided to run the event again this year (17th, 18th, 19th August). Pre-registration is open and we have 14 more registered this year than on the same date last year . 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 Wayfarers Hiking Club. In 2017 they took the title with 15 points (a point for each day that a walker completed a crossing). All 5 of their members/participants did 3 days.
If you and your club are interested in taking this Club Challenge on, please contact me - 

Kind Regards,
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