Welcome to the Galtee Walking ClubHello 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
Club Christmas PartyThe Galtee Walking Club Christmas Party will take place at Ballykisteen Hotel on Saturday 17th December 2016.
Mulled wine reception at 7pm followed by dinner at 8pm.
Please give your name and 40 euro to Mary O'Riordan or Paddy Bourke as soon as possible.
Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking FestivalThe Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival will take place over the weekend of January 28th and 29th, 2017, with three grades of walks on each day. The festival will be based at Aherlow House Hotel. Details of the walks can be seen on the Festival Page.
New Schedule of WalksThe schedule of walks up to the end of March next has been arranged and can be seen on the Schedule page.
The A list includes a series of River Shannon long distance endurance walks which will eventually cover the entire length of the river from sea to source. The walks are open to everyone who can walk 20 to 30km on level ground and booking in advance is necessary as bus transport will be involved. The B and C walks will alternate with each other on the Sundays over the coming months, meaning there will not be both a B and a C on the same day.
Membership Fees DueMembership fees for the coming year, up to October 31 2017, are now due to be paid. Payment can be made through this website on this page or if you prefer you can print a membership form and send it through the post with your cheque. Payment can also be given directly to club treasurer, Anne O'Donnell. Thanks to those who have already paid.
Sunday December 4th, 201630 people took part in Willie Kavanagh's C walk from Cahir to the Swiss Cottage and along the paths by the River Suir on Sunday December 4th, 2016.
Walking the Pilgrim PathsGaltee Walking Club member Margaret Hayes, Dromkeen, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick is shown here, (4th from the left) while walking St Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow earlier this year. She completed the final stage of her 120km Irish Pilgrim Journey when she completed the Tochar Phádraig on Aug 27 and thus became the first Limerick person to receive the completion certificate (Teastas Oilithreachta), which was presented to her by Fr Frank Fahy of Ballintubber Abbey. Her name has now been added to the list of Críochnóirí at www.pilgrimpath.ie.
Fundraising Event for Restoration of Mountain Lodge Hostel, GlengarraBurncourt Community Council are holding a music marathon in both pubs in Burncourt village on Saturday 10th December as a fundraising effort to support the Mountain Lodge Restoration Fund. Singers and Instrumentalists from all over the locality will come together in this 12 hour feat and are looking for sponsorship and support. The event will start at 12 noon and finish at midnight. One of the proposed future uses for the Lodge is as an amenity for walkers in the area. For details of the restoration project visit the website http://www.glengarramountainlodge.ie/
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