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 Challenge, Saturday June 30, 2018

For those familiar with this event from previous years, a number of changes have been made to the format.
There will no longer be a guided Crossing walk. It will be a self navigated Challenge walk only.
The day of the event will change from Sunday to Saturday. It will be Saturday June 30 this year.
Registration and payment for the Challenge will be online only.
Full details and registration are available on the Challenge Page.

Glen of Aherlow Summer Festival 2018

Aherlow Failte's Summer Festival is a Hike and Bike this year and will be held over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Registration for both events will be in Lisvernane Community Hall.
There will be 3 Guided Walks on Saturday 2nd June led by members of the Galtee Walking Club and a choice of a 100km or 75km cycle on Sunday organised by the Tipperary Wheelers. For more details see the Festival Page or the Festival Brochure.

Stewards needed for Aherlow Festival

Club members are needed as stewards for each of the Festival walks on Saturday, June 2nd. Please contact the walk leaders to volunteer.
A walk,  Tom Lyons 086 3954924
B walk, Rody Tierney 087 2893505
C walk, David Stapleton 086 8756487

The Glen of Aherlow on Nationwide

The RTE Nationwide programme broadcast on Wednesday May 23 featured an item on the Glen of Aherlow and included an interview with Helen Morrissey of Aherlow Failte as well as some clips of Galtee Walking Club members walking in the area. The progrmme can be seen on the RTE Player at
https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/nationwide-21/10883102/

Wednesday May 23, 2018

23 May 2018

Sunday May 20, 2018

Due to wind conditions we decided against doing the galtee horseshoe. The group divided at lake curragh with roughly half going back down. The rest of the group continued on to dan Breen’s Cave then onto curragh mountain and around to lake Diheen. Mike Moroney

20 May 2018

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


A trip to walk in West Cork, organised by Goretti Campbell took place over the weekend of May 18th to 20th. The base was the village of Glengarriff and there was a choice of walks on the Saturday and a C walk on the Sunday. The walks were arranged by the Skibbereen Walking Group who came to walk with us in the Galtees last September. A big thanks to all the Skibbereen Group and Goretti for a most enjoyable weekend.
Photos from the West Cork Weekend.

West Cork Weekend, May 2018

Wednesday May 16, 2018

16 May 2018


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







 

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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