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

Membership for 2021 still available

Now that we are back walking we welcome applications from new people who would like to join the club. Membership taken out now will last until October 31st, 2021 so hopefully there will be many opportunities to get out walking as the year goes on.
Existing members should renew now if they have not done so already.
You should not attend a walk unless you are a paid up member.
You can join or renew online here or print the application form to send through the post.

August Day Trips

On the five Sundays during the month of August we hope to use the B walks as an opportunity to travel outside our local area and experience walking in the wider Munster and Leinster regions. These walks will be enjoyed best if the weather is good so they will only take place if the weather forecast for the particular day is favourable. Because of that, a decision on the walk will only be made on the preceding Thursday and the details will then be added to the walks schedule. If the weather is likely to be not good enough to travel, a local walk can be arranged for those who want it.
Some of the destinations under consideration for the walks are as follows.
Black Head Loop, the Burren, Co. Clare.
Loop in the Slieve Blooms, Co. Laois.
The Paps of Anu, Co. Kerry.
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.
Coumshingaun Loop, Co. Waterford.

The walks may be longer or slightly more difficult than the normal B walks but will be taken at an easy pace to suit all participants.
All Covid-19 regulations in place at the time will apply. If the 15 participants limit is still in place, the walks will be limited to that number on a first come, first served basis.

Wednesday June 16, 2021

16 June 2021

Sunday June 13, 2021

13 June 2021 13 June 2021 13 June 2021

Wednesday June 9, 2021

9 June 2021

Sunday June 6, 2021

6 June 2021

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



Mountaineering Ireland