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

Easing of Covid restrictions

From September 20th, many of the Covid related restrictions for walking clubs have been removed or eased.
The restriction on the number of participants in a walk has been removed.
Car-pooling is now allowed but people sharing transport should be aware of the increased risk and take appropriate precautions.
The Galtee Walking Club has decided to keep the pre-registration for walks but anyone who just turns up will not be refused.
Guest walkers are now welcome and can take part in up to 3 walks.

Club AGM

The Galtee Walking Club AGM will be held in the Excel Centre, Tipperary, at 8pm on Thursday, October 28th.
The meeting is open to all members and anyone wishing to join the club on the night.

New Members

It is now possible for people wishing to join the club to apply for membership for the 2021/2022 season. This means you will have extended membership in your first year as the club year ends on October 31st 2022.
Information for people wishing to join can be seen on this page.
Details of fees and the online application form are available on this page.

Sunday October 17, 2021

17 October 2021

Thanks also to Mary Murphy for her C walk on the Slieve Riadh Loop.

Sunday October 10, 2021

10 October 2021 10 October 2021

Sunday October 3, 2021

3 October 2021 3 October 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