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

Getting Back Walking

Following the easing of restrictions club walks have begun again. Wednesday evening walks resumed from July 22 and Sunday walking starts on August 2nd.  However the virus has not gone away and many new regulations and restrictions will be needed so that walks can be carried out in safety.

The main points to note are as follows:

Just turning up at a walk will not be allowed. You must text or call the walk facilitator or another designated person during the two days before the walk but not later than 6pm on the evening before the walk.
The maximum number of people allowed on a walk is 15. If more than that number book in advance two walks with two faciltators will be provided, going in different directions where possible.
Do not carpool, except with people from your own household.
Maintain the 2 metres distance from others at all times.
Do not share any objects such as sweets, walking poles,water bottles, cameras etc.
Wash your hands before and after the walk.
Walks are for members only and no guests will be permitted. No new membership applications will be accepted until September when applications will open for 2020/2021.

If you can answer yes to any of the following questions please do not attend the walk.
  • Have you travelled outside of Ireland in the past 14 days?
  • Have you had any of the symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Have you been in contact with anyone who has Covid-19 in the past 14 days?
Please understand that you will be asked these questions again before the walk.

Notes for Walk Facilitators
You will need to take bookings for your walk by text during the two days before the walk. Please reply to each person to let them know the booking has been received. In the event of more than 15 people booking, you will need to have organised a second facilitator who will take a second group on a different route.
Names and phone numbers must be entered by you into the new sign-in sheet as well as tick marks if the walkers have answered no to the three Covid-19 questions and are current club members. If any of these two conditions are not met, the person should not be allowed on the walk. The new sign-in sheet can be downloaded here.
http://www.galteewalkingclub.ie/signinsheet.pdf
If the walk needs to be split because of more than 15 people you will need a seperate sign-in sheet for each group.
Before the walk remind everyone of the need for social distancing and the other necessary precautions listed above.
After the walk please take a photo of the completed sign-in sheet or sheets and send them to the phone number given at the bottom of the sheet.

If you think life's too short and all that feels like too much, then you can ask someone else to do the administration work for you and you can concentrate on navigating the route and providing an enjoyable walk. Any member of the committee would be willing to help.

Sunday August 9, 2020

9 August 2020 9 August 2020

Wednesday August 5, 2020

5 August 2020

Sunday August 2, 2020

2 August 2020 2 August 2020

Wednesday July 29, 2020

29 July 2020

Wednesday July 22, 2020. Club Walks are Back

22 July 2020 22 July 2020

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