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

Walks and AGM Cancelled

In view of the Government's decision to move the country to level 5 of the Covid-19 restrictions for 6 weeks, all club walks have been cancelled up to December 1st. The club AGM, scheduled for October 29th has also been cancelled. Outdoor exercises such as walking or cycling are now only allowed within 5 km of your home.
Details of Mountaineering Ireland's advice for the current situation can be seen here.

Membership for 2020/2021 now open

Although the walks have been cancelled for now, applications for membership are still being accepted for the next club year, November 2020 to October 2021. Existing members should renew before walks hopefully resume on December 6th and we welcome applications from any new people who would like to join the club. Membership taken out now will last until October 31st, 2021.
You can join or renew online here or print the application form to send through the post.

On this Day

26 October 2014

Sunday 18 October, 2020

18 October 2020 18 October 2020 18 October 2020

Sunday 11 October, 2020

11 October 2020 11 October 2020 The Limerick Division of the Galtee Walking Club descended on the mystical setting of Lough Gur and it's Heritage Centre today. On arrival we were greeted by the site manager Alice and tour guide Morgan. Conditions were good and we all enjoyed a very informative talk as he delved into the megalithic, neolithic and folklore of the place as we climbed Knockfinnan and Knockadoon. We visited the Heritage centre to purchase copies of the book, 'The Farm By Lough Gur' before we settled down to early afternoon coffee.  Denny O'Dwyer

 11 October 2020

Sunday 4 October, 2020

4 October 2020 4 October 2020

Sunday 27 September, 2020

27 September 2020 27 September 2020

Sunday 20 September, 2020

20 September 2020
See route on Viewranger

20 September 2020

Sunday 13 September, 2020

13 September 2020 13 September 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