About the Galtee Walking Club
club has been in existence since 2003 and was founded by a core group of hill walking enthusiasts from around the foothills of the Galtee mountains and the Glen of
Aherlow in South Tipperary. Since then, it has grown and diversified
and now has a membership drawn from a wide area. 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 an introductory hike.
Our category A walks are for advanced hill walkers and are the most
challenging, taking in 5 -7 hours on open mountain and forest track.
The B walks are also for experienced walkers but of shorter duration,
generally 4 hours and more moderately paced. And for those wishing to
develop their hill walking skills, we offer category C walks which are
of approximately two hours duration, mostly on forest track.
Weekly walks take place on Sundays from September to June and on
Wednesday evenings throughout the Summer. Walks are mostly located in
the Galtee, Knockmealdown and Comeragh mountains as well as Slievenamon
and the Ballyhoura range. We also have weekends away at home and trips
overseas as well as offering a full complement of walks for the annual
Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking festival.
In addition, the club offers two major annual challenges starting with
our Palm Sunday Marathon and culminating in the 10 hour Galtee
(entire range) at the end of June.
The club is a full member of Mountaineering Ireland.
The Club's Beginnings
Danny Bailey and Larry Joy leading the first Galtee Walking Club walk
on a cold Sunday, February 2nd, 2003.
The walk on Slievenamuck started
Christ the King Statue at 2pm.
The Club started from the vision of three people
who were members of Aherlow Fáilte, Billy Kingston, Helen Morrissey and
Mandy Parslow. Their ideas were put forward at a meeting in O'Heneys in
Bansha on January 21st 2003 with an attendance of 65 people. Plans were
made with great expectation and excitement which resulted in a
committee being formed and the birth of Galtee Walking Club. Our first
walk was on February 2nd 2003 from Christ the King Statue, Aherlow. The
leader was club chairman, Larry Joy.
The first club officers and committee were as follows:
Chairman: Larry Joy, Emly
Secretary: Noel Gubbins, Thomastown
Treasurer: Breda Ryan, Tipperary
Nora Ó Murchú, Ballyglass
Noel Gubbins, Thomastown,
Matt Ryan, Bansha
Larry Joy, Emly
Billy O Donnell, Emly
Margaret Magner, Bansha
Jerry Morrissey, Bansha
Josephine Tierney, Kilshane
Noel McGrath, Emly
Nora Ó Murchú, Ballyglass
Mary O’Brien, Tipperary Town
Rody Tierney, Kilshane
Mary White, Golden
Breda Ryan, Ballinleenty, Tipperary
Pat Ryan, Ballinleenty, Tipperary
Owen Ryan, Reddans Walk, Tipperary
Mandy Parslow, Glen of Aherlow
Mary Kavanagh, Bansha
Jerry White, Bansha
A copy of the report on the first meeting can be seen here