Correspondence received from sources outside the Club

This page contains messages from other walking clubs or event organisers which have been received by the Galtee Walking Club.

Galway Walking Club's 21th Marathon and Half Marathon, Saturday, August 12th 2017

Hello to all,
I wanted to remind all those who may be interested in attending the 21st Galway Walking Club Annual Walking Marathon and Half Marathon of the event details for Saturday, August 12th 2017.
This year the Galway Walking Club, established in 1994, is celebrating its 21st annual marathon. The club's annual marathons and half marathons have taken place in some of the most scenic parts of Connemara and have attracted hundreds of participants. This year's route is from Killary to Maam Valley, mostly along the Western Way. It is mainly a flat walk, the highest point being Maumean at 259 metres, and while about one third of the walk is on the road the route is chiefly on green road or forest track. There are spectacular views of Killary Fjord, the Maumturks, and the Twelve Bens.
All participants receive a well earned meal in the Maam Valley Community Centre on completion of their walk. The registration form is available on the club website or by emailing the marathon PRO Ellen
Looby -
The walk will take place from the Community Centre, Maam Valley, Co Galway, on Saturday, August 12. This year’s registration fee for the marathon is €30. All details are available on the club website For any further details on the marathon contact either Jerry Lalor, marathon coordinator, at; or Ellen Looby, PRO, at
We look forward to hearing from you all and hope you can join us in celebrating the 21st anniversary of the marathon.
Brochure/registration form
For any further details or advice on the marathon please contact either:
Jerry Lalor*, the *Marathon Coordinator*, at  or Ellen Looby PRO, at
Kind Regards,
Ellen Looby

Siul Eile walking program and events

I am writing to see if you think your area would want to become part of an exciting walking project for rural mountain areas with Siul Eile.
My name is Liam Fleming from Clogheen, Co.Tipperary, a rural mountain area. Siul Eile came about because of a lack of locals utilising the natural resources that are surrounding them.
Siul Eile are groups of neighbouring rural communities coming together to form walking programs and challenges using the local environment in their own community.
We build walking programs using local under utilised resources such as quiet country roads, forest paths, tracks and trails.
It is designed for local communities to live quality healthy lives, socialise together and to combat rural isolation.
Since we started in  2016, in Clogheen Co. Tipperary and surrounding areas we have done over 120 walks, attended by over 450 individuals who between them walked over 27,000km, all in their own locality. The walkers were of all ages ranging from 4 years to 77 years. The walks were suitable for most people as almost all walks were between 3 and 8km with everyone walking at their own pace. The majority of walkers would have little experience of walking in forests or mountains.
Having already organised a few walks to promote the area, I seized on an opportunity through the G.A.A.'s Healthy Club Project. Through this the Couch to Mountain Top walking program arised. This involved four walks a week for 12 weeks, where we explored the Knockmealdowns extensively and also part of the Galtees. We had 160 locals take part in this program, who were amazed and surprised at all the trails on their doorstep as we rarely did the same route twice. The primary objective of showcasing what was on our doorstep had been realised. However a few other unexpected things also materialised from the program.
 One was that once the walkers got into the habit of getting out walking, they found it harder to miss a walk than go.Another was that once the program finished a lot of the walkers continued to meet up and go for their walks.  The other finding from the program was how much people enjoyed the social aspect of the walking. Modern Ireland has become very fast paced with people rushing from one thing to the next. The opportunities to meet and chat with your neighbours  are becoming few and far between. The church and pubs were once socialising pillars of communities but numbers nowadays going to either has dwindled dramatically. Even on a daily basis human interactions are becoming less and less as supermarkets and banks direct their customers to self serving machines rather than a bank clerk or till assistant.
Couch to Mountain Top brought neighbours together that would hardly ever get the opportunity to see each other and relationships strenghtened naturally.
Now that we could see that the social side was a very important aspect of Siul Eile, we set up the Howshecuttin'  program which involved night time walking in the dark months of October and November. The word was spreading about the enjoyment received from these walks and 50 or 60 people were turning up every night in the depts of winter to go walking on quite country roads but more importantly was the opportunity to have a chat with a neighbour.  
At the start of this year we started a new 12 week program called Community Hall Crawl which had us out 3 times a week culminating in a 36km road walk on the last Sunday in April. Along the route we stopped in 5 local community halls where each community tried to outdo the other in the spreads put on for the walkers!!
With a small bit of creativity I believe these walking programs can work in any place in Ireland but particularly in rural mountain areas.  
 Following on from our Couch to Mountain Top program, we were accepted to be part of BNest social enterprise incubation program being held in University of Limerick.
As part of that program we are looking to spread the impact of Siul Eile to other communities around the country. By the end of 2017 we are seeking to find 4-5 communities who would be interested in becoming part of a Siul Eile pilot program. We have tried out new programs this year in Killaloe Co.Clare and in Clonmel.
Siul Eile will provide start up knowledge, training and expertise to get Siul Eile up and running in your area. The idea is to organise different walking programs and events with a particular emphasis on rural communities, both in their own locality and in collaboration with other rural communities. I am contacting a number of communities in the Comeragh, Knockmealdown and Galtee region to see if they are interested in being part of energising their communities.It will also give your community a boost with large numbers regularly meeting up, bringing communities alive and strenghtening relationships.  
If you believe that your area has great potential for walking or would like greater numbers out walking together, then get in touch as soon as possible. If you think this social enterprise program is of interest to you or know someone who might be intersted, then please get in touch quickly as there is limited places to get involved in 2017.
We have  set up a facebook page,, if you would like to follow our progress. Also find attached some photos of our 2 exploits so far!! 
Liam Fleming | Founder | Siul Eile HQ, Clogheen, Co.Tipperary | t: 087 2268651 | e: | | 

Pilgrim Path Guided Group Walks 19th-26th August 2017 in Cork, Kerry, Wicklow and Mayo

On behalf of the Pilgrim Path Committee, I would like to invite Galtee Walking Club to join us on our special Heritage Week celebration of the Irish Pilgrim Paths. While these captivating medieval paths are open all year, for Heritage Week they will be even more accessible as we will be providing knowledgeable local guides, and you will be part of a group.
I would be most grateful if you could circulate this email to all members of Galtee Walking Club.
If your club would like to include one of these events in your calendar of summer walks, even better!
Our Heritage Week celebration takes place in four counties over six days:

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August - St. Finbarr's Pilgrim Path, Drimoleague to Gougane Barra, Co. Cork. 37km
Monday 21st August - Cnoc na dTobar, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. 9km
Tuesday 22nd August - Cosán na Naomh (The Saint's Path), Dingle, Co. Kerry. 18km
Thursday 24th August - St. Kevin's Way, Hollywood to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. 30km
Saturday 26th August - Tóchar na Phádraig, Ballintubber to Murrisk, Co. Mayo. 30km

All walkers who complete the full 125kms will receive a Teastas Oilithreachta (Pilgrim Completion Certificate).
Advance booking is essential, and must be made using the relevant email addresses and phone numbers below:
St. Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, Gougane Barra, Co. Cork, (Aug 19/20): (028) 31547; 086 1735134;; Facebook: St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Walk
Cnoc na dTobar, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry (Aug 21): 087 7942134;; Facebook: Cnoc na dTobar
Cosán na Naomh Dingle, Co. Kerry (Aug 22): 086 8191942;; Facebook: Cosán na Naomh/The Saints' Path
St. Kevin’s Way, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (Aug 24): 083 4328842; 087 2702099;; Facebook: GlendaloughPilgrimage
Tóchar Phádraig, Co. Mayo (Aug 26): 094 9030934;; Facebook: Ballintubber Abbey
Please visit or to learn more about our 12 Pilgrim Paths. If you are interested in visiting any of the Pilgrim Paths, please contact or 087 2240368, we would be delighted to assist you.

Galway Walking Club's 21th Marathon and Half Marathon, August 12th 2017

Hello to all,
As you know, the 21st Galway Walking Club Annual Walking Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, August 12th 2017. We would appreciate it if you could pass the details of our annual marathon onto your club members.
Pre-registration for the event is required and I have attached the registration form for your convenience. Otherwise, download the form from the club website at:  For your convenience I have attached a copy of the brochure/registration form, however, your club members could also download the form from the website at:
Registration for the event closes on Tuesday 08th August 2017.
We would appreciate responses from those intending to participate by that date. The walk will take place from the Community Centre Maam Valley on Saturday, August 12th 2017
This years registration fee for the marathon is *€30*.
For any further details on the marathon please contact either:
Jerry Lalor*, the *Marathon Coordinator*, at  or
Ellen Looby PRO, at
As you can see from the attached brochure, the marathon takes place in some of the most scenic places in Connemara.  The route is from Killary to Maam Valley mostly along the Western Way.   It is mainly a flat walk, the highest point being Maumean at 259 meters, and while about one third of the walk is on the road the route is chiefly on green road or forest track.  There are spectacular views of Killary Fjord, the Maumturks and the Twelve Bens along the route and the walk is a terrific way to experience this part of the country.  All participants receive a well earned meal in the Maam Valley community centre on completion of their walk.
We look forward to hearing from you and your fellow club members.We look forward to hearing from you and hope you enjoy your day.
Please let me know if you have any questions at
Kind Regards,
Ellen Looby

Fei Sheehy Challenge - 18th, 19th, 20th August, 2017

Fellow Walker,
Individual Challenge
You may have heard of the Fei Sheehy Challenge which took place for the first time in 2014. If you haven’t; it’s a three day, self-navigating hill walking challenge to ‘cross’ the Comeragh, Galty and Knockmealdown mountain ranges.
Pre-registered participants can elect to do one, two or three days and the money raised via registration fees and sponsorship is donated to charities/voluntary organisations. If you would like to raise funds for a charity of your own choosing, via sponsorship card or online, you can also do this.
To date, we have raised over €28,000..
We’ve decided to run the event again this year (18th, 19th, 20th August) and pre-registration is open. If you log on to the website you can pre-register now. Numbers are limited.
Club Challenge
There is a perpetual cup on offer for any club that is interested in taking on this challenge. The current holders of the trophy are Peaks Mountaineering Club Clonmel. In 2016 they took the title with 15 points (a point for each day that a walker completed a crossing). 3 of their members did 3 days (9 points), and 2 of them did 2 days (4 points) and 2 did 1 day (2 points).
If you and your club are interested in taking this Club Challenge on, please contact me,
On sleepy hallowed heathered ground; the walkers come to visit
They hold no fear of ascent or length, nothing shall inhibit.
They’ve travelled from all over; to cross three mountain ranges
To them it’s all about the walk, the people and exchanges.
Some committed early; determined not to waver
The thought of three days back-to-back, is something new to savour.
The challenge walkers come out in force; to them it’s another test
The single day event is grand; three days requires one’s best. 
A little girl inspired this walk; as brave as brave can be
It’s only fitting that monies raised; are gifted to charity.
Comeragh, Galty, Knockmealdown; are our challenge mountains
We’ll drink a toast on day three, to our healthy lives from fountains.
If you think our sport is about prestige; and of your rivals besting
It’s not you know, it’s simple as;  deliberate self-testing.
Come Sunday evening in Ballyporeen; a stranger might enquire
“What’s with all the energy and buzz? How come you are all not dead tired?”

Kind Regards,
Gerard Sheehy

Mountain Meitheal South East 2017 Work Schedule

To: Club Secretaries
The dates for this year's Mountain Meitheal South East are outlined below. We will be operating monthly from March to November. Again this year, workdays will be alternating between the northside and the southside of the Galtees. Meeting points and Leaders will be circulated before each date.
Sat, 11/03/17, 10.30am. Kilbehenny Community Centre (Southside of Galtees). Leader: Jimmy Barry. Co-leader: Phil Fitzpatrick.
Sun 09/04/17
Sat  13/05/17
Sun 11/06/17
Sat  22/07/17
Sun 20/08/17
Sat  16/09/17
Sun 22/10/17
Sat  11/11/17

Fundraising Kilimanjaro Climb for Pieta House

Hi, my name is Olivia Giltenane, I am contacting you to ask you would you support one of Ireland’s most respected charities, Pieta house. I will be climbing Kilimanjaro next July to raise €4,000 for Pieta House.
Thank you for your support to date.
If you would  like to support this worthy Charity please click on the link below.
Best wishes for 2017.

The Sallows, Eco-Accommodation, Events & Training Centre, Clogheen

I'm emailing you as my research on walking groups around Ireland has pointed me in your direction as the point of contact for a walking group/club. As a keen walker myself I  wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you and your walking group to our new Eco-Accomodation, Training and Events centre in Clogheen, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
If you have a moment I would really appreciate it if you could please take a moment to read my attached letter and introduce you to our new venture in Clogheen and some of the fantastic opportunities/activities that our local area has to offer walking clubs like yours.
Thank you for your time once again,
Garry Gleeson
The Sallows
Eco-Accommodation, Events & Training Centre
Address: Lower Main Street, Clogheen, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, E21 NW18, Ireland.
Office: 00353 52 7465700

Killarney Outdoor Winter Experience

Killarney Outdoor Winter Experience has five exclusive weekends of action packed activities planned for the Winter season. Our weekend package is great value at just €139 and is selling fast.
If your could like our Facebook page and share our great weekend getaway deal with your members (link below),  we will knock €10 euro of any members booking that's made before November 1st.
The weekend is perfect for singles, couples getaways, outdoor clubs, team bondings and we will do everything we can to cater for individual needs.
If you have any queries send us a message on Facebook or call on 0858204836
Kind Regards,
Chris at Killarney Outdoor Winter Experience

Hill Walking at Slieve League, Donegal, Aras Ghleann Cholm Cille

If you are planning a Hill Walking trip this year, why not avail of the great group facilities here at Áras Ghleann Cholm Cille. We offer great accommodation, in a fantastic location and at unbeatable prices. The truly spectacular walking routes at Slieve League, Slieve Touey and Glen Head are all on our doorstep.
Click here to see our website www,
Individuals or large (Up to 50) and small groups are welcome.
All our rooms private & en-suite, with piping hot showers
We offer Fáilte Ireland approved accommodation.
Rates from only €20 per person per night.
Free 24 hour shuttle service to/from local pubs/restaurants.
We have a wet entrance and large drying room on-site.
Prepared group meals also available.....& most importantly, with Slieve League only 10 minutes away we have a wealth of superb walking on our doorstep. 
Telephone Paul today on 00353 7497 30077  
Self Catering            €20 per person per night
B&B                          €25 per person per night 
Halloween Bank Holiday Weekend Specials
Self Catering    €49
B&B                   €59  
Our mailing address is:
Glencolumbkille, County Donegal, Ireland 

O’Callaghan Coach Holidays

Good Afternoon All,
Following our enjoyable and successful trip to Snowdon in April we are continuing on with our Walking Series.
O’Callaghan Coach Holidays in Killarney have teamed up with mountain guiding company KerryClimbing for a series of guided climbs.
We will be travelling to Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo in May and a Walking Holiday in Scotland including Ben Nevis this September. We would be delighted if you could share this email and the attached poster with your fellow climbers!
You can view our information page on our website by following this link:
O’Callaghan Coach Holidays would also be happy to arrange bespoke walking holidays for hill walking groups. If you would like a representative to call to your next members meeting to discuss our Walking Holidays to Mayo, Scotland or any other Walking Tours that you would be interested in, we would be delighted to do that.
Should you have any queries or require any further information on any of our tours, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Kindest regards,
Alice Thompson.


Galtee Walking Club