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.

Silvermines Rambling Festival, Saturday 1st July, 2017

Dear friends in walking,
May I take this brief opportunity to tell you a little bit about the Silvermines Rambling Festival 2017.
As it's our first year we're starting off small and the festival takes place for one day only on Saturday 1st July, 2017 with a view to making it an annual weekend event on the last weekend in June. There will be 3 walks in the morning (easy, moderate, challenging), a soup and sandwich lunch, an historical walk to take in the village and mining area in the afternoon and then a bit of music and craic that evening in Hickey's Bar & Lounge in the village. Registration for the walks is at Hickey's Bar & Lounge on Saturday 1st July and starts at 10am for the challenging walk, 10.30am for the moderate walk and 11am for the easy walk with the purpose of getting everyone down at the same time and make it easier to feed the masses. A bus will bring you up to the starting point of each walk and there will be a leader and sweeper attached to every group. Participants are advised to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
We have 3 lots of accommodation in the village, 1 B&B (Sheehans/Hillview) and 2 self catering (Paul Fox & Timmy Young) and anyone interested in these should enquire directly. If hotels are more your style then the Abbeycourt Hotel, Nenagh and Lake View Hotel, Ballina/Killaloe are only a 10 minutes drive away and we have a local taxi service too (Arra Travel, Andy Kennedy). We may also have the use of a large field in the village for camper vans and tents - to be confirmed.
The cost of the festival is €10 per adult or €20 per family and is great value for money, bus and lunch included.
For more information please have a look at our Facebook & Twitter pages where the photos are sure to stun and impress!!
I hope this has whetted your appetite and I would be grateful if you could circulate this email among your members and friends. The committee are very excited about showing off our fantastic Parish to everyone and we hope you can join us on Saturday 1st July.
Best Wishes,
Conor Delaney, Festival Chairman

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

40th Anniversary Lug Challenge Walk - 24th June, 2017

You might like to advise your  members that registration for the 2017 Lug Challenge Walk is open. This is the 40th Anniversary of the Challenge Walk which finishes on Leinster's highest peak. For registration, gpx file, video and more details click on the following link
Terry Leonard

Foxford Walking Festival Bank holiday weekend 3 and 4 June 2017

Dear Club secretary,
I would appreciate very much if you could please circulate the attached flyer to your members.
This is the 6th Foxford Walking Festival, and we hope there is a walk or two on over the 2 days of interest to your members / friends.
Many thanks,
Loretta Moore secretary, Foxford Walking Festival

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