Correspondence received from sources outside the ClubThis page contains messages from other walking clubs or event organisers which have been received by the Galtee Walking Club.
Survey on Rural Holiday AccommodationDear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to you looking for some feedback from your club on a potential business venture that I am researching. This feedback is in the form of a very short survey containing just 7 multiple choice questions, which will take no longer than 1 minute to complete. I have attached the link to this survey below:
I understand that most people live busy lives, but any response from members of your club would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much for your time.
Comeragh Crossing & Challenge, Saturday 7th July 2018Dungarvan Hill Walking Club is delighted to announce that this years Comeragh Crossing is on Saturday 7th July 2018 and the entries are now open via the club web site.
Sunrise Summit Challenge for Red Cross, Saturday, 26th May, 2018Greetings to all the members of Galtee Walking Club,
I am getting in touch with you to let you know about an event that we are organising.
Following on from the snow last week and people suffering from cabin fever, perhaps now is the perfect time to give yourselves a challenge.
The Irish Red Cross Sunrise Summit Challenge will be taking place once more in six beautiful mountains across Ireland. We are very excited and would really like to have you and your colleagues on board.
The idea is to climb the mountain of choice and watch the sunrise from the peak.
This year the we are doing the climb on the following mountains and each group will be guided by specially trained mountain guides, getting them safely through the darkness and up the mountain peaks:
Carrauntoohil – Co. Kerry
Lugnaquilla – Co. Wicklow
Djouce – Co. Wicklow
Galtymore – Co. Tipperary
Mweelrea – Co. Mayo
Errigal – Co. Donegal
To take part you'll just have to get onto our website and pay a registration fee of only €50.00. This year we are also opening the event to groups therefore you can register yourself and 3 more friends for €150 and take part in this exciting event as a group. We are also asking participants to raise €100.
Register today by following the link https://www.redcross.ie/sunrisesummit
Should you have any queries don't hesitate in contacting me on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring me on 01 642 46 16.
Don't miss out on this great opportunity to see some incredible views, meet great people and challenge yourself while helping people in crisis!!
Irish Ramblers motion for Mountaineering Ireland AGM, 24th March 2018Dear fellow Hillwalker
Mountaineering Ireland (MI) AGM on 24th March - Ramblers Motion
Following our communication to your hillwalking club last November, regarding an MI Hillwalking Committee, a motion on the topic has been submitted to MI and will be voted on at the MI AGM in the Aherlow House Hotel on Saturday 24th March. By clicking the link MI Motion from Irish Ramblers you can read the motion.
To date, we have received a substantially positive response to our proposal from other clubs and from some of the MI Board and staff with whom we have spoken. In addition, it was well received by the clubs in attendance at the Dublin MI Regional Meeting which was organised to canvas input for the MI Strategic Plan 2018-2021.
As we have said previously, MI’s hillwalking members make up a significant majority of the MI membership and there is acceptance that the MI focus on the sport of hillwalking may not be at a sufficient level of intensity to ensure adequate future development. This is why we are advocating a Hillwalking Committee – a part of MI specifically serving hillwalkers.
Carrying this particular members’ motion at the AGM makes the creation of a hillwalking committee a specific objective to be supported by the whole organisation. As with the Climbing Committee, the Hillwalking Committee should also be fully integrated and supported by the relevant parts of the Strategic Plan.
If your club hasn’t already decided, we would encourage you to send delegates to the AGM and we would ask that you support the motion to ensure the development of MI’s services to hillwalkers and hillwalking.
We would also appreciate if you could forward this communication to your membership as some of them may have made arrangements to attend the Spring Gathering on a personal basis.
We appreciate your support.
President - Irish Ramblers Club
Email: email@example.com Website: www.theramblers.ie Facebook: facebook.com/siulori/
Celtic Camino Festival, April 13th -15th 2018Hello
I'm writing to you from the Camino Society Ireland to tell you about our the 1st Celtic Camino Festival in Westport in April 13th -15th.
This first Festival will promote pilgrim walks in Mayo, on the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail and on Tochar Padraig. "Bringing the Camino to Ireland"
We are a voluntary non-profit organisation who provide independent, non commercial information to people planning to walk on the Camino in Spain and now in Ireland via the Celtic Caminos in Ireland.
Specific details of the festival can be found here: Celtic-Camino-Festival-2018.
The society website gives you a good indication of our activities.
I hope you find this of interest and that you will share it with your members.
Thank you for your time.
Director - Camino Society Ireland.
Rhododendron Walking Festival, June bank holiday weekend, 2018Good afternoon
I hope you don't mind me contacting you by email.
My name is Noreen and I’m a member of the newly formed Rhododendron Walking Festival Committee. The Committee is made up of members of Siúl Eile, a local walking group which was set up last year. Siúl Eile in conjunction with Knockmealdown Active are organising a walking festival for the June bank holiday weekend. This is our first event of this kind and we are hoping it will be very successful.
Many of the finer details are yet to be finalised but we are keen to promote initial details at this point and this is why I’m contacting you. Attached is a poster in relation to the event and we would be grateful if you would print and circulate this as you see fit.
If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact me.
Thanking you in advance
PRO on behalf of The Rhododendron Walking Festival Committee
Hillwalking Day - Ireland, 01/01/2019
An idea that you, as a hillwalking club, may be interested in.
If you are, please let me know and I will include you on the List of Participating Clubs.
Full details below.
The purpose of this letter is to introduce the idea of a designated Hillwalking Day.
I’m looking for progressive Hillwalking Clubs that will embrace the idea, participate on the day and drive it forward.
The initiative is not aligned with any organisation, group, or club within our community. It’s a solo run. I won’t be organising events or walks on the designated day. There won’t be a mass gathering in the centre of the Country to have a celebratory walk and a knees up after it.
If a Club, wants to organise a walk on the specified day then we can promote it via Social Media ( @HillwalkingDay on Twitter and @HillwalkingDayIreland on FaceBook) and a designated Hillwalking Day website but it will be up to those organising a walk to make a success of it.
If you’re a Club (or Individual member) that goes out on the hill on a regular basis, you might consider the following:
- Do something that you wouldn’t normally do eg. a night or sunrise walk
- Go somewhere that you don’t normally go to eg. a stand alone mountain that otherwise doesn’t interest you
- Set yourself a target for the year and start on that day
- Bring a friend with you that keeps saying ‘I must go out with you sometime…’
- Show someone how to correctly use a map and compass (or ViewRanger)
- Walk with a FB 'Friend' (or two) that you've never met
Get your thinking cap on. The more novel you can make it, the better.
You have a wealth of knowledge; from footwear to clothing to equipment: from navigation to safety: from fitness to nutrition, etc. so share it with those around you that are already hillwalking and those that aspire to be hillwalkers under your tutelage.
What else would you be doing on the 1st of January…...?
Knockmealdown Crossing, 7th April 2018A Chara
Can you please diary the 7th April for the Knockmealdown crossing and inform your members.
This walk has three different levels to suit all walkers and full details are on our website www.peaksmcclonmel.ie .
Peaks Mountaineering Club
The Ballyhoura Walking Festival 4th - 7th May, 2018Celebrating 25 years, its the longest runing walking festival in Ireland. The bank holiday weekend will consist of 3 A walks, there will also be a Single's walk, a Night walk, Mindfulness walk and family fun nature trail walk, also included are healthy food & nutrition workshops and Storytelling.
The festival provides an opportunity to explore some of Ballyhoura Country’s stunning countryside in the company of guides. The Festival features a packed programme of walks for all abilities, from the enthusiastic well-equipped walker, to the gentle ramblers who are out to enjoy pleasant guided walks in the company of local experts in the fields of heritage, archaeology, history, flora and fauna.
Fei Sheehy Challenge 2018Dear Club Secretary,
Attached is information on the above challenge which you can distribute to your members, as registration is open.
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 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 €32,000.
We’ve decided to run the event again this year (17th, 18th, 19th August). Pre-registration is open and we have 14 more registered this year than on the same date last year . If you log on to the website http://www.feisheehychallenge.net/registration.html you can pre-register now. Numbers are limited.
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 Wayfarers Hiking Club. In 2017 they took the title with 15 points (a point for each day that a walker completed a crossing). All 5 of their members/participants did 3 days.
If you and your club are interested in taking this Club Challenge on, please contact me -
Mountain Meitheal South East Work Schedule 2018Dear All,
The dates for next year's Mountain Meitheal South East Work Schedule are decided. We will be operating monthly from February through November, starting on Sunday February 18. Work will continue on the main project at Galty Castle/ King's Yard on the Southside of the Galtees. Meeting time is 1015 am sharp at the Kilbehenny Community Centre, Kilbehenny.
We would kindly ask you to circulate this notice to your members and those on your mailing lists.
We are hoping for another record turnout next year as there is much work to be done - "many hands make light work". So let's get started on a roll - get out, get dirty and give something back.
Sunday 18th February, 2018 meet at Kilbehenny Community Centre @ 1015am (Exit 12 off the M8)
Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied. For this track we would also recommend you bring a pair of wellingtons as it is rather muddy!
New members, over the age of 18, are always welcome so why not come out with us on any of our Work Days in 2018 to see how we work and what we do. Hands on training is provided by trained leaders and our work is not all heavy duty, light touch is our motto. Routine maintenance is regularly carried out, such as fern cutting, branch cutting and clearing tracks and pathways. One day a month for whatever time you can give will be much appreciated.
Mobile: 085 130 4540
Connemara Mountain Walking Festival, Leenane, May 4th to 7th, 2018As you start to make plans for 2018, we hope that our festival will be part of them. This year we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary so we are planning to celebrate in style with some extra special walks, more entertainment & great packages from local businesses.
We are now taking bookings for the A & B Walks over the weekend with the C walks etc to be announced later. Dont worry these special walks wont clash with the A,B or C walks so you could fit 2 in a day!
Saturday 5th walks - A Benbaun & B Sheffry mountains
Sunday 6th - A Mweelrea & B Maumtrasna
We will have times & also the evening programme available closer to the date - keep an eye on our facebook page for updates.
You can view the walk descriptions here.
Cost of weekend: €35 for 1 day or €65 for 2 days (Sat &Sun). 10% Discount for groups of 10 or more – must all be booked ONLINE at the same time. This discount ONLY applies to online purchases. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about group discount.
Price includes qualified guides and local guides from the area, transport to and from each walk, maps, tea/coffee etc.
Fei Sheehy Challenge 2018Dear Club,
This challenge will be held again in 2018 - 17th , 18th & 19th August.
Are you happy to have your club associated with the event again this year?
The actual wording on the website is:
"This event is supported by and organised in conjunction with the following Mountaineering Ireland member clubs:
Peaks Mountaineering Club
Na Sléibhte Hillwalking Club
Galty Walking Club
Nire Valley Bogtrotters"
A simple yea or nay will suffice and I'll revert to you when we have a better idea of what kind of support we might need on the day/s, or in the run up to it.
Phone : 086 - 8269765
Greetings from the "land across the forests", as "Transylvania" would translate from Latin. The name does have a special something, and Bram Stoker was among the first to bank on the opportunity. Mystical forests deep into uncharted territory sounded just about the right kind of birthplace for Dracula, a soon-to-be world-famous book and movies character.
A few centuries later, in the present days, Transylvania is part of Romania, which is part of the European Union. However, some of the mystery air of an undiscovered country still persists. Being at some distance from the main Central European touristic attractions, Transylvania isn't (yet) flooded with hordes of visitors. There still is a strong rural air, with plenty of places to enjoy the traditional lifestyle of a country village, with straight-forward, no-nonsense delicious home-made food, with rolling hills still covered with majestic forests, with impressive mountains that hold their nickname "The Transylvanian Alps" in great pride.
The best way to experience the finest of what Transylvania has to offer is through a hike, mountain bike or snow shoeing adventure. We've been doing just that for the last 17 years, in a small-scale touristic business focusing on quality rather than quantity, connecting humans and nature in authentic experiences. Check out our trip reports, with tones of 100% authentic imagery and testimonials on our websites: www.mountainguide.ro and www.mtbtours.ro.
Currently we are looking for business partners that share our philosophy, i.e. offering fine outdoors adventures and experiences in Transylvania for selected audiences, in tailor made, fully-guided trips with everything covered: accommodation, transport, meals, etc.
My name is Iulian Cozma, enthusiast mountain guide, owner and manager of the licensed travel agency behind www.mountainguide.ro, and I invite you to get in touch with us to discuss possible adventure tours, be it for hikers, mountain bikers or winter enthusiasts.
All the best from Transylvania, Romania,
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Across The Picos De EuropaIbex Trex Group Walking Holidays
Picos De Europa
We have an amazing walking holiday available for groups. Walking across the Western and central massifs taking in the best areas of the Picos De Europa. Walking from Espinama and Fuente De, we walk to Sotres a mecca for walking in the Picos De Europa. We then walk onto the Naranjo de Bulnes and onto Poncebos and the Cares Gorge via Bulnes. Finally finishing in Arenas De Cabrales. We also add a day and night in either Santander or Bilbao.
The price is 675 Euro per person and includes 7 nights en-suite hotel accommodation, all breakfasts and 6 evening meals, lunches on walk days, onward luggage transfers, transfers from Santander or Bilbao, 5 days of beautiful walking and a chance to see either Bilbao or Santander on the final day and night.
There is a 120 Euro single room supplement.
For groups we offer 2 free places per group of 10!!
Please contact us if you are interested in Ibex Trex Walking Holidays organising an excellent group walking holiday.
Our mailing address is:
Ibex Trex - Walking Holidays
12 wetherby road
17 south parade
leeds, Eng ls211bx
Just a quick e-mail to introduce Boolakennedy Luxury Self Catering Farm Cottages Tipperary to the holiday market.
Comprising of two houses set in a private yard refurbished to an extremely high standard and all without losing their charm.
What makes them unique to other properties on the market is being situated at the foot of the Galtee Mountains with unhindered panoramic views of the Knockmealdown Mountains and all this located within a small working farm giving it a close to nature feel.
Amenities locally represent such interests as historical, walking, cycling, fishing, golf, horse riding, motorcycle and car tours.
Located 10kms from the Historic Town of Cahir, Co.Tipperary and 4 minutes from Juntion 11 on the M8 Motorway gives quick access to Cork airport in just 50 minutes.
We also have our own 8 passenger bus offering day tours to places of interest be it local or for instance say the” Cliffs Of Moher” . We also have a premium package that includes collection and return to airports such as Cork, Shannon, Waterford and Dublin.
Please visit our website boolakennedy.irish for a full insight of what we have to offer.
I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time to read our email and look forward to your response.
Siul Eile walking program and eventsHi
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, facebook.com/siuleile, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.Siuleile.com | facebook.com/siuleile
The Sallows, Eco-Accommodation, Events & Training Centre, ClogheenI'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,
Eco-Accommodation, Events & Training Centre
Address: Lower Main Street, Clogheen, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, E21 NW18, Ireland.
Office: 00353 52 7465700
Killarney Outdoor Winter ExperienceKillarney 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
Chris at Killarney Outdoor Winter Experience
Hill Walking at Slieve League, Donegal, Aras Ghleann Cholm CilleIf 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,arasgcc.com
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
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Self Catering €49
Our mailing address is:
Glencolumbkille, County Donegal, Ireland
O’Callaghan Coach HolidaysGood 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!