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.

Fei Sheehy Challenge 2018

Dear Club Secretary,
Attached is information on the above challenge which you can distribute to your members, as registration is open.

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 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 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 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 -

Kind Regards,
Gerard Sheehy

Healthy Limerick Initiative, Jan 15 - Mar 9, 2018

Dear Galtee Walking club,
Here is a link to the walking program we have organised as part of the Healthy Limerick Initiative
We are hoping to link people into the club. If you would like to come along/help lead walks or have any ideas for us I would love to hear them.
Thanks - Happy New Year.

Mountain Meitheal South East Work Schedule 2018

Dear 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.
Rgds/Catherine (Quinlan)
Secretary MMSE
Mobile: 085 130 4540

Killarney Mountain Festival, March 9th, 10th and 11th 2018

To whom it concerns,
I am contacting you as part of the organising committee of the 2018 inaugural Killarney Mountain Festival. This spectacle and celebration of all things mountain related and will take place over the weekend of March 9th/10th and 11th of March 2018 and will aim to serve as the biggest and best social event for outdoor enthusiasts in Ireland and will take place in the vibrant and bustling town of Killarney, County Kerry - Ireland's true adventure capital.
The festival will be run in close association and with the support of the Kendal Mountain Festival in the U.K and be aligned, organised and run along this very same vein featuring a multitude of exciting weekend long activities from award winning adventure movies, free informative and interesting workshops, free exhibitions, family activities, featured hikes, scrambles and climbs, Musical entertainment, and an amazing programme of guest speakers.
So far we have some renowned and inspirational speakers confirmed such as Andy Cave, Stephen Venables, Cameron McNeish, Dermot Somers & Dawson Stelfox, Jasper Winn and be screening such high profile and award winning feature films such as BBC Planet Earth – Mountains, Magnetic Mountains and the critically acclaimed – Mountain.
A central and integral part of the weekend long celebration is our 'Basecamp' which will act as the central social hub of the festival and host location for much of the featured activities including FREE talks & lectures, FREE workshops & displays, food, refreshments & beverages, exhibits etc.
Located inside the festival marquee erected in a large designated area at the back of the Killarney Plaza Hotel, it will be 'the' place to hang out and will be furnished & crafted out of reclaimed wood and dressed with Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags, cool Mountain images and signifying our ‘village’ as the social hub of the Festival. Many of the top outdoor brands will be joining us to offer creative insights and demonstrations of their latest lovely gear.
The 'Mountain hut' bar will be open all day so Festival goers can browse, chill, relax and enjoy a beer or coffee (or even two) and the Basecamp Stage will host a FREE programme of music, speakers, and displays.
Hopefully you can make it! Would you mind helping us spread the word and sharing with your members? This is a not for profit festival with the aims of celebrating, inspiring and exciting.

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Three Day Walking Festival  – March 9th, 10th & 11th 2018

To whom it may concern,
At present we are in the process of planning our 2018 Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival.
Our 2018 festival is taking place on the 9th, 10th & 11th of March. We hope to see you there.
Please find below itinerary for our March 2018 Walking Festival.

Day 1:   Friday 9th March 2018
0830 hrs sharp. Meeting Point at car park outside Corleys Pub Ballintubber across from TheAbbey. Transport provided  to starting point.
0900 hrs.    Registration Balla Community Centre. Tea/Coffee Refreshments provided.
0930 hrs.  Commence Walk from Balla to Ballintubber (18.0km)
Refreshment stop – Tuffys Pub- Tea/Coffee sandwiches provided.
1500 to 1700 hrs.  Finish Day 1 in Corleys Pub Ballintubber.

Day 2:   Saturday 10th March 2018
0830 hrs sharp.  Meeting Point  Aughagower Village (at rear of church). Transport to start.
0900 hrs. Registration Corleys Pub  Ballintubber. Tea/Coffee Refreshments provided.
0930 hrs.  Commence Walk from Ballintubber to Aughagower (23km)
Refreshment Stop – Killawalla -Tea / Coffee sandwiches provided.
1600 to 1800 hrs.  Arrive at Aughagower Village.

Day 3:   Sunday 11th March 2018
0830 hrs sharp.  Meeting Point in Murrisk – Car park at the base of Croagh Patrick.  Transport to starting point.
0900 hrs.  Registration Aughagower Community Centre. Tea/Coffee Refreshments provided.
0930 hrs.    Commence Walk from Aughagower to Murrisk (19 km)
Refreshment Stop – Brackloon  – Tea / Coffee sandwiches provided
1600 to 1800 hrs.  Arrive at Murrisk.

Price- €20 per day or €50 for 3 days
Transport will be provided each morning to ferry Walkers from the Meeting point to the Starting point. This means that your personal transport will be at the end of your destination on arrival each day.
Booking in advance by phone at 094 9030687

Kind Regards
Brendan Murphy
Pauline Dixon
Jane O'Grady 
Development Workers
Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail
Clogher Commuinty Centre
Co. Mayo
Tel: 0949030687 

Connemara Mountain Walking Festival, Leenane, May 4th to 7th, 2018

As 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 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.

Trek to the Moroccan Sahara, March 15th to March 22nd, 2018

Good afternoon,
After a long winter with damp weather and dark evenings, what about a trek in March in the Sahara Desert?  The temperatures will be lovely for walking and the vast blue skies will cheer us up.  The dates for the trek are from March 15th to March 22nd.  
This is a unique opportunity for discovering the desert and its very special environment.  Walking at the slow pace of the caravan, you can let time go by and soak up the magic of the desert.  The trek goes from sand dunes to high plateaus and we walk 4-5 hours daily.  We aim to arrive to the campsites around 3pm to enjoy the beautiful light of late afternoons and to have time to relax.  The camps are set in lush oasis and palm groves, close to the wells where nomadic people gather.  The trek is led by Nabyl, a very experienced mountain leader from the Atlas Mountains and Director of Oxygen Atlas.  His team will look after us and their dromedaries will carry the luggage and equipment.  
If you wish to have more information, you can contact me on 086 8848644.  I would appreciate if you could let me know by mid-January if you are interested in joining the trek.  The total price is approximately €1000 (depending on the price of the flights at the time of booking).
 If you wish to organise a trek for your walking club, don't hesitate to contact me.  We would be delighted to organise a trek tailored to your group’s level of fitness and experience.
Looking forward to hearing from you and wishing you a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Best regards,
Beatrice Lasserre 

Fei Sheehy Challenge 2018

Dear 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

Boolakennedy Luxury Self Catering Farm Cottages

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 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 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: | | 

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