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Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival, 8th,9th and 10th of March 2019

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail 10th Anniversary Walking Festival in association with Croi.
The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival will host its annual walking festival on the 8th,9th and 10th of March 2019. This year once again the proceeds of the festival will go to Croi, the registered heart and stroke charity.
Walkers will experience the beautiful scenery of County Mayo and visit the many heritage sites on the National Way Marked Way 63 km trail.
The walk is guided and the cost is €20 per day or €50 for all three days. Individuals, groups and clubs are all welcome. Registration is available online at or by sending us a cheque or one can register on the morning of any of the walks..
For more information email or call 094 90 30687.
Please visit or
Be lovely to see you there
Brendan Murphy
Pauline Dixon
Development Workers
Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail
Clogher Community Centre
Co. Mayo
Tel: 0949030687 

Ballylanders Macra Head to Head walk 2019, in aid of Focus Ireland

Hi my name is Denise Murphy. I'm chairperson of Ballylanders Macra. We are holding a virtual walk from Malin Head to Mizen Head (554km) in aid of Focus Ireland between January and March and we were wondering would ye like to enter a group.
The idea is that groups of up to 10 people will work together to walk the distance of the length of Ireland. Groups will let our leaders know what distance they have walked each week and we will add them up and let them know where they are along the route. Its only €10 per person and there will be medals at the end😁
If your club is interested or wants more info contact me or follow our Facebook page Ballylanders Macra Head to Head walk 2019 on Facebook. We are taking entries from now until January 13th.

Is the Camino on your clubs bucket list?

Dear Galtee Walking Club,
I hope you are keeping well and enjoying the autumnal weather we’re enjoying at the moment.  
Have you planned your club’s annual walking getaway for 2019 yet? Has your club walked the Camino de Santiago yet? We’re an Irish company based in Galway who now offer self-guided tours along the amazing last 160 km from O’Cebreiro to Santiago on the famous Camino Frances trail.  
All of your walkers will receive their well-earned Compostela Certificate at the end of the adventure and the prices start from €299 per person.
Your club will experience the beautiful Galician countryside, indulge in tasty Spanish food and drink and enjoy great camaraderie amongst all the pilgrims with one goal in mind - entering the doors of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.  
All of the tours include accommodation in carefully selected B&Bs, a continental breakfast each morning and luggage transfers. As the tours are self-guided you will receive a comprehensive walking pack, containing detailed route notes and maps for your hike, as well as suggestions for evening meals, and information of the region.
If you wanted to take a bigger group on the Camino, we are offering our self-guided Camino tour for groups up to 16 people and if you book with more than 10 people, we will give you a colourful St. James photobook each and a handy Plaster Kit in case of any hiking wear and tear.  
Our experienced team will be here for you every step of the way and our five star reviews on Trustpilot, TripAdvisor and Google are testament to our willingness to help you out in any way possible. Feel free to give us a call on (091) 763994 if you have any questions or if you’d prefer, e-mail us at
Buen Camino,
Marketing Coordinator
P.S. Is ‘Hiking the Camino’ on your bucket list? See why it makes sense to book your Camino walking trip ASAP!

"Undiscovered Spain" Hillwalking 2019

Hi Guys
Hope you all enjoyed a super year on the hills & that next year offers you continued enjoyment.  Regarding the attached tours, I am hoping that it is of interest to you & would be grateful if you would circulate this info to your members & friends. 
Over the past three years members of some 20 hill walking clubs have enjoyed their experience.  The tour programs attached are generic & may be modified to fit the club’s briefing.  The group of guides we use are fully qualified mountain guides from the local regions & are very experienced at all levels A+/A/B/C.   This coming year 2019 the tour program has a range of stunningly beautiful places on offer, all within two hour direct flights from Dublin.  Hill walkers have the opportunity to enjoy a choice of stunning hill walking regions & walking routes to suit every level, competence & capability.
The core programs for 2019 are attached & are all inclusive, except for flights.   While hill walking is the core ingredient, the focus is to give walkers a  holistic experience that also includes an insight into the region’s geology, culture, gastronomy & living history.   Each tour program is tailored to meet the brief of the club/clients.  The tour company Rumboapicos has presented indicative prices for the 2019 program which may be negotiable dependent on program content, numbers of walkers & tour dates.
Picos de Europa  
Picos de Europa Experience – 8 days/7nights/5 walks/1 free day – levels A+,A,B – (May to end Oct) – from €820*
Picos “Big Trek”- hut to hut – 8 days/7nights/5 walks/1 free day – level A+, A – (June to end Oct) – from €780**
Western Pyrenees (New 2019)
Pyrenees Experience – 8 days/7nights/5 walks/1 free day - levels A+,A,B – (mid June to end Oct) – from €895***
South Picos & Montana de Riano (New 2019)
Montana de Riano Experience - 8 days/7nights/5 walks/1 free day – levels A+,A,B – (May to end Oct) – from €795****
Camino del Norte
Available Guided or Unguided^^ - 8 days/7nights/5 walks/1 free day – (April to Nov) – from €695^^
For details of the core programs & any further information please see the contact details below.
Best regards & happy walking in 2019
Kevin Heery
Phone: +353 87 2248694
Associate tour company:
Josť Miguel Real
TEL +34 985 401 458
Movil + 34 610 528 111

Picos de Europa with the HOPE Foundation, June 26th to July 3rd, 2019

Hello there,  
I am contacting your club on behalf of The Hope Foundation (CHY 13237), an Irish run NGO based in Cork and Dublin, with regard to our new trip to Picos de Europa in the summer of 2019. Our organisation has facilitated a hike through the Himalayas for several years, which has raised vital funds for our projects in operation in Kolkata. Please click here for more details.  
This year, we are delighted to announce the beginning a new hiking trip to Picos de Europa 2019, with our partners at Namaste Nomad. We would like to extend to you and your members an opportunity to take part in our trip to Northern Spain next summer, whilst also helping us change the lives of children in Kolkata, offering them safety and the opportunity of a better future.  
To briefly discuss what we do here, the Hope Foundation aims to provide a better future for homeless or street-associated children and vulnerable families in Kolkata, India. We have upwards of sixty projects currently underway in a range of sectors from health, education, shelter, vocational training and protection, and over 500 full-time Indian staff. Please see our website here for more details.  
The Picos de Europa is an inspiring mountain range spanning Cantabria and Asturias in Northern Spain, reaching up to 2650m in height. They are regarded by many as providing the most natural and untouched walking routes in the country. 
 Having explored the region many times, our tour operator Namaste Nomad, a Donegal based company, will facilitate our charity trek from June 26th to July 3rd, 2019. There is a grand total of 12 spaces on this trip, with the potential of a second trip later in the summer.  
An overview of our itinerary is provided below, which includes 5 days of moderately challenging walking and a final day of rest.  
Day 1: Arriving in the heart of the Picos. 
Day 2: Depart Espinama to the rustic village of Sotres (10km) taking the Fuente De cable car to an elevation of 1000m. MODERATE 4-5 hours.
Day 3: Leave Sortes to the famous mountain refuge Refugio Vega de Urriellu (8km), an uphill hike which can be taken at an easy pace. MOD/CHALLENGING 5-6 hours. 
Day 4: Descend from Refugio Vega de Uriellu to the welcoming village of Bulnes (4km)- downhill all morning. MODERATE 4-5 hours. 
Day 5: Bulnes across county borders to the remote Cain village through the famous Cares Gorge or Ruta de Cares (11km) path built into the side of the gorge along an aqua-duct. MODERATE - 5 hours. 
Day 6: (OPTIONAL) Option to do a local walk and get a pick up at Cain or hike via high gorge to Fuente De cable car (10km). Overnight at Espenama. CHALLENGING 6-7 hours 
Day 7: Rest & Relax day. Bus from Espenama to San Vicente de la Barquera on the coast and absolutely amazing place for beach, seafood and wines.  
Our charity trek is open to all ages at all fitness levels.   
The rough cost for the trip is approximately €2180, whereby €680 will go towards covering costs including food, accommodation, guides and transport in Spain (exc. flights). The remaining €1500 will go directly to our projects and partners based in Kolkata. Every volunteer has the option to fundraise or pay these funds directly, and we will support each volunteer every step of the way.  
To register your interest, please email me at  
If you have any queries about our trip or would like further information about the Hope Foundation don’t hesitate to get in contact!
I hope to hear from you soon.  
Best wishes,  
Lesley O’Brien
The HOPE Foundation Dublin Office
(CHY 13237)
+353 (0) 1 871 693

Hillwalking Day - Ireland

I'd like to bring this project to the attention of your club and individual members.
A specific day to host a hill-walking activity that you might recruit new members or enhance the activity for your existing members. There are some suggestions on the website but you can be as creative as you like - your club is in control.
If your club is interested in hosting an activity on the day please get in touch as soon as possible, so that we can tell others about it. You'll need at least a month run-in time.

MacGillycuddy Reeks Events sheets

Hi All,
Hope all is well.  
Just wanted to send a quick reminder that ALL clubs need to submit an event sheet to The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum prior to any walks/hikes taking place in the MacGillycuddy Reeks.
Please forward completed sheets to or submit online at  
This is a requirement for all groups of ten or more accessing the Reeks.
We also require a copy of your clubs public liability insurance.
As you are aware all of the land in the Reeks is privately owned, and insurance is needed to ensure the landowners are adequately covered, as this is a major concern for them, but also so that you/ your club/ organiser are covered in the event of a member having an accident, regardless of those guiding/experience or their qualifications.  
We need the event sheets to ensure that:
1.      events don’t clash,
2.      that access points are not going to get congested from a car parking perspective,
3.      to manage and minimise erosion and
4.      that farming activities are not negatively impacted.      
We are working in conjunction with the landowners and depend on their goodwill, so we feel the above are not terribly difficult requests to those who care about respecting the landscape as well as the landowners who display great tolerance and patience throughout the year, with thousands of people hiking on their land.
Also we would respectfully request that your clubs access the Reeks from one of the main access points only- Breanlee, Lisliebane, Cronin’s Yard or Strickeen where car parking can be facilitated appropriately.  
To those of you who have supported and continue to support our path and habitat restoration work- THANK YOU! Your help is gratefully appreciated. 
To those who would like to support our work please logon to the website or give us a ring to find out more.  
Our priority is to Protect, Manage and Sustainably Develop this beautiful mountain range.  
I would appreciate it if you would please take time to consider all of the above, and revert back to us regarding same if you have any queries.  
Yours sincerely,
Patricia Deane,
EIP Project Manager,
South Kerry Development Partnership CLG.,
Chapel Road,
Co. Kerry.  
Phone: (064) 6624607/(087)2031034.

"Access threat to national treasure (Luggala)- The State should step in"

Dear fellow hillwalker(s)
My name is Alec Dunne, a keen hillwalker from Wicklow. I know we are a fair distance from Tipperary, but the case referred to - Luggala, is a national treasure and I believe of national importance, and has been mentioned in The Irish Times.There are growing concerns over a potential threat to future access to a large area of the Wicklow Mountains- Luggala Estate,('The Guinness Estate') which has a number of very popular walks -Cloghogue Valley down to Lough Dan, Luggala or Fancy Mountain and Knocknahogue. The previous owner of this national treasure, the late Garech Browne, allowed permissive access over most of this 5000 acre estate. New ‘private property, trespassers will be prosecuted’ signs have recently been erected at parts of Luggala. This development, and the death in March 2018 of Garech Browne, signal a possible change to the long tradition of public access maintained by Garech, and previously by his mother. The estate is now for sale and includes the popular walks mentioned above as well as some viewing points over the lake and mountains. There are growing concerns that a new private buyer could close off public access to the estate. If this happens, there is nothing the State or anybody else could do about it.  A number of very beautiful walks would be lost. The asking price for the estate as a whole is €28 million but the government could purchase just the extensive lands, excluding the house and surrounds, for a much lesser sum.
Please see the petition, link below, urging the government to purchase part of the lands for inclusion in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. This would guarantee public access for current and future generations. A petition in 2016 prompted the government to purchase a similar acreage of land at the Featherbeds in the Dublin Mountains. Those lands are now part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and are freely accessible to the general public.
My petition advocates that the government acquires, on behalf of the people of Ireland, just part of Luggala estate, the lands that have been traditionally open to the public, not the house and its immediate surroundings.
Here's what you can do to help-
Sign the petition
Distribute the link to all club members, family & friends via email
Post the petition (by coping the link) on social media and share
If your club has a website or facebook page the petition could be posted there.
Contact local and national politicians outlining your concerns and that you would like the issue to be brought up in your local council and in the Dail when it resumes.
Petition Link

Many Thanks,
Alec Dunne.

Lyme Disease Warning

To: Mountain bike / walking clubs in the South East
Re: Protecting against Lyme disease when taking part in outdoor pursuits

Dear Sir / Madam,
I am writing to you on behalf of the South East Regional Zoonoses Committee.  We are a multidisciplinary group of Human and Animal Health Professionals from the South East whose remit includes informing the public about diseases that can be passed between animals and humans.
Members of your club are involved in outdoor pursuits and may be at risk of contracting Lyme disease because of these activities.
Lyme disease, which is spread by tick bites, can in a minority of cases, cause severe debilitating heart and nervous system disease.  The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre issued a warning to people who engage in outdoor pursuits in the summer months; ramblers, campers, mountain bikers and others who work or walk in forested or grassy areas to be vigilant against tick bites.  Ticks are tiny insect like creatures that feed on the blood of mammals and birds and will also feed on humans.  Ticks are more active and numerous in the summer months and protecting against tick bites protects against Lyme disease.
Tick bites can be prevented by:
    • Wearing long trousers, long sleeved shirt and shoes.
    • Using insect repellent.
    • Checking skin, hair and warm skin folds (especially the neck and scalp of children) for ticks after a day out.
    • Removing any ticks and consulting with a GP if symptoms develop.
    • Using tick collars for pets (they can get Lyme disease) and inspecting them for (and removing) any ticks.
Only a minority of ticks carry infection.  If a tick is removed within a few hours, the risk of infection is low.  The entire tick, including any mouthparts which might break off, should be removed with a tweezers by gripping it close to the skin. 
The skin where the tick was found should be then washed with soap and water and the area checked over the next few weeks for swelling or redness.  Anyone who develops symptoms should contact their GP and explain that they had been bitten by a tick. 
Further important information on protecting against Lyme disease, an information leaflet and a poster are available at
We would urge you to encourage your members to read this information and we suggest that a copy of the HPSC leaflet and poster be displayed alongside other club information.
Yours sincerely,
p.p  P. Brennan
Consultant in Public Health Medicine,
Secretary to the South East Zoonoses Committee,
Public Health Department.
MRCN 19055

Hillwalking Day - Ireland, 01/01/2019

Dear Secretary,
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.
Gerard Sheehy.

Fellow Hillwalker, 
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…...?
Yours faithfully,
Gerard Sheehy

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


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