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.

MMSE Work Day - Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Southside of the Galtees

Dear Club Secretaries,
Mountain Meitheal South East ("MMSE") next Work Day is Saturday, May 17 (next Saturday) where we will be continuing our work on the Galty Castle/King's Yard track, South Side of the Galtees (Exit 12 off the M8).  Our meeting place will be Kilbehenny Community Centre at 1015am sharp.  
Great progress has been made on the track since the start of our Work Year. We've had some good dry days recently where we hope to pin point the continuing mucky/wet patches on the track so our work can continue on Saturday.
A reminder that membership is open and we are hoping that some of our past members will renew again this year and we look forward to seeing you.   
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!  
Leader:   Jim O'Neill
Assistant Leader:  Frank McMahon
We can be contacted:
* email:  mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com; 
* facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mountainmeithealsoutheast/about/
Rgds/Catherine (Quinlan)
Secretary
MMSE
Mobile: 085 130 4540
Email: cqui3531@gmail.com

Galway Walking Club's Marathon and Half Marathon Saturday 18th August 2018

Hi all,
I would like to remind you that the Galway Walking Club's Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, August 18th 2018, from the Community Centre Maam Valley in Connemara, Co. Galway.
Pre-registration for the event is required. Download the form from the club website at:
https://galwaywalkingclub.wordpress.com/galway-walking-club-annual-marathon-2018/
Registration for the event closes on Tuesday 14th August.
We would appreciate responses from those intending to participate by that date in order to be able to guarantee a seat on the bus taking walkers to the walk start.
The marathon brochure is also attached to this email.
 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 jerrylalor@gmail.com  or
Ellen Looby PRO, at ellen.looby@loobyonline.com
As you can see from the 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 hope you enjoy your day with us in Connemara.
 Kind Regards,
 Ellen Looby
 PRO

Killavullen Pilgrimage Walk, May 19, 2018

To Whom It May Concern,
We would like to invite you and your club members to join us on a Pilgrimage Walk - Sli Nano, in Killavullen on May 19.
We are organising the Pilgrimage to mark the 300 anniversary on Nano’s birth. Nano Nagle was the founder of the Presentation Sisters and the community would like to remember and honour her work in education and also her work with the poor.
Find full details on the Pilgrimage on www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie.
If you have any questions please email me at noelbrosnan12@gmail.com or phone on 086 8063792.
It would be great to see you and some of your club members on the 19th.
Best wishes,
Noel Brosnan

Killarney Walking Festival  June 23rd /24th

Hello all,
would it be possible that you would forward Killarney Walking festival 2018 info to your Members.
The Killarney Walking Festival  June 23rd /24th. Have a loook at our updated website www.killarneywalkingfestival.ie  There may be a climb of interest for you.  Base Camp Kate Kearneys Cottage Gap of Dunloe, also we offer Summer Solstice Dinner on the Sat night.  Look forward to hearing from you.  
Regards  John   Killarney walking Fest

Comeragh Crossing & Challenge, Saturday 7th July 2018

Dungarvan 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.
http://www.dungarvanhillwalking.org/

Sunrise Summit Challenge for Red Cross, Saturday, 26th May, 2018

Greetings 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 sunrisesummitchallenge@redcross.ie 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!!  
Kind regards
Louise

Rhododendron Walking Festival, June bank holiday weekend, 2018

Good 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
Noreen Butler
PRO on behalf of The Rhododendron Walking Festival Committee
nbutler@morganmckinley.com

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

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 http://www.feisheehychallenge.net/registration.html 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 - 
gerard_sheehy@hotmail.com

Kind Regards,
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

Outdoor Activities in Transylvania, Romania

Hello there!
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,
Iulian Cozma
mountain guide
office:
Iulian Cozma Outdoor Adventures
Tourism License 4148
str. Napoca, nr 2 ap 7
500092 Brasov, Romania
mobile phone +40.744.327686
Visit @ www.mountainguide.ro and @ our specialized mtb page www.mtbtours.ro
Write @ contact@mountainguide.ro
Follow @ https://www.facebook.com/mountainguide.ro and @  https://www.facebook.com/MountainbikingRomania

Across The Picos De Europa

Ibex 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.
Contact Us
 0113 8151181
Our mailing address is:
Ibex Trex - Walking Holidays
12 wetherby road
17 south parade
leeds, Eng ls211bx
United Kingdom

Boolakennedy Luxury Self Catering Farm Cottages

Hi,
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.
Regards,
Gareth

Siul Eile walking program and events

Hi  
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!! 
Regards
Liam  
Liam Fleming | Founder | Siul Eile HQ, Clogheen, Co.Tipperary | t: 087 2268651 | e: info@siuleile.com | www.Siuleile.com | facebook.com/siuleile 

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
Email: thesallows@gmail.com
Website: www.thesallows.ie

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.
https://www.facebook.com/killarneywinterexperience/
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,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 
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:
http://www.ocallaghancoachholidays.ie
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.











 



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