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.

2022 All-Ireland Hillwalking Championships

Good morning,
Kieron Gribbon here from High Point Ireland. Just writing to let you know that we recently launched the 2022 All-Ireland Hillwalking Championships. This announcement included details of the new competition format we'll be using next year. Thanks to the Peakhunter phone app (our official logging and score-keeping partner) hillwalkers can now score points by simply clicking a button while standing on any Irish mountain summit or High Point. That's a total of 355 locations where points can be earned. The All-Ireland Hillwalking Championships are open to all Irish hillwalkers. In addition, each walking club, county and province can also qualify in their respective team category if it is represented by at least 2 hillwalkers. The maximum team size is 5, so the bigger clubs and more populous counties / provinces won't have any unfair advantage. We invite your club to take part in the 2022 Championships between 1st March and 31st October. It would be an honour to see 2 (hopefully 5) of your club members getting involved. Most walking clubs can build up a decent score just by sticking to their normal scheduled hillwalks. Individual members can also boost their club's score through any personal hillwalks they undertake outside the club schedule.
Full details of the All-Ireland Hillwalking Championships can be found on our website.
Sport Hillwalking won't appeal to everyone, and we fully respect that. However, we feel it could be worth spreading the word to your fellow members to see if any would like to compete on behalf of the club, and possibly earn an All-Ireland sports title.
Kind regards,
Kieron Gribbon.

Arctic Circle Expedition 2022

Arctic Circle Expedition 2022- Limited Spaces Available:
We've two expeditions to the Arctic this coming February and you can join the teams. Learn all the skills you'll need in this extreme environment including skiing, camping craft, survival and loads more.
Based in a remote off-grid cabin, we build up to spending 24 hours outside in the Arctic winter- skiing to a remote campsite, pulling all your kit in pulks (sleds) and camping for the night under the stars and hopefully the Aurora Borealis.
Places are very limited, a €200 deposit secures your place and the balance can be paid in installments. More info here on this unmissable experience.  
For those with experience check out our 3 Countries Expedition.

See you soon,

 Cindy, Ronan & Team

Government Campaign to ‘Protect our Past’

Dear valued stakeholder,

Protect our Past – help us to protect Ireland’s unique archaeological and architectural heritage sites

A new campaign entitled Protect Our Past launched this week, highlighting the need for visitors to Ireland’s archaeological sites to be mindful of their actions over the summer. The focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of the value, importance and uniqueness of Ireland’s archaeological heritage and to convey some key messages around visitor behaviour at monuments.

The campaign is a joint initiative of the Office of Public Works and National Monuments Service (DHLGH) and they have produced a short guide for visitors on caring for archaeological monuments (available here: https://issuu.com/obair/docs/protecting_our_past

Over the coming weeks they will be sharing on their social media channels a series of animated videos which show the impact that inappropriate behaviour can have on archaeological sites. We hope that raising awareness of the value of our heritage sites will lead to an even wider appreciation and understanding of their significance and help in their protection.

How you can help

We encourage you to actively promote this campaign throughout your networks, via social media and all channels available to you, and consider any local heritage sites that you think may benefit from awareness raising. The hashtag is #ProtectourPast and the full campaign information is available on www.gov.ie/opw/   

Yours sincerely,

Isabel Smyth

Communications Manager

Office of Public Works


Key facts:

·        There are over 145,000 recorded archaeological monuments around the country in private and public ownership, with latest research suggesting evidence of human activity in Ireland well over 10,000 years ago.  Examples of archaeological monument types in Ireland include megalithic tombs, stone circles, standing stones, rock art, ecclesiastical enclosures, churches, graveyards, ringforts, souterrains, crannógs and castles.


·        The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has overall responsibility for the protection of archaeological heritage and regulation of archaeological activities through the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2014, which are implemented by the National Monuments Service (NMS) on the Minister’s behalf.


·        OPW are responsible for the preservation, protection, maintenance, conservation, management and presentation of National Monuments in State care. The National Monuments Service archaeologists (DHLGH) provide the archaeological input to the care, conservation, presentation and interpretation of the national monuments in State care and work closely with OPW.


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Mountaineering Ireland

email: info@galteewalkingclub.ie