Welcome to the Galtee Walking Club

Hello and failte to the Galtee Walking Club, Cnocadóiri na Gaibhlte, based in and around Tipperary in Ireland. Our club has been in existence since 2003 and was started initially by a core group of hill walking enthusiasts who were born and raised around the foothills of the Galtee mountains and the Glen of Aherlow in South Tipperary. Since then, it has grown and diversified and currently has a membership of over 150, drawn from all over Munster. We offer a number of different graded walks on a regular weekly basis throughout the year which are available to new members or to those wishing to join us for a one off sample hike.  more

Galtee Challenge/Crossing,  Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The Galtee Challenge (self navigating) and Crossing (guided walk) is a 31km traverse of the entire Galtee Mountain range, taking in all major peaks with a total height gain of 1700 metres approx. and a maximum altitude of 919 metres. Both events cover the same route. The direction alternates each year and for 2017 it is east to west, starting in Cahir, then to Farbreaga, Greenane, Galtee Beag, Galtee Mor, Slievecushnabinna, Carrignabinnia, Lyracappul, and Temple Hill with the finish at Anglesboro.
The meeting point is Anglesboro Village in east Limerick and buses will take participants to the start in Cahir.
For more details and registration go to the Challenge/Crossing page

Glen of Aherlow Summer Walking and Cycling Festival, June 3rd and 4th, 2017

Hike & Bike in the Glen
The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival, Tipperary are delighted to announce a new and exciting festival this year in conjunction with Tipperary Wheelers Cycling & Triathlon Club.
June Bank Holiday weekend. June 3rd & 4th 2017.
4 Guided Walks on Saturday June 3rd. Sunday June 4th Aherlow Cycle Sportive which is a 83Km cycle taking a scenic route around the Glen of Aherlow and east Limerick. The cycle will cater for all abilities and promises to be an enjoyable route.
Groups, clubs and individual walkers welcome.
Registration is at Lisvernane Community Centre and opens 1 hour before the listed start time of each walk & Cycle Sportive.  Maps will be on display in the Community Centre each day.
For details see the Festival Brochure.

Sunday May 28, 2017

2 May 2017

Wednesday Evening Walk, May 24, 2017

24 May 2017

Tuesday Evening Cycle

Cyclists completed a 39km loop on Tuesday, May 23, starting in Tipperary Town and going to Athassel Abbey, Golden, Knockavilla and Dundrum.

23 May 2017

River Shannon Walks, May Bank Holiday Weekend, 2017

Report by Breda Ryan.
May Bank Holiday was the return journey of the "River Shannon walk from sea to source"
The group met in Banagher,on Saturday morning. in perfect weather conditions, where we enjoyed tea and scones in "Vinehouse Kitchen " before our journey of 22k to Clonmacnoise  ,Clonfert was our first stop,where we visited the medieval cathedral ,which dates back to the mid-sixth centuary,founded by St Brendan the navigator ,who is also buried here.After a lunch break in the village we continued along road ,track and old Industrial railway line ,through  bog lands to Shannon Bridge and onto Our B/B,Kajon House.
The owners ,Kate and John,warmingly welcomed  us into there lovely home and had lovely fresh homemade scones and tea ready on our arrival .Kate ,kindly drove  the drivers back to Banagher to collect the cars,
Dinner was had in Lukers restaurant in Shannon Bridge,overlooking the River Shannon,what a perfect endto our  first days walk.
Sunday was our journey to Athlone,Kate and John set us up for our 22k walk,with a lovely breakfast and Kate made some fresh scones for our lunch,
We first visited Clonmacnoise, ,which is an early Christian site ,founded by St Ciaran in the Mid 6th centuary on the Eastern Bank of the Shannon river.We walked around the site to see ruins of a cathedral ,seven churches,two round towers,three high crosses and the largest collection of early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe .We continued our Journey to Athlone ,some on old pilgrim paths and road.
Hennessy's minibus was there to pick us up and bring us back to Kajan House.
We again dined in Lukars in Shannon Bridge before taking a stroll around Shannon Bridge watching the boats docking .
Monday was our final day walking,.After, our again ,wholesome breakfast and homemade scones freshly cooked early by  Kate for our walk,we said our goodbyes to John,Kate and their lovely dog  Carra.We drove to Athlone ,parked our cars and started our walk to Lecarrow/Rindoon.25k
We walked through Athlone Town,crossing over the bridge,with views of Athlone Castle.
Our walk out of Athlone was by the new Shannon path way walk
and then onto the N61 to Rindoon which is a Anglo Norman Settlement jutting out into the picturesque Lough Ree.Here we had our lunch and walked around the site in Glorious sunshine .The remains of a church,castle,mill,hospital ,harbour and turreted town wall can be seen.This site is described as "a storybook in stone"which very few people know about.John Creedon was filming there on Saturday for a program that will be seen on our screens in 2018,on his journey of the river Shannon by boat,he is taking the easier option!,!,,but ours is more enjoyable ,,,
Our day and indeed our 3 days walking ended with our taxi back to Athlone to our cars,where we had a lovely meal before heading home.
The next journey ,on the Shannon,is planned for The June Bank Holiday ,Lecarrow to aprox Carrickonshannon.
All Shannon Walks photos

May Bank Holiday 2017

Slievenamuck Marathon and Half Marathon, April 9th, 2017

This very successful walking Marathon and Half Marathon, held annually on Palm Sunday since 2009, is over for another year and the 2017 event was a great success with over 120 runners and walkers taking part. The weather was ideal, being cool and dry, and visibility was also good. Thanks and well done to all who took part. Thanks also to all who worked so hard to make the event possible and everyone who contributed to its success in any way. We hope to be back on Slievenamuck for the same again on Palm Sunday next year.
Galtee Walking Club photos
Hillwalking Radio Group's photos
 
9 April 2017

Cycling

A number of leisure cycles will be held over the spring and summer months. This is being done on a trial basis to see if there is enough interest to continue more permanently. For more details see the Cycling Page.

Fei Sheehy Challenge - 18th, 19th, 20th August, 2017

Fellow Walker,
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 and sponsorship 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 €28,000..
We’ve decided to run the event again this year (18th, 19th, 20th August) and pre-registration is open. 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 Peaks Mountaineering Club Clonmel. In 2016 they took the title with 15 points (a point for each day that a walker completed a crossing). 3 of their members did 3 days (9 points), and 2 of them did 2 days (4 points) and 2 did 1 day (2 points).
If you and your club are interested in taking this Club Challenge on, please contact me, gerardsheehy@gmail.com
Gerard Sheehy

The Views from Lyracappul

A poem by Rody Tierney

From the little Assaroola stream that joins the River Aherlow
I will climb to Lyracappul and survey all below
It is to the beauty of our precious glen that I will treat my eyes
Then ponder on the Shrough Dolmen where an ancient chieftain lies
 
Now with my back to the famine wall I gaze out further north
Beneath the gentle Phelims where three great warriors fought 
O’Sullivan Beara an Patrick Sarsfield to name the recent two
And before their time the King of Munster - the legend Brian Boru
 
Peeping from above the Phelims is Keeper Hill and Mathair Sliebh
Where Eamon an Cnoic was hunted and found refuge in a cave
I can just make out the Devil’s Bit to my right in the distant haze
But not the view from Toomevara where I grew up and played
 
Alone, alone and directly east stands lovely Slievenamon
Where Grainne raced up to the summit and won her sweetheart Fionn
Charles Kickham used your name to title his fine song
And lose, draw or win Tipp men will sing about you Slievenamon
 
To the south is steep Bengower, the Glounreagh valley and Seefin
The Blackrock river and Knockaterriff above the pigeon rock sweet glen
Looking west on this fine clear day - I can see the Kerry reeks
But nearer still is Temple Hill with that large cairn on its peak
 
Now as I have left you Lyre na Cappal and your beauty spots galore
I will pause and bless myself at the cross on Galteemore
Then scamper over Galteebeag and down the Geisha steps
And battle up the slope of Cush – it will surely put me to the test
 
My pleasant trek is over now and I must make my way on home
The hills and valleys I’ll leave behind for another day to roam
To Bianconi’s coach road pub I’ll call and drink a pint or two
Then before I cross over Slievenamuck I might sing a song for you





 









Galtee Walking Club




Come by the hills to the land where fancy is free.
And stand where the peaks meet the sky and the rocks reach the sea.
Where the rivers run clear and the bracken is gold in the sun.
And cares of tomorrow must wait till this day is done.
Gordon Smyth