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

Wednesday Evening Walk Cancelled

The walk scheduled for Wednesday evening, August 16, was cancelled due to the sad death of club member Sr. Ella Noonan. The club extends it's sympathy to her family and community. RIP. Funeral arrangements.

Fundraising Events for Hillwalking Community Radio Group

Hillwalking Community Radio Group will be holding two fundraising events on Sat 9th Sept. Two walks will be held. The Dolmen Loop 2.5hrs and Padraigh's Loop 1.5hrs. Registration at Lisvernane Community Hall 10am is free. We would kindly ask for donations. The walks will commence at 10:30am.  A Community Coffee Morning will also take place at Lisvernane hall from 11am to 1pm. Cakes welcome. Free Raffle for all participants. You can also donate online  www.hillwalkingradiogroup.blogspot.ie or via Facebook.

Mountain Views Newsletter, August 2017

The latest edition of the Mountain Views Newsletter contains a contribution by Galtee Walking Club member, Gerard Sheehy. The newsletter is available in PDF format here.

Wednesday Evening Walk, August 9, 2017

9 August 2017

Saturday August 5, 2017

5 August 2017

Wednesday Evening Walk, August 2, 2017

2 August 2017

River Shannon from Sea to Source, Final Stages July 29th and 30th  2017

Report by Breda Ryan
July 29th and 30th was the final stage of our walk of the "River Shannon from sea to Source"
The group travelled back to Carrick on Shannon, on Friday evening, to continue on from our last trip in June. We had a lovely comfortable nights rest and lovely breakfast at Clenahoo B/B. This B/B also hosted Daniel and Majella on their B/B T.V. Program last year.
Saturdays weather was lovely for our 31k walk to Dowra. We walked first to Letrim village and then to Drumshanbo. In Drumshanbo we lunched at the lovely selfcatering traditional cottage village, on the banks of the picturesque Lough Allen.
We then proceeded on the Leitrim Way to Dowra, passing Famine graveyards, holy wells and various little old bridges that gave us glimpses of the now narrowing river Shannon as it is nearing its journey to the source.
We arrived in Dowra and crossed another bridge that is the border of Cavan and Leitrim.
Mrs Keegan supplied us with our transfer back to Carrick on Shannon, and to our B/B, The Gables near Dowra.
Sunday's weather started off well for our final 12k journey to the Shannon Pot, so after our breakfast we drove back to Dowra and linked onto the Cavan Way. Heavy showers came and went, but nothing could dampen our spirits and as we shared the stories of our adventure from the January day we started our walk in Limerick.
The sign to the Shannon Pot finally emerged directed to "Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark"
From here the Cavan Way continues to Marble Arch Caves and the Cavan Burren, but our mission was to get to the Shannon Pot,source of the River Shannon.With just about 200m to walk in, we arrived at The Shannon Pot, we took many pictures and toasted with our hot beverages and home made buns! As we got ready to leave, we noticed a information plaque, as we began to read it, we now discovered that in recent times it has been discovered, after various water tracking experiments, that the Shannon rises some 10k away up in Co Fermanagh in the Cuilcagh Mountains!!!!!!
Well nothing for it only some time, make a return trip to find the TRUE SOURCE, probably will have moved again!!! but for now, THE SHANNON POT, it will be, and it looks good to be the Birth place of the Longest River in Ireland.
We returned to Carrick on Shannon for a lovely celebratory meal in Cryans Hotel.On our journey home we made a return visit to Shannon Bridge to Killeens Pub to meet up with Oscar the celeb on John Creedons River Shannon!,
Breda and Pat would like to thank all the group that travelled with us on this Shannon river adventure.
Photos from the weekend.

29 and 30 July 2017

Saturday July 29, 2017

29 July 2017

Wednesday Evening Walk, July 26, 2017

26 July 2017

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

Congratulations and well done to everyone who took part in and completed the 2017 Galtee Challenge and Crossing on Sunday last. It's no small achievement. A total of 121 people took part. A big thanks to all who helped to make the event happen, whether on the mountain or at the base in Anglesborough or during the weeks and months before. Congratulations to Ann Donohoe on completing her tenth Crossing. Ann was presented with a special jacket to mark the occasion in Aherlow House on Sunday night. A presentation of bouquets of flowers was also made to Breda Ryan, Anne O'Donnell and Mary Ryan who are retiring after thirteen years of service to the organisation and running of the event.

Galtee Challenge/Crossing 2017
More photos from the Challenge/Crossing.

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 registratio Meeting point, Cahir Castle car park at 9:45am
The cycle will start at Kilmacthomas which is the half-way point on the greenway. Cyclists will travel towards Dungarvan and can turn around and come back at any time. Full distance to Dungarvan is 23km.
Bikes are available to hire in Kilmacthomas for 20 euro or you can bring your own. Bike transport available from Cahirn 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