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 Walking Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Galtee Walking Club takes place in the Excel Centre, Tipperary Town, on Thursday, October 26 next at 8pm. All members and intending members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please come along to have your say on the running of the club and also to take the opportunity to pay your membership for the next year. Although volunteers to run the club are always needed there is no obligation to join any committees or take up any positions within the club.

Christmas Party Night at Aherlow House Hotel, Saturday December 9, 2017

The Galtee Walking Club Christmas Party takes place at Aherlow House Hotel on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  The cost is €45 per person. The live band is “Johnny B & The Boogie Men” followed by DJ Roger.
Yuletide Cocktail Reception, 4 Course Festive Meal and spot prizes included!
To book a place contact Mary O’Riordan 087 6411790 or Paddy Bourke 087 6111026.

Thank You Card from the Skibbereen Walking Group

18 members of the Skibbereen Walking Group from West Cork paid a visit to the Galtees and the Glen of Aherlow over the weekend of September 30 and October 1. A report on the trip and photos can be seen on their website,

Thank You Card

Sunday October 15, 2017

15 October 2017

UCC Radio Broadcast on the Galtees featuring GWC Members

University College Cork radio station produced a one hour programme on the Galtee Mountains which featured club members Tom Lyons, Pat Ryan and Mike Moroney and also Helen Morrissey of Aherlow Failte and Jimmy Barry of South East Mountain Rescue. The programme covered the beauty, the views, the history, myths and legends associated with the mountain.
You can listen to the programme or download the mp3 file (82MB) through the links below.


Download mp3 file

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