News - Monday, December 18th, 2006The Glenoshin Darragh Way on the Cork Limerick Border was the route chosen by Willie Ryan for last Sundays walk. With his troop of lively A walkers Willie proceeded along the bank of the River Darragh to Ballyorgan. They passed by Kilflynn Church, then towards Coolfree with a view of Castle Oliver in the distance and continued over Kilcruagh Mountain and back to Castlegale some five hours later.
The Galtees enticed a group of 13 from the starting point at the Black Road. With Tom Lyons leading it was a pleasant walk over Galteebeag and Galteemore as the snowy patches glistened in the midday sun. The rocks close to the cross provided a sheltered dining area and after lunch we dropped down via Knockduff and Knocknagaltee, crossed the Attycrann river and back to the track.
Our walks continue during the Christmas holidays with Ray taking us on a 3 hour forest trek which starts at 11 a.m. on December 25, ensuring that we have a good appetite for our Christmas dinner. On St. Stephens Day Danny will meet us at noon at Aherlow House Hotel for a 4 hour walk. On December 31 we will end the year with a 5 hour open mountain climb to Galteemore - meeting with Rody at the Clydagh Bridge at 10 a.m.
Our party night was a great success as 41 of our members put on their dancing shoes instead of the walking boots and enjoyed a wonderful night in Aherlow House. Thank you Fergal and staff!
As we come to the end of another successful walking year we would like to thank Eamon Lacey and the Nationalist newspaper for promoting our club activities. Happy Christmas and enjoyable walking - next report next year.
News - Tuesday, December 12th, 2006Outings over the last few weeks have put the courage and stamina of our members to the test. A lot of us would have been far cosier by an open fire but the mountains beckon us and thankfully so many respond positively and take to the hills in all weather.
On December 3 a group started off at Moore Abbey and trekked the entire ridge of Slievenamuck and finished up in Bansha. They pleasantly crossed paths with Catherine and friends and after a chat and exchange of notes both groups went their separate ways.
One of our walks on Sunday last was led by Anne O'Donnell and these bravehearts despite the weather conditions took the planned route to Slieveanard, going up the mountain road and onto Bane. With limited visibility it was time to put our navigational skills into practise and ably assisted by Toss and Paddy we took the rocky track down and as the mist lifted for a few minutes we had panoramic views of the Kilcoran area and observed the new motorway in the distance. Our final stop was to view the megalithic tomb before our return to the cars.
Willie led our second weekend walk and they did a circle of the Ballydavid woods. On Sunday next the meeting place is Ballylanders Church at 10a.m. and Willie Ryan will lead us on the 5 hour open mountain Glenoshin Darragh Way. There is also a climb to Galteemore and this will be led by Tom Lyons from the Black Road car park at 10.a.m. On Friday December 15 we are all heading for Aherlow House for our annual Christmas Party. At this time it gives us pleasure to extend seasons greetings to all club members and especially to our President Bob Noonan and his wife Hannah.
News - Monday, November 27th, 2006Our outings on Sunday last attracted over 40 people and again it was wonderful to see new faces! Our beginners walk started off in Galbally and at a leisurely pace we did a circuit of Duntryleague Hill and visited the passage tomb which is better known as Darby's Bed. From here we had great views of the countryside stretching from the Galtees to the Hills of Doon. Thanks to our organisers Maureen and Una. Our A and B walkers assembled at Rossadrehid and walked together to the style. Josephine led her group along the track to the lake and there certainly wasn't any need for factor 20 or insect repellent as there were no midges at Muskerry to join us at tea break.
The A group kept to the left and having crossed the river climbed to Farbreaga and on to Greenane. Catherine, with compass in hand, provided pinpoint accuracy in very challenging conditions. The shelter of O'Loughlin's Castle was a welcome treat for our lunch. Again thanks to Catherine and Pat for a great day out. Next weeks walks are taking place on Slievenamuck. Bansha village is the starting point for our 5 - 5 1/2 hour trek over the entire range and starts at 10.a.m. Our 3 -3 1/2 hour walk commences in Bansha Woods car park at 11 a.m.
News - Tuesday, November 21st, 2006Gale force winds, rain and fog slightly altered the weekend walking schedule. Our A walkers met in Clonmel with the Comeraghs in mind. As always common sense prevailed and in the interest of safety there was a unanimous decision to cancel the planned walk and divert to the nearby Slievenamon. Conditions were atrocious and visibility was limited but under the guidance of deputy party leader Toss, everybody got back safely and enjoyed a welcome ...cup of tea...in a tavern in Ballypatrick!
Rita and her 13 stalwarts stuck to the original plan and from Glengarra wood they took on the snow-capped Galtees. Taking the track via the youth hostel they continued to Greenane and then in the direction of O'Loughlins's Castle. They returned with sleet in their faces just before the weather really deteriorated. Well done Rita and Danny! On Tuesday the 28th there is an open meeting in the Excel in preparation for the 2007 Galtee Walking Festival. We would very much appreciate the attendance of leaders and stewards who have contributed to this event in the past.
On Sunday November 26th we have a beginners walk which starts in the square in Galbally at 11.am. Maureen will lead this 1 1/2 - 2 hour trek to Derby's Bed.
Rossadrehid Post Office is the meeting point for the A and B walks - both commencing at 10 a.m. Catherine will take us on a 4 -5 hour hike of the mountain and gullies around Lake Muskerry while Josephine will lead a 3 hour trek to the lake. Finally we welcome all new members to our club - happy walking.
News - Monday, November 6th, 2006Global warming notwithstanding, the Galtee walkers have been taking advantage of the glorious weather conditions and have been out and about on Slievenamuck and the Silvermines. Sundays A walkers, led by Amelia and Kay, met in Newport and travelled to Killoscully to start their ascent of the Silvermines. Crossing the peaks, views of Nenagh to the north and Killaloe to the west were visible, though partially obscured by fog. Afterwards, the group repaired to Timmy Ryans pub (of Pat Shortt fame) for well earned refreshments.
Eighteen B walkers, led by Teresa, met at the Rock an Torabh car park and did a magnificent loop walk across Slievenamuck to Bansha Woods and back via the lower path, in full view of the Glen and its plentiful supplies of red berry holly.
The big event of the week was the return from Dublin on Monday night of our marathon walkers, when a surprise party assembled to meet them off the train at Limerick Junction. Jubilant and still standing, they tumbled onto the platform proudly displaying their marathon medals. The star of the evening was Willie, who had just completed his 25th marathon! Well done Willie. Celebrations and the presentation of a plaque to Willie were held across the road at the Bit and Bridle, compliments of the proprietor, Liam Duffy, who supplied us with tea and sandwiches. Much appreciated.
Next weeks walk for the A group will meet in Araglin village at 10am for a five hour forest and mountain hike of the Avondhu Way. The B group will meet at 11am at Anglesborough Church for a four hour circuit of Temple Hill.
News - Monday, October 23rd, 2006Despite the weather forecast, Sunday turned out dry and bright and club members enjoyed an invigorating walk in the Galtees.
Meeting at Lake Muskry car park, Ann O'Donoghue led sixteen B walkers to the summit of Knocknastukeen, where the group enjoyed a welcome pause and lunch. Stretching out below us was the verdant Glen of Aherlow, with Aherlow Castle in full view and Slievenamon, nestling in the clouds to the east.
Then it was a sharp descent to the mystical Lake Muskry (though no lake maidens in sight!) and back, in full sunshine, via the lake path to the car park.
Please note that there will be no B walk next week as a number of our brave members will be travelling to Dublin to join the Marathon (some for their 25th year!) We wish them every luck and plenty of stamina. However, for those closer to home and wishing to take to the great outdoors, the Beginners Walk will be taking off from Christ the King at 11am. This could be a chance for them to meet new walkers and to share some of the lore and legend of hill walking.
The A group will also be out on Sunday and will meet at Anglesborough Church at 10am where Tom Lyons has planned a five hour climb on open mountain, taking in Galtee Mor and Galtee Beg.
Please don't forget to put your clocks back!
News - Monday, October 9st, 2006There was a large turnout in Kilbeheny village on Sunday for the A and B walks. In addition to our own club members, a number of walkers from the Adara Club joined us for a hike in the Blackrock valley. After what turned out to be a magical mystery tour of the hinterlands, the group finally assembled at the Galtee Castle car park. From here, Joe Brown took the A group and visitors onto the old turf track (where long ago, turf was cut for the coop in Mitchelstown) They then climbed up the Zig zag path, across the Blackrock river and down into the Glenrough valley. A wet return journey contoured around the Glenrough river and back the forest track to the car park, where a New Zealand friend gave a demonstration of a Maori Hakka dance!
Under the welcome stewardship of Paddy, Rody and friends, did a three hour loop of the valley, stopping for lunch on the banks of the tumbling Blackrock river. Their return journey took in a visit to the ancient stone sheep pen on the hillside. Not much shelter there from the wind and the wet! Time for some of us to renew our rain gear perhaps.
For next week, ( 15thOct) the A group have planned an away trip to the lovely Gougane Barra in West Cork, when Larry Joy will lead a six hour forest and mountain trek. Meet at Coakley House Hotel in Gougane Barra at 11am. The B group will be in Dundrum woods for a 3 - 4 hour trek led by Rita Mooney. Meet at Bishops' Wood Dundrum at 11am.Finally, a reminder that the next Beginners walk will be on Sunday 29th Oct at Christ the King at 11am.
News - Wednesday, October 4th, 2006It was sunshine all the way again this week for our Sunday walks. Mary Ryan led 10 A walkers into the Ballyhouras for a five and a half hour climb of Carron mountain. Starting from Ballyhoura Mountain Park,they followed the Way made famous by Canon Sheehan of Glenanaar. A hearty lunch was shared at the summit, while taking in the splendid views of Kilmallock and Charleville. A southerly descent afforded a sweeping vista of Cork county, Kildorrery and Donerail. The B group, led by PJ O'Sullivan were also in the Ballyhouras. 13 walkers met in Ballinaboola car park for a three and a half hour ascent of Mount Carron via the forest track. Things became a bit precarious when their path was blocked by two feet of water which necessitated a diversion through the storm damaged woods. 'Amazonian' was how Thomas described their adventure.However, it made it all the more rewarding to get to the top of Carron and Carron Beag!
Next Sunday's walk for both the A and B groups (Oct 8th), will be in the Black Rock Valley region. The meeting point for both will be The Kilbehenny Community Centre at 11am. For the A group,this will be a combined walk with the Adara walking Club and will be led by Joe Brown. Joe has planned a five hour climb on open mountain. The B group walk will be of shorter duration (3 - 4 hours) and will be led by Sheila Lennihan.
Beginner walkers should note that their next walk will be on Sunday 29th Oct at 11am from Christ the King. Finally, for those who do not mind the shorter evenings, small, informal walks take place at 7pm on Wednesday evenings from Christ the King in the Glen. Lamps and reflective jackets are a must.
News - Monday, September 25th, 2006Our Autumn schedule of walks is now well underway with a number of challenging and novel walks already behind us. As well as a five hour hike of the horseshoe circuit in the Galtees, led by Ann, the A group have also completed the Benkerra Ridge climb of the reeks loop (Coon Lough Horseshoe) in Kerry, taking in four peeks in five hours. Well done to leader Owen Ryan.
The B group have been busy with a climb up Cush mountain with Willie and a forest trek across Slievenamuck with Kevin. Last Sunday, Maureen took a group of 17 on a climb to the mast in Ballydrehid. This was the morning after the deluge and conditions were quite intoxicating with warm sunshine and breathtaking views of the swollen banks of the Aherlow river.
We are also delighted to report the start of our beginner walks which took place last Sunday in Bansha woods and was led by Una and friends.In glorious sunshine, the new walkers were taken on a leisurely loop ramble through the forest and enjoyed the Autumnal of variegated mushrooms, an abundance of holly berries and carpets of acorns. A fitting introduction to the great out of doors. This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to get started and we look forward to welcoming more new members on our next outing in October.
Next Sundays A walk(1st Oct) will be a five hour mountain and forest hike of the Canon Sheehan Way led by Mary Ryan. Meeting point is Kilfinane Village 11am. The B walk, led by PJ O'Sullivan, will also start from Kilfinane at the same timeand will take in a 3 - 4 hour climb of Carron mountain. Happy rambling
News - Monday, August 21st, 2006Our first overseas trip took place last weekend. A group of 16 travelled to Fort William with one goal in mind - to climb the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, at a height of 1343 metres. Weather conditions were excellent and even though the peak was clouded we were not disappointed as it is a well known fact that this occurs an average of 355 days each year. The climb of 9.7 km was quite arduous on this granite track which zig zagged all the way to the summit. The descent proved equally difficult.
The second day of our Scottish visit was far more leisurely and included a visit to the monument erected in memory of Bonny Prince Charles at Glenfinnan. In the afternoon we took a boat trip on Loch Linnhe where we looked in awe at the splendour of Ben Nevis with the sun lighting up its shale top.
The success of this trip is largely due to the cooperation of many club members. It was the brainchild of Ann Donohoe, Mary Ryan and Catherine Russell. Breda Ryan arranged the beautiful accommodation in a Victorian villa overlooking Loch Linnhe. Anne O'Donnell and Paddy Burke arranged route and transport. Car drivers were Toss O'Neill, Sheila Lenihan, Pat Ryan and William Ryan. Our appreciation also goes to the co drivers and navigators.
Wednesday evening walks continue with Toss leading a circuit on August 9 which starts at Aherlow House and the following week Willie Kavanagh will meet us at Cordangan barrier for a 3 hour forest trek.
News - Monday, July 17th, 2006Our Wednesday evening walks continue to attract large numbers and we are happy to welcome so many new walkers in recent weeks.
On June 28 Toss O'Neill took a group of 18 to Galteebeag and Lake Boreen. It was a mild and misty evening and the lively conversation of all participants shortened the journey and ensured that all were back well before nightfall.
Ballylanders was the meeting place for the first walk of July. Tom Lyons led his charges in the Labbamologga area and gave them a taste of two counties!
Maureen and Una set off towards the southeastern end of the Galtees with 20 energetic hikers on July 12. They passed by the holy well of St. Pecaun and proceeded to the waterfall. Una's local knowledge of the forest tracks led us to the slopes of 449. Thank you ladies for a lovely evening!
Our most recent walk started at Bansha woods car park. Josephine led the group to the top of the hill, crossing the Ballagh road and then taking the lower track to Christ the King Statue. At this point we climbed to the Rock an Tarbh and returned via the Jubilee Monument.
On July 26 Danny is our leader for a 3 hour forest trek which starts at Cush car park at 7p.m.
News - Monday, June 26th, 2006It wasn't a natural hot spring that was sought by our parched members on Sunday last but rather 16 litres of refreshing water that had been buried in a bog hole. On Saturday evening Pat, Toss and Rody had walked to Sturakeen to ensure the group had adequate supplies during their epic ten hour walk from Anglesboro to Cahir, covering all peaks of the Galtees. The annual walk has seen vast increases in participants since its inception in 2003, with 37 members completing this years crossing. Our sincere thanks to the chief organisers of this great day - Breda, Pat and Owen.
Also on Sunday, Maureen and friends did a trek to Lake Muskerry. This is always an enjoyable outing and the group combined both track and riverside paths to offer variety. Our Wednesday night walks are proving to be very popular. On June 28th Michael included Galteebeg and Lake Boreen in his circuit.
On July 5th our leader is Tom Lyons and the starting point is Ballylanders Church at 7p.m.
News - Monday, June 12th, 2006Preparations are now at an advanced stage for the forthcoming Annual Galtee Crossing. This strenuous 31 km walk which covers all 9 peaks takes place on Sunday, June 25. It starts in Anglesboro at the western end of the Galtees and finishes in Cahir approximately 10 hours later.
Our registration takes place in Cahir Castle car park at 8.30 a.m. and bus transport is provided to the starting point. There is an entry fee of 10 euro per person which will cover the cost of transport and light refreshments at the end of the walk. Arrangements for showers and /or hot food can be made on the morning.
Walkers should have a high level of fitness for this outing that spans the entire Galtee range and they should come prepared with suitable hill walking gear including mountain boots and rainwear. It is essential to bring sufficient food and a minimum of 2 litres of water. In the interest of safety and comfort we cannot permit any participant to wear trainers or jeans. Because of the nature of this walk no under 16's are allowed.
For reservations or further information please contact
Pat Ryan at 087 9704404
Owen Ryan 087 2273562
News - Monday, May 22nd, 2006The popularity of our midweek walks was evident again on Wed 17 when Ann Donohoe led a group of 29 on a trek which started at Christ the King Statue. They continued towards the Jubilee Memorial and returned by the Rock an Tarbh where the lights of Tipperary town were to be seen just as night was falling. Thank you Ann and Mary! Despite the torrential downpour on Sunday one brave group travelled to Killarney and with their leader Owen Ryan completed a five and half hour climb on the reeks taking in Beenkeragh and Skregmore. They ended their day with some well deserved refreshments!
On May14th the Comeraghs was the chosen starting point for both walks. However visibility was very restricted due to inclement weather. John led his group through the Gap and proceeded on a three hour loop of the lower slopes.
Our other brave warriors marched towards Knockshegowna and onto Knockanafrainn and finished in the Nire car park. This was a day when leader Paddy and the other graduates were glad to put their orienteering skills into practise.
Next Sunday at 11 a.m. Anglesboro Church is the assembly point for our two walks. This time our leaders are Sheila and Willie and they are giving us a choice of approach to the challenging Temple Hill (this is not a race)!
News - Monday, May 8th, 2006Our evening and weekend walks are proving very popular and we welcome all new members to our club. A large number attended the recent Ballyhoura Festival. We congratulate those energetic walkers who completed the marathon on Saturday. On May 3rd Willie took a group of 23 on a lovely walk through Ballydavid Woods. With the help of Toss he ensured that we were all back safely before nightfall. This week's Wednesday night walk in the Slievenamuck region will be led by Rody.
The Galtees attracted our 2 walking groups on Sunday last. Mary Ryan Ahearne led a group of stalwarts on the Farbreaga to Glencushabinna loop. This was a 6 hour trek and took in Galteebeg Galteemore. With the exception of one heavy shower weather conditions were perfect and the excellent visibility gave us great views in all directions.
Anne O'Donnell and her group of 20 started off in Glengarra wood on the southern slopes of the Galtees and proceeded on a loop taking in Loughlin's Castle.
Next Sundays walks are based in the Comeraghs. Paddy will take a group on an open mountain walk and the meeting point at 10 a.m.is the Poppyfield Car Park, Clonmel. The second walk starts at 11 a.m. at Melody's in Ballymacarbery and our leader is John Walsh.
On Wednesday, May 18th Anne will take us on a 3 hour trek which starts at Christ the King Statue at 7 p.m. Plenty of outdoor activity for all!
News - Monday, April 24th, 2006Our Wednesday evening walks got off to a great start with 25 people assembling at Rock an Thorarbh. This lively trek through the Slievenamuck range brought us to the Millennium Monument at Cordangan. Returning on the northern track Rita got us back to the cars just before nightfall.
On Sunday last Owen and group headed for the Knockmealdowns.This was a beautifully clear day and everybody enjoyed our 5 hour outing. Thank you Owen for deputising for Pat on this occasion. Our best wishes to Pat for a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing you back on the mountain very soon.
Nearer home Toss O'Neill met us close to Ballydavid woods and continued by way of Sturrakeen and onto Slieveanard. It was here on our welcome lunch break that we savoured the views of Slieve Phelim and the Devil's Bit. Toss scheduled this walk with the Munster Rugby fans in mind!
The starting time for our midweek walks is 7 pm and on Wednesday Ray will lead us on a 2 - 3hour trek which will start at Christ the King Statue. On May 3 we will meet up with Willie at Tankerstown School.
With a busy weekend coming up we look forward as always to meeting our walking friends and in particular we welcome all new members to our club.
News - Monday, April 17th, 2006Easter Sunday on Sliabh na mBan; a bringing together of the old world and the new; a crossing over from modern tradition to the ancient world of myth and magic as we retraced the fairy path to Sheegowna on this feast of the resurrection. Commencing from the lesser used northern slopes and with Larry as leader our route took us onto Knockahunna and Sheegowna before making for the summit itself to enjoy the spectacular panorama over South Tipperary and on into Kilkenny and Laois and westward to the Comeragh and Galtee mountains before descending via Carrickabrack to rejoin the world of men. A day of magic and memory in this ancient mountain ended with the announcement of Mary Ryan as the winner of this year's women's race on the Lady's Path.
Catherine and her group did the more traditional ascent and enjoyed great views onto Dungarvan Bay as we savoured our Easter eggs on top of Sliabh na mBan.
Next Sundays local walk is led by Toss and will start at the Foot Bar at 11 am for a 3 - 4 hour climb of Shieveanard. Also at this time Pat will meet us at Grubbs Monument and lead a 5 hour trek of the Knockmealdowns.