News and Walk Reports from 2007

January 7, 2007

The winter weather with all its extremities attracted large numbers to the outdoors over the festive season. Ray and friends opted for a stroll through the woods as a substitute for the traditional Christmas Day aperitif.
Where better to make friends than on the mountain. We were joined by some visitors who chose to spend Christmas holidays in the Glen of Aherlow. Close on 40 people enjoyed this 4 hour trek through the Bansha woods and Nature Park on St. Stephens Day and who more qualified to act as guides than our newly engaged couple Rita and Danny.
Gale force winds dictated Rody's route for the final walk of the year. Nevertheless the group braved the elements and had an enjoyable 4 hour outing in the lower Galtees. Also on this day Una led the beginner's walk in Ballydavid woods and keeping to the sheltered deer track which brought us to the waterfall. The first of the New Year walks will take place at the eastern end the Galtees and on Sunday next the meeting point is at the Foot Bar at 10 a.m. with leaders Toss and Rody.
Happy New Year to all club members and a special thank you to our hard working committee and all our leaders. We also extend our appreciation to our local radio station in Tipperary for promoting all our club activities.

January 8, 2007

The first Sunday of the New Year was wet, windy and cloudy on the mountains but as always our show must go on! Despite the weather forecasts a total of 30 people braved the elements and assembled at 10 a.m. at the Foot Bar. Toss led a group of 14 up to Slievenard Mountain, headed onto 449 and then continued along the forest tracks into Cahir. Our appreciation to Alma, Paddy and Padraig who helped with the transport arrangements.
Staying closer to base Rody and party trekked in the same direction but circled back towards the cars via the mast and the youth hostel in Ballydavid. Wet gear was certainly put to the test on these outings!
All roads lead towards Glenbrohane Church on Sunday next January 14. Our walk leaders are Mary Ryan and Mary Murphy and the starting time is 11 a.m. We offer a choice as always with a 3 1/2 hour forest trek of Slieve Riadh and a 4 1/2 hour trek for the more adventurous members.
As always we remind walkers to come prepared for all weather conditions with appropriate clothing, footwear and hot drinks. We would ask everybody to respect our beautiful countryside and as in mountaineering terms 'take nothing except photographs and leave nothing except your footprints' Our A.G.M. takes place in the Excel Centre, Tipperary on Wednesday January 24 at 8 p.m.

January 15, 2007

The secluded old world, unspoilt village of Glenbrohane was the meeting place for our walks on Sunday last. Everybody climbed to the summit of Slievereagh and as we chatted near the mast - abracadabra- Mary produced the hidden register and all 23 were invited to sign on! It was nice to see some new names and as always it is a pleasure to welcome first time participants. After this pleasant interruption the A and B groups went their separate ways. Our leaders Mary Ryan and Mary Murphy had done their homework - each choosing a route suited to their charges of the day. This area offered magnificent views of the Golden Vale which was illuminated by the brilliant sunshine on this lovely clear Springlike January afternoon.
On Sunday next January 21 at 10 a.m. Catherine will lead us from Cush Car Park on a 3 hour hike of the lower slopes of the Galtees. Also from this venue Pat Ryan will lead the A walkers on a 5 hour trek on his favourite Galtee Peaks. Again we remind all club members that our Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday next, January 24, at the Excel Centre, Tipperary at 8 p.m. We look forward to seeing you all.

January 22, 2007

The much talked about global warming did a u-turn on Sunday last. The early shower of hailstones meant that leaders Catherine and Pat got their charges moving promptly from their meeting point at the Clydagh Bridge at the foot of the snow covered Galtees. With the wind to their backs Catherine took her group of 13 hardy souls through the stile and over Cush. They picked up the forest track under Knockastakeen and with the shelter of the conifers they returned to the comfort of the cars and a change of clothes.
Pat Ryan and his eager team set out to do a planned route of 6 peaks. At a fast pace they went over Cush and Knockastakeen and after a quick cuppa they continued over Muskerry and onto 786 where they encountered a severe blizzard. Not deterred they continued to Galtee beag where hail and sleet brought visibility down to 20 feet. Northwest gales intensified and forced the group to change course and head southwards to the Black road. In times like this it is wonderful to have family members on standby and we would like to extend our appreciation to Mrs. Lyons who again arranged return transport to the cars.
On Sunday next January 28 another beginners walk will take place. We will meet at 11 a.m. at the Lady Gregory in Ballydrehid and Maureen Larkin will lead us at a leisurely pace for a 1 to 2 hour stroll of the area. Further down the road in the village of Kilbehenny our leaders Sheila Lenihan and Anne O'Donnell will lead 3 and 4 hour walks on the southern end of the Galtees. We start at 11 a.m. and we hope for better weather.

January 29, 2007

We were pleasantly surprised to see such a large attendance at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday last and we are delighted to announce the following appointments:-
President:- Bob Noonan
Chairman:- Danny Bailey
Secretary:- Rita Mooney
Treasurer/PRO:- Josephine Tierney
Our committee comprises of members-Paddy Bourke, Ann Donohoe, Owen Ryan, Joe Browne, Tom Lyons, Pat Ryan, Rody Tierney, Catherine Russell, Sheila Lenihan, Breda Ryan, Padraig Berry, Kevin O'Sullivan, Willie Ryan, Mary Rose Kinnane and Joe Francovich. We welcome everybody and look forward to some great walks in 2007.
On Sunday last Una Phelan and Maureen Larkin led a beginners walk in Ballydavid woods. The group of 24 strolled up the blind boreen and headed towards St. Pecaun's Well. From here they continued to the waterfall and looped back through the forest. Well done to everybody and in particular to our younger members who completed this outing with no difficulty. We look forward to seeing more new faces on the next beginner's walk, which takes place on February 25.
Our A and B walkers met in Kilbehenny. Tom took his group over the Attycran river and up onto Knocknagaltee where they savoured the views of the Carrigeen valley. Anne and the more adventurous opted for altitude taking in a 5 hour loop of Galteebeag and Galteemore. Great outings on this Springlike day. Our thanks to all organisers.
On Sunday February Jackie Gallagher will lead a 3 hour trek to Lake Curra with the starting point at Cush Car Park at 11 a.m. John O'Dwyer will take to the open mountains for a 5 hour walk. The meeting place is at the Market Yard, Tipperary at 10 a.m. and car pooling can be arranged.

February 5, 2007

'I don't need these gloves' and 'I'm taking off this fleece'. These are the phrases that were used to signify the weather conditions we so much enjoyed during our 2 outings on Sunday last. John O'Dwyer led a group of A walkers from Limerick to Tipperary and what better route to choose than over the Galtee mountains. On this sunny Spring morning it was wonderful to experience such spectacular views of the southern foothills. We walked from Carrigeen onto 629 where we stopped for a while and observed the entire Blackrock valley flanked by Knockaterriff to the west. We then took on the challenge of Bengower and over the wall where we stopped for the welcome cuppa. The remainder of the trek was downhill over Shievecushabinna and after shaking hands with the stony man we proceeded to Cush car park. With 23 enthusiastic walkers our leaders Jackie Gallagher and Mary Leahy set out for Lough Curra. The ice road was not as the name might suggest but instead provided a leisurely upward path towards the lake. The chat and banter was great and it was lovely to meet many friends and also to welcome four new members who had travelled from County Clare to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. This bright clear morning gave us the rare experience of seeing the magnificent peaks as they cut into the clear blue sky. Thanks to leaders and helpers who always ensure that we have safe and pleasant outings.
On February 11 our walks start at Rossadrehid Post Office at 11 a.m. Ann Donohoe will lead a 5 hour open mountain trek and Rita Mooney will take on a walk to Lake Muskerry and Fear Breaga.

February 13, 2007

Our weekend walks took us to the Galtees and in somewhat milder weather conditions 23 members set off from Rossadreid. At the style the group split and Clare Hickey led one group to Lake Muskerry. On reaching the lake they stopped for lunch and were joined by the others who took the more challenging incline to Fear Breige. You can't beat plenty of good company when you are dining out! We continued southwards and circled the completely frozen Lough Breige. Having observed this rare sight Clare led her team safely back to the cars.
Ann Donohoe and Una Hayes continued with their charges across the steps, over Borheen Lough and climbing above the snow line they savoured the panoramic views from Galteebeag and Galteemore . Descending via Slievecushnabinna the group returned to Cush Car Park and the prearranged transport. Thank you Una and John! At the first meeting of our new committee a vote of sympathy was passed to our member Willie Kavanagh on the recent death of his father Patrick.
On Sunday next our walks take us along the Ballyhoura way. Kevin O'Sullivan will lead us on an open mountain trek and Willie Ryan will take his charges on a 5 hour hike of this area. Both walks start in Kilfinane at 11 a.m.
Our next beginners walk is on Sunday February 25 when Teresa Finn will do a circuit on Slievenamuck. The meeting point is at Christ the King Statue at 11 a.m. Membership forms are available on line at www.galteewalkingclub.ie or from committee members.

February 19, 2007

On Sunday morning last in crisp and clear conditions we all assembled in the village of Kilfinane and with our leaders Willie Ryan and Kevin O'Sullivan we drove to the Greenwood Forest. All 21 members walked together along the marked route in the Seefin Mountains. After an hour we were given options and some chose the Blackrock loop with Kevin and the remainder of the group continued under Carron mast and along the Ballyhoura way. The evening turned quite dull and chilly but all kept warm with the good brisk pace. Thanks to Willie and Kevin and all participants for yet another enjoyable outing.
The Grand Hotel in Fermoy is the meeting place for our walk on Sunday February 25. Larry will take us on a 4 hour trek along the Barnane Loop on Corrin Hill. The starting time is 11 a.m. and this walk will include road, forest and riverside tracks and should provide a variety of scenery. At Christ the King Statue our other 2 walks begin at 11 a.m. Teresa Finn will take a beginners group on a leisurely stroll of Slievenamuck. Josephine Tierney is our leader on a 3 hour walk of this area. As always there is something for everybody and we look forward to these weekend walks and in particular to seeing new faces for our beginners programme. Membership forms are available on line at www.galteewalkingclub.ie or from committee members.

February 26, 2007

Slievenamuck was the chosen terrain of both the Beginner and B groups on Sunday. Starting at Christ the King, Josephine Tierney led the B walkers on a four hour hike across the ridge to Bansha Car Park and back via the lower road. From the same point, Teresa Finn took seventeen beginners and improvers on a lesser loop of two hours. For many of the beginners, this was their first glimpse of the breathtaking views of the Glen of Aherlow. Weather conditions were mild and Spring like with a sprinkling of early blossom about and an abundance of frog spawn in the puddles along the way.
Larry Joy and the A walkers had a four hour away walk in Fermoy. Meeting at the Grand Hotel in Fermoy and proceeding via the Cork road, they made their way up Corrin Hill to the cross. Then, descending to the river bank, they enjoyed a glorious two mile walk along the wooded banks of the Blackwater in sight of heron, deer and even herds of wild longhaired/ horned cattle! Next weeks walks, Sunday 4th March, include for the A group, a six hour walk on open mountain in the Comeraghs. This will be led by Joe Frankovich. Meet in the Nire Valley car park at 10am. The B group, in the care of John Walsh, will meet at Melodys Bar in Ballymacarberry at 11am for a four hour wallk of the Nire Valley Lakes.
Looking ahead, it is worth noting that the Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival is now set for the June bank holiday weekend. This is always a busy time for the club but also a chance for us to meet and get to know potential new members. So keep it in mind. Slan for now.

March 5, 2007

Last weekends walks were severely compromised by weather conditions, resulting in cancellations and modifications to our original schedule. I wonder if the lunar eclipse had anything to do with it? With a ten o' clock start planned and in face of stormy conditions and fallen trees on the track, Jo Frankovich made the sensible decision to abandon the A walk of the Comeraghs. The Bs however were luckier. The later start meant that they escaped the worst of the weather and managed to have a surprisingly enjoyable hike through a modified route of the Comeraghs. Drawing on his considerable knowledge of the terrain and paralleling the lakes, John Walsh led four brave stalwarts on a three hour, out and back walk to the Gap. Although underfoot conditions were somewhat tricky, some unexpected sunshine and blue sky meant their efforts were amply rewarded.
Next weeks walks, Sunday 11/3/07 will include, for the A group, a five hour trek in the Galtees led by Rody Tierney. Meet at Clydagh Bridge at 10am. The B Group, led by Kevin O'Sullivan, will take on Cush Mountain and Lake Boreen and will meet at Cush Car Park at 11am. Lets hope conditions improve.

March 13, 2007

Another wet and windy weekend made for less than agreeable walking conditions in the Galtees. The Clydagh Bridge was the meeting point for both the A and the B groups. Making an early start, Rody Tierney and co navigators, Pat and Tom, led the A group on a 5 hour hike of the Galtees. Taking the ice road to Lake Curra, they proceeded up the gully ( which was surprisingly dry underfoot) and onto the top of Galtee Mor ridge. Then in gale force winds, they made their way along by the wall to the shelter of the rocks near the cross, where they took a short break for lunch before heading on for Galtee Beag. Their descent, in heavy rain, was via the steps to the col between Cush and Galtee Beag and on past O'Briens farm to Cush boreen. Great stamina and endurance was displayed by all!
Starting at 11am in relatively dry conditions, Kevin O'Sullivan took 14 B walkers out onto Cush . However, that soon changed and heavy winds, rain and sleet were the order of the day for most of the journey. Having battled their way to the summit of Cush, Kevin decided, under the prevailing conditions, to give Lake Boreen a miss and go for a quick descent to the path and the shelter of the woods. It was an invigorating experience to say the least and underlined acutely the importance of having a change of clothing to hand for the drive home.
Next Sunday, both groups will meet in Cahir Castle car Park at 11am. The A group will be led by Ann O'Donnell on a four hour forest and mountain track whilst Sheila Lenihan will take the Bs on a similar but shorter route.
Finally the club is proud and delighted to welcome back Owen Ryan, Mike Moroney and friends from their trip to the central Andes in Argentinia where they managed an ascent of over 22.000ft to the summit of Aconcagua! A record for the club. Well done and more on that later!

March 20, 2007

It was the mother of all Sundays in the Galtees last Sunday, with intermittent rain, hail, snow and sunshine all along the route from Kilcoran to Cahir. Our thanks to Sheila and Ann, who had the logistically challenging task of taking both the A and B groups from Cahir Castle to Kilcoran and back via the mountain road. Conditions were not bad as we started our trek up through Kilcoran Woods, but things got progressively worse once we started our ascent of the ridge. Snow and hail made visibility nil for most of the time. But there were also breaks when we were able to look back and appreciate the jagged vista of the Knockmealdown range and witness the relentless onward march of the new motorway. We even managed to have a lunch break.
At the top of the ridge the two groups separated and the A group attempted to take a more challenging mountainous route (eventually modified because of conditions), whilst the Bs took the forestry road back, saluting An Starraicin and Sliabh an Aird to the left as we descended. Both groups eventually met up and exited to the town via the mountain road.
Next week, both groups will be in the Knockmealdowns and will meet at 11am at the Grubb Monument. Catherine Russell will lead the A group on a 5hour trek of open mountain whilst Rita Mooney has a 4 hour mountain track planned for the B group.
The Beginners monthly outing will take place on Sunday 25th March. The meeting point will be Galbally Square at 11am when Maureen will lead the group on a round of Darby's bed.
Finally a vote of thanks to our committee who have worked so hard to produce next quarters splendid calendar of walks. These are currently being posted out to all members and will also be available on our website.

April 2, 2007

The end of March - even though not going out like a lamb - brought many walkers to the Knockmealdowns on Sunday 24. Rita and friends assembled at the Vee and an immediate incline tested their fitness levels as they headed for the Sugarloaf. No sightseeing today as all peaks in this range were shrouded in fog but Rita with help from P.J. and Sean managed a good 3 hour walk. Also in this region Catherine and group opted for Knockmealdown and the persistent cloudy conditions provided plenty of practice for map reading.
The beginners walk attracted 25 people who strolled from Galbally village to Derby's Bed in the company of leader Maureen Larkin. We extend a special welcome to all and especially those who joined us for the first time.
On Sunday April 1 we were not fooled on our visit to the southern end of the Galtees. Weather conditions were excellent - brilliant sunshine, wonderful views and great company - who could ask for anything more? Anne O'Donnell led her group up the banks of the Attychraan and descended along the gentle slopes of Knocknagaltee. Whilst sunbathing during lunchbreak Anne imparted her knowledge of the local history to all. Well done Anne!
From the same starting point Rody and his team walked by the Blackrock river and taking the eastern track on Knockaterriff proceeded through the turf banks and onto Lyracappul where they sat by the wall and savoured the views during refreshments. The group then headed east over Bengower and along the valley in the direction of the car park. The lively pace and short breaks saw this circuit completed in just four hours.
Our Wednesday evening walks commence on April 11 at 7p.m. and our first meeting place is Christ the King Statue.
Cush Car Park is the starting point for both walks on Easter Sunday. Tom Lyons takes us on a 5 hour hike over the eastern peaks - starting time 10 a.m. A 4 hour trek over Cush and around by three of the corrie lakes will be led by Rita - departure time 10.30 a.m.

April 30, 2007

The first of the Wednesday evening walks kicked off from Christ the King last week in the care of Rita Mooney who led a group of 25 on a brisk 2 hour loop walk of Slievenamuck. It was good to get back to the evening walks and there was a definite spring to our steps as we took off up the road in glorious sunshine. Next weeks walk (18th April) will also start from Christ the King at 7pm and Ray Coleman will be our leader. Wed 25th will meet in Galbally village at 7pm.
Rita has also been busy with the Sunday B walks, taking in Cush Mountain and three lakes last week, in a four hour climb of open mountain. Kevin O' Sullivan led last Sundays B group on a very enjoyable 4 hour outing in the Galtees. Starting from Rossadrehid, they proceeding up towards the waterworks. Kevin then steered his 11 walkers in a leftward direction along forest track towards An Sturakeen. Circling the foothills, they looped back in the direction of Cnoc an Staicin before descending to the car park.
Also on Sunday, Pat Ryan had the A walkers in the Galtees for a 6 hour, 15km climb in the Galtees. Making their way up via O'Briens farm to the steps, they proceeded over to O'Loughlin's Castle and then onto An Grianan and Fear Breiga. Staying high, they traversed a variety of habitats, dropping down at Lakes Muskry and Borheen and making their return journey via Cush Borheen. Pat and other club members would also like to thank Mary Ahern Ryan and the Ballyhoura group for a recent and most enjoyable outing to the Lake District.
Next Sundays A walk (22nd April) will start from Glengarra Wood car park at 10am for a 5 hour climb on open mountain.Leader is Mary Aherne Ryan.
The B group will also meet at the same place at 11am for a four hour climb with Rita Mooney.
A reminder too that the beginners walk will take place on Sunday 29th April. Meet at Bansha Woods car park at 11am. See our website for details of all walks.
Finally our sincere sympathies to Kay Ahern and family whose mother passed away last week. May she rest in peace.

May 16, 2007

The Wednesday evening walks are now well established with a strong core of walkers turning out on a regular basis. Thanks to Willie Kavanagh who led a vigorous climb up to the mast in Ballydavid and Rody Tierney who did the rounds of Bansha Woods.
Bank holiday weekend saw a number of club members participate in the Ballyhoura Walking festival, including the Marathon. Congratulations to Padraig Berry who came second in that event. Our thanks too to the Bears for hosting a most impressive festival.
On Sunday 13th the A walkers were out in the rain on a practice climb for the up coming Aherlow June festival. Starting from Kilbeheny, Owen Ryan and companions drove into the foothills of the Galtees where they commenced their ascent towards Carrignabinna. Following a horseshoe loop, they continued on to Ladhar an Chapaill, returning via the Black Rock Valley.
Also starting from Kilbeheny, Paddy Burke and 12 B walkers headed for the Black Road and up onto Galty Beag. It was a rainy experience with poor visibility on the entire route.
The following walks are scheduled:
Wed 16th 7pm, side of Cush, from Cush Car Park with Rita Mooney.
Wed 23rd 7pm, Cush, also from Cush Car Park with Paddy Burke.
Sunday 20th at 10.30am, both the A and B groups will meet at Ballylanders Church for walks in the Darragh area. Willie Ryan will lead the As on a 5 hour forest and mountain trek. The B group will do a 3 hour trek with Mary Murphy.
The May Beginners walk is on Sunday 27th and will meet at the Lady Gregory pub at 11am for a forest ramble with Willie.
Committee members should note that the next meeting will be on Thursday at 8pm at the Excel Centre. Plans for the Aherlow Walking festival will be considered at this meeting, so all interested club members encouraged to attend.
Finally the club would like to extend their sincere condolences to Rita Mooney whose brother recently passed away. May he rest in peace.

May 23, 2007

The past week has seen a mixed bag of weather for walkers. Wednesday evening's walk, marred only by a fine but penetrating rain, was led by our chairman, Danny. Starting from Clydagh Bridge, the route took a novel direction, through well defined mountain track, up the side of Cush mountain, looping around to exit onto O'Briens' boreen for the homeward journey. A very pleasant route and well worth revisiting in more clement conditions.
Sundays A and B walks were in the Ballyhoura region. Meeting in Ballylanders under sunny conditions, both groups made their way south towards Darragh where they were joined by walkers from the Ballyhoura Bears. From here, Willie Ryan and 23 A walkers set out along the banks of the Molanna river to do a 15 mile circuit of woods and hills, taking in Ballyorglin, Glenoshine, Castle Gayle and Kilcruig.
Another 23 Bs joined Michael Joe Hennessy's group for a modified 3 hour reverse loop of the area. Climbing up through the ancient oak woods of Darragh (formerly the Castle Oliver estate), they made their way along the Cork/Limerick border and up onto Kilcruig, looping back down onto the banks of the Molanna river. Apart from intermittent hail, the day was fair and the Knockmealdown and Nagle mountains were in clear view as well as glimpses of Kilmallock and Kildorrery.
Walks for next week are as follows:-
Sunday 27th the A walkers will meet at 9am at the Silver Sands pub for transport to the Comeraghs with Paddy Burke. The B group will meet at Cush Car Park at 11am for a climb to Lough Curra with Mary Rose Kinnane.
Wed 30th , meet at Rossadrehid Post Office at 7pm for a climb of Knockastakeen with Catherine Russell.
Beginners Walk is on Sunday 27th May. Meet with Willie at the Lady Gregory at 11am.
Coming up on the 7th July is a trip to Mweelrea in county Mayo. Anyone interested in travelling should contact the club as soon as possible. A reminder too that the launch of the Aherlow walking festival will be at 9pm on Friday 1st June at the Glen Hotel followed by two days of great walks. The base point will be the Foot Bar and offers from members to steward walks are always welcome.

June 9, 2007

The club had a busy weekend with a variety of walks organized around the annual Aherlow Walking festival. Friday evening saw the opening ceremonies at the Glen Hotel when our chairman, Danny Bailey, welcomed walkers from all over the country and beyond and an impressive and entertaining evening of speakers, slide shows and music was laid on by the Aherlow Failte Society. On Saturday and Sunday, the club led a variety of well attended walks from category A - C from the Foot Bar into the Galtees. Saturdays weather was wet and misty and visibility was poor for all walks. Similar wet conditions prevailed for the early walks on Sunday but the later C walk and the Nature walk enjoyed some bright sunshine and gave visitors a chance to appreciate the glory of the Glen.
Our thanks to the caterers who worked hard to supply us with much appreciated sustenance.
The previous Wednesday evening walk was well attended with some 25 walkers doing a vigorous uphill hike of Knockastakeen under the direction of Catherine Russell. Conditions were good and clear views of the surrounding peaks and countryside were available throughout.
Next weeks walks are as follows;
Sundays A walk: 10th June at 10am. Meet in Rossadrehid for a 6 hour outing to Galtee Mor and Beag with Ann Donohue.
The B group will meet at the same time and place for a trip to Lake Muskry with Kevin O'Sullivan.
Wednesday 13th , meet in Rossadrehid at 7pm for a trip to Muskry and Farbreaga.
A reminder that the Galtee Challenge is fast approaching and intending participants should be preparing for 10 hours traversing open mountain from Cahir to Anglesborough 24th June.

June 11, 2007

Sunscreen, water and sun hats seem to have replaced GPS systems on the mountains during the past week! Even the evening walks have seen challenging temperatures. But undeterred by natures vicissitudes, both Wednesday evening and Sunday walks have seen sizable numbers turning out for 3 - 6 hour hikes.
On Wednesday Mary Ryan led 28 walkers on an ascent of Sliabh Riadh. Starting from Glenbrohan in bright sunshine, the group took a clockwise direction around by the shooting range, to be rewarded by magnificent clear views of the surrounding counties.
On Sunday, Ann Donohue led 17 (A) walkers on a 6 hour, 16km hike of the five Galtee lakes. The first leg of the journey took them to Lake Muskry, then up onto Fear Breaga, Galtee Mor and Galtee Beag and back down via Slievecushnabinna. No heat exhaustion was reported and the group even enjoyed some cooling breezes on the summits.
There was also a good turnout for the B group which was led by Kevin O'Sullivan taking in four hours of mountain track around Lake Muskry Next Sunday's walk for the A group will be meet at the Foot Bar at 10am and will do the Foot Circuit to Clydagh Bridge. This will be a six hour climb and will be led by Thos O' Neill.
The Bs will be in the Commeraghs for a tour of the Nire Valley Lakes and will meet with John Walsh at Melody's Bar at 11am.
Wednesday 20th walk will start from Clydagh Bridge at 7pm for a trip to Lake Curragh and will be led by Owen Ryan.
The Beginners walk will meet Sunday 24th in Galbally Square at 11am for a round of Darby's Bed.
Please note that the up coming Galtee Challenge on Sunday 24th June will be from Cahir to Anglesboro and has a meeting time of 8.30am at Anglesboro Church. Those intending to participate should contact Owen Ryan 087 2273562 or Pat Ryan 062 33374. And should current weather conditions persist, they should also be prepared to carry at least two litres of water! This will mark the end of this seasons Sunday walks.

June 18, 2007

At this point in the walking calendar, the focus for many of our hardier walkers will be on the upcoming Galtee Challenge. This event will take place next Sunday, 24th June and involves 10 hours on open mountain from Cahir to Anglesborough. Those entering the challenge are advised to turn up for registration at 8.30 at Anglesborough Church, where a bus will be available to take them to the starting point in Cahir. Appropriate kit and plenty of water is essential for this trek. It will be followed by a meal at the Firgrove Hotel in Mitchelstown. Advance booking and information is a must and can be had from Pat Ryan 062 33374 or Owen 087 227 3562. We wish them the very best of luck.
There will be no B walk on that day but for those who would like a lesser challenge, the Beginners walk will be starting from Galbally Square at 11am. All are welcome on this two hour walk to Darby's Bed.
Last week's walks took place in dry and mild conditions. The Sunday A walk, led by Thos O'Neill saw 19 stalwarts take off from the Foot Bar in the direction of Sturrakeen and on upwards to Farbreaga where they enjoyed a hearty lunch and glorious views of the Galtees and lakes. From here they looped around lakes Muskry and Borheen to make their descent through the foothills of Cush mountain to the car park. Some even took on Cush itself! Sightings of a lizard in the tall grass were reported which would have gladdened the heart of Eanna Ni Lamhna! We hope Declan enjoyed the day.
The B group were in the beautiful Nire Valley with John Walsh. Starting from the car park, in clear weather conditions, John led them across the Nire river and upwards to the first two of the beautiful Comeragh lakes, the Sceallogs. They then made their way across the ridge to Lough Coumfea and Coumalocha before making their descent back down to the car park.
The previous Wednesday evening saw Mary Rose Kinnane lead 27 walkers on a very pleasant loop walk to Lakes Fearbreaga and Muskry. The group wish to express their sincere thanks to the Mountain Rescue Team who came to the aid of one of our walkers on the mountain that evening. We also hope that Margaret will be back walking with us again before long.
Please note that there will be no further Sunday walks until the Autumn. Wednesday walks will continue as usual and will start at 7pm. See our website for details.

June 26, 2007

Having practiced and looked forward to the Challenge for the past year, on the day that the Blue and the Gold went down to Limerick, they finally walked the walk. All ten hours of it, across nine peaks (some say more) from the Bane in Cahir, to Temple Hill in Anglesborough. Thirty seven challengers were signed in by Breda and Josephine and seen off from Cahir at 10am. A medley of weather conditions meant frequent changes from shorts to rain proofs as they headed out across the mighty ridge, to be greeted by the now almost predictable hail on the summit of Galteemor. At 8pm, a group of friends and Mary the piper, were at the finish to greet them and pipe them into Anglesborough. Then it was on to Mitchelstown for food and the awards ceremony at the Firgrove hotel, where Pat and Owen Ryan presented the challengers with their medals and certificates. Well done to Pat and Owen for being the main movers of this great event. And well done to all the walkers who did us proud and to Danny, our chairman, who holds the club together for us. The craic continued until 1am with Rody, Eamon and Tom in fine vocal condition.
This ends our Sunday walking season until the Autumn. The Wednesday walks will continue at 7pm as usual. It is a mark of the popularity of these walks, that even on a wet and windy evening, such as last week, 17 people turned out to marvel at the sight of swollen rivers in midsummer, as they made their way to Lough Curra. The next walk 27th will be to Galtee Beag and will meet at Clydagh Bridge at 7pm. Ann Donohoe will lead.
Beginner walks are also ongoing on the last Sunday of each month. And while the challenge was in full sway, some 18 beginners were out on a round of Darby's bed. In Galbally.Apart from a three minute monsoon, the day turned out to be very pleasant indeed with good humour and comradeship all round, with our Dublin friends adding some extra urban colour to the day! Quite a week all round.
The next big event will be the trip to Mweelrea on July 7th with Thos.

July 17, 2007

It was westward ho last weekend for a number of club members and friends who journeyed out to Lennane to take on the infamous Mweelrea. Well equipped with all things rainproof, they were prepared for the worst that the heavens could send. As transpired, they had eight hours on the mountain in bright sunny conditions and indeed had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of walking, talking, singing and swimming! Starting their ascent from Doo Lough, their much appreciated guides, Michael and Martin, led the group of 29 up the steep and rocky terrain to Ben Bury (far from the comfort zone of the Galtees!) and on upwards to the summit of Mweelrea where they enjoyed spectacular atlantic views, with the islands of Achill, Inishturk and Inishbofin laid out below and Croagh Patrick to the north. Sightings of John B Keanes Field were reported but the vantage point escapes me! Afterwards, some celebratory drinks were enjoyed in the Hamilton bar, before returning to their base at the Lennane Hotel where a hearty meal was enjoyed by all.
Many were up walking again on Sunday with some exploring the local peaks while others did a round of Killary harbour. A much appreciated weekend. Meanwhile, back at the Galtees, the group are kept in condition with the Wednesday evening walks. Wed 4th was guided by Thos O'Neill who did a road and forest loop from the Foot bar via the mast while on Wed 11th, Ann O'Donnell led a three hour trek from Cahir up onto the Bane. Forthcoming, on Wed 18th, Josephine Tierney will meet walkers at Bansha Wood car park at 7pm for a three hour walk on forest track.
Finally, we will shortly be planning our Autumn schedule of walks. We would really like to hear from people who are willing to lead walks at all levels or who have ideas for new walks. New blood is always welcome. Please be in touch through our website.

September 3, 2007

The club goes from strength to strength and we would like to extend a special welcome to all the new members who have recently joined us. There was a record turnout for the last of the Wednesday evening walks when Kevin O'Sullivan led 38 people on an energizing circuit of Slievenamuck. Whilst it is always sad to see the end of the evening walks, clearly this was not before time as visibility became quite poor towards the end of the walk. Thanks and well done to Kevin for his effort.
Members should now have received their Autumn/Winter calendar of walks and what a varied and exciting selection is on offer! (These are also posted on the web site) The committee deserve a vote of thanks for all their hard work here and especially Rita and Danny for putting it all together. Please note that the first weekend away will be a two day trip to Kerry on 30th Sept. Those wishing to go should contact Pat or Breda Ryan on 087 970 4404/ 062 33374 asap to arrange accommodation.
The first of the new walks got off to a positive start on All Ireland Sunday with Rita Mooney leading a modified 3 hour hike to Lake Curra for both the A and B groups. Conditions were favourable although misty and foggy by the lake. Rita would like to extend her thanks to the 'locals' , Una, Mary, Teresa, and the men for their expert help and guidance. All got back on time for the match!
The Beginners walks continue to be popular and they were out again as usual on the last Sunday of the month. Thanks to Una and Margaret who had to make some last minute route improvisations and take the group on an enjoyable ramble of Slievenamuck.
Next Sundays (A) walk will be led by Catherine Russell and will involve a 5 - 6 hour climb on open mountain (Galtee Mor and Galtee Beag) Meet at Cush car park at 10am. The will be no (B) walk next week but members are welcome to join in our very first 'C' walk which will be in Doon and will start from Doon Village at 11am. These new walks will take place once a month and are meant to compliment and develop beginner walks.
Finally a committee meeting will take place on Thur 6th Sept 8pm at the Excel to receive reports from our working groups

October 1, 2007

It is the time of year when walkers rejoice in the crisp morning conditions and the glorious autumnal sunshine which sets off the burnished foliage of the countryside. Paddy Burke and 22 B walkers were out enjoying it all on the Knockmealdowns on Sunday. Leaving the lowland fog behind, they travelled up to the Vee and the Beal Locha car park. From there, they followed the Waterford/Tipperary boundary upwards and onto the Knockshanahullion peak. Here, the contrasting views between upland and lowland conditions were quite remarkable with crystal clear views of the Galtees before them, whilst below them, almost entirely shrouded in mist, lay Clogheen. After refreshments they commenced their descent, taking in Knocknalougha and returning via the Avondhu way having completed over ten kilometres in 4 hours.
Starting from the same point but in an easterly direction, the mighty Tom Lyons led his band of A walkers on a multipeak experience across open mountain to the Liam Lynch Monument and up onto Crohan West. From there, they circled around and went on to scale Knockmeal, Knockmealdown and the Sugar Loaf from whence they made their descent via the Grubb Monument to the cars. A six and a half hour experience of heightened activity and great camaraderie!
There are no scheduled club walks for the weekend of 13/14th Oct as many of our members will be participating in the Ballymacarbery walking festival. Anyone interested in joining us should contact Thos O'Neill 086 2656598 for details. However a walk for the C group is taking place in Cashel on Sunday 14th. Sadly we have been informed that the planned river route is closed due to flooding. An alternative road walk will however take place starting from the Rock car park at 11am. Coming up too is the Ballyhoura Walking festival 20/10 which our club will be supporting.
Please also note that names are now being taken for the next away weekend to the Sheeps Head peninsula on 28/10. Contact Rody or Josephine 062 51775. A club meeting for all members will also take place at the Excel on Thur 18th at 8pm when new club rules will be ratified. Finally, all members are cordially invited to attend the opening of an exhibition of paintings of our beloved mountains by one of our members at the Excel Centre in Tipperary Friday, 19th Oct at 8pm.

October 15, 2007

It was a weekend when club members broke away from their usual routines to participate in a variety of outside walking events. 13 were in the beautiful Nire Valley for the two day Ballymacarbery Festival, where they enjoyed both low and higher level walks in the Comeraghs. Some also joined the SAP walkers on Saturday for a charity hike to Lake Curra.
This week, we salute the newest Galtee Club group, the C walkers, who were in Cashel for a three hour historic hike along the old pilgrims road to the village of Dually and back. This group is going from strength to strength and is proving to be the perfect introduction to hill walking for advanced beginners. Marion Ryan met the group at the Rock car park where she gave them a brief introduction to the early Christian history of the area and the surrounding Ardagh Hills. They then proceeded upwards along a road which in former times formed part of the old pilgrim way from Dublin through Kilkenny to Cashel and beyond. The ascent afforded outline, panoramic views of Slievenamon, the Comeraghs, Knockmealdowns and the Galtees. Being from the area, Marion was well versed in the lore and legends of the area, pointing out along the way, old border rivalries and the old barracks where the famed Ned Kelly's father was detained, pending his deportation. At this point, the flasks and sandwiches were produced and a welcome break was enjoyed by the roadside. Then in bright sunshine, they set out to retrace their steps back to the rock and the car park. Our special thanks to Marion for a most interesting outing and a warm welcome to her as our newest group leader.
Next week, 21st, the A group will meet at O'Heneys pub in Bansha at 10am for a 5 hour walk to Moore Abbey with Rody Tierney. The B group will meet at 10am at Cappamore Community Hall for a 4 hour hike of Slieve Felim with Kay Aherne. The next Beginners Walk will take place on Sunday 28th in Galbally at 11am.Note too the two day Ballyhoura festival this weekend.
Don't forget the club meeting for all members this Thursday 18th at 8pm at the Excel Centre, Tipperary Town.

October 26, 2007

The walkers were out in force at the weekend soaking up the last of the pre Samhain light before the season of darkness descends. Rody Tierney led his annual A trek across Slievenamuck from Bansha to Moore Abbey in Galbally. This a 5 hour forest track and started with splendid views of Tipperary town to the north, continuing in a westerly direction where they were treated to the majestic views of the Galtee mountain range and the pastoral vista of the Glen of Aherlow, finishing up along by the banks of the Aherlow river. Notable on the way, was the current seasonal confusion of simultaneous displays of flowering rhododendrons and red berry holly which beckoned from the surrounding woodlands. A remarkable sight indeed.
The B group were on the Slieve Felim Way with Kay Aherne. This was an enchanting 4 hour walk along forest track which started out from Cappamore and proceeded upwards into the foothills of the Slieve Felim Mountains. Circling around, the group enjoyed open westerly views of the Shannon basin, glimpses of Keeper Hill and the patchwork fields of Doon with the hills beyond. Returning along the old bog road of Grageen where in the not too distant past, the turf was drawn home to Cappamore by horse and cart, a native of the area remarked on how frequently the horses used to fall over on the tortuous, uneven path!
Next week 28/10, the club are on an away weekend in Sheeps Head. So no A walk. There is however a local B walk of Slieve Riadh starting at 10am from Glenbrohane Church with Mary Murphy.
A Beginners walk will also take place from Galbally. Meet Alice and Jill at 11am in the square for a round of Darby's Bed.
And finally, although this may sound like a stealth Christmas plug, or the tinsel appearing at the back of the shop before the clocks go back, Breda Ryan has her ledger out and is taking names for the club Christmas dinner. Always oversubscribed, please make your reservation on 062 33374.

October 30, 2007

Over twenty members enjoyed a spectacular Bank Holiday weekend on the Sheeps Head peninsula in West Cork. Situated between The Beara peninsula to the north and and Mizen Head to the South, the peninsula was opened as a waymarked walk in 1996 and provides excellently signed ridge and shoreline walks. On Saturday evening, the group rendezvoused in the quiet village of Kilcrohan, with its stone walls and late medieval church and where exceptionally good food and lodgings were provided for them by Ann and family at Bridgeview House.
Sunday morning heralded an early start and the group took off up the ridge, bearing west in the direction of the lighthouse at the Goats Way intersection. Bright sunshine displayed this beautiful, if harsh landscape of blanket bog and rocky outcrops, affording excellent views of Bantry Bay, Bere Island and the Caha mountains to the north with Dunmanus Bay and Clear Island to the south. Some even claimed to have caught glimpses of the Fastnet Lighthouse. As they tramped along through prickly gorse and sedge, snippets of history were shared of deserted copper mines and the shipments of mackerel which went out from Sheeps Head to the Americas as well as the living memory of the Whiddy Island disaster of 1978. After four hours walking on paths, tracks and road, Rody led the group back down to a pick up point for their return journey back to Kilcrohan.
The trip to the light house was completed on the Monday. Driving out the peninsula to the road end, they continued up the cliff on foot to enjoy breathtaking views below of the light house and the Sheeps Head end against a background of crashing atlantic waves. The perfect setting for a photo shoot.
But it was the craic on Sunday night in the old pub around the corner which marked the bonding of the group with the muintir of Sheeps Head, when the rafters were raised with ceol agus amhran from Eamon and our own fine balladeers accompanied by some splendid traditional renderings from this friendly West Cork community. The club would like to commend Rody and Josephine for this exceptionally well organized and enjoyable outing. Members too put in a great team effort. Thanks too to our gracious hosts at Bridgeview House and not least to the Sheeps head farmers, across whose lands they safely trod.
The home walks continued as usual. More on that next week. The coming Sundays walks are as follows:- The A group will meet at the Foot Bar at 10am for a five hour trek of open mountain. Also at 10am, the B group will meet in Rossadrehid village. The C group meeting point is also Rossadrehid but at 11am for a trip to Muskry lake. Chrismas dinner date is 14th Dec.
But it was the craic on Sunday night in the old pub around the corner which marked the bonding of the group with the muintir of Sheeps Head, when the rafters were raised with ceol agus amhran from Eamon and our own fine balladeers accompanied by some splendid traditional renderings from this friendly West Cork community. The club would like to commend Rody and Josephine for this exceptionally well organized and enjoyable outing. Members too put in a great team effort. Thanks too to our gracious B&B hosts at Bridgeview House and not least to the Sheeps head farmers, across whose lands they safely trod.
The home walks continued as usual. More on that next week. The coming Sundays walks are as follows:-
The A group will meet at the Foot Bar at 10am for a five hour trek of open mountain. Also at 10am, the B group will meet in Rossadrehid village. The C group meeting point is also Rossadrehid but at 11am for a trip to Muskry lake. Chrismas dinner date is 14th Dec.

November 11, 2007

This scribe is getting behind with the walks! My apologies. Belated thanks are due to Kevin and to Thos who recently led two groups into the Galtees in rather inclement misty weather conditions. Kevin took the B on a 4 hour sortie to Knocknastukeen and Lake Muskry, while Thos led a group of A walkers on a 6 hour multi peak adventure, taking in Cush, O’Loughlins Castle, Grennane, Fearbreaga and down Sturakeen to the Foot. A fair tramp by anyones standards!
Last Sunday, saw a good turnout on both A & B walks. Reports from both were very positive with good dry weather conditions, but an elegiac mood was also evident in remarks about the beauty of the Autumnal colours and their inevitable demise ’ere we take to the hills again.
The B group met with Mo and stewards at Tankerstown Cross and after a quick car split, took the hostel road up to the Ballydavid Mast. A ‘staggered’ lunch break was had as they looped around for the return descent, taking in clear views of the glen as they went and crossing over the gushing Aherlow tributary to make their way back to the cars. Mary Ryan and the A group started out from Glenbrohane and travelled over 18 km in a loop walk which took them to the summit of Slieve Riadh and back via the mast in under five hours.
Next weeks walks are as follows:-
Owen Ryan will meet the A walkers at Cush car park at 10am for 5- 6 hours on the Galtees.
Rita Mooney will also be there at 10am to take the B walkers on a shorter walk up Cush.
The fixture meeting will take place on Nov 29th at the Excel at 8pm. Volunteers to lead walks would be greatly appreciated. The old guard are getting tired! Please send your suggestions to Danny before then Tel 087 6242973

November 26, 2007

Sunday dawned misty but hopeful as the beginners assembled in Bansha Woods. This monthly walk is proving very popular and it is always heartening to see new people enjoy their first outing with the club. Margaret was there to meet them with her polished staff and led a moderately paced two hour circle walk up via Moors castle and in and out through paths of spindly pine trunks and holly bushes (where berries grow scarcer by the day) The characteristic late Autumn scent of decaying woodland rose to greet them as they tramped their way through leaves and mould on the forest floor. In all, a stimulating and enjoyable pre Solstice experience. Thank you Margaret. The A and B group were at the Cush car park at 10am. From there, Owen and his A group joined forces with Mary Ahern Ryan for a hike in the Galtees. They made their way up to Lake Curra, then up the gully at the back and onto Galtee Mor and Galte Beag, descending via Lake Borheen and the steps. Then it was onwards and upwards again to take in Cush before returning to the car park. Conditions and visibility were good in the foothills but the stillness gave way to blustery winds and fog on the peaks. The club would like to extend their appreciation to Mary and the Ballyhouras for a challenging and worthwhile joint outing.
Starting from the same point, Rita, with navigators Catherine and Ann and trusty Paddy as sweeper, led the B group up to the Cush summit and down to a foggy Lake Borheen where they enjoyed the usual hikers repast. Conditions were mild and dry as they made their way back down by O’Briens farm, joyously skipping over gushing streams as they went, with colourful scarves wafting behind. A salute to the true spirit of hill walking.
Next week, Sunday 2nd Dec, there is a chance (A & B+) to travel a bit further and accompany Larry on his delightful annual 4 hour forest and river bank walk in Fermoy. Meet at the Grand Hotel in Fermoy at 10am. The B group will meet at Rossadrehid Post office at 10am for a walk to Muskry with Josephine. Finally, don’t forget the fixtures meeting this Thursday at the Excel at 8pm and bring your suggestions for walks.

December 3, 2007

A whole new slate of walks for 2008 was worked out by the committee last week. Ranging from the Galtees through the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns, to Cappawhite and Hollyford, there is something for everyone with different grades of walks and varying terrain. Beginner and C walks for the Spring also include a Suir walk, rambles in the Doon Hills and a historic outing to Athassal Abbey. The club have also planned an away weekend at Easter to the Mourne Mountains. So lots to look forward to. Grateful appreciation is due to Danny, Rita, leaders and comrades for this mammoth task.
Last Sundays walks went ahead as scheduled despite the blustery, wintery conditions. Even Josephines open mountain trek to Lake Muskry saw 13 enthusiasts turn up at Rossadrehid where they sheltered from the driving rain before taking off up the waterworks track to enjoy a surprisingly dry walk to this jewel of a mountain lake. Gushing waters tumbled down the track to tease and test their sure footedness as well as the water repellent quality of their walking boots!
The A walk to Fermoy also went ahead with Willie and a few stalwarts journeying out to the beautiful Blackwater Way. Starting from the quays in Fermoy, they travelled some five 5km anticlockwise along by the Blackwater and upwards into Glenabo woods. From here they made their way via road, climbing up onto Carran Hill and back down via the golf links. Conditions were good and the prevailing winds were with them as they took in clear views of the countryside, the new motorway and importantly for Willie, the new cattle mart!
Next weeks walks are as follows:
The A group, will meet at Murroe Church at 9.30 for a 5 hour hike in the Slieve Felims with Mary Ahern Ryan. The B group will meet at the Silver Sands Pub on the N24 at 10am when Thos will lead a 4 hour forest walk. Finally, a reminder that Breda is still taking names for the Christmas dinner bash at Dundrum House on Friday 14th. Leave your walking boots at home ! 




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