News and Walk Reports from 2010

January 18th, 2010

Welcome back to all after the big freeze and while some of our open mountain walks have had to be cancelled, most of our lower level forest treks went ahead as scheduled. Our thanks to Ray Coleman and  Danny Bailey for leading the Christmas hikes and to Sheila Lenihan for braving the icy foothills of Temple Hill! All of which provided added impetus for the large turnout this sunny Sunday past in Kilbeheny Village, where over 50 people assembled for a joint Galtee/Ballyhoura venture. Willie Ryan took 23 of the group on a 23km, a hike, out the Mitchelstown road and up through Magner Wood. From here they zigzagged their way into Ballyorgin village, through the holiday homes and on towards Glenosheen and the wooded foothills of Seefin mountain. Here they paused for some lunch and were able to look down on the cycle track below and the many biking enthusiasts who were out and about on this lovely fine day. From here they swung around, making their way back past Castle Oliver and the folly, through the woods and into Kilfinane. Thank you Willie for this lovely Ballyhoura experience
Taking the opposite direction, Michael Moroney took the remaining 30+ walkers on the B hike, splitting the group into a longer and shorter hike with the help of Willie O’Rourke. Both headed in the direction of Slievereagh via Ballyriggan and Garrynlease and on to the coillte path where they group divided, the longer route proceeding onto Slievereagh, while Mike took the shorter lower route back to Kilfinane via the Ballyhoura way. See Ballyhouras report for a fuller picture. In all a most successful joint outing with wonderful clear views and springlike conditions. Thank you Mike and Willie.
Next weeks walks: The A walk, (5hrs) led by Cliona Touhy, will start from Upperchurch Primary School at 10am. Brendan Shiels will meet the B group at 10am in Kilbeheny village for 4 hrs of forest track and open mountain. The C group meets at Rock an Thorabh car park (up from Aherlow House) at 11am for 2+ hrs on the ridge. The following weekend 30/31Jan sees a festival of walks in the Glen of Aherlow sponsored by Failte. See their web site.

January 24th, 2010

Sunday turned out fine and clear for our walks on Sunday affording good visibility on all three walks. Cliona Touhy did her maiden walk as leader for the A group and provided a challenging five hour hike over five hours in the Silvermines. A modification of  the Knocklong Loup, their route took them up from Upperchurch to Knochlough Hill where they circled around to descend in single file, avoiding the bogholes on the way. From here, they made their way to Tooreen Culliagh where they stopped for their lunch break. Taking off again, they crossed over the Turraheen river, circling back and up onto Knockacarhanduff. And more climbing afterwards as they took in Knocklough Hill on their way back to Upperchurch. So a lot of leg work on this hike but lots of great views too especially of the Devils Bit and Keeper Hill. Well done Cliona for an impressive first outing and thanks too to John Murphy for help and solidarity on the way.
The B group of 23 was led by Brendan Shiels. This was a four hour, 11km walk which started from Kilbeheny village on the southern slopes of the Galtees. From the Galtee castle car park, they proceeded through Monobrack Wood and up onto Carrageen and open mountain. Fine views were had from the summit of Carrageen mountain on this lovely clear day. Having lunched in a col beneath the mountain, they made their descent into Glounreagh valley, re-entering Monobrack wood to make their return to the car park via Kings Yard. Thank you Brendan.
Teresa Roche was out with the C group on Slievenamuck. Eleven lively walkers took off from the Rock car park and made their way up to Rock an Thorabh. Here they enjoyed the outstanding panoramic views of theTipperary plains and town below before proceeding onwards towards the Millenium Stone. Dry sunny conditions prevailed as they swung around from here in the direction of Christ the King, a route which shows off the beauty of the Glen in all its splendour. In high spirits, they arrived back to their start point in 2+ hours, all well pleased, content and especially grateful for Teresa’s expert leadership.
Next weeks walks: There are no scheduled club walks this weekend as some of our leaders will be participating in the Aherlow Winter Walking Festival. But all are welcome to join the festival. Each walk costs €10 and all walks start from the Aherlow House Hotel. The Saturday A walks start at 9am, the B walks at 10am and the C walks at 11am. Sunday walks start at 10am for A,B and C. Walks take place in the Galtees and on Slievenamuck Ridge. See Failte website for more detail. Notice: An away week to Chamonix is planned for 4 -11th September. For details on travel and accommodation please contact Breda 086 3946048 or Ann 087 6989479.

January 31st, 2010

Last weekend our club members facilitated the various walks on offer over 2 days for the Aherlow Winter Walking festival. Luckily the weather conditions were ideal and the beautiful Glen of Aherlow with the backdrop of the towering Galtee mountain range looked spectacular from the many viewing points on route. On both Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st A, B and C walks were on offer to suit all levels of walkers and indeed the numbers exceeded the expectations of the organisers. The A group of 93 walkers assembled at Glencush boreen on Saturday and headed off to sample the peaks surrounding Galteemore to complete the Galteemore Horseshoe circuit. The B group of 93 took in the Rock an Thorabh side of the Slievenamuck ridge while the C group of 41 walked the Ballinacourty loop. On Sunday 31st 145 walkers took off together and split at 2 points to complete A, B and C circuits of the Dolmen loop. Walking on this wonderful circuit was further enhanced by Mike Moroney's delivery of local history and of course a few bars of his lovely Aherlow song. On both days the groups returned to Aherlow House Hotel for some welcome refreshments around a warm fire. Many thanks to all our members involved in leading and steward duties on both days and congratulations and well done to Ferghal and his team for organising a very successful and enjoyable weekend.
Forthcoming Fixtures: Next weekend 7th February 2010 the A walk will meet in Kilbeheny village at 10 am with leader Michael Casey 086 8342987 for a 5 - 6 hr climb on the southern side of the Galtees. The B group will meet at Grubb's monument, The Vee at 10 am with leader Maurice Casey 086 8096137 for a 4+ hr trek over the Knockmealdowns from the Vee to Mellary Abbey. Also, travelling further afield Breda Ryan 086 3946048 and Ann Donohoe 087 6989479 have organised a club trip to Chamonix in the French Alps for the 4th - 11th September 2010. For further information on travel arrangements and accomodation please contact either Breda or Ann. 

February 9th, 2010

On Sunday last 7th February both A and B groups were out in the Galtee and Knockmealdown mountain ranges. The A group of 19 with their leader Michael Casey set off from the Galtee Castle car park on the southern side of the Galtee mountains. They proceeded onwards for Kingsyard and began their ascent of the southern side of Seefin mountain, then following the course by the Attychraan river or the Symphony of Streams - whichever you prefer, they ascended the peak of Knocknagalty (550m). From this point they struck out for Galtymore (919m) which was regretably covered in fog denying the group of the fine views from such height. With a biting cold wind blowing a sheltered spot was found for a quick lunch before descending in a westerly direction via the Galtee wall and on to Lyracappul (825m). Moving swiftly along they descended into the Blackrock valley and in total solidarity followed the course back via the forest line to the Galtee Castle car park. An invigorating 6 hour circuit taking in some 1500m and covering 18 Km - a worthwhile exercise for our 11 visitors in training for Kilamanjeiro. Many thanks Michael for a great day enjoyed by all.
The B group of 31 walkers met at Grubbs monument, the Vee for a much loved trek over the Knockmealdowns to Mellary Abbey. With their leader Mossy Casey they commenced their walk from Bay Lough car park and set off to meet the wall south of Sugarloaf hill and onwards for Knockmealdown. Conditions were poor with fog and a strong cold wind so there was no delay on the summit of Knockmealdown (794m). Beneath the summit the group sought out a sheltered hollow for a lunch break. Continuing on towards Mellary they crossed the Rough Glen River and followed the channel constructed by the monks to bring water to the Monastery. This is the channel where the water appears to flow uphill in places! On arrival in Mellary Abbey, tea, coffee and cakes were most welcome in the cafe - no half measures for this leader! To complete this wonderful outing Mossy and friends had arranged to have cars to transport the group back to the starting point. Many thanks to Mossy and all who helped with the walk and those who provided transport.
Forthcoming fixtures: Next Sunday 14th February the A group with leader John Murphy 087 2565666 will meet in Rathgormack village, Co.Waterford at 10 am for a 5-6 hour trek in the Comeragh mountains. The B group with leader Mary Ryan 086 6038597 will meet in Kilfinnane village at 10 am for a 3-4 hr walk in the Glenroe Hills. The C group with leader Ted Clarke 087 6659697 will meet on the Vee road, 1 mile from Clogheen, at 11 am for a 2 hour forest path and gentle climb in the Vee.

February 16th, 2010

Weather conditions were absolutely ideal for walking on Sunday last 14th February. Our A group with their leader John Murphy met in Rathgormack village Co. Waterford for a strenuous 6 hour trek in the Comeragh mountains. The group of 7 set off from the Mahon Falls car park and proceeded in the direction of the Coumtae and Coumfea lakes. Continuing on at a steady pace the next point on their route was the Mahon Falls, then crossing over the Mahon river and on to the peak of Knockaunapeebra. From this point in such clear conditions the group enjoyed views in all directions stretching to the Galtees, Slieve na mBan and the village of Kilcash. To complete this exercise they took in Carrignagower, descended through the gap and back to the car park. Not one for the faint hearted, many thanks John.
The B group of 18 walkers met with their leaders Mary and Billy Ryan in Kilfinnane, Co. Limerick for their walk in the Glenroe Hills. They drove to Darragh Bridge to start the walk in the Darragh Hills in cool but dry and sunny conditions. The walk was most enjoyable with a great variety of terrain including woodland paths, hilltops with views into Cork, Limerick and Tipperary, farmland and river banks. The first hilltop reached was Castle Gale and then it was on to Kilcruaig hill for a lunch break while admiring the views. Then it was downhill through more forest paths and farmland and back to the starting point along the banks of the Keale River. The work of Ballyhoura Development in maintaining the route and providing the stiles and bridges was much appreciated. A wonderful outing enjoyed by all, many thanks to Mary and Billy.
Forthcoming Fixtures: Next Sunday the A and B groups will meet at Clydagh Bridge at 10 am. The A group with leader Rody Tierney 062 51775 will be out for a 6 hr climb in the Galtees. The B group with leader Catherine Russell 087 2055223 will go out for a 4 hr climb of Cush mountain. Please visit our website for a full schedule of Sunday walks up to 28th Mar 2010, also many interesting photos and information.

February 24th, 2010

Crisp and dry was the order of the day on Sunday as both A & B groups headed for the Galtees. Catherine Russell led 16 B walkers up from Clydagh Bridge and following the forest perimeter, made their ascent of Cush mountain. Conditions were calm and cold with a peppering of snow all around but warm sunshine too and blue skies at the summit. From here the vista of snow capped peaks all around and the mist shrouded valley below made for a truly ‘ski slope’ experience. Then it was down the south side, in the direction of Galtee Beg and over to the small Lake Diheen. From here they circled back and crossing the river Clydagh, they made their way to the stile and back down to the car park. A lovely day 4+ hours outing and with some new members too. Thanks to Cath and also to Tom for support.
John Murphy led the A walk. Nine walkers participated in this 5+hrs, 20km hike in the Galtees. Starting at Clydagh Bridge, their route took them via Combawn Wood and out onto open mountain to make their ascent of Temple Hill. As usual the pace was good and lively as the dropped down into the valley and over onto Lyacappul where they lunched. Only a dusting of snow was evident as they faced up the south side of Galtee Mor though  underfoot conditions were hard and frozen. Panoramic landscapes of blue skies and low hanging cloud made for a truly surreal experience. Galtee Beag was their next peak before finally taking on Cush on the homeward run. Then, as John put it, it was a ‘short romp‘ back down to the cars! Quite a challenging hike and well done to john and his intrepid mountaineers. Next weeks walks: The A group will meet with Paul at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for 6hrs in the galtees. The B group meet at Rossadrehid village at 10am for a 4hrs climb with Kevin. Cecelia will meet the C group at the Texaco garage, Cahir (Cork Rd exit)  at 11am for a 2hr forest track outing.
Reminder: The committee welcomes suggestions for new walks from members and will soon be getting the new seasons fixtures together. Please contact any member with suggestions or use the message board on our site. The strength of the club is its members!

February 28th, 2010

All three groups were out and about on Sunday to enjoy an admixture of waning wintry conditions and warm Spring sunshine. First out were the A group with Paul Ryan who led 14 walkers up from Clydagh Bridge on a 5hr hike of the Galtee Horseshoe. Ascending the grassy knoll (where they crossed paths with some Ballyhoura bears), their route took them along the ice road to Lake Curra and over onto Slievecushnabinna. Then, under pristine blue skies, they followed the wall which took them onto the snow capped Galtymor ( and some more banter with bears!) After this, it was snow frolics down the mountainside as the Tipperary stone throwers became the Tipperary snowballers in true daredevil fashion. Great fun. Their next peak was Galty beag where strains of happy birthday rang out to mark the passing years for one of their members. From here it was one more peak, Cush, before heading downwards and back towards the cars. A well paced, invigorating hike with great camaraderie. Thanks to Paul.
Kevin O’Sullivan led the B group on a climb of Knocknastukeen. This was a four hour, gradual climb up from the waterworks in bright clear conditions but with a chilly wind at the higher level. Great views were had at the summit, especially of the snow and ice capped Grennane. A chilling sight. Their descent took them alongside Lake Muskry and around it to encounter the amazing spectacle of a frozen over Lake Farbreaga! A memorable experience. Their way back took them around by the Tobin memorial and back onto the track downhill and home. Apart from a sleety shower towards the end, an enjoyable day out was had by all with much appreciation to Kevin
The C group were out with Cecelia around Ballydavid Woods. As usual the craic and bonhomie was great along these lovely forest tracks outside Cahir town. The group met at Cahir Garage and took off up the mountain road and into Ballydrehid Woods. A deviation off the trail took them onto a scramblers track which went up past the old ball alley and across a stream to rest on some mossy rocks and enjoy the sunshine. With plenty of local knowledge and a sense of adventure, Cecelia was able to find her way through the local forest fire breaks to create an alternate route back to the start point. This was much appreciated, especially by two visiting walkers who expressed their appreciation of the interest and variety of the landscape and of the good company which they enjoyed along the way. Well done Cecelia.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 7/03. The A group will meet at 10am at Rock an Thorabh car park for a dry run of the 5hr Half Marathon route through Bansha Woods. The B group will meet at Cappawhite National School at 10am for 4hs of forest path& Red Hill.
The fixtures meeting will take place on 18th March at the Excel at 8pm.

March 8th, 2010

The A walkers did their first reconnaissance hike of the half marathon route on Sunday. Under the direction of Rody, 19 walkers assembled at Rock Thorabh car park to check out and mark the Bansha Woods section of the club marathon. In crisp and clear conditions, an enthusiastic group, armed with signs, drills and cable ties set off in the direction of the Rock, marking the route as they went and exiting out onto the Ballough road. Then it was onwards towards Bansha Woods where lunch break was enjoyed in glorious sunshine. Looping around from here, signs were also put in place to facilitate the full marathon on March 28th. before heading back through the forest and onto the Ballough road. From here they picked up the track for Christ the King and then on through the nature park towards Aherlow House Hotel and the car park. A wonderful 5 hr outing and a big thank you to Rody, Tom and all those who helped out with the signage. The Moor Abbey section of the marathon will be walked and marked on the 21/03. This is a great chance to get your legs in shape for the main event on 28th. And best of luck to all for that.
Meanwhile 13 B walkers were out with Amelia Ryan on the Cappawhite hills. Meeting in the village, the group took off up the road in the direction of Lossett. Conditions were dry and bright but the cold easterly wind called for hats and gloves and a lively pace to start with. Climbing up along the escape path of the rebel Eamon an Cnoic, spontanous murmers of ‘Ce he sin amach…..’ brought schoolday memories flooding back for those of a local persuasion! Then it was on and up Red Hill through forest paths, following part of the Multeen Way, where lovely views were had of the rolling hills of Doon and further west to the Slieve Felims. A leisurely lunch break was enjoyed in the sun near the Hollyford/Millestone junction before swinging around to head back towards Cappawhite and the start point. A lively and lovely four hours was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Amelia for her good humoured leadership.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 14/03 The A group will meet at Rossadrhid village at 10am for six hours in the Galtees with Ann and Una. The B group will meet at Kilcoran Garage at 10am for four hours of forest track with David. Mary Murphy will meet the C group at Christ the King at 11am for a two hour forest loop.
The Fixtures meeting will be on Thursday 18th Mar at 8pm at the Excel Centre, Tipperary Town

March 15th, 2010

The night’s frost had receded and Spring was in the air (just about) on Sunday morning to tempt increasing numbers of walkers out onto the Galtee trails. No leisurely Mothers’ day lunches for the 23 intrepid walkers who turned out for the 5 hour A walk with Ann and Una. Their trek took them up from Rossadrehid to Lake Muskry and then up onto Galty Beag and a well earned lunch in the sun before heading on for the great Galtee Mor. Clear skies and beautiful views were their reward, though a salutary reminder of winter not yet spent, was evident in the snowy gullies and pallid hues of the mountainside. From Galtymor the group proceeded along by the wall and down Slievecushnabinna to make their way back to Clydagh Bridge and their transport back to Rossadrehid. Thanks to Ann and Una and to all who helped out especially with the cars, Thos, Sheila, Ann, Reg and Willie.
The B group of 16 were with David Stapleton on a novel trek from south to north of the Galtees. Starting from Kilcoran on the south side, they followed the forestry roads past the military range eventually coming out onto open mountain with wonderful clear views of the southern slopes. Climbing up towards Carraig, they stopped for a break at a rocky outcrop and basked in the warm sunshine. Their way down took them via the Ballydavid mast and down to the hostel where cars were waiting to take them back to Kilcoran. A good 3+ hours hike and always interesting to explore new routes. Thanks to David and to all who helped out with the car pool, John, Margaret, Mary and Rody.
A lovely two hour forest track, C grade walk, was enjoyed by 13 walkers on Slievenamuk under the seasoned leadership of Mary Murphy. Their route, one well travelled by our night hawks, started from Christ the King and headed via the lower path towards Ballagh Road and the monument. Here they stopped for lunch and to marvel at the strange sight of the hibernating forest in Spring, with its brown, frost bitten foliage and grasses.Just a tantalizing hint of flowering gorse was visible to herald the changing season. But conditions were clear and sunny and spirits were high as they looped around and headed back in full view of the Tipperary plains and town and the distant hills of the Slieve Felims, Doon and Cappawhite.
Next weeks walks - Sun 21/03: The A group will meet at Rock an Thorabh car park (Glen of Aherlow) at 10am for another half marathon test run, this time in the Galbally direction (5hrs) The B group meet in Kilbeheny village at 10am for 4hrs forest track with Amelia. Sun 28th Marathon day. This event provides for a full and half marathon across the Slievenamuk ridge. Registration is at 8am at Rock an Thorabh car park. For details see our website (click on marathon) or call Rody 062 51775. Participants should ensure that they arrive with the appropriate dress and that they are at the requisite fitness level. Best of luck to all.

March 21st, 2010

Marathon preparations continue. It was another busy Sunday for our A walkers, 22 of whom were up on Slievenamuck to stake out and walk the second leg of the up coming marathon. Their route took them from Rock an Thorabh car park across the ridge to Moor Abbey in Galbally and back again in under 5hrs. An excellent job was done to ensure clear and exact signage all along the way which will facilitate safe travel for all participants especially for those wishing to travel at their own pace. And what a glorious day it was, the vernal equinox bringing warm, bright conditions to light up the wonderful vistas of the Galtee peaks to the south and the Slieve Felims to the north,with Slievenamon in the east. An outstanding route for a marathon. Thanks to Rody and his team for all their hard work.
21 of our B walkers were also out and about on Sunday, meeting with Anthony O’Brien in Kilbeheny village. From here they drove to the Galty Castle car park to begin their southerly ascent of the galtees. Crossing the Attychran river, close to Kings yard, they followed the path into the valley with Knocknagalty to the east. Skirting the base of Knockduff mountain, they made a gradual ascent, meeting the wall at the top of the ridge, in full view of the magnificent slopes and valleys of the galtees, north and south. A well earned lunch was enjoyed overlooking Lough Curra, as it basked in the early Spring sunshine. The return leg of the loop took them in a westerly direction, along by the wall and into the valley via Bengower mountain, crossing over the Glounreagh river to make their way back down to the cars. A much appreciated 4hrs outing especially the lovely Glounreagh valley and many thanks to Anthony and his friends Mossy and Sean for facilitating this.
Sunday 28th is Marathon Day. There will be a chance to participate in a half marathon (5hrs) or the full marathon for distance walkers. The route starts from Rock an Thorabh car park and crosses the entire Slievenamuck ridge. Registration is at 8am for a 9am start. See our website for details or call Rody 062 51775.
Notice: The new timetable for Spring is on the website. If you do not have access to the website, your local library can help you or ask a friend to print it off for you. Walk leaders will also have copies.

March 28th, 2010

After weeks of preparation and anticipation, our annual marathon finally got underway on Sunday. And what a great turnout there was, when up to 90 enthusiasts assembled in the early morning at Rock an Thorabh car park to be registered and tagged by Josephine and Mary Rose before taking on this challenging crossing of the Slievenamuk Ridge. Across the age range from teens to seniors, men and women, runners and walkers, the enthusiasm was palpable as they lined up for their starting orders from Rody Tierney to be finally released onto the ridge by the cut of a ribbon. Then it was off in a westerly direction towards Moor Abbey in Galbally, taking in part of the Ballyhoura way, on the first leg of the full and half marathon.
Weather conditions were excellent, dry and cool, as the group gradually fell into their own pace, stringing out along the route in small knots and bunches. Excellent signage, courtesy of the marathon subcommittee, ensured safe and easy access along the roads, forest tracks, river banks and fields which made up the route to Moor Abbey. Also back up radio contact with base was maintained throughout the day by Jimmy and his team from ARAN. A well earned break was enjoyed at the restful site of the abbey before heading off up the road, and exiting off it to take the track back across Moanour mountain. Returning to the Rock car park in approximately four hours and over 20km, the half marathon participants were able to sign off, be photographed by Sean and receive their certificates of completion from Josephine. For full marathon hopefuls however, a further 20+ km to Bansha Woods and back had yet to be completed. And close to half the group did it, with one ace walker, completing his own personal challenge of the entire route, in six hours and some minutes! A record. But for all who took part, however far or however fast they travelled, it was clear that each came away with their own sense of achievement . It was a commendable effort all round and a most enjoyable communal event. I suppose, in the final analysis, it’s the journey rather than the destination that counts. Well done to all. But the success of the event was not just down to the participants. We are indebted to many people who gave their time and resources to make this marathon such a huge success. In the frontline were the Tierney and Ryan families and the marathon subcommittee. The early summer time risers, Josephine and Mary Rose deserve a special thanks as does Sean, our photographer, and all who manned the checkpoints. For backup support, Helen Morrisey and Bansha Civil Defence, as well as ARAN, were a most reassuring presence. Thanks too to the Moor Abbey farmers who allowed us free access to their lands. And finally, well done Rody for all your splendid effort and chairman Danny for your encouragements and commitment.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 4/4 A combined A&B walk of 5hrs will be led by Danny Bailey and meets at Clydagh Bridge at 10am
*Wednesday Evening Walks will start 7/04 meeting at 7pm at Clydagh Bridge for a 2hr walk with Ray Coleman

April 4th, 2010

On Easter Sunday morning our A and B groups joined forces for a wonderful trek out on the northern slopes of the Galtee mountains. In crisp and clear conditions under the leadership of our chairman Danny Bailey the group of 15 assembled at Clydagh bridge and proceeded up Cush boreen and took the forest track leading to Sunders lodge and onto the mountain. Having encountered a herd of deer along the forest path the welcome signs of nature awakening was evident all around as they made their way up to the grassy knoll and on to the Ice road. Following on this path to Lough Curra where a short break was enjoyed by its calm waters. Taking an easterly direction the group increased their altitude to 630m and crossed through many snow filled gullies before arriving at Lough Diheen. A well earned lunch break was enjoyed here before heading off east again to Lough Boheen, ascending Cush mountain from the south and descending to the forest line and back to Cush car park. Many thanks Danny for this 4 hrs plus circuit and also to John O Dwyer for his assistance.
Please note that our ever popular Wednesday evening walks will kick off with our first walk led by Ray Coleman this Wednesday, April 7th. Next Wednesday 14th April the walk will commence at 7pm from Christ the King statue, Glen of Aherlow with leader Mary Rose Kinane 086 8929153. So if you are contemplating some healthy exercise and some fun why not come along, all walks will commence at 7pm.
Walks for Sunday 11th April - The A group will meet at Grubbs monument , the Vee at 10am with leader Pat Ryan 087 9704404 for 7hr trek in the Knockmealdowns. The B group will meet at Rossadrehid village at 10am with leader Rita Mooney 087 6242973 for a trek to Knocknastukeen mountain and Lough Muskry. The C group will meet at 11am in Woodies car park, Conmel with leader David Stapleton 086 8756487 for a 3 hr climb to the Clonmel Cross.

April 11th, 2010

On Sunday last 11th April our A, B and C groups were out in large numbers to avail of the wonderful Summer like day. The A group of 10 met with their leader Pat Ryan at Grubb's monument, the Vee and set off on their trek in the Knocmealdown mountains. The first point on this route was Sugarloaf Hill (663m) then onwards in an easterly direction to Knockmealdown (794m). A short break was enjoyed here before continuing east for the elbow where lunch was had in the warm sunshine and the great views were absorbed. Replenished and re-hydrated they headed on for Knockmeal (560m) and to Crohan West (521). Then it was a descent in a northerly direction to the Liam Lynch monument and their return was via the forest path to the starting point. Many thanks Pat for this lively paced circuit of 7hrs.
The B group of 25 walkers met with their leaders Rita Mooney and Danny Bailey at Rossadrehid village. Their route on the northern side of the Galtee mountains started via the water works path before going out onto open mountain covered in a blanket of heather. Steadily increasing in altitude they reached the summit of Knockastakeen (583m) then continued on to Lough Muskry, the largest of the Galtee lakes. Enjoying the beautiful sunshine they circled the lake and proceeded easterly to visit Lough Farbreaga. In lively spirits they returned to the cars via the track. Rita wishes to extend her thanks to co-leader Danny and Eileen O Dea, Una Phelan and Mary Quinn for their assistance on the day. 
The C group met at Woodie's car-park in Clonmel with their leader David Stapleton from where they took a 10 minute drive to a forestry entrance at Cannon Hill wood. Starting out on forest tracks and then onto open hillside where the unusual sight of a herd of Simmental cows and their calves grazing peacefully on the mountainside was surely one to behold. Their route brought them by a ruined farmhouse before reaching the Holy Year Cross from the east where lunch was enjoyed while taking in the great views of Clonmel. Then it was back to the cars, taking a different route to complete the loop. Many thanks David for a most enjoyable first visit for many to the Holy Year Cross.
Next Sunday 18th April the A group will meet Glengarra Wood car park at 10am with leader Brendan Shiels 086 3305565 for a hike on the southern side of the Galtees. The B group will meet at Clydagh bridge at 10am with leader Kevin O Sullivan for a trek to Cush mountain and Lake Diheen.
A big thank you to Ray Coleman the leader of our first Wed evening walk of the season.  On 7th Apr 49 enthusiasts turned up for this forest track loop around Cush mountain. Next Wednesday 21st April the walk will commence at 7pm from the Rock an Thorabh car park with leader John Walsh. New members most welcome as these walks provide an ideal opportunity to improve your fitness level. 

April 18th, 2010

The ongoing beautiful weather is encouraging large numbers of walkers out on our Wednesday evening and Sunday walks. On Sunday last the 10 A walkers with their leader Brendan Sheils met at Glengarra Wood car park on the southern side of the Galtees. They proceeded on past the hostel and onto open mountain to begin their ascent towards O Loughlin's Castle. From this point they headed west for Galtybeg where lunch was enjoyed and the wonderful views of the complete span of the Galtee range and beyond was absorbed by all. Continuing in a westerly direction Galtymore was the next point on the route where the cross on Ireland's second peak provided an ever popular photographic opportunity. Their descent was via the Galtee wall to Knockduff and down to meet the confluence of the rivers above Coopers wood. The return leg brought the group on to the black road, included a visit to the airplane crash memorial and then back to Glengarra wood. A most enjoyable 6+ hours covering 19 Km and 1200m in height, many thanks as always Brendan for a great walk.
The B group of 27 led by Kevin O Sullivan met at Clydagh bridge on the northern side of the Galtees and headed up the boreen to the farmyard and then out onto open mountain. Then it was steady climbing up to Lough Diheen. A well earned break was enjoyed by the calm water before they continued on easterly towards Lough Borheen and ascended Cush mountain (639m) from the south. The wonderful clear conditions showed off the surrounding peaks and countryside at it's best, one of the many positives of partaking in this great activity. The descent of Cush was towards Knockmoyle then back along the forest line to the stile on Glencoshabinnia boreen. Many thanks Kevin for a great walk and to Willie and Eddie for their assistance on the day.
Forthcoming walks - Next Sun 25th April A, B and C groups will be out. The A group will meet in Kilbeheny village at 10am with leaders Ann Donohoe 087 6989479 and Una Hayes 086 3669829 for a walk on th southern slopes of the Galtees. The B group will meet in Skeheenrinky village at 10am with leader Catherine Horan 087 6836336 for a 5hr trek to Galteemore. The C group will meet at Ballydavid Hostel off the Rossadrehid road with leader Una Phelan 086 3964068 for a forest track circuit. The Wednesday evening walks are proving to be as popular as ever with 57 walkers out on Wed 14th. A special welcome to all the new members coming along and of course to all our old friends. Next Wed 21st April the group will meet at the Rock an Thorabh Car Park, at 7pm with leader John Walsh.

April 26th, 2010

A record number of 61 walkers, including a good number of new members, turned out for John Walsh’s walk last Wed. It was one of these, now usual, erratic Spring evenings of  indeterminate temperatures, as John and his wife Mary marshalled the crowd and took off across Slievenamuck from the Rock car park. This was a spirited and well paced 2hr walk which went in a westerly direction, past the mass rock, swinging around and up from the turntable to complete the circle back. Thanks to John and Mary and club members who helped, taking every care to ensure that this large band of mixed capacity people were able to complete the route safely and reap the rewards of a great workout and excellent camaraderie too.
Una Phelan also led a lovely C walk on Sunday starting with 12 people from the Ballydavid hostel and circling around the forest tracks of Ballydavid Woods. A meandering route, this daffodil bedecked track from the hostel, deviated upwards through thick undergrowth, along the old deer path, (best known to deer!), south east of the hostel. Exiting onto forest path, to clear views of north Tipperary and the Devils Bit, their next detour took them through a delightful, freshly sprouting, grove of beech trees before picking up the track back to the hostel. A lovely introduction to a nascent Spring season and thank you Una for introducing us to those hidden local trails.
Also on Sunday, Catherine Horan stewarded a group of 15 B walkers on a four hour, southerly climb of Galtee Mor. This is Galtee Mor made accessable for moderate walkers (and for two delighted walkers, this was there first time) starting from The Black Road and exiting out onto open mountain to make their ascent of this great mountain. Foggy conditions prevailed at the start, but cleared as they approached the summit, affording clear northerly views all the way across the peaks to the Glen of Aherlow. Their return journey was via Knockduff and the confluence of rivers and back down the Black Road. A real peak experience in four hours and at a comfortable pace. Many thanks Catherine.
Ann Donohue led the A walk, car pooling her 13 walkers from Kilbeheny to their starting point in the foothills of Knockaterriff. From there, they took the track south of Pigeon Rock glen, up onto the slopes of Temple Hill. Showery conditions prevailed and deer grazed on the slopes as they made their way up to the 785m summit of this most westerly of the Galtee peaks. But all was clear as they lunched there and signed the secret Temple Hill book, looking down on the villages of Anglesborough and Glenbrohane. Then it was northwards towards Lyracappul, whose fame as the legendary gold panning region of the Galtees in the 1980s, was recalled, with not a little irony! However, a heartfelt happy birthday rang out for one of our members as they reached the summit. The homeward journey took in Bengower, veering down the zig zag track, into the Blackrock valley and back to the cars. An exhilarating 17km hike and five hours of first class open mountain hiking. Well done to Bridgit who successfully completed her first A walk and thanks to Ann for her usual skilled and sensitive leadership.
Next weeks walks: Wed 5th May meet with Mary Ryan in Galbally village at 7pm for a 2+ forest track walk. There are no scheduled Sunday walks for the May Bank holiday  as the neighbouring Ballyhoura Walking Festival will be taking place and many of our members will be participating. See the Ballyhoura website for festival walks.

May 9th, 2010

Our club's busy Summer schedule is well under way and it's encouraging to see so many out on both Sunday and Wednesday evening walks. On Sunday last 9th May our A, B and C groups were out on the Galtee mountains. Paul Ryan led his group of 17 A walkers from Rossadrehid car park onto the northern slopes taking in Fir Breaga, Greenane and ever popular lunching spot of O'Loughlins Castle. Continuing westerly at a steady pace the peaks of Galty Beg and Galteemore were the next points on the route before the group split to offer a choice of return routes. Some descended the northern face of Galteemore, took in Cush mountain and then returned to the starting point via the forest track. The remainder of the group descended from Galteemore via the wall to Slievecushnabinnia, down to the Stoney Man and picked up a forest track leading back to Rossadrehid. In all a 20 - 23 Km outing in clear but windy conditions, many thanks Paul.
The B group of 28 met with their leader Thos O Neill at Glengarra Woods on the southern side of the Galtees. They took the forest track via the youth hostel and out on to open mountain in an easterly direction towards the rocky outcrop. Lunch was enjoyed by the ruins of an old house before proceeding steadily upwards to the cairn at point 382. Enjoying the great visibility plenty stops were taken including a pause to offer a little prayer for those lost in the plane crash of 1976 before looping back to pick up the forest track back to the hostel. Many thanks Thos for such an enjoyable outing (slightly longer than planned!) and congratulations to the young couple who celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary on the day.
The C group of 10 walkers took the forest track up to Lough Muskry with their leader Josephine Tierney. They enjoyed the lovely clear conditions and remarked on the number of other walkers out on this very popular route. A big welcome to the 2 new members and many thanks Josephine for facilitating this walk at short notice.
The Wednesday evening walks are hugely popular with 57 out on Mary Ryan's walk to Darby's bed on Wed 5th May. Next Wed. May 12th, the meeting point is Tankerstown National School at 7pm with leader Mo Larkin. The Wed evening walk for the 19th May will meet at 7pm in Lisvernane village with leader Mike Moroney. Weekend Walks: Sunday 16th May the A walk will meet in Goatenbridge at 10am with leader John Murphy 087 2565666 for a walk from Araglin to the Liam Lynch Monument. The B group will meet at Clonmel Golf Club car park at 10am with leader Paddy Bourke 087 6111026 for a 4 hr walk on the Knockanaffrin Ridge of the Comeragh mountains.
Weekend Away: A weekend away to Killarney has been organised for the 16th - 18th July taking in a planned climb of Carrauntohill on Sat 17th. Please contact either Paddy Bourke 087 6111026, Alma Hennessy 087 6670829 or Catherine Horan 087 6836336 before 16th May if you wish to travel.

May 19th, 2010

The popularity of the Wednesday evening walks continues unabated with 60 walkers turning out for last Wednesday’s walk in Ballydrehid. Setting out from the hostel, in excellent weather conditions, their route took them up through a forest of delightful, new spring foliage to the Ballydavid mast. From here they circled around to take the path down, enjoying the usual excellent open views of rich pastureland below. A special  thanks to Thos who subbed for this walk and to Una and Danny who helped make this a most enjoyable and safe evenings trek.
On Sunday, Paddy Bourke led one of our more popular walks in the Comeraghs. Busses were arranged by Paddy to take the group of 24 from the pebble depot in Clonmel to the start of the walk at the Nire Valley car park. Bearing eastwards from here they made their way to the gap and then in a north westerly direction to the peaks of Knockanaffrin and Knocksheegowna and back down to the start. Conditions were clear and bright, affording spectacular views all around from the lakes below to the new toll bridge in Waterford; from Slievenamon to  the Galtees and Silvermines in the distance. A glorious vista! Thank you Paddy. In turn, Paddy would like to thank Thos and David for their help on the day. 
Also on Sunday, the hardy A group took the Murphy challenge of 28km in 7hrs along the Avondhue Way. The group of six were bussed from Goatenbridge to Arraglin to make their way onto the trail, taking in Fearbreaga and Crow Hill to start with. Then it was north east to Knockshanahullion at 652km and their first break in sight of a magnificent herd of deer, before heading on to the Balough car park at the Vee. Their next peak was the Sugarloaf followed by Knockmealdown at 794km and Knocknafallia where they rested and took some well earned sustenance. Still with plenty of go in them and great spirits, they gave it the final push to Crohan West to drop down to the Liam Lynch monument and circle around to make their way back. An amazing achievement and one of the best according to John who was still standing and able to file his report at 10pm. Well done.
Next weeks walks: Sun 23/05, the A group will meet at Galtee Castle car park at 10am for 5+hrs in the Galtees with Ann O’Donnell. The B group will meet with George Keogh at 10am at Clydagh Bridge for 4hrs also in the Galtees.  Mo will meet the C group at 11am in Kilcash village for a climb of Slievenamon.Wed 26/05 at 7pm, Ann O’Donnell will meet the group at the Texaco garage in Cahir (off the Cork road) for a 3hr forest track hike.
Forthcoming events: The Aherlow Walking festival is coming up on the June Bank holiday. Following on from this, the C group are organizing a club day out on the lovely Barrow river in Graignamanagh on 20/06. To reserve your place on the bus, please see the website and leave your name, or email Then it’s the annual great Galtee Challenge on 27/06 (for which you should now be in training!) Finally, on the weekend 16/18th July, Paddy Bourke will take a group away to the Kerry Hills. Please contact Paddy for details 087 6111026  
Special Notice: The club extends sincere condolences to the Kavanagh family on their recent sad bereavement.

May 23rd, 2010

On Sunday last in glorious sunshine and soaring temperatures our A, B and C groups were out trekking on Tipperary's highlands. The A group led by Anne O Donnell were out on the southern side of the Galtee's, taking in a 6 hour circuit of Galteemore. The group of 16 set off from the Galtee Castle car park and took in spot height 629 from where they took in the spectacularly clear views of Knockduff, Knockaterriff and Lyracappul and far beyond. Then they progressed at a steady pace for Galteemore where they enjoyed an unusually lengthy lunch break in the balmy conditions. Their return was via Galtybeg onto the Black road and back to Coopers wood via the forest track. A truly great outing in glorious conditions which even had the cuckoo singing, many thanks Anne.
The B group led by George Keogh, was out on the northern side of the Galtees. What a great day for George leading his first walk for the club and what great support! 20 walkers set off from Clydagh bridge on the northern side of the Galtees and headed for Cush mountain. In the searing heat they proceeded on for Galtybeg which was busy with flies, they certainly outnumbered the walkers! Descending Galtybeg via the Geesha steps they then picked up the forest path leading back to Cush boreen and to the car park. Once again wonderful views were there for the taking and conditions underfoot were remarkably dry and solid. Just a note for our readers - a pair of walking boots were found at Clydagh bridge and the owner can contact George @ 086 8680349 for their return. Many thanks George for a great day, the first of many we hope.
The C group led by Mo were out on Slievenamon for their helping of exercise, views and sunshine. This group of 16 headed for the summit at their own pace ensuring all got to the top to enjoy the panoramic vista before them and indeed the sense of achievement for those on their first visit to this beautiful area. Well done to Emma, welcome to our 3 new members and thank you Jean and Vincent for your assistance on the day. Thank you Mo as always for a most enjoyable outing.
Weekend Walks: On Sunday 30th May the A group will walk in Kerry with leader Tom Lyons 086 3954924. The meeting point will be Kate Kearney's cottage, Killarney @ 10.30am for a climb of Purple mountain. The B group will meet at Grubb's monument, The Vee @ 10am with leader Mossy Casey 086 8096137 for a walk to Mellary Abbey over the Knockmealdowns. Next Wednesday evening 2nd June the walk will meet at 7pm at the Foot Bar car park with leader Thomas O Neill 086 2656598 for a 3.5 hr forest track and mountain walk.
Special note: On behalf of the club congratulations and best wishes are extended to Tom and Catherine on their recent engagement.

May 30th, 2010

On Sunday last both A and B groups were out in strong numbers. The A group of 18 headed off to Killarney to meet with their leader Tom Lyons for a climb of Purple mountain. The group assembled at Kate Kearney's cottage and thanks to Tom's organisation and John Murphy's assistance 2 routes were available to the walkers. John took the fast paced extended circuit starting off on the zig zag path leading to the eastern reeks. In the persistent misty conditions they proceeded on for point 731 and the peak of Drishana. From this point they descended to the top of the Gap and onwards to Mad Mans seat and Glaslough. Continuing at a lively pace the fog covered summit of Purple mountain at 832m was reached before returning to the ridge via Tomies mountain. Many thanks to John for facilitating this invigorating 6 hr exercise taking in some 20 km. Tom led the remainder of the group from the starting point out the road leading to the top of the Gap of Dunloe and onto Mad Man's seat from where they picked up the route taken by John's group. A truly memorable outing enjoyed by all, many thanks Tom.
The B group of 26 met with their leader Mossy Casey for the much loved trek over the Knockmealdowns to Mellary Abbey. In lovely dry conditions they set off from Baylough car park and headed for Sugarloaf mountain. Not only were the walkers treated to wonderful views of the surrounding countryside they were informed and entertained by our resident historian and storyteller Anthony! The history of Colonel Grubb who was buried on the Sugarloaf in 1921 and of course the story of that great dancer Petticoat Loose was imparted with style. In high spirits they followed the wall marking the county boundary to Knockmealdown mountain at 794m. Captivating views in all directions were enjoyed by all as they followed the route down from the mountains and on to the monastery through the woods and along the path by the lily ponds. To round off a wonderful outing coffee and cakes were enjoyed outdoors in the beautiful grounds of the monastery before heading back to the Vee in the cars previously organised by the Cahir team. A big thank you to Mossy and Anthony for another great day.
Our Wednesday evening walks are a huge success with 48 out on Anne O Donnell's walk on 26th May. With the assistance of Anthony, Anne led her group through forest tracks and onto Bane mountain on the southern side of the Galtees and back via the well known bicycle track. Thanks to Anne, Anthony and sweepers Tom and Shane. Next Wednesday the 9th June the walk will meet at Anglesboro church at 7pm for a climb of Temple hill with leaders Sheila Lenihan and William Ryan. Weekend 5th - 7th June: The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival takes place with our club members leading A, B and C walks over the weekend.

June 13th, 2010

The Aherlow Walking Festival is over for another year and so it was back to the regular club walks last week. On Wednesday, June 9th, William Ryan and Sheila Lenihan led the evening walk on the challenging Temple Hill. After meeting in Anglesboro and driving to Coombaun Wood 41 walkers took to the hill on a dry but cloudy evening. After the first part of the climb the group split with some members taking the easier route through the forest led by Sheila and the remainder continuing on with Willie to the mist shrouded and windy summit. With little delay at the top it was quickly down the steep western side and back to the cars through the woods.  Thanks to Willie and Sheila for a good evening's outing.
Forty people travelled to Kerry on Sunday for Mike Moroney's A walk to Ireland's highest peak, Carrauntoohil. Starting near Cronin's Yard they followed the zig-zag route to the left of the Devil's Ladder experiencing four seasons in the one day. The weather was clear, however, when they reached the summit giving splendid views in all directions and many photo opportunities. The descent was by the same route. Thanks to Mike for a great day out in the Kingdom.
The B group of 23 were in the beautiful Nire Valley in Co. Waterford with John Walsh for a four hour tour of the Nire Lakes. From the car park they first made their way to the Sgilloges where the waterfall that blows upward in the wind was putting on a good display. Then it was on to Coumalocha and Coumfea before returning to the cars. This outing was enjoyed by all participants despite a slight interruption to the otherwise fine weather. Thank you John.
Weekend Walks: On Sunday next 20/06 The A group will meet with Sheila Lenihan at in Anglesboro at 10am for a 6 hour open mountain trek to Lyreacappul. The B and C groups will combine for a riverside walk along the Barrow with leader Liam Doheny and organiser Mo Larkin. Booking for the bus for this trip has closed but anyone else who wants to travel can use their own transport. Contact Mo for details. Next Wednesday 23/6 the walk will meet at 7pm in Rossadrehid Village for a 3hr climb of Knocknastuckeen mountain with leader Catherine Russell.
This weekend is also the last opportunity to register for the Galtee Challenge on the 27th of June. Registration can be done through our website or contact the organisers Pat and Owen Ryan. 

June 20th, 2010

On Sunday last 20th June the midsummer sun was in blazing form and kept conditions hot and demanding for our walkers. The A group under the leadership of Sheila Lenihan tackled some of the Galtee peaks on the west of the range.This group of 19 set out from the village of Anglesboro and commenced their ascent via the Assarola Glen and continued upwards to the summit of Lyracappul. At this point 10 walkers continued easterly to take in Galtymore, while the others descended via the zig zag path into the Blackrock valley. A well earned lunch break was enjoyed by the Blackrock river and there was even enough energy for a real river dance! In high spirits they continued on to the confluence of the Blackrock and Pigeonrock rivers and before rising again to take in Temple Hill and descending via Paradise Hill. A wonderful outing of some 7 hrs, many thanks Sheila and a big welcome back to Ann Coffey.
Our combined B and C walk was facilitated by Callan father and son, Liam and Shane Doheny. Transport was provided by Nolan's and their driver Breige collected 16 walkers in Tipperary Town for a scorching day out on the lovely Barrow Way in Kilkenny. Starting out in Boris they walked the lovely 17km grassy path south through Graignamanagh to St Mullins. This is a breathtaking stretch of the calm and mellow Barrow river with it's lovely locks and given the balmy conditions there were plenty casual bathers, fishermen and leisure boaters. all enjoying the warm sunshine. Luckily it was shaded in most stretches and people took time out to enjoy some lunch, the dragon flies, the wild iris and some swans too. Reaching St Mullins in 3+ hours, a welcome cup of tea and some lovely freshly baked scones made a perfect end to this special day. Thank you Liam and Shane for leading this walk and to Mo & Mary for organizing this memorable day out and Breige our bus driver for her consideration and safe navigation.
Weekend Walk: On Sunday next 27th June the Galtee Challenge will be held where the range will be traversed from west to east. Months of preparation both from the organisers and participants will hopefully result in a great days walking and enjoyment for all. Registration is at Cahir Castle car park at 8am and there will be bus transfer to the starting point in Anglesboro. Full information on this event is available from leaders Pat Ryan 087 9704404 and Owen Ryan 087 2273562. This walk will bring our Sunday walks to a close until the first Sunday in September. Our Wednesday evening walks will continue throughout the Summer months - next Wednesday 30/6 walk meeting at 7pm at Clydagh Bridge for a 3.5 hr trek to Galtee Beag and Lake Borheen, leader Ann Donohoe.

June 29th, 2010

Our big annual event, The Galtee Crossing, finally got under way last Sunday when a record 100+ hill walkers took the big challenge and walked the entire 31 km Galtee ridge from Anglesborough to Cahir. Anticipation and preparation had been building up for weeks with regular stamina testing on the hills, the administration of it all and the final laying down of vital water supplies on the mountain tops the day before. Indeed there were those who did not sleep a wink the night before with the sheer excitement of it all! By 8am on Sunday morning, it all came to fruition as our ground crew, Josephine, Breda, Ann and Mary took up their positions in Cahir to register participants and send them on their way by bus to the starting point in Anglesborough. The club were delighted to welcome walkers from all the country including nearby groups from Ballyhoura, Limerick, the Peaks and Cork and  some Polish and Australian visitors too. A great turnout indeed. Ideal conditions prevailed as they made their first ascent of the most westerly of the Galty peaks, Temple Hill(785m), then further up to Lyracappul (825m) and on eastwards,( breaking into variously paced knots of people),  ascending and descending the peaks, taking in Carrignabinnia, Slievecushnabinnia, the great Galtymor (919m), Galtybeag (799m) and Grennane (802m). Being approximately half way at this stage and with the more challenging peaks behind them, they could finally savour the prospect of completing this great personal challenge.    Fanned by cool mountain breezes, they could pause to enjoy the stunning distant views all around, the glistening lakes below and the abundant ghost like bog cotton as it gently swayed across the moors.
Traversing the second leg of the crossing took in Fearbreaga(724m), and the lesser peaks of the Cahir hinterlands, Sturrakeen, Slieveanard, the Bane and onto the Hammerhead to make their descent down Mountain Road and into Cahir. Small groups of elated walkers started  appearing from 4pm with the larger groups coming in between 6-7pm. With high spirits all round the challengers proudly collected their certificates and made off for a well earned shower and change. Then it was up to The Aherlow House Hotel for a sumptuous and much appreciated meal and finale during which,  organizers Owen Ryan and Pat, extended congratulations and thanks to all involved and chairman Danny commended the club for an outstanding years achievement. A special presentation was also made on behalf of the club to Catherine & Tom to mark their forthcoming wedding (the first knot for the club!) And lest we run out of plastic bags, some lovely emblazoned boot bags were also distributed to those who helped out. And so ended the great challenge. Congratulations to all participants and those who made it all possible. Finally, a special thanks to the back up team who were on hand to take people down off the mountain where necessary, Paddy Burke, Catherine & Ann, Brendan Shiels and Jimmy Barry from Mountain Rescue. For busses, a most efficient service was provided by the Browns and Kavanaghs and for great food, Fergal Purcell and the Aherlow House staff delighted all.
Notice: This ends our season of Sunday walks until September. Ideas for new walks greatly appreciated and should be sent to Danny Bailey before our next fixtures meeting on 19th of August. Wed evening walks continue each week at 7pm.

July 25th, 2010

Summer time creates a change of routine for many of our walkers. It is a time to go and explore new terrain at home and abroad and have a bit of a holiday too. But on the home turf, our Wednesday evening walks have been ongoing and, come rain or shine, we continue to attract sizable numbers on these outings. The Galtee lakes walks have been popular and thanks to Ann Donoghue, Owen Ryan, and Rita Mooney, walkers have enjoyed some lovely evening hikes around lakes Muskry, Diheen , Borheen and Farbreaga as well as a round of Cush mountain last Wednesday with Rody.
An away break to Kerry also took place last weekend, compliments of Paddy Burke who organized a most enjoyable outing for a group of 27 club members. A mixed ability group of walkers all managed to make the summit of Carrauntoohil. For many, it was their first time up this challenging mountain and it is a mark of true leadership on the part of Paddy who provided the encouragement and support for them to make it. It is an achievement they will cherish. Well done all. Weather conditions were mixed but mostly dry for their ascent and next day too when they did a round of Muckross lake and even managed to get in a boat trip. Comfortable accommodation was enjoyed at the Castleross hotel. All returned in high spirits and some of the women were out again on Friday night to give a hand with the Marie Keating moonlight walk. So, mile maith agat a Phadraig for a memorable weekend.
Wednesday evening walks will continue until the end of Aug, getting gradually shorter as the calendar progresses. For details see our website. The committee is already working on a new schedule of Sunday walks for September and a fixtures meeting will be held at the Excel  Aug 19th at 8pm. If you have ideas for new walks, please come along to the meeting and we will help you develop them or you can contact our chairman, Danny Bailey 085 1316995.

August 31st, 2010

Welcome back all to our new schedule of Sunday walks. Thanks to our committee and walk facilitators for putting together an enticing and varied calender to take us through the autumn and into the christmas period. See our website, courtesy of our webmasters, David and Sean, who work hard to keep us up to date with listings and provide some brilliant photos for our enjoyment too. Please note that we no longer post out hard copies of the walks, but if you have problems accessing the web, please let us know and we will send you a copy, or ask a friend to print out a copy for you. Your local library is also very helpful in this respect.
Our wednesday evening walks have now come to an end and though many of us will be sad to see them go, such are the seasonal adjustments which we have to make as the evenings draw in and safety issues become a priority. Our thanks to all those who have facilitated those very popular evening walks which concluded with the latter shorter forest trails which were led by Josephine Tierney, Danny Bailey and Breda Ryan.
Many of our walkers will be away in Chamonix for the beginning of the new season and so for the first two sundays (5/97&12/09) there will be no A walks. We wish them bon voyage for this away trip and look forward to hearing all about their adventures at a later date. The new calender of walks has something for everyone from A to C grades, taking in the Galtee, Knockmealdown, Comeragh and Silvermine ranges as well as a Suir and Shannon river walk. So whether you are an advanced A walker or a beginner C walker, you will find something to suit you ability. We look forward to sharing the excitement of the new season with all walking enthusiasts.
Dates for your diaries: Sun 5/09 a B walk starts from Bansha woods at 10am. This is a four hour forest track walk and will be led by Danny Bailey. The following Sunday, 12/09 Paddy Burke will lead a 4hr walk to Galtee Mor via the Black Rd. Meet at Skeheenarinka village at 10am. Also on the 12th David Stapleton will take a 2+hr C walk to the Clonmel Cross. Meet at Woodies car park at 11am.

September 6th, 2010

While some 25 members were away in the Alps, another 20 turned up at Bansha Woods on Sunday to open the new season of walks. A mood of suppressed expectation was almost palpable as they assembled in the car park, the hope that on this special day, Tipperary might just be in with a chance. The walk was incidental! Carefully timed by our leader Danny to allow everyone to get home on time for the big event, this 12mile walk on a warm but overcast day, took in a circuit of the woods, along lovely grassy and gravel paths, bordered by blackberry laden brambles and the fading blooms of  heather and gorse. Crossing the Ballagh Road, they headed on towards Christ the King where they enjoyed a lunch break and the glorious vista of the Glen and Mountains beyond and, hidden below the statue, Danny pointed out a small and poignant memorial to three friends and lovers of this heavenly spot whose ashes are interred there. Where better place to rest. Then it was on through a crisp and dry nature park to exit at the hotel and take the road up to Rock an Thorabh car park. With still a stretch to go, and keeping an eye on the clock, they turned up the path to the Rock to make their way back to Bansha woods. Then it was hell for leather into the cars and off to enjoy Tipperarys’ glorious victory. Many thanks Danny for organizing and leading the first walk of the season, a walk which will now surely go down in history. Thanks too to Rita for her gracious sweeping duties.
Next weeks walks: Sun 12th, Paddy Burke will lead a gentle climb of Galtee Mor from the southern side. Meet at Skeheenaranky Village at 10am for this 4hr climb. There is also a C walk starting at 11am and led by David Stapleton. Meet at Woodies car park for car pooling to the start of this 2+hrs  climb to Clonmel Cross.

September 12th, 2010

On Sunday last 12th September our B and C groups were out enjoying the somewhat Summer like temperatures while still basking in the glory of Tipperary's victories on the GAA front. Paddy Bourke led the B group of 20 out on to the southern slopes of the Galtee mountains via the Black Road. In calm conditions they reached the summit of Galtee Mór and enjoyed their lunch by the cross before heading westerly to make their descent via the Galtee wall and Knockduff mountain. They completed their route by crossing the Attycran river and picking up the track back to the Black Road car park. Many thanks Paddy for a great outing, always a great sense of achievement to summit Galtee Mór.
There were 14 out on the C walk with their leader David Stapleton. The group assembled at Woodie's car park in Clonmel for the now very popular trip to Holy Year Cross overlooking the town of Clonmel. It was a varied group with experienced A walkers taking it easy for the day, B walkers and newcomers on their first walk. The route taken was forest track from an entrance near Cannon Hill and then out on to open hillside up to the cross. After some lunch and time to take in the wonderful views the group circled round the hillside via the old farmhouse to return to the starting point through the woods.Welcome to Anne and Hannah and hope they continue to walk with the club and a big thank you to David for a great day.
From the mountains of Tipperary to the heights of the Alps some 25 members and friends of our club have just returned from their visit to Chamonix, France. A truly wonderful trip was had by all with fantastic walks, breathtaking scenery, ideal weather conditions and entertainment in abundant supply. Throughout the week the peaks of Le Brevent 2525m, Plan del Aquille 2317m, Lac Blanc 2352m and Aiquille du Mide 3842m were reached with some time out for excursions to Turin, Geneva and Lake Annecy.  Pat and Breda wish to thank all those who travelled and especially Ann Donohoe for all her assistance, while the group showed their appreciation to Pat and Breda with a presentation on Thursday night. 
Walks for Sunday 19th September: A walk will meet at Grubb's monument, The Vee at 10am for 6 hrs on the Knockmealdowns with leader Pat Ryan. The B walk will meet at Riverside Park, O'Briensbridge, Co. Clare at 10am for a 4 hr Shannon Riverside walk with leader William Ryan 086 8439484. Please note the full schedule of A, B and C walks up to 26th December are available on the website.

September 19th, 2010

Our A and B groups were out on Sunday last visiting the Knockmealdown mountains and the banks of the river Shannon. Pat Ryan led the A group of 13 on a 7 hour circuit taking in the peaks of the Knockmealdowns and part of the Tipperary Heritage Way. Setting out from the Grubb monument they ascended the Sugarloaf and then on to Knockmealdown. Unfortunately it was miserably wet with very poor visibility so the usual addition of great scenery in this area was absent. Lunch was had on Knocknagauv before proceeding on for the peaks of Knockmeal and Crohan West and a stopover at the Liam Lynch Memorial to change into some dry clothing. The return leg of the journey brought the group onto the Tipperary Heritage Way back to the Vee. Many thanks Pat for facilitating on this fine route.
The B group led by William Ryan met at O'Briensbridge, Co. Clare for a loop walk along the banks of the river Shannon. Luckily for this group of 15 including some new members, the weather obliged with the exception of a little mist towards the end. Setting off from O'Briensbridge they proceeded along the river bank to the old Errina canal. Next on the route was an old lough where they noted that restoration works had ceased. Enjoying the tranquil surroundings they headed onwards to the village of Clarina and the ESB canal and the Parteen Weir. After an enjoyable lunch stop the group looped back to pick up the canal back to the starting point. Many thanks William for 4 hours plus in this beautiful area and a big welcome to the new members.
Sympathies: Sincere sympathy on behalf of the club is offered to Amelia Ryan and Larry Joy on their recent family bereavements. 
Weekend Walks: On Sunday 26th September the A group will meet at 9.30am at the Lady Gregory pub, Kilmoyler with leader Thomas O'Neill for a trip to the Comeraghs taking in Coumshingaun Lake. The B group will meet at 10am at Rock an Thorabh car park with leader Rita Mooney for a forest track walk. The C group will meet at 11am in Bansha Woods car park for a forest track walk with Theresa Roche. 

September 26th, 2010

On Sunday last our A, B and C groups were out making the most of the lovely dry conditions. The A group were out in the Comeragh mountains with their leader Thomas O'Neill for a 5 hr + circle around Lake Coumshingaun. Meeting on the Dungarvan road the group of 21 set off up the side of Coumshingaun and onwards for the peak of Knockaunapeebra. At this point they enjoyed their lunch in wonderful clear conditions allowing for great views in all directions. Then it was on to the magnificent Mahon Falls where the cascading waters of the falls provided a photographic opportunity not to be missed. To complete the circle of lake Coumshingaun the cairn at 743m was visited before returning to the starting point. Many thanks Thos for this most enjoyable walk with plenty variety to please all.
The B group were out on the forest tracks of the Slievenamuck range with their leader Rita Mooney. Again enjoying the great weather the group of 15 set off from the Rock an Thorabh car park towards Aherlow House hotel and back through the Nature park to Christ the King statue. After a short break to enjoy the clear views of the Galtee mountains they headed off into the woods in the direction of the Ballough road and picked up another forest track leading down to the Bansha Woods. Lunch was enjoyed in this peaceful location before heading back through the forest to the Millenium monument. The last stretch of the route brought the group via the four roads to the Rock an Thorabh and down to the car park. Many thanks Rita and also to Danny for facilitating and navigation on the day.
The C group of 12 with their leader Theresa Roche set off from the Bansha Woods through the forest and onto the Ballough road to visit the Millenium monument. Enjoying the very pleasant conditions they then circled around the mast and back to the Bansha woods in 2 hrs +. Thanks to Theresa and her great knowledge of this area the group thoroughly enjoyed the circuit.
Weekend Walks: Sunday 3rd October the A group will meet with leader Tom Lyons 086 3954924 at Coombawn Wood car park - 10 am -  for a circuit in the Western end of the Galtee range. The B group will meet with leader William Ryan 086 8439484 at 10am in Lisvernane village for the Dolmen loop circuit on the Slievenamuck hills. 
Social Calendar: Yes Christmas is coming and never fear Breda is looking after party business!  Fri 17th Dec has been booked in the Ballykisteen Hotel, please contact Breda @ 086 3946048 if you wish to come along.

October 4th, 2010

A lovely mild and sunny day greeted our walkers last Sunday as they took to the home turf around the Galtees. It being National Trails Day, some of our members lent a hand with navigation in various locations for this event. But some twelve A group walkers had a six hour hike over 22km with our vice chairman,Tom Lyons. Their route took them by bus from Combawn Wood to the start of the walk at Glengarra Woods, where they followed the forest trail of breathtaking Autumnal colours up past the hostel to make their initial ascent of the Galtees via O’Loughlins Castle. After some refreshments, it was on to Galty Beag and Galty Mor and down towards the lovely (and highest of the Galty lakes) Lake Curra, before picking up the Galty Wall which took them across to Lyracappul. From here they descended into the valley before taking on yet another challenging climb of the most westerly of the Galtees, Temple Hill. Because of the exceptionally clear conditions, the staggeringly clear views from Temple Hill summit made it all worthwhile. Having rested and refreshed themselves, they embarked on their homeward trek, down and over the style, beating a path back through Combawn Woods and their waiting cars. A most challenging and enjoyable day out. Well done all and thanks to Tom for his excellent leadership.
Willie Ryan led the B group on the trail known as the Dolmen Loop. 22 people turned up for this walk which started from Lisvernane village in warm sunshine and made its way up Carrols boreen towards the more westerly end of Slievenamuk. Joining the Ballyhoura Way for part of the route, they then ascended Moanour Hill and made their way to the ancient Shrough dolmen of early Tipperary wo/man. Expansive views were laid out on all sides from the windmills of Slieve Riadh and the mound of Duntryleague to the villages of Galbally and Lisvernane. At this point an extension to the walk was negotiated which took half the group on a round trip via the hotel and Ballynacourty while the rest completed the loop back to Lisvernane. So something to please everyone with all getting back to base in fine form and with a bit of colour to show for good measure. Thank you Willie.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 10/10 John O’Dwyer will meet the A group at 10am at Clydagh Bridge for 6hrs in the Galtees. The B group will meet in Rossadrehid village at 10am for a 4hr climb of Knocknastukeen with Catherine. Therese Roche will meet the C group at 11am at Bansha Woods for a 2hr forest track walk.
Notice: The club AGM takes place on Tuesday 12th October at the Excel, Tipperary Town at 8pm. This is open to all members, so please come along and support your club

October 8th, 2010

All three groups were out in the Galtees last Sunday to enjoy the unseasonably balmy weather though foggy conditions on the hills made for poor visibility for all. The A group led by John O’Dwyer did a gargantuan 24km trek over 7hrs, with a height gain of 1300m. This circular hike took them from Clydagh Bridge to Lake Curra and onto Galtymor via the gully. Next summit was Galtybeag and onto O’Loughlins Castle, Grennane and Fearbreaga. Dense fog was the order of the day with very poor visibility (of not more than 40 yards at times) and called for skilled use of GPS systems to navigate their way safely. A notable feature of this foggy trip was the abundance of mushrooms all around, a surreal sight which offered some comic relief on the way! To make their descent and complete the circuit, they headed for the Muskry stile and proceeding over the northerly ridge of Knocknastukeen, they made their way down to the Waterworks and along the forest track back to Clydagh Bridge. Thanks to John and his helpers for their exemplary skill in getting everyone back down safely and in high spirits
Catherine Russell had 20 walkers on the B group. They too had similar visibility problems for their hike over Knocknastukeen. Underfoot conditions were also boggy, wet and disagreeable. Again skilled navigation was called for all the way as they circled around the back of a shrouded Lake Muskry and back via the river. The camaraderie on the way was excellent and Catherine’s navigation was much appreciated as all arrived back safe and sound. Well done all.
The C group were also out on Sunday and we are grateful to Margaret Magner who stepped in at short notice to lead this walk. It was the first outing for this group to Lake Curra and it is perhaps one of the more challenging for this level. But the pace was moderate and well done all 13 walkers who made it and not in the best of weather conditions! Thanks especially to Margaret for her sensitivity and encouragement in getting everyone there. Given their effort, it was a pity that they were not able to enjoy the views or see this beautiful lake which basks beneath the great Galtymor. All was obscured by fog. But perhaps they will be tempted to make a return trip in more benign conditions.
It was a testing day for all groups but variety and especially the challenge of the natural environment is what hillwalking is all about.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 17/10/10 The A group will meet at 10am in Kilbeheny Village for 6hrs in the Galtees with Brendan Shiels. Mary Rose Kinane will meet the B group at 10am at Rossadrehid Waterworks for a trek to Lake Muskry.
Notice: Booking for the Christmas dinner at Ballykisteen Hotel needs action now. The hotel requires a two month window to cater for this event. Please get in touch with Breda Ryan now if you wish to book a place at 086 3946048

October 18th, 2010

A lovely Autumn day lured some 16 people out for a testing A walk of 20km on Sunday. Brendan Shiels met his group at Galty Castle car park from where they proceeded up through Coopers Wood and across the Attychran River. From here they picked up the Black Road and made their ascent of Galtybeag. Sunny conditions gave way to mist and fog on high and visibility deteriorated as they made their way across the peaks, They lunched on Galtymor at 919m but sadly no photo shoot. The trek now went on to Slievecushnabinna and in a southerly direction to take in Carrignabinna and Lyracappul at 825m. Descending from here into the Black Rock valley, they veered easterly taking the forest path and getting back to the car park in a little over 6hrs. Brendan would like to thank the friendly comrades who helped out with the navigation. A great team effort and a compliment to the club. And well done Donal for whom it was a first A walk.
Meanwhile, a lively crowd of 18 turned out for the B walk to Muskry Lake. Led by Mary Rose Kinnane, the route followed the track to the style which took them out onto open mountain. Then following the course of the river, they made their way up to the lake where they lunched at the waters edge and enjoyed what may well be the last of these glorious Autumnal days . It was also ideal conditions to expand on our gallery of lovely photos. At this stage some were tempted to go further and heading east, they paid a visit to the smaller Fir Breaga lake before circling around and picking up the track homewards. A lovely day out and Mary Rose would like to thank Sean for his navigation and Paddy for also assisting. A special welcome too to the new members for whom it was their first visit to the lake.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 24/10 A lovely B walk is planned by Eddie along the banks of the Suir. Meet at Bridge House Golden at 10am. Margaret Magner will lead the C group for a forest track walk on the Ballynacourty Loop. Meet at Aherlow House Hotel at 11am. See our website for reports and photos. We would love to hear from you on our message board.
Finally we would like to say thanks to all our members who turned out for the AGM last week and a warm welcome to our new chairman, Tom Lyons who was elected on the night. We are of course delighted that our former most valued chair Danny Bailey, agreed to accept the position of vice chairman for the coming year. Where would our club be without him!

October 24th, 2010

Last Sunday was yet another beautiful day for walking as our members took to the hills, the woods and the river banks. The A walk, which was orgainsed at short notice, was led by Pat Ryan. Five walkers started from Clydagh Bridge and made their way to Lake Curra by the Ice Road. From there it was up the gulley and along the wall to Galtymor. Visibility was excellent as the group continued on to Galtybeag and then down the Geisha Steps to take on Cush and complete the Galtee Horseshoe. Many thanks to Pat.
For his first outing as B group leader, Eddie McGrath chose a riverbank walk along the Suir. It was an inspired choice as 44 people turned out to enjoy this trek through rich farmland on the banks of the gently flowing river. Starting at Ballycarron bridge the first stop was at the impressive 12th century Athassel Abbey where Eddie provided the group with historical notes on both the Abbey and the Suir itself. Then it was on to Golden, across the bridge and up the east bank to Camus with views of Ballynahinch Castle and Castle Leake along the way. Welcome to the new walkers who attended on the day and especially to 11 year old Aidan who impressed everyone by staying towards the front all through. Thanks also to those who provided transport back to the start and thanks and well done to Eddie for a special outing.
Nine people accompanied Margaret Magner for the C walk on the Ballinacourty Loop which began at Aherlow House Hotel and headed west towards Ballinacourty. The group then looped around to bring them back to Christ the King statue where they enjoyed some beautiful autumnal sunshine and the clear crisp view of the Galtees. They then made a return journey through the Aherlow Nature Park traversing the Old Bianconi Coach Road where Marion Ryan kindly gave an interesting and informative talk on the history of Charles Bianconi who pioneered Irish transport in the early 1800's. Margaret wishes to extend a cead mile failte to the two American visitors who joined her on the walk and hopes they enjoyed the Aherlow experience. Thanks to Margaret for providing this experience in a lovely part of the Glen.
Walks for Sunday next, 31/10. The A walkers will meet with Owen Ryan at Melody's Bar Ballymacarbery at 10am for a 6hr trek in the Nire Valley and surrounding area.  George Keogh and the B group will assemble at Clydagh Bridge, also at 10am, for what promises to be a challenging climb to Galteebeag via Cush and Lake Borheen.
Just a reminder to members that fees are now due for the coming club year. The application form can be printed from the downloads page on our website and should be posted to the treasurer or given to any walk facilitator. It's also a good time for people considering joining the club to become members as you will get a full year's walking for your membership fee.

November 1st, 2010

The clocks have changed, the weather has changed and while the trees are still decked in their autumn colours last Sunday on the hills was a reminder that Winter is not far away. Despite the rain and mist and the wet underfoot conditions some of our more hardy members couldn't resist a good walk and were out in the Comeraghs and Galtees.
The A group of five met at Ballymacarbery and drove to the NIre car park from where Owen Ryan led off in an easterly direction towards the Gap. Turning south at Carrigshaneun, they climbed steeply to reach the plateau and continued on to Coumshingaun where, unfortunately, the magnificent views will have to wait for another day. Then it was on to the highest point in the Comeraghs at 792 metres and Knockaunapeebra at 726 metres. Heading west they crossed the ridge over Coumfea and began the descent on Lyremountain. Crossing the Nire River proved to be particularly challenging given its flooded state but it was achieved and the group made their way by the trailer bridge back to the cars completing the 18km trek in around 6 hours. This walk was a good test of endurance in bad weather, navigation in poor visibility and not to mention river crossing skills so thanks and well done Owen.
George Keogh had planned to climb Cush and Galtee Beag for the B walk but he made the sensible decision to cancel that and instead stick to the forest tracks on the lower slopes of Cush. Starting at Clydagh Bridge, the group of twelve left the Cush Boreen and headed in an easterly direction accompanied all the time by the sound of gushing water on all sides. It was hoped to cross the river on the approach to Rossadrehid Waterworks but it was such a raging torrent that this proved impossible and instead the walkers detoured in a southerly direction before finding a sheltered wooded area to enjoy a break for lunch. Not delaying too long in the wet conditions it was quickly back on the track again and on to the barrier and the cars at Clydagh Bridge. Well done to all who turned out on such a bad day and especially the two ladies who travelled from Cork for their first walk with the Galtee Club. Thanks to George and also to Danny for taking everyone around safely.
Next Sunday, November 7th the A walkers will meet with Joe Browne at Kilbeheny Village at 10am for a 6 hour walk in the Galtees around Pigeon Rock Valley. The B group will meet in Hollyford Village at 10am where Pat Butler will take them around the forest tracks of Red Hill.

November 8th, 2010

Sundays walks got the best of the weather with sunshine and blue skies which held to late afternoon and saw both groups home and dry before the storm. Joe Brown met his group of 9 A walkers at the Galtee Castle car park. From here they proceeded north along the Blackrock valley and keeping to the high ground they made for Lyracappul. Here they lunched and enjoyed the exceptionally clear views of the lovely glen and river below. Then following the wall they headed for Bengower and down into the Glounreagh valley to cross over the river and pick up the path to Kings Yard. After this, it was woodland path all the way back to the car park to complete this lively four hour circuit in high spirits and with grateful thanks to the elements and of course to Joe.
The B group headed north to rendezvous with Pat Butler in Hollyford village on the Multeen river. 16 walkers turned out for this delightful forest track circuit which took them firstly in a westerly direction and then south towards Cappawhite, along roads and tracks with gentle climbs and glorious views of rolling hills and lush pasture. Ringed by the Doon hills and the Galtees to the south, the Slievefelims to the west and the Silvermines further north, it was indeed a full on Tipperary Hills experience. Circling above Cappawhite, on Red Hill, they visited the site of the plane crash from 1968 where Addison came down and further along, the woods made famous in the song Eamonn a Chnoic, where that great eighteenth century Ryan bandit took refuge. Thanks to Pat, the walk was well paced with short breaks and a leisurely lunch, allowing all to enjoy the countryside and share in the camaraderie. Under gathering clouds they exited from the woods onto the Cappawhite road to make their way back to Hollyford, completing the circuit of 18km in four hours. A great day out and all the more to enjoy the comforts of home as the storm broke. Many thanks Pat.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 14th Nov The A walk is in the Comeraghs. Meet Cliona Touhy at 10am in the Nire Valley car park. John Walsh will take the B group across Slievenamuk Ridge. Meet at Rock an Thorabh car park at 1030. The C group will meet in Doon Village car park at 11am for a trek in the Doon Hills with Jill Baird.
Notice: There will be a committee meeting on 30/11 at the Excel centre at 8pm to work out walks for the New Year. We would love to hear from members with ideas for new walks. Please come along or you can discuss your plans with our chairman Tom on 086 3954924 or speak to us on the walks.
Please also note that due to weather conditions John Murphy’s A walk on 28/11 will now meet in Glengarra Woods at 10am and not in Newcastle as scheduled.

November 15th, 2010

Sunday was another perfect day for walking with blue skies and sunshine all the way and a choice of walks for our members spread across three counties. Cliona Touhy was in Co. Waterford, meeting her group of 14 A walkers at the Nire Valley car park. Heading east through the Gap they then turned south and began the climb to the Boola Cairn stopping in the area of Crotty's Rock to enjoy a lunch break not to mention a spot of rock climbing as well. Then it was across the Iske Sullas and along the cliff top at the back of Coumshingaun where the views of the lake below and the countryside beyond were spectacular. Moving west, they reached point 792, the highest point in the Comeraghs, then it was on to Knockaunapeebra, across the River Mahon and a loop back across the Comeragh plateau to the Gap and the car park again, completing the 20km trek with 1000 metres of climbing in just over 6 hours. Welcome to new members, Lorraine and Niamh, who came all the way from Limerick and picked a good day to start walking with the club. Many thanks to Cliona for this great day in the Comeraghs and thanks also to John Murphy for his help.
The B group met with John Walsh at the Rock an Thorabh car park for a 3 hour and 12 km circuit on Slievenamuck. The 16 walkers, including one new member, headed west on the Slievenamuck Loop to take in the steep climb to the Megalithic Tomb at the far end. Then to extend the walk they switched to part of the Dolmen Loop heading down the hill in the direction of Ballinacourty before returning to the start via Aherlow House. Again the fine weather meant the Glen was putting on it's best display of Autumnal colours and the views across to the Galtees were wonderful. Thanks to John and also to Danny.
Limerick was the third county visited last Sunday as Jill Baird met the C walkers in Doon for a gentle trip around the hills in the area. The first hour was over quiet lanes - the kind with grass in the middle - going round the back of Doon Hill where they enjoyed the late Autumn light and colour. After a break they continued along forest and farm tracks where the water resistance of the footwear was tested before heading back up over the hill and down to Doon completing the circuit in over 2 hours. Turnout for this walk was small at 4 in total but those who came enjoyed a very pleasant morning in the Limerick countryside. Thanks to Jill.
Next weeks walks: The A group meets at Rossadrehid Waterworks at 10am for 6 hours on the Galtees with Paul Ryan and the B group will meet at the later time of 11am at Christ the King Statue, Aherlow where Eddie McGrath will take them around the woodland tracks in the Glen area.
Notice: There will be a committee meeting on 30/11 at the Excel centre at 8pm to work out walks for the New Year. We would love to hear from members with ideas for new walks. Please come along or you can discuss your plans with our chairman Tom on 086 3954924 or speak to us on the walks.
Please also note that John Murphy’s A walk on 28/11 will now meet in Glengarra Woods at 10am and not as previously scheduled.

November 21st, 2010

While temperatures were on the chilly side on Sunday last conditions were good and dry for walking. The A group was out on the northern side of the Galtees with their leader Paul Ryan. This group of 18 assembled at the waterworks park in Rossadrehid and set off on the forest path to the stile on the Muskry track. At this point they crossed the river and commenced their climb to Fir Breaga and then on to Grenane. In foggy conditions they proceeded along the route to O'Loughlin's Castle, had a brief stop for lunch before proceeding for Galtybeag and down to the base of Cush. Then it was up again for the final summit of the day - Cush before descending to meet the forest track leading back to the cars. Well done and thanks to Paul for leading this invigorating 16 Km circuit and also to Tom and John for their assistance with navigation. A special thanks to the famous five who "found" us when we were lost!
The B group of 24 walkers met with their leader Eddie McGrath at Christ the King statue and immediately made the steep climb to the Rock an Thorabh path. Conditions were ideal for walking and viewing and some first time visitors to the Rock stopped to admire the views. They then continued to the Ballagh road and stopped for lunch at the Millennium Stone. Then they took a loop around the mast on the Steeple and some people were surprised to find themselves back at the Millennium Stone again but it was all part of Eddie's plan. The final leg of the route brought the group along the path of the Ballyhoura Way back to the statue. Many thanks Eddie for a most enjoyable walk covering 14km in 3.5 hrs.
Forthcoming walks: On Sunday 28th November the A group will meet at Glengarra Wood car park at 10am for a trek on the southern side of the Galtees with leader John Murphy . The B group will meet at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for a visit to Cush and Lake Boheen on the northern side of the Galtees - leader Paddy. The C group will meet in Glengarra Woods car park at 11am for a forest track walk with leader Maureen Larkin.
Please note there will be a fixtures meeting on Tues 30th November in the Excel, Tipperary. Please contact any committee member in advance of this meeting if you are available to lead a walk in the period January - March 2011. New leaders and walks most welcome.

November 29th, 2010

For those brave enough to face the snow on Sunday, it was a winter wonderland experience all the way. Crisp, sunny and dry conditions prevailed as all three groups took to the woods and hills. The C group enjoyed a lovely two hours of tranquillity in the beautiful Glengarra woods. Led by Mo, the group took the path up from the car park, alongside the Burncourt river and the millennium plantation to the hostel. Lining the route , the snow covered canopy of majestic Scots pine, oak and birch were truly a delight to behold. Reaching the clearing around the lovely old hunting lodge (now the an oige hostel) they crossed the river and stopped to admire this perfect alpine hideaway before taking the path up to a higher level where they enjoyed some breathtaking views of the snow capped Galtees. Circling back down, their path zigzagged along the easterly banks of the river, through the forest and back to the car park. A lovely day out and great company. Thanks to Margaret and Jill for their help. The group were also delighted to welcome two new members, Josephine and Niamh from Cork who enjoyed their very first walk with the club.
The B group had a collectively led outing on the galtees. Starting from Clydagh Bridge, they climbed onto Cush mountain and over onto Galty beag and Lake Dineen. Bright clear conditions prevailed on high with fantastic snowy mountain vistas all around. Lunch was enjoyed and the craic was great as they circled back down the track to the cars. Mutual compliments all around to Catherine, Ann, Thos and Willie for this great collective effort.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 5/12 Willie Ryan and the A group will be in Ballyhoura country. Meet 10am in Glenosheen Village. Mossy Casey will lead the B group across the Knockmealdowns to Mount Mellary. Meet 10am, Grubbs monument, the Vee. Note that the January walks schedule will be on the web by next weekend.

December 12th, 2010

It was great to get out again after the big freeze and on Sunday and this is what all groups did. There was a combined A/B walk in the Knockmealdowns, led by Tom Lyons, with 16 people turning out to criss cross the Tipperary/Waterford borders. Meeting in Clogheen, they drove to Grubbs monument where this 13km walk started. Taking the Avondhue Way up and around the lovely Baylough lake, they made their ascent of cairn 638. Conditions were breezy and cold but luckily some shelter was found in the trees nearby to enjoy a short lunch break. From here they descended to Baylough car park and crossing the road, they took on the Sugar Loaf. Visibilty was only fair and so without lingering they headed in the Knockmealdown direction, coming down by the dry lake, Lough Moylan, to make their way back to the cars. John Murphy and some of our A walking enthusiasts did however continue on for another stretch over onto Knockmealdown and Crohan West to end up in Goatenbridge. So well done to both Tom and John who between them were able to facilitate both the A and the B walkers within their capabilities and to enjoy an invigorating day out in the hills.
The C walkers were on Slievenamon. This is becoming an annual pre Christmas hike for this group and which on Sunday managed to attract a cross section of walkers, from children, through to some A & B walkers too. Bridgit Flynn was the facilitator of this 15 strong group and, bright and cheerful as always, she led off from Kilcash village in dry but cold conditions. This is quite a steep climb but given the clearly defined track, it is possible for each to find their way at their own pace. And so they did with encouragement from Bridgit. Sadly the mist was down at the summit and the potentially glorious views could only be discussed. But lunch was enjoyed at the summit and some photos taken. The way down was sunny and they were amused to encounter some sky divers on the way, preparing to launch themselves into the blue yonder! The children were great, skipping and hopping their way without a care. So many thanks to Bridgit for the day and now that we have done Slievenamon, it must be Christmas! And to prove it, the Christmas party will take off next Friday 17th at Ballykisteen Hotel 8pm approx
Next weeks walks: Sunday 19/12 Rody Tierney will lead the A group, meeting at 10am at Rock an Thorabh car park for 5hrs+ across Slievenamuk Ridge (part of the marathon route) The B group will meet at Ballyorgan School at 10am for 3+hrs of forest track with Mary Ryan. Patricia Butler will also lead a 2+hr C group walk starting at Hollyford village at 11am.
Notice: Due to weather conditions, our fixtures meeting was cancelled last week but will now take place Tuesday 14th at the Excel at 8pm. Still time to call in your ideas for new walks! Check the website for 2011 walks at the weekend.

December 19th, 2010

Artic though weather conditions may be, it did not deter some hardy walkers who took to the hills as usual on Sunday. Mary Ryan’s B walk went ahead as scheduled with much appreciated help from Willie, Tom, Catherine and Donal. Starting out from Ballyorgan Village, they took the mass path to Kilflyn Church and along by the Malonna river to Darragh Bridge. It was crisp and cold with considerably more snow coverage than what prevailed in Tipperary, calling for extra care on icy roads and hills. Their first ascent took them onto Kilcruaig Hill and then on to Castlegate where they signed the secret book! Then it was on to Darragh Hill and some lunch before circling around and making their way back via the river to Ballyorgan village, completing 14km in approx four hours. Well done all.
Eleven people turned out for Rody Tierney’s A walk, which covered part of our upcoming Marathon route. Considering the weather forecast of the previous day, this was an impressive turnout but thankfully the roads were dry and there was no problem getting to the meeting point at Rock an Thorabh car park. Starting from there they headed in a westerly direction across the Slievenamuck Ridge, emerging to pass Tig Roy and take the road to Moorabbey where a stop was made for lunch. From there they followed the Aherlow River and part of the Ballyhoura Way before turning south towards Lisvernane and passing Aherlow House Hotel to complete the Half Marathon loop. Conditions were good for walking, with crisp dry air and the ever present views of the snow covered Galtees. This was a good preparation for the full Marathon which will be held on April 17th. Many thanks Rody and welcome to new walker Gerry, who travelled from Limerick to join the group.
Finally, Patricia Butler regrets that due to weather conditions around Hollyford, she had to cancel the C walk.
Christmas Walks: There will be a two and a half hour walk on Christmas Day led by Ray Coleman,This will start from Christ the King statue at 10am giving you plenty of time and an appetite for the Christmas dinner.Then to walk it off next day, Danny Bailey will start the Stephens Day walk from Aherlow House Hotel at 12md and plans a four hour walk on forest track.
So Happy Christmas all, keep warm and see you in the New year. To view the New Year walks please go to our website.

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