News and Walk Reports from 2012
January 8th, 2012Welcome to all our members old and new to what promises to be another great year of trekking. Sunday got off to a splendid start for all three groups, with many new members first footing their New Years resolutions. Una Phelan took 29 C walkers on a glorious loop walk which started from Ahelow House and proceeded along the road, before entering the woodlands to rise gently, (in muddy underfoot conditions), to the ridge and loop back to the start point. A lively and jovial, well paced walk in mild conditions, which catered to all levels and afforded lovely clear views of the Galtee peaks and a leisurely lunchtime break in the sunshine and where Snappy Paddy was in mischievous mood! We welcome the new walkers from Golden, Cashel and Oola and hope to see them back again. Well done and thanks to Una for her expert stewardship of what will be her scheduled route for the upcoming Winter walking festival.
Thos O’Neill led 23 B walkers on a trek of Bane Mountain. Their start point was the Lady Gregory and along the boreen to the barrier, from whence they made their ascent of the Bane to enjoy the views and trade their New Year resolutions. Their way back took in the Hammerhead and the gushing cascades of the local waterfall; then along by St Pecauns Well to pick up the Blind Boreen and back to the start point. A lively and much enjoyed outing with thanks to Thos.
Scaling the higher Galtees, where temperatures were more on the chilly side, were the A walkers, with facilitator Tom Lyons. Working off the Christmas excesses, this hardy group of nine covered over 15km in 5+hours. Starting from the Rossadrehid Waterworks, they took the path to Lake Muskry (which was host for the day to the Blackwater sub acqua group on a diving outing). From here they continued upwards taking in point 786, before heading on for lunch on Galty Beag in bright sunshine. Then, in heavy underfoot conditions, they made their ascent of Galty Mor, meeting up with the Peaks and Clonakilty groups on the way. The dry cold and bright conditions on high lent stunning views all round and as far away as the Reeks of Kerry. Their trek back was via Slievecushnabinna and the Stony Man. Then, a few pounds lighter, they returned to their cars feeling refreshed and renewed to take on the year ahead. Tom would like to thank Brendan for his help with the cars. A fine days effort by all.
Next weeks walks: Brendan Shiels will lead a moderate A walk starting at 10am from Glengarra Woods car park. This will include some navigation instruction for those who bring along a compass and OS map No 74. The B group will meet with Rody at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for a climb of Cush mountain. Rita Mooney is offering a preparatory festival C walk at 11am. Meet at Aherlow House hotel for a 3 hr walk to Rock an Thorabh.
Notice: There will be a committee meeting at the Excel at 8pm 19th Jan in preparation for the Winter Walking Festival which takes place 28/29th inst.
January 17th, 2012All groups were out again on Sunday, a lovely dry, if sometimes chilly day. The B and C walks were preparatory for the upcoming Winter Walking festival. Rita Mooney led the C walk on a well timed, 3hour hike across the Slievenamuk ridge from Aherlow House to a lunch time stop at the Millenium Stone, from where they looped back to the hotel, via the lower path to Christ the King and the lovely Nature Park. 26 people turned out for this walk, with some new and younger enthusiasts lending a spirit of rejuvenation to the group. There was a lengthy pause at the Rock an Thorabh where panoramic views to the north/north west of Tipperary provoked delight and surprise from first timers and interesting exchanges too from old timers about the houses and their lineages laid out below. Mile maith agat Rita for a most interesting hike. Definitely worth a go on festival day!
Rody Tierney took the B group of 20, up from Clydagh Bridge via Cush boreen, to make their ascent of the great Cush mountain. In crisp clear conditions, they enjoyed a lunch break here and took in the great views. Then an amicable parting of the ways took some of the group back down via the O’Brien way, while the more adventurous extended the hike by heading off for Lake Diheen and up onto Galtymore. So a scheduled prep festival walk was achieved and more! Well done Rody and a special thanks from him to the O’Dwyers who facilitated some extra modifications on the route.
Brendan Shiels provided a special navigation training walk for A walkers in Glengarra Woods. A most worthwhile experience, this involved general observation, map and compass use to determine bearings, pacing, landmarks and distance. It was Conor o’Briens first outing with the group and Brendan bids him welcome and hopes he found the day worthwhile. Thanks to Kevin for his time and commitment on behalf of the club.
Next weeks walks: Paul Ryan will lead the A group, meeting at 10am at Clydagh Bridge for a 5hr hike in the Galtees. Danny Bailey will also be at Clydagh Bridge at 10am to take the B group on a preparatory festival walk to Lake Curra. The C group have their annual climb of Slievenamon on Sunday compliments of Vincent, who will be in Kilcash village at 11am.
A committee meeting takes place this Thursday 19th at the Excel 8pm to plan the upcoming Winter Walking Festival. Help with stewarding appreciated.
Special Note: The committee offers sincere condolences to John Walsh whose father passed away this week. May he rest in peace.
January 22nd, 2012Strong winds were the main weather feature to contend with on the hills of Tipperary on Sunday last on what was, otherwise, a dry, crisp and sometimes sunny day. Both the A and B groups started from Clydagh Bridge. The A walkers, led by Paul Ryan, completed the 14km Galtee Horseshoe in 4.5 hours. A lively pace took them up past the grassy knoll to Lake Curra before climbing the gully and following the wall to Galteemore. A quick break for lunch, then it was down to the col and on to Galteebeg where hanging about was not an option due to the strong wind. The return leg brought them down the Geisha Steps and up and over Cush and back to Clydagh Bridge. Paul wants to thank all 14 walkers for the craic ant the company and welcome Sean and Solenn on their first outing to the horseshoe. Well done Paul.
The B walk, led by Danny Bailey and George Keogh, was a preparation for next Saturday’s Winter Festival walk. The group of 13 followed Cush boreen past Saunders Lodge and on to the Galteemore stile. After crossing the stream they began their climb to Lough Curra, at 580 metres, the highest lake in the Galtees. Conditions here were pleasant for a lunch break with sunshine and shelter from the wind. The descent was via the Ice Road completing the 11km circuit in 3.5 hours. Many thanks to Danny and George and welcome to Rosaleen who travelled from Dublin just to do the walk.
The popularity of the C walks continues with 32 people attending Vincent Normoyle’s ascent of Slievenamon. Again there was a serious wind-chill factor but it did not take from the enjoyment of this climb on Tipperary’s mountain of legend. It was good to see some people making a return to the walks after a break and others making their first visit to Slievenamon. Thanks to Vincent and well done.
Next weekend is a busy one for the club as several hundred people are expected to attend the Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival. Organised by Aherlow Failte and the Galtee Walking Club and based at Aherlow House Hotel, the festival provides walks to suit all levels of fitness on the Galtees and the Slievenamuck Ridge. Preparations are now complete and all we can hope is that everyone will enjoy the event and the weather will be good for the two days.
January 29th, 2012The Glen of Aherlow was a busy place last weekend as hundreds of walkers gathered for the third annual Winter Walking Festival. Despite the fact that the weather wasn't always the best and ground conditions were soft on occasion it was generally agreed that the event was another great success. In all, seven walks were held over the two days with a total participation of in excess of 750. Great credit is due to Helen and all her team from Aherlow Failte for organising and running the festival. Thanks also to Aherlow House and other accommodation providers for the hospitality, to the radio people who kept us in contact with base, to the local landowners whose cooperation is vital for the event and to all who helped in any way. A special word of thanks to our own members who applied their knowledge of the area to great effect. Feedback from all the walkers was very positive towards club leaders and stewards alike. So, thank you and well done to all the leaders over the two days, Danny Bailey, George Keogh, Tom Lyons, Rita Mooney, Mike Moroney, Una Phelan, Willie Ryan and Rody Tierney.
There are three club walks on Sunday next, February 5. William O'Neill takes the A walkers on to the Galtees starting from Glengarra Woods car park at 10am. The B group meets at the Nire Valley car park at 10am for a climb to the Knockanafrinn Ridge with Liam Doheny. C walkers meet at Aherlow House Hotel at 11am with Ray Coleman for a circuit of the forest paths in that area.
February 6th, 2012With the Winter Walking Festival behind us for another year it was back to normal club activity on Sunday last. Numbers were relatively low, perhaps due to a certain rugby match, but for those who ventured out there were three enjoyable walks to choose from.
William O'Neill led a group of 9 A walkers on a Galtee loop starting from Glengarra Wood. In mixed weather conditions they made the continuous climb to Galtee Beag (799 metres). Descending and climbing again they took an easterly course along the ridge towards Greenane (802 metres) and O'Loughlin's Castle before the final descent to Glengarra. Thanks to William for an enjoyable 16.5km loop completed in 4.5 hours.
Liam Doheny’s linear B walk was in the Comeraghs and covered a distance of 9.5km in just over 4 hours. Starting at Moanyarha Bog the group of 11 climbed to Knocksheegowna and followed the ridge south, taking in the peak of Knockanafrinn, before descending to the Gap and making their way to the Nire car park where cars had been left earlier. Occasional flurries of snow did not spoil the wonderful views from the top of the ridge, especially looking eastwards to lakes Mohra and Coumduala far below, with the patchwork of North Waterford fields beyond. Welcome to Fiona, Anne, Shonagh and Solenn making their first B walk and many thanks to Liam and Shane.
The 11 strong C group seems to have enjoyed the best of the weather with mild, dry conditions for Ray Coleman’s Walk in the Glen of Aherlow. Starting at Aherlow House, Ray’s route took them across the road to Rock an Thorabh where a stop was made to enjoy the views towards Tipp Town. A loop through the four crossroads brought them back by Christ the King statue and through the wonderful Nature Park back to the hotel, all completed in 2.5 hours. Well done, Ray and good to see you back making your first full walk since 2010. The first of many more, hopefully.
Both walks on Sunday next, February 12, are in the Galtees. Sheila Lenihan will meet the A group in Anglesboro Village at 10am for 4 to 5 hours on the western end of the range. B walkers will meet at Ballydavid Hostel at 10am where Rita Mooney will take them on a 4 hour hike through the forest tracks on the northern slopes of the mountain.
February 12th, 2012Unlike our European neighbours, this balmy westerly island had no need for cancellations last weekend and our walkers enjoyed dry and mild conditions for their Sunday walks. Mist and fog prevailed throughout the day, but for the A group, who scaled the higher peaks, they were able to get above it all and enjoy some spectacular views of the mist enshrouded valleys below Temple Hill. Sheila Lenihan led this advanced group, taking 13 walkers up some 785m from Anglesborough, via Combawn Woods, to the summit of Temple Hill and on to Knockaterriff Beg. Here they looped around to make their return journey back via Paradise Hill, descending down to Anglesborough village to complete this 5hr, 12km trek. Well done Sheila and thanks to all who helped out along the way.
Danny Bailey stood in for Rita to take the B group on an extended 4hr loop walk from Ballydavid Hostel to the Mast. A mixed ability group of 24 descended from the hostel to take in a 2km road walk before entering the forest to do an extended southerly loop prior to making their ascent to the mast. This was a well paced forest track walk, with frequent recuperative mini breaks and a leisurely lunch pause before reaching the higher mast point. Cascading mountain streams added an energizing dimension along the tracks and noticeable too, was the newly flowering gorse, providing an early harbinger of a still dormant Spring. Many thanks to Danny for his sensitive stewardship in accommodating all abilities and for a most enjoyable day out.
Next weeks walks.- The A group will meet at the Galty Castle car park at 10am where Tom Lyons will provide a navigation exercise and walk in the Galtees. Please come with map 74 and a compass. The B group meets at 1030 with Eddie McGrath at Rock an Thorabh car park for a walk on the ridge. There will also be a special C group outing and walk around Glenstall Abbey. Meet with Margaret and Amelia at 11am in Murroe village.
February 20th, 2012Our ever growing C group saw 32 walkers turn up for a glorious outing to the lovely Glenstall Abbey and environs. We are grateful to Margaret Hayes and Amelia Ryan for organizing and leading this special walk which started from the village of Murroe and proceeded along the road and up the avenue to the Abbey. Lit by bright sunshine, this pastoral landscape, with its bare gnarled trees, evoked a sense of timelessness and tranquillity as they approached the great towers of Glenstall. Here Margaret provided a historical synopsis of the estate while some took time to enter the sacred portals for a quiet reflection. Then it was off down the road to exit to the back and swinging left, they entered the forest trails to take in a loop of the Slieve Felim Way. This provided the venue for a welcome leisurely lunch break and also some lovely distant views across to the Galtees. Afterwards they retraced their steps back through the Abbey grounds to pick up their cars in the village below. A lovely day out. Let’s hope we can go back when the rhodedendrons are in bloom!
The B group were on Slievenamuk with Eddie McGrath. In glorious sunshine, 19 members set out from Rock an Thorabh car park, to complete the westerly Slievenamuk Loop, before bearing east to make their ascent to the Rock and on to the Millenium Stone. Then taking the lower road, they circled back along the ridge overlooking the glen, enjoying exceptionally clear views across to the Galtees. Many thanks to Eddie for a great 4 hr hike.
Tom Lyons provided a 5hr combined navigation exercise and A walk for 11 members. Starting out from the Galtee Castle Wood car park, they took a northerly route. The pace was leisurely to start with to facilitate the use of map and compass along the forest paths and open mountain. Reaching the summit of Carrigeen, they put their navigation tools aside to enjoy their lunch and take in the panoramic mountain views from Temple Hill to Galtymor. Then they did what they like to do and got into free walking , dropping down into Glounreagh valley and heading north to the source of the Glounreagh river on Slievecushnabinna. From here they circled around to follow the river all the way down and back to the cars. This was the 4th navigation outing for the club and forms a vital part of our work. It is hoped more can be offered later on in the year. We thank Tom for this successful outing.
Next Weeks Walks: Sun 26th, Cliona Touhy will meet the A group at the Nire Valley car park at 10am for a hike in the Comeraghs. The B group wil meet with Brendan Shiels at 10am in Kilavullen (N72 between Fermoy/Mallow) for a hike in the Nagles mountains.
February 27th, 2012The club had its first outing to the Nagle mountains in Cork last Sunday, compliments of Brendan Shiels who was facilitator for the day. The group of 12 met in Killavullen village and drove a short distance to the start point outside the village. Their route took them along the road to start with, before entering the forest of mature trees and taking the track upwards to the summit of Corran mountain. Here they enjoyed their lunch break but conditions were misty and foggy and visibility was poor at this point. Later on however, things brightened up and they were able to enjoy partial views of the Ballyhouras and Galtees to the north. This 12km walk was greatly appreciated by all and many expressed an interest in further explorations of these lesser known neighbouring hills. Our thanks to Brendan for this, who in turn would like to thank all who participated.
Cliona Tuohy was the facilitator of the A group on their hike in the Comeraghs. Meeting at the Nire Valley car park, 11 hardy walkers did an amazing 17km circuit of the Nire and apart from one cooling shower, their journey was dry, with tantalizing glimpses of the sun to beckon them home and report a most exhilarating day out. Well done all and thank to Cliona.
Next Weeks Walks: Sunday 4/03, The A group will meet with Ann & Una at Rossadrehid Waterworks at 10am for 6hrs in the Galtees. Amelia Ryan will lead the B group on a 4hr hike of Keeper Hill, meeting Newport Church at 10am. Car pooling arrangements are in place from Tipperary Town. See the website for details.The C group will meet with Therese Roche at Bansha Woods car park at 11am for a 2-3 hour forest track hike.
Notice: For those planning to join our annual walking marathon, this will take place on 1st April. More details will be posted on this site shortly. Also we will shortly be putting a new schedule of walks together and would love to hear of some new offers of walks from our members.
March 5th, 2012Although it’s spring, our walks last Sunday had a distinct wintry feel with snow cover on all the higher ground. That said, conditions for walking were good with blue skies and excellent visibility for the most part with only the occasional short blizzard.
Ann Donohoe and Una Hayes were in the Galtees with a group of 12 A walkers. Starting from Rossadrehid waterworks they walked to Lough Muskry and then ascended to spot height 786. Then it was on to Galtybeg where they enjoyed lunch in beautiful sunshine. While ascending Galtymore the weather changed dramatically and in blizzard conditions Tom Crean and his Antarctic expeditions came to mind. After a brief pause for a photo on the snow covered summit the descent was by way of Slievecushnabinnia back to Clydagh Bridge completing the 15km trip in 5.5 hours. Thanks and well done to Una and Ann and thanks also to Sheila, Peig, Mary, Pat and John for helping with the cars. Well done to Pat Donovan on his maiden A walk.
21 B walkers assembled in Newport for Amelia Ryan’s 17km circuit of the Ballyhourigan Loop and climb of Keeper Hill. This walk was all about the views and on such a clear day they were wonderful. From the one location it was possible to see west to Limerick, the Clare hills and the Shannon Estuary, south to the Galtees, Knockmealdowns and Comeraghs, east to the hills of mid Tipperary and north to the Silvermines, Lough Derg and Nenagh. Thank you, Amelia and thanks also to Goretti for her help.
Therese Roche had a group of 28 C walkers, including 6 potential new members, on her loop through Bansha Woods and beyond, taking in a climb up the laurel path, a visit to the Milennium Stone and a circuit round the mast on the Steeple. There was no snow on the ground here but a five minute hail shower was the only interruption to an otherwise sunny morning. Thank you, Therese.
Next Sunday, March 11: A walkers meet at Kilbeheny Village at 10am with Joe Browne for a visit to the Blackrock Valley and John O'Dwyer will take the B walkers into the Knockmealdowns, meeting at Bay Lough Car Park, The Vee at 10am.
March 12th, 2012Unseasonably warm and dry conditions made for some excellent walking on Sunday. A touch of Spring was evident in the tentative stirrings of sedges and foliage at lower levels but some fog too on the peaks. The B group took to the Knockmealdowns with John O’Dwyer, meeting at the Balough car park at the Vee. 14 walkers turned out for this 13km hike, which started out along the road before picking up the course of the Glenandaree stream upwards to the county boundary. Here they enjoyed a break and a brief spell of sunshine, before making their ascent of Knockmealdown at 794m. Visibility was limited due to fog but overall dry conditions prevailed. Their return journey took them over the Sugarloaf, descending to Grubb’s monument to take the road back to the car park. Thanks to John for a lovely day out and to Alice and Thos for their help. And well done Erin who made her first preparatory walk for her upcoming climb of Kilimanjaro.
Joe Brown led the A group of 11 on a hike of the lovely Blackrock valley. This was a 5hr circular walk which started out from Galtee Castle car park, proceeding upwards through the daffodil strewn valley to Knockaterriff and further upwards to Lyracappul at 825m. The fog gave way to sunshine as they ascended, making for a pleasant lunch break on the summit. Circling east, and then south from here, their route took them back via Bengower and into the Glounrough valley. Then picking up the route of the Attychraan river, they descended back down to the car park. A great day out with thanks to Joe for this.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 18th March, the A group will meet with Pat Ryan at 10am at Grubbs monument, the Vee, for a hike in the Knocmealdowns. Ann O’Donnell will meet the B group at Galtee Castle car park at 10am. The C group will meet at 11am in Glegarra Woods car park for a loop walk with Breda and Mo.
March 19th, 2012A lovely C walk in Glengarra Woods was enjoyed by 35 walkers last Sunday, when Breda Delahunty stepped out on her debut role as facilitator. A most able walker in her own right, Breda’s boundless energies were held in check to start with, by the more leisurely pacing of the seasoned C walker gang who were inclined to linger and to take in the wonders of this ancient forest of oak, birch and Scots pine; the babbling waters of the Burncourt river and the surrounding mountain vistas as well as the antics of a stray mongrel who accompanied them! This was a beautiful walk in dry and sheltered conditions, which skirted the Burncourt river to the east, through forest paths, rising to the foot of the mountains before crossing the ford, to circle back to the hostel, taking the westerly river bank back. Well done to Breda who adjusted well to accommodate this large group of mixed ability walkers, providing frequent breaks and some lively commentary too on local features of interest. We bid cead mile failte to the number of new walkers who joined the group for the first time.
Ann O’Donnell led the B walkers on a circular hike of the valleys and rivers of the southern Galtees. Meeting at Galtycastle car park, they headed into the lovely Blackrock valley, proceeding to the end before descending steeply to the river. Along the way they took in the splendour of the great wall and the ancient circular sheep pen of the Galtees. Weather conditions were excellent as they made their way from here via the zig zag path, to the saddle below Bengower. Then circling back , their route took them through the Glounreagh valley where they enjoyed a hearty lunch. The homeward trek was through Kings Yard which took them back to the start. Thank you Ann and to Brendan for his help along the way. A lovely Mothers’ Day outing.
Our A walkers had over 6hrs with Pat Ryan in the Knockmealdowns, taking off from Grubbs monument and up the Sugarloaf. The route then went over Knockmealdown peak and along by the county wall. Lunch was had at the Elbow before heading off for Crohan West. Wonderful clear views all around and down to the coast. Then dropping down to the Lynch monument, they picked up the Tipperary heritage Way which took them back to their cars. Pat says best of luck to Celine for her trip to Everest base camp. Well done all.
Next Weeks Walks: Sunday 25th Rody Tierney will take the A walkers on a Marathon Survey walk on Slievenamuk starting at 10am at Rock an Thorabh car park. The B walkers will meet at Ballyorgan school for a forest track walk with Mary Ryan. Liam Doheny will lead a C walk in the Comeraghs starting at 11am from Kilsheelan Village.
Important Notice: The annual April 1st Slievenamuk Marathon is almost here. See our website galteewalking club.ie for details or call Rody on 087 2893505 Also there will be a fixtures meeting this Thursday at 8pm at the Excel.
March 26th, 2012Preparations for the Galtee Walking Club annual Slievenamuck Walking Marathon are complete and the event takes place on Sunday next, April 1. Registration starts at 8am at the Rock an Thorabh car park with the walkers setting out at 9am on a 42km circuit of the ridge. An option of walking a half marathon is also available. Event organiser, Rody Tierney put the final touches to the preparations on Sunday last when he and 15 others walked the western section of the course to check that all was well and all direction signs were in place. The route took them west past Aherlow House, through Ivory’s farm and along the Aherlow River to Moor Abbey. After a break the return was along the northern side of the ridge, passing the Shrough Dolmen on the way back to the car park. Well done, Rody, and all the best for the event on Sunday next.
Mary Ryan led a group of 11 B walkers on Sunday last in beautiful sunny conditions. Starting from Ballyorgan they entered the wood at Clovers and then continued on the forest track to Oliver’s Folly and the Wilderness. They crossed the road and entered the Green Wood, stopping briefly at the Coillte Cycle Centre. After lunch underneath the trees watching the cyclists pass by, they proceeded up Seefin (570mts) and returned back by Glenosheen and The Holiday Homes. Thanks to Mary for this 16km, 4.5 hour walk, enjoyed by all who took part.
The C outing was on the eastern side of the Comeraghs where Liam Doheny led a group of 20 on a 2.5 hour walk to Lake Mohra. Starting near the old scout hut, Liam’s route was mainly on forest tracks with a break for lunch on the shore of the lake, a perfect place to enjoy the sunlight glistening on the surface of the water. Thanks and well done to Liam and Shane.
The summer schedule of walks has been compiled and is now available on this site There is a great variety to choose from including a number of festivals and special events and the popular Wednesday evening walks which begin on April 11.
April 2nd, 2012On a perfect day for walking the club’s annual walking Marathon took place on Slievenamuck Ridge on Sunday last. 67 people in total set off from Rock an Thorabh car park to follow the varied and interesting course which stretches between Moor Abbey near Galbally and Kilshane at the other extremity of the ridge. With strategically placed markers along the way the route covered forest tracks, river bank, farmland and road with the ever-present views of the Galtee Mountains across the Glen of Aherlow to the south. The scent from the yellow gorse flowers and the song of the birds gave the feeling that Spring was definitely in the air. Those who were doing a half Marathon completed their walk after the first loop to Moor Abbey and back while the majority continued on to complete the full course on the eastern section through Bansha Woods. William O’Grady was first back to the finish, completing the full Marathon in 4 hours, 50 minutes, beating his own record of the previous year. Congratulations to William and, indeed to everyone who finished or took part. It was great to see that all got around safely and the event was incident free. The Marathon could not happen without the hard work and dedication of many people and in particular the main organiser, Rody Tierney. Thank you Rody for all your time and commitment. Thanks also to Josephine, Mary and Patricia for their organisational help, to Breda for performing the opening ceremony and to Sean for the photography. Thanks to all who worked on placing the many signs and to those who manned the checkpoints and provided support and sweeping duties on the route. The club also wishes to thank Helen and the Civil Defence team for their support and the local farmers who generously allowed access to their lands.
There are two club walks on Easter Sunday with a choice of two lakes in the Galtees. Danny Bailey will meet his B group at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for a trip to Lake Curra. The C group will meet at Rossadrehid water works at 11am with Paddy for the slightly easier trip to Lake Muskry. Evening walks begin on April 11 with Rita Mooney meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 7pm.
April 9th, 2012This is a busy time of year for the club as the Sunday walks continue and the Wednesday evening walks get underway for the summer season. On Easter Sunday there were two club walks, both in the Galtees on what was a fine, dry day with excellent underfoot conditions. Danny Bailey met the 13 B walkers at Clydagh Bridge for a 15km loop lasting 5 hours and reaching a maximum height of 800 metres at Galtee Beag. The first leg was in by Saunders Lodge and the Knoll and up the Ice Road to Lake Curra. Then, following the contours around the steep northern slopes and crossing several gullies, they arrived at Lake Diheen and made the climb to Galtee Beag. Not content with this achievement, they took in Lake Borheen and a climb of Cush on the return to Clydagh. Many thanks, Danny. Thanks also to Thos for his help and welcome to Shirley making her first outing with the club.
Paddy Bourke led the C group of 18 walkers on the 3 hour trip to Lake Muskry, following the river on the way up and taking the track on the way down. In keeping with the Easter season, young spring lambs were to be seen on the hillsides and there were even a few chocolate eggs consumed on the trip. Thanks to Paddy.
The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival organised by Aherlow Failte and the Galtee club will take place on the June Bank Holiday weekend. As part of the preparations for this event many of our Sunday walks over the coming weeks will cover the routes planned for the festival. The first of these will take place on Sunday next when the A walkers will meet at Clydagh Bridge at 10am with Tom Lyons for a 19km Galtee walk from Combaun back to Clydagh. The B walk will start in Galbally Village at 10am from where Willie Ryan will lead them on a loop along the Aherlow River and part of the Slievenamuck Ridge. The 7pm Wednesday evening walks, which always attract new walkers, are back for the summer with the first starting from Clydagh Bridge on April 11 and the second from Glengarra Wood car park on April 18.
April 17th, 2012The lengthening hours of daylight have brought the start of the Wednesday evening walks and they got off to a good beginning on April 11 when 38 people turned up at Clydagh Bridge for a forest track loop led by Rita Hickey Mooney. As is normal for the evening walks there were many people joining in for the first time and we hope they enjoyed the evening in the shadow of Cush Mountain and will continue to walk with the club. Well done to Rita and thanks also to Loretta for helping out. The next two evening walks are scheduled to start at Glengarra Woods on April 18 and Rock an Thorabh Car Park on April 25, both at 7pm.
There were two club walks on Sunday last on what was a bright, sunny spring day, if a little cool on the higher ground. The A walk was in preparation for Tom Lyons’ upcoming walk as part of the Aherlow Walking Festival. The group of 10 met at Clydagh Bridge and were taken by bus to the start at Combaun Wood. The 20km, 6 hour return trip took them up Temple Hill and down to the col for a lunch break, then up again to Lyracappul and along the wall to Galtymor. Galtybeag was next and the return to Clydagh was by way of our favourite mountain, Cush with the unexpected sound of the cuckoo an added bonus near the end. Thanks and well done to all who took part and thanks also to Brid Browne for the transport.
Willie Ryan met the B walkers at Galbally village and brought the group of 24 on a varied and enjoyable 18.5km loop in the area. The route took them along the Aherlow River where it forms the border between Tipperary and Limerick, through fields with cattle and horses obviously used to walkers, through Ivory’s farmyard and on to the forest paths on Slievenamuck. After a break at the Shrough Dolmen the return brought them back through Ivory’s again and past Tigh Roy’s and along the road to Galbally with the magnificent Galtees constantly in view. Thanks to Willie and Mary and, of course, to the local landowners.
On Sunday next the A group meets at Clydagh Bridge at 10am with Mike Moroney for a Festival preparation walk. The B group also meets at Clydagh at 10am with George Keogh for a climb of Cush and Galtybeag and Patricia Butler will meet the C group in Kilcommon village at 11am to walk the Pilgrim Loop.
April 22nd, 2012Weatherwise, it was not a good day in the mountains on Sunday. George Keogh and 21 fellow B hikers had mist, rain and hail on the higher ground of Cush and Galtee Beag but clearance too as they descended the Geisha steps on their way back via O’Briens yard. Some called it a day on Cush and returned to their cars while other, all weather hardies, extended their journey from Galtee Beag to take in Cush again on their return route. Goerge was pleased to welcome Trish from Cork and Soleen from Laois and says well done to them for completing the route.
The A group had a preparatory festival walk with Michael Moroney from Galtee Castle car park to Galtee Mor and down to Clydagh Bridge. A mixed bag of weather but great spirits amongst the group of 18 hikers. Again there were some who extended the walk to take in Galty Beag and Michael was pleased that all could be accommodated. Thank you Michael.
Things were altogether more benign for the 17 C walkers who were in Kilcommon with Patricia Butler and report a most enjoyable walk with splendid views along the Pilgrim Way. A leisurely lunch was enjoyed at the mass rock and they had an opportunity to pay a visit to the lovely prayer garden on their return route. A big thank you to Patricia for this.
Wednesday evening walks continue to draw the numbers and David Stapleton led 41 on a lovely walk in Glengarra Woods last week where they enjoyed a wonderful show of rhododendrons in full bloom. With thanks to David and to Eddie for sweeping.
Next weeks walks: The Wednesday evening walk 25/4 starts from Rock an Thorabh at 7pm. Una Phelan will lead a C walk at 11am from the Ballydavid Hostel to the mast. The B walk starts from Aherlow House hotel at 10am and the A group meet with Pat Ryan at 10am at Clydagh Bridge.
April 30th, 2012Sunday was bright and dry but strong winds favoured the low level woodland walks of the B and C groups. The Ballydavid woods provided a welcome, verdant shelter for Una Phelan’s trek of 21 (C) walkers to the mast. This was a moderately paced, spirited walk with frequent mini pauses, much chat and lovely clear views from on high of North Tipperary, Doon and Keeper Hill. This was a practice run for Una who will lead a walk here in June for the Aherlow festival. Much appreciated by all.
Rita Mooney led a group of 16 (B) walkers on a round of Slievenamuk Ridge. Starting at Aherlow House, they travelled east, through the characteristic flowering gorse of the ridge, to Bansha Woods. Here they circled back via the four roads to Christ the King, where they entered the lovely Nature Park to make their return to the hotel. Rita would like to thank Vincent and Helen for the photo shoot and Danny for his role as co leader. Mile maith agat, Rita.
The A group had the winds to contend with as they faced out of Glengarra Woods to make their ascent to O’Loughlins Castle. Extra layers of clothing were essential to combat the wind and cold and having reached O’Loughlins, they took a break and enjoyed a recuperative cup of tea. Then, given the gale force conditions, Pat and his group of 14, made the sensible decision to avoid further high ground and descended the geisha steps to pick up the boreen and make their way to back to Clydagh bridge. Well done Pat for making a wise decision and for getting everyone home safely.
There are no scheduled walks next week as the club will be supporting our neighbouring club for the Ballyhoura festival, who have a great slate of walks to suit all abilities. See their website.
The Wednesday evening walks continue as usual and we thank Eddie for last weeks rather wet round of Slievenamuk. Next Wednesdays meeting point is Bishops Wood car park in Dundrum, where Mary O’Dwyer has planned a forest track walk starting at 7pm.
May 7th, 2012One of the advantages of the Wednesday evening walks is that we occasionally get to enjoy a beautiful sunset and such was the case on last week's outing. 42 walkers turned up in Dundrum on a glorious Spring evening for Mary O'Dwyer's 2 hour loop through the forest tracks in Bishop's Wood. Mary paced the walk to suit the recently joined members and we hope the experience will encourage them to continue walking with the club. Many thanks to Mary and John.
The May Bank Holiday weekend brought the Ballyhoura International Walking Festival and many of our members took the opportunity to participate in the wide variety of events organised by our neighbouring club. There was something for everyone, from strenuous 7 hour mountain hikes to gentle family friendly outings lasting less than 2 hours.
There is plenty of choice for members on Sunday next, May 13, with effectively 4 walks taking place. Serious A walkers will be in Kerry for 8 hours or more on the Reeks Ridge with Dave Kiely meeting at Kate Kearney's Cottage, Killarney at 8am. Brendan Sheils will lead a more moderate 17km A walk in the Galtees in preparation for the Aherlow Walking Festival meeting at Rossadrehid Waterworks at 10am and taking a bus to the walk start at Ballydavid. B and C walkers will travel together by bus to Co. Carlow to walk along the towpath of the Barrow Navigation. Shane Doheny will lead the B walk and Liam Doheny will lead the C. Buses leave the Market Yard, Tipperary at 9am and seats should be booked with Amelia Ryan by Wednesday, May 9 at the latest.
The 7pm Wednesday evening walks continue with Mary Ryan starting from Galbally on May 9 and Maureen Larkin from Ballydavid Hostel on May 16.
May 14th, 2012Excellent weather conditions prevailed for our Sunday walks. It was clear skies, lively breezes and sunshine all the way, making for a most enjoyable day out for the club on their annual trip to the river Barrow in Kilkenny. At 9am, Breda and Noel Brown had two buses ready in Market Yard, Tipperary Town, to take the 24 club members, to the start of the walk in Boris, where Liam Doheny and his son, Shane were there to meet them and lead the walk along the beautiful Barrow river to St Mullins. It is a lovely stretch of river with excellent footpaths and overhanging trees, ducks, swans and herons and time worn locks and always busy with with kayaks, cyclists and walkers. For those choosing a shorter walk, Liam arranged to meet some of the group in Clashganny, meeting up with the main group in St Mullins for a welcome tea in the sunshine. A glorious day out with much appreciation to Amelia who coordinated the buses and to Liam and Shane for their efforts as facilitators. Thanks too to Breda and Noel for facilitating the day and the different pick up points along the way.
Brendan Shiels had a group of 11 on a 16km A walk which met at Rossadrehid Waterworks, from where they were bussed to the start of the walk in Ballydavid Wood. They then took the forest track up, proceeding onto open mountain to take a break around the rocks at spot 597. Heading upwards, they took in Lachtshanaquilla and then onto the peaks of Farbreaga, Grennane and O’Louglins Castle. From on high, the clear skies afforded breathtaking views of the lakes below. Circling around, they then proceeded to spot 786, from where they descended to Lake Muskry and the path which took them back to the waterworks. A great five hours of energetic hiking. Thanks to Brendan for this.
Next Weeks walks, 20/05 Thos O’Neill will meet the A walkers in Angleborough village at 10am for a hike of the Assaroola loop. The B group, led by Ann o’Donnell, will meet at Galty Castle car park at 10am for a walk in Knocknagalty. Margaret Magner will lead the C group, meeting at 11am at Rock an Thorabh for the Shrough Loop.
Notice; There will be a committee meeting on Thursday, 17/05 at the Excel centre at 8pm.
May 21st, 2012A taste of our long awaited summer was evident on Sunday when all three Club groups took to the hills and tracks of the Galtees. Margaret Magner led 23 of our C walkers on a lively saunter across the Slievenamuk Ridge. Heading west from the Rock car park, they made a short, steep ascent from the northerly track which took them up onto the top of the ridge to make their way to the Shrough monument. This summit track is less well traversed than other routes west and offers unique panoramic views north and south. It is sadly rather neglected in parts and in need of some drainage and clearance work for ease of passage. But it was well worth the extra navigation effort required around the puddles to be able to experience the higher delights of the ridge in Sunday’s balmy conditions. On reaching the monument, the group were rewarded by being able to lunch around a proper picnic table, set close by this ancient stony dolmen. From here they looped back, descending via the waymarked red route, and on past the mass rock to the car park. A glorious day out with much thanks to Margaret.
The B group of 13 were on the southern slopes of the Galtees with Ann O’Donnell, starting out from the Galtee Castle car park and proceeding up via Coopers Wood to the foothills of the mountains, they paused to take in the lovely views of the winding Attychran river and valley below. Descending then to the river, they commenced their climb of Knocknagalty from where crisp clear conditions afforded distant, majestic views of Dawsons Table on Galtymor and the winding track of the Black Road below them. Plenty of new born lambs could also be seen, dotted around below. Lunch was had overlooking the lovely Glenrough valley, looking out onto point 629 and the mighty turf banks of the Galtees. Then it was homeward bound vi the track to Kings Yard and back to the car park. Thanks to Ann for this much appreciated outing.
Thos O’Neill took 16 A walkers on a five hour hike of the western Galtees. Car pooling from Angles borough, they commenced their walk from the Ryan farm in Ballinamuddy, Galbally. From here they made a steep ascent to Lyracappul at 825m. At this point, some six of the group took in an extended trip to 629, while the remaining group headed for Knockaterriff Beag and on to the turf banks at the foot of Temple Hill, where they lunched. Refreshed and rested, they then made their ascent of Temple Hill and as is customary, they signed the hidden Temple book. This most westerly peak of the Galtees affords amazing views all around and especially so under Sunday’s excellent conditions when the Galtee reeks and surrounding counties were visible as far as the eye could see. Descending from here, they picked up the miners track and paid a visit to the beautiful Assaroola waterfall, source of the Aherlow river. Then it was back to the cars and the end of a splendid day out. The group would like to say a special thanks to The Ryan family of Ballinamuddy for allowing access to their land without which this lovely trek would not have been possible. Thos also expresses his appreciation of Willie Ryan for enriching the day with his abundant local knowledge. Well done.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 27th May, Catherine Russell will lead the A walk, starting at 10am at Clogheen Village with a bus ride to the start of the Araglin to Clogheen hike. The B group will meet at Bay Lough car park, the Vee, at 10am for an outing in the Knockmealdowns with Paddy Burke. The C group will be led by David Stapleton, meeting at 11am at Rossadrehid Waterworks for a trip to Lake Muskry. Wed walks continue as per schedule. A reminder too that the Aherlow festival takes place from 2/06.
May 28th, 2012Walkers from all round the country will converge on the Glen of Aherlow next weekend for the annual Walking Festival organised by Aherlow Failte in conjunction with the Galtee Walking Club. Members will be busy leading and stewarding the ten walks, which take place over the course of the three days. With the grades of walks ranging from difficult to relatively easy there is something to suit everyone and it provides the perfect opportunity for the people of Tipperary in particular to get out and enjoy their own Galtees and the hills around the Glen.
There were three club walks on Sunday last, May 27, in perfect conditions to be out on the hills. The A and B groups were in the Knockmealdowns and their paths crossed at one stage on the summit of Knockshanahullion, providing an opportunity for a chat and some photos. Catherine Russell lead the linear 20km A walk from Araglin to Clogheen taking the Avondhu Way for the most part with detours to the peaks of Farbreaga, Crow Hill and the highest point, Knockshanahullion, at 652 metres. On reaching Bay Lough car park the group of 12 divided with 6 heading for the summit of Sugarloaf and the rest content to take the shorter route to Clogheen. Thanks and well done, Catherine.
The B walk started at Bay Lough car park from where Paddy Bourke led the group of 9 upwards and west along the Tipperary, Waterford border as far as spot-height 551 and then on to Knockshanahullion for a lunch break and the encounter with the A walkers. Heading east from there they picked up the Avondhu Way for the return to the start. Thanks to Paddy for this 4-hour, 8km loop taken at a leisurely pace with plenty opportunities for breaks and photos.
There was a leisurely pace, too, on David Stapleton’s C walk to Lake Muskry in preparation for the Aherlow Festival. The group of 26 took a direct route across open hillside and most decided to extend the walk with a circuit of the lake and the smaller Lake Farbreaga behind it while the others remained on the sunny lake shore to await their return.
The Wednesday evening walks continue, meeting at Texaco Garage, Cahir on May 30th and Ballydavid Hostel on June 6th.
June 4th, 2012After a gala opening at the Aherlow House Hotel on a moonlit Friday night, the annual Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival got off to a festive start. The master of ceremonies was Helen Morrisey, with guest speaker Michael Fitzgerald, and an address from Failte chairman, Roy Galvin. As expected in these straitened times, numbers were down on last year but the festival was a great success, attracting going on 200 walkers from all over Ireland, the UK and as far afield as Germany and Holland. A welcome boost for the local economy! On Saturday morning, the Galtee Walking Club were out and about at the base camp in Moroneys’ bar, Lisvernane to take the walkers into the hills. The festival fielded three walks each day ranging from the more challenging A walks onto the higher peaks of Temple Hill, Galtymore and Cush to the less strenuous woodland C walks around Ballydavid woods, Slievenamuk and Lake Muskry. A novel addition to the festival was a Siuloid as Gaeilge, courtesy of Joan Caulfield. Conditions were dry to start with on Saturday but rain soon took over on the mountain terrain and the longer distance walkers got a bit of a drenching, but still returned to base camp with smiles on their faces. The B group drew the largest numbers with 96 on Saturdays walk. Sundays rain was more persistent and while some walkers stayed under their duvets, 83 stalwarts managed to get out on the mountains. And as we go to press, lets hope that Mondays weather will be more clement and send our visitors away with sunnier memories of the Glen of Aherlow. Aside from walking, the organizers laid on some great night time entertainment, with song and craic at the Coach House pub and great music from Mick McCarthy, all much appreciated, especially by our foreign visitors.
A special thanks is due to the members of the Galtee Walking club who gave their time and effort to make this festival a success; those who led the walks, Tom Lyons, Mike Moroney, Pat Ryan, Brendan Shiels, David Stapleton, Una Phelan, Joan Caulfield and all the stewards who helped along the way. Thanks too to Noel Brown for a great bus service and to Hillwalking Radio who supplied communications and we look forward to seeing the photos taken by the Tipperary Camera Club who walked the walks and took the snaps. Of course, the unsung heroins have to be the members of Aherlow Failte who worked the background and provided welcome refreshments for the walkers on their return to base. And what a splendid venue Moroneys provided, friendly, informal and welcoming, a big thanks to Mike and the family and of course to the good people of Lisvernane. Well done all and especially Helen for a most successful weekend.
Forthcoming Galtee Walking Club Walks: Sunday 10th June. The A walk will be led by Cliona Tuohy and will meet at the Nire Valley car park at 10am for a hike in the Comerags. John Walsh will lead the B walkers, meeting at 10am at Melody Bar, Ballymacarberry to take in the Nire lakes. There are also two special walks on the Saturday 9th June. Contact Jimmy Barry for a charity walk to Galtymore 0872975178 and the Tyndall Mountain Club will hold their annual Gus Tobin walk,also in the Galtees.
June 11th, 2012With the weather continuing in an unsettled mode we have been lucky to get some fine conditions for walking over the past week. The rain cleared in time for Thos O’Neill’s evening walk on Wednesday, June 6, when 39 people enjoyed a 3 hour loop around the forest tracks at Ballydavid. Thanks to Thos for that and the popular evening walks continue with a climb of Temple Hill on June 13, meeting at Anglesboro Village and Cush Mountain on June 20, meeting at Clydagh Bridge.
Last Sunday’s walks were in the Comeraghs with both the A and B groups starting from the Nire car park. The 10 A walkers chose to take to the high ground on an anti-clockwise loop heading first for Coumfea from the trailer bridge. On such a fine day the views of the lakes below were wonderful as the circled the ridge to the highest point, 792 metres, stopping for a lunch break overlooking the Sgilloges. A look at Coumshingaun, the most impressive lake of all, was next before starting the return leg via the Boola Cairn and the Coum Iarthar Loughs where the opportunity for a swim could not be resisted by some of the more adventurous. In all this was a most enjoyable loop of 20km completed in 5.5 hours.
John Walsh had 17 walkers on the 4 hour B walk which looped in the opposite direction and stayed lower to get a closer look at many of the Nire Lakes. The Sgilloges were first, followed by the twin lakes of Coumalocha, where a stop was made for lunch, and then on to the slightly higher Coumfea. The return journey brought them back by the stepping-stones and the trailer bridge to the cars. Again this was a very enjoyable walk in lovely summer conditions. Many thanks to John and welcome to Derek and Cróna making their first walk with the club.
On Sunday next A walkers meet at Cronin’s Yard in Kerry at 10:30 where Tom Lyons will take them up Carrauntoohil. This is mainly for first-time climbers. Brendan Sheils will meet the B walkers at Ballyhooly Church at 10am for 4 hours in the Nagles and C walkers will meet in Clogheen at 11am for a trip around the Vee with Vincent Normoyle. Anyone considering doing the Galtee Challenge or Crossing on June 24 should register as soon as possible through the website or with the organisers.
June 18th, 2012The last of our Sunday walks for this season saw all three groups out enjoying surprisingly good weather conditions. The popular annual Rhodedendron walk to the Vee drew over 40 C walkers to enjoy a flower bedecked woodland walk along the Avondhue Way from Clogheen to Baylough. It was a most festive occasion, with leader Vincent Normoyle suitably tagged and in his usual entertaining form. Baylough looked enchanting , reflecting the colourful show of rhododendrons above and where a lengthy lunch break was enjoyed by the shoreline. But the literal icing on the cake for those lucky walkers had to be the surprise feast laid on for them in Brendan’s pub in Clogheen afterwards. All thanks to Vincent and the ladies from Carrick for providing a delicious tea of sandwiches and a celebratory cake to end this perfect outing. You can’t beat it.
The B walkers were in the Nagle mountains in Cork with Brendan Shiels. Setting out from Ballyhooly, they drove to the start point to make their ascent of the highest peak, Knocknaskagh 428m, where they could look back north to enjoy fine views of the Ballyhouras and the Galtys. Then it was on through open mountain and forest track before making their second ascent of the charming, Suiochan Mna Finne, which provided an attractive seat for lunch and photos. But the midges here soon sent them on their way to make their return journey back to the start point. Brendan thanks all who made this outing a most enjoyable and successful hike.
Further afield, the A group had a special climb of the great Carrauntoohil for first timers, courtesy of Tom Lyons. Five new challengers joined the group of ten for this outing, meeting in Cronin’s Yard near Killarney. This six and a half hour climb took them up via O’Shea’s Gully, past the Devil’s Eye lake, and onto the summit at 1040m. Weather conditions were fair with some good views, but rain on the summit meant that they had to drop down to the Devil’s Ladder for lunch. They then choose to take the Zig Zag way back via the Hag’s Den and back to Cronin’s Yard. A great achievement for those first timers who never faltered and we look forward to seeing them become full members of our club. All thanks to Tom and his helpers.
Now it’s all attention on next Sunday’s Galtee Challenge. For those wishing to take part, we urge you to pre register, (up to 100 already have), the form is available on this site or you can call Pat 0879704404. This is a 10hr crossing of the entire Galtee range from Angles borough to Cahir and is for seasoned walkers only. Check in is at Cahir Castle car park is at 7.15am sharp. Bus departs before 8am to starting point. Best of luck all. Wednesday evening walks continue as usual.
June 25th, 2012 - Galtee Crossing/Challenge ReportThe annual Galtee Crossing took place on Sunday in singularly perfect weather conditions. From 6am, administrators, Breda, Ann, Mary and Josephine were busy setting up their stall in Cahir Castle car park to register and tag the 130 participants who took part in this 32km crossing of the entire Galtee range. Weeks of planning had gone into this major event to ensure a safe crossing for walkers from all over the country. Manned and unmanned check points were set up across the mountains and provision was made to take people off where necessary, at different points along the way. Two way radio systems were in place to enable ground staff to monitor progress on the hills and to respond to any contingency arising. And everything worked with perfect efficiency, all thanks to the tireless work put in by a group of dedicated club members.
The walkers were bussed to Anglesborough to commence this west to east crossing and by 9am they were heading out to the hills. 75 participants choose to join the crossing led by Owen Ryan with sweepers, Thos O’Neill and Pat Ryan, while a further 53 choose the independent self navigated challenge. Their first ascent was to Temple Hill at 785m, then onto Lyracappul 825m, then Carrignabinna and Slievecushnabinna before taking on the big climb to Galtymor at 919m. The weather was near perfect, misty on top to start with but then sunshine and cool breezes all the way. Underfoot conditions were somewhat challenging at times, with sodden, slippery surfaces in places, which called for extra vigilance and care. Some few went up to their knees in bog water but soon dried off in the sunshine. Next summit up was Galty Beag and here Paddy Burke and his helpers were on hand to bring those who wished back down. Only six did. The remaining stalwarts continued on to do Grennane, Farbreaga and Slieveanard before descending down into Cahir. A small contingent of hill runners were first down before 2pm and from 4pm, lone individuals and small gaggles of walkers could be seen wending their way down Mountain Road to the car park. But it was after 7pm when the main body of walkers finally trekked home to the big sign off and all were presented with certificates and a gift of cosy neck warmers, compliments of the club. It was heartening to witness so many happy, healthy faces after 10 hours on the mountain and so many young people, boys and girls too, including a lively bunch from Poland. The buzz is certainly with hillwalking it seems. Well done to all.
The after walk dinner was held in Cahir House Hotel and the hungry walkers were rewarded with lashings of sumptuous food in comfortable and spacious surroundings. All much appreciated. It remains to thank the impressive effort made by the organizers for bringing off a most successful event. The club is indebted to the Challenge subcommittee, the administrators, the leaders, sweepers and reliefs, the Ryan brothers (organizers), the Tierneys, Ann & Tom O’Donnell, Brendan, Cliona, Thos, Catherine and Tom Lyons (chairman) and importantly all who participated and walked the walk. Mile maith to all for a great effort.
Note: Wednesday evening walks will continue until September and all details are on this site.
July 1st, 2012The Sunday walks ended on a high note on June 24 with the Galtee Challenge and Crossing and will resume again in September after the summer break. In the meantime the Wednesday evening walks are the main club activity and continue to attract good numbers each week. Last week's walk had been planned to start from Rossadrehid Waterworks but restrictions at the parking space forced leader, Catherine, to make a last minute decision to transfer to Clydagh Bridge and walk from there to Lough Curra. 39 people made the trip to the lake following the stream on the upward leg and returning by the Ice Road. The clouds were covering the higher peaks but the lake itself was clear and the rain held off for most of the time with just a light sprinkle towards the end. Thanks to Catherine and Tom and well done for implementing the quick change of plan so smoothly.
Ann Donohoe's evening walk on July 4 starts from Cush Car Park at 7pm and goes to Galtee Beag and Lake Boreen while on July 11 Owen Ryan will visit Lakes Curra and Diheen meeting at Clydagh Bridge.
An away trip to Co. Mayo is planned for the weekend of July 13 to 15. We will be based in the town of Foxford and the walks will be in the nearby Nephin Mountains under the leadership of members of the Foxford Ramblers Walking Club. More details are on this site.
July 8th, 2012In the midst of a string of wet days we managed to get a fine evening for last Wednesday's walk in the Galtees. Underfoot conditions were a little soft, of course, after all the rain, but overhead it stayed warm and dry with the late evening sunshine lighting up the side of Cush mountain. The meeting point was Cush car park where 39 people arrived for Ann Donohoe's outing to Lake Diheen beneath the steep slopes of Galtee Beag. Ann's route was through the forest track past Saunder's Lodge to the stile, then across open mountain and over some fast flowing streams before the final steep climb through the boulders to the top of the moraine surrounding the lake. The lake itself was fuller than normal for the time of year and the water brown from the peat washed in from above. The return route followed approximately the same path and all were back safely after 2.5 hours on the mountain. Many thanks to Ann and also to Thos for sweeping.
There are opportunities to visit four Galtee lakes over the coming days with Owen Ryan starting from Clydagh Bridge on July 11 and Goretti Campbell from Rossadrehid Waterworks on July 18, both at 7pm.
We wish a safe journey, good weather and happy walking to all who are heading to Foxford and the Nephin Mountains on the club outing next weekend.
July 16th, 2012The Galtee walkers have been lucky with the weather, getting a one off, fine summers evening for last week’s Wednesday evening walk to Lake Curra with Owen Ryan. 31 walkers started off along the boreen from Clydagh Bridge, through the gate and out onto open mountain. Then ascending to the Knoll, they picked up the ice road which took them to the lovely Lake Curra. Here they agreed a three way split, with some returning back down at this point while others climbed up the gully at the back of the lake to rendezvous with the remaining group who had headed on for Slievecushnabinnia. Their route back was via the Strongman and the knoll, taking the forest path back down to Clydagh. It was three hours of lively walking and high spirits and a much appreciated break from the otherwise appalling weather conditions. With thanks to Owen for this.
Over 20 club members set off for Mayo on Friday for a weekend in the Nephin mountains. We look forward to hearing from them for next weeks report.
As the season moves along, the evening walks will get shorter, dropping down to 2hrs from 8th August. Sunday walks will begin again in September and we would greatly appreciate some suggestions from our members for new walks for this autumn calendar. We would also like to get your feedback on how the club is doing. Please visit our message board at
Upcoming walks; All Wednesday walks start at 7pm. Wed 18th Meet at Rossadrehid Waterworks for a climb to Lake Muskry and Fearbreaga. On Wed 25th, meet at Clydagh Bridge for a forest track walk round the foothills of Cush mountain.
July 22nd, 2012Last weekend’s trip to Mayo was a resounding success for the 30 club members who braved the rains of Munster to drive across country and into the sunny west! Yes, they actually enjoyed a weekend of sunshine and some lovely trekking in the Nephin and Ox mountains, courtesy of the Foxford Ramblers. The group set up base camp in Foxford, some at the lovely Pontoon Hotel on the lake and others in the town itself. On Saturday their hosts provided buses and facilitators to take them into the mountains, west of Lough Conn, the A group having a five hour climb of Nephin Mor while the B group had a shorter track walk on the Nephin range itself. This territory is a lakeland paradise and in clear sunny conditions, wonderful views were had all round of the many lakes, bays and the surrounding Atlantic ocean, including Croagh Patrick and even Benbulben in the distance. On Sunday the group joined the Foxford Ramblers on their regular Sunday walk which took in The Ox mountains to the east of the lake while others travelled further afield for a climb of the lovely Benbulben. Evenings were spent enjoying good food and the lively and much appreciated entertainment laid on by the Pontoon hotel. All were much impressed by the warmth and hospitality of their hosts and of the Mayo people in general. Some also managed a little cultural break on the Sunday to visit the famous Foxford Woolen Mills and O’Haras’ bakery. A great weekend all round and the club would like to say a big mile maith to the Foxford Ramblers for this. Thanks too to the Tierneys for organizing the trip.
The ever popular Wednesday evening walks continue whatever the weather and last week saw over 30 people do a circular walk around Lakes Fearbreaga and Muskry. Facilitator Goretti led the group up by the waterworks and along the path to the gate where she veered left to take the lower river route up and around the two lakes. Conditions were threatening but stayed dry, enticing a few of the more adventurous to scramble up the gully at the back of the lake and onto O’Loughlins Castle. It was a spirited and lively walk with great camararderie and managed to get back to base in the allotted three hours. Many thanks Goretti for your energy and good humour and well done to Pat on his first walk with the club and getting his first sighting of Lake Muskry. Thanks too to Thos for helping out as sweeper.
Forthcoming evening walks: All walks start at 7pm. 1st Aug, meet at Galtee Castle car park for 3hrs with Tom Lyons. From here on, walks get shorter lasting 2+hrs. 8th Aug meet at Clydagh Bridge with Amelia. 15th meet with Breda Ryan at Christ the King. Then 22nd in Bansha Woods Car Park and our last walk on 29th meets at Christ the King. A fixtures meeting will be held at the Excel on 16th Aug to work out the autumn schedule of walks. Suggestions please! These reports will resume again at the end of August. ’Til then, Happy trekking.
August 20th, 2012As the hours of daylight grow shorter and we approach Autumn the popular Wednesday evening walks are coming to an end. This week the meeting point is Bansha Woods Car Park, Kilshane where Therese Roche has a two hour walk planned and the final evening walk of the season starts from Christ the King Statue, Aherlow on August 29 and will be led by Mary Moynihan. Thanks to everyone who facilitated these walks through the summer and thanks to all the walkers for attending. Considering the poor weather over the past three months we escaped relatively lightly on Wednesday evenings with only the occasional wet day. Numbers attending were good with up to 50 on some occasions and it was good to see new members enjoying the walks.
The new schedule of Sunday walks to take us up to the end of the year has been prepared and is available on this website. As usual, there is a good variety to choose from with something to suit all levels of walker. Locations vary from the Silvermines to the Knockmealdowns and from Ballyhoura Country to the Comeraghs without forgetting our home territory of the Galtees and the Glen. There are also a number of Walking Festivals to look forward to over the coming months.
Walking is a wonderful recreational activity giving participants the opportunity to improve their fitness in beautiful countryside, fresh air and good company, so we encourage anyone interested to contact us and give it a try as we begin our new season.
September 3rd, 2012It’s September and the Sunday walking season has begun again after the summer break. All three groups were out on Sunday last enjoying mixed weather conditions on the hills and the banks of the Suir. The A and B groups were both on the Galtees and both met at Clydagh Bridge. Seven A walkers, with leader John O’Dwyer, completed a challenging 19km, 6 hour, anticlockwise loop with a total height gain of 1200 metres. After reaching the open mountain John took on the steep and unrelenting northern face of Galtymore and took a well deserved break for lunch at the top. Then it was on to Galtybeag and point 786 before descending to take on Knockastackeen as the final peak of the day. The last leg brought them out by the Waterworks and back by forest tracks to Clydagh.
Paddy Bourke had nine walkers in his B group, which looped in the opposite direction, meeting John and his A group on the way. Paddy’s route brought them in by O’Brien’s farm and over to Lake Borheen followed by a climb up the Geisha Steps and Galtybeag. Galtymore was next with a stop for photos before the descent via Slievecushnabinnia. Welcome to Gerry Ryan from Oola on his first walk with the club and thanks to John and Paddy for their excellent leadership and navigation skills in the foggy conditions on the high ground.
The C group had an altogether gentler outing and enjoyed pleasant sunshine on Maureen Larkin’s walk along the banks of the Suir south of Cahir. Meeting at Cahir Castle, Maureen brought the 22 members along the path past the golf course and over the bridge to Swiss Cottage, then through riverside fields and laneways to the old Quaker graveyard at Kilcommon where names like Smith and Going remind one of Cahir’s industrial past. On the return leg some walkers took the opportunity to avail of a guided tour of the Swiss Cottage while the remainder continued on to Cahir. Many thanks to Maureen for a lovely start to the new season.
On Sunday next, due to a certain hurling match, there is only one club walk. Ann Donohoe will meet walkers at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for a trip to Lake Curra.
September 16th, 2012The September walks are getting into their stride with three groups out and about last Sunday. In mixed weather conditions, David Stapleton laid on a lovely pastoral walk for 13 people in the Glasha valley. Meeting in Kilsheelan village, they drove a short distance east to the Glen bridge where they entered the forest. Then following the route of the Glasha river, they proceeded south past the picnic area to pick up part of the Glenpatrick loop. Then circling back up, they took the forest track along part of the Munster Way to come back down on the other side of the valley. A well paced walk, through this most beautiful of woodland areas. Thanks David and welcome to George and Fionnuala, who walked with the club for the first time.
Veteran marathon leader, Rody Tierney, led 11 of the A group on a lively trot across the Slievenamuk Ridge. Following his familiar marathon route, Rody took the group out from the Rock on Thorabh, down to Aherlow House, through the nature park and onto Bansha Woods, returning back up via the Millenium stone. The pace was a fair clip, coming in at 4hrs and much appreciated by our hardier A walkers. Welcome to Brian’s friend Gerry who was out with the group for the first time.
The more gentle C walk, of 17 members, was led by Joan Kavanagh. From Bansha Woods, the route took them up onto the Ballough Road and down to Cordangan barrier, then onto the four roads and the millennium stone for a restful lunch break and a coincidental rendezvous with the A trotters! Then it was downhill through the woods and back to the cars, having enjoyed over two hours of lively walking with minimal showers and some rays of sunshine too. They were also pleased to welcome a visitor from Gorey for the day. Thank you Joan.
We also have three walks for next week. The A group will meet with Catherine at 10am at Kings Yard for a moderate Galtee Loop walk. The B&C groups will meet at Grubbs Monument, the Vee, at 10am for a crossing of the Knockmealdowns to Mount Mellary with Mossie and Anthony.
On a sadder note, we mark the passing of our President, Bob Noonan, to whom we will pay tribute at a later date. We send our sincere condolences to his family. RIP
September 24th, 2012Sunshine was scarce on Sunday last and it was foggy and cold on high ground but at least it remained mostly dry for the club outings and conditions at lower altitudes were reasonably pleasant. In the Galtees the A group of 5 walkers, with leader Catherine Russell, started from King’s Yard and headed into the Glounreagh Valley. They followed the river to its source and then had a quick, sharp climb until meeting the wall. They then headed for Galtymore where they stopped for a lunch break in the company of two Hungarians. Then it was onward to Galtybeg followed by a drop down to pick up the Black Road. A right turn at the air memorial brought them down to the Attychraan river which they followed back to the starting point at King’s Yard completing a 16km loop in 4.5 hours. Thanks and well done Catherine.
In the Knockmealdowns 40 people from the combined B and C groups started from Bay Lough car park and began to climb immediately to the col beneath the Sugarloaf. On the ascent the groups split with 22 B walkers heading off at a faster pace on their trek to Mount Mellary Abbey with leader Anthony O’Brien. After following the county boundary to the summit of Knockmealdown (794 metres) they descended steeply on the other side before turning south to cross the Rough Glen River. From here they followed the man made watercourse which flows to the monastery, a stream that in places gives a very convincing illusion of flowing uphill. The final stretch was through woodland paths and past the lily ponds and farmyard to the abbey where a visit to the cake shop was a must. After the B walkers moved on the C group continued to climb with leader Mossie Casey to reach Knockmealdown before turning to make the descent to Bay Lough car park completing three hours on the mountain. Most then drove to the Abbey to join the B group for tea and cakes. Thanks to Anthony and Mossie for this ever-popular outing.
On Sunday next the A group meets at Glengarra Wood at 10am with Tom Lyons for a 4.5 hour walk. Note that this is a change to the original schedule. Goretti Campbell meets the B group in Silvermines Village at 10am for a walk on the Silvermines Ridge and the meeting point for C walkers is Texaco Garage in Cahir at 11am where Liz McNamara has a forest loop planned.
September 30th, 2012After a wet start on Sunday, the skies cleared to provide some very good walking conditions. The C group enjoyed a lovely forest trek in the Cahir woods around Scarrough, under the first time stewardship of Liz McNamara. A local woman, Liz provided not only a delightful and well paced walk for the 17 members who turned out, but also shared some interesting historical detail about the area from times gone past, notably the 18th century ruins of a Cahir woollen processing facility and a Megalithic tomb hidden amongst the ancient forest undergrowth. Liz took a circular route, up from Mountain road, through forest paths and onto the hills overlooking Cahir, bearing south west in view of the Knockmealdowns and back down through mature oak and beech woods, having safely navigated a lively stream on the way. Many thanks Liz for this lovely walk and we look forward to many more rambles in your backyard.
The B group were in the Silvermines with Goretti Campbell. Bad weather prevented many people from travelling for this lovely walk, but six people made it to the start point in Knockanroe Woods. From here they set out in wet and misty conditions and made it up onto the Silvermines Ridge. Visibilty was very poor but conditions changed for their return journey and they were able to enjoy magnificent views of the great Keeper Hill on their way down. It was a good humoured and chatty group who were rewarded with a sunny end to their 12km walk. Thanks to Goretti for this and well done to her for having recently completed 200km of the Camino de Santiago.
Tom Lyons led a group of six A walkers on a lively 15km hike in the Galtees. Starting from Glengarra woods, they crossed the Burncourt river and took the forest track out onto open mountain where they made their ascent of Grennane and then onto O’Loughlins Castle. Some welcome grub was had here before heading west to point 786. Then bearing right, they followed the ridge to the source of the Burncourt river, where they crossed over to take the forest path back to the cars. A short, rapid paced walk which got them home in time to hear the Fields of Athenry go silent!
Next Sunday is National Trails Day and Rita Mooney will lead a four hour walk from Aherlow House Hotel, starting at 10am. For interested A walkers, a group will meet at Carey’s Garage, Kilcoran at 10am for a 20km hike.
Note that the club AGM will take place on 11th Oct at the Excel in Tipperary at 8pm.
October 8th, 2012Last Sunday was National Trails Day and the club participated by holding a four hour loop walk starting at Aherlow House Hotel and covering the eastern end of Slievenamuck and Bansha Woods. There was a good turnout of walkers, numbering 38 in total, including visitors from Mayo and a group of 9 from Dunsany Walking Club in Co. Meath. Walk leader was Rita Hickey Mooney, ably assisted by Danny and Loretta with help from Rody and George. Thanks and well done to all. Arriving at the start, fog in the valley made the Galtees look like an island in a sea of cloud and while long range visibility was restricted on the walk, the foggy conditions among the tall trees added to the magical autumnal atmosphere.
In a first for the club 10 people turned up for a leaderless A walk starting from Kilcoran on the southern edge of the Galtees where the sound of gunfire could be heard from the nearby army range. Presumably by democratic consensus the route chosen followed the forest path for a few kilometres before taking to the open mountain and the first peak of the day at 541 metres, familiar to a few who had done the Galtee Crossing in June. From there they took a westerly route to peak 597 and a stop for something to eat, then on in foggy conditions towards Fearbrega and Greenane. At this stage they were on the way home, and out of the fog, crossing the Glennyreea river and returning to the cars via the forest tracks. This was an area of the Galtees seldom travelled by the club it was enjoyed by all who took part. The total distance covered was 21km in a time of 5.5 hours.
There is no A walk on Sunday next as some members will travel to the Nire Valley Walking Festival. The B group meets at Darragh Bridge at 10am where Mary Ryan will lead a 4 hour loop walk and the C walkers meet at Kilsheelan Village with Mary Walsh at 11am for 2 hours on forest tracks in the area. The Club AGM takes place on this Thursday, October 11, at the Excel Centre in Tipperary Town at 8pm. All members are welcome.
October 14th, 2012The Galtee Walking Club had its AGM last week with a good turn out of members. As well as some new faces elected to the committee, there was unanimous support for Danny Bailey, who was elected the club’s new President. Cead mile failte to Danny who has been a tireless worker for the club over many years. We know that he will give his all to maintain and build this great walking club from his base in Tipperary Town. Thanks too to Rita Mooney who after many years service as secretary has now stepped down and we welcome Josephine Tierney as her successor. Our much valued chairman, Tom Lyons, has graciously agreed to stay on in his position for another year. We also welcome Owen Ryan as our new vice chairman.
Sunday was a perfect Autumn day for walking and we had two groups out enjoying the glorious sunshine and turning leaves. Meeting in Kilsheelan village, Mary Walsh led 16 C walkers on a lovely three hour forest path walk through burnished beeches along the Glasha River, stopping at the picnic area for a ‘midge free’ lunch and returning via the road. Mary welcomes new walker Susan and we look forward to meeting her again on our hikes. Well done to Mary.
The B walkers were in the Ballyhoura area where Mary Ryan led a group of 13 walkers into the hills from Darragh Bridge. This was a lovely hike through mixed terrain of woodland, farmland and river banks, taking in the two peaks of Castle Gale and Kilcruaig which afforded great views of counties Cork, Tipperary and Limerick. Lunch was enjoyed by the delightful waterfall on the Molanna River which provided their route back to Darragh. Thank you Mary.
Next weeks walks: Our neighbouring group, the Ballyhoura Walkers will have their winter festival next weekend and many of our members will be participating. Our own club will have two walks on Sunday. The A group will meet at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for a hike of the Galtee lakes with Owen Ryan. Alice Nongonierma will lead the B group, meeting at Bay Lough car park, the Vee at 10am.
Notice: Members and potential new joiners, please note that the club’s financial year starts here and subscriptions are now due. Rates are unchanged from last year. Please download the membership form from our website and send it to Brendan Shiels.
October 22nd, 2012As the first of November approaches it’s the time of year when membership fees become due and all members are encouraged to renew as soon as possible. It’s also a good time for anyone thinking of joining the club to sign up and the form to join or renew is available on our website.
There were two walks on Sunday last in dry but occasionally foggy conditions. The A walk was a strenuous 7 hour trek taking in all the Galtee lakes as well as a large section of the summit ridge. Starting at Clydagh Bridge, Owen Ryan led the group of 4 in to the Galtee Stile and on to Lake Diheen. The weather was clear with fog overhead as they crossed to Lake Borheen via the Geisha Steps. Taking the valley floor they made their way to a track over Lake Muskry and then up a gully at the back to O’Loughlin’s Castle on the ridge overhead. From there it was fog all the way back across the top taking in Galtybeg and Galtymore before descending via Slievecushnabinnia over the last lake of the day, Lake Curra. Thanks and well done Owen.
The B walk was in the Knockmealdowns where Alice Nongonierma led her first club walk that brought a group of 20 to the starting point at Bay Lough car park. From there they walked along the road in the direction of the Glenandaree River where they began to ascend. Following the river half way up they continued to climb to Kockmealdown at 794m. Due to fog and a cold wind on the high ground they did not delay but followed the wall down to enjoy a lunch break in the sun. The Sugarloaf at 663m was the final peak of the day before descending to the cars at Bay Lough with 12 km covered in 4 hours. Congratulations on a great start, Alice and thanks also to John.
Both walks next Sunday start from the Lady Gregory Pub at Kilmoyler on the N24 west of Cahir. Thomas O’Neill leads a 4-hour B walk starting at 10am and Breda Delahunty leads a shorter C walk meeting at 11am.
October 30th, 2012The action was around Cahir last Sunday as two of our groups converged atop the Bane Mountain to peak down on the town and its surrounding environs at the beginning of the season of darkness. Weather conditions were not bad, dry overall but with chilly winds too, and a glorious show of autumn colours all around. First out at 10am was Thos O’Neill with a band of 27 B walkers, who commenced their walk from the Lady Gregory pub. Proceeding up to the barrier in Toureen, they took the path to the right overlooking Pecaun, emerging on the Ballydavid side of the wood. Then, breaking new ground, they followed a track upwards through the forest to exit at the Coillte forestry clearing. On open mountain now, they headed up Slieveanard and across the mountain to the Bane where they met up with Breda Delahunty’s group of 32 C walkers to form a grand gathering of Galtee walkers! Starting from the same point, the C group had made a shorter ascent of the Bane, cutting straight up through Toureen Woods, across the levels, to reach the open mountain. One of our more challenging C walks, Breda allowed for frequent restorative breaks which enabled the group to go the extra mile and make that spontaneous rendezvous with Thos and his fellow walkers. A hearty lunch, enhanced by wonderful views was enjoyed at the summit before jointly making their return journey down the tracks. We thank Breda and Thos for this lively and sociable outing and welcome three new B walkers from Cork, Clodagh, Teresa and Carmel. A special thanks too to Anthony for his considerate work as sweeper for the C walkers
Next weeks walks: Sunday 4th Nov. Eddie Murphy will lead the B walk starting at Rock an Thorabh car park at the later time of 11am for a forest track walk of 4hrs. The C walk will be led by Ray Coleman, starting at Christ the King statue at 11am. For A walks please contact Tom 0863954924
Please let us have your suggestions for walks before the fixtures meeting on 29th Nov. The club needs your support.
November 6th, 2012The first snow of the winter was encountered by our A group on Greenane Mountain as they walked the Galtees on Sunday last. The walk started at Glengarra where they met some old friends from the Ballyhoura Bears and the group of 6 made their way through forest tracks before finding a new route out of the wood to the open mountain. Once on the exposed ground the weather turned wet with biting winds, which led to the decision to do a shorter loop than planned. This 14km route brought them up the ridge to Greenane and O’Loughlin's Castle before following a stream back to the forest line and the return to the cars. Thanks to Tom Lyons for this walk arranged at short notice.
The B and C groups were in close proximity to each other on Slievenamuck Ridge with their paths crossing on one occasion. The weather here was better with the sun putting in an appearance as the afternoon progressed. Eddie McGrath led a group of 19 B walkers on a 20km double loop from Rock an Thorabh car park heading first in a westerly direction to the steep climb and back by the Mass Rock and then to the east as far as the Ballagh Road before returning again to the start. Thanks to Eddie for this well planned loop, which allowed some people to end the walk at the half-way point if they wished.
There were 13 people on George Keogh’s C walk which also looped in an easterly direction, this time from Christ the King statue. George’s route brought them through the forest tracks of Slievenamuck, across the Ballagh Road, down through the Laurels in Bansha Woods with a break at the car park at Kilsahane before making the return journey. At close to 4 hours, this was one of the longer C walks and all who took part should be proud of their achievement and consider themselves promoted. Many thanks to George.
There are no club walks on Sunday next but with the Upperchurch Festival taking place there is no shortage of opportunities for members to get out and walking.
November 13th, 2012There were no club walks on Sunday last but the Upperchurch Walking Festival attracted several members who enjoyed the wide variety of walks in that beautiful area as well as the excellent hospitality afterwards. The break in the schedule provides an opportunity to mention the Galtee Walking Club Christmas Party which takes place at Ballykisteen Hotel on Friday, December 7, starting at 8:30pm. Breda Ryan has arranged a special evening which includes a four course meal and music provided by multi-talented club member, Conor Ryan. The event takes place in the Ballyk Suite at the hotel, a private function room which will allow a more relaxed atmosphere where members can meet others they might not regularly encounter on the Sunday walks. To book a place or get more information contact Breda on 086 3946048 or call in to her at Costigan's Pharmacy, Main Street, Tipperary. The price is 35 euro per person.
There is only one club walk on Sunday next. Brendan Sheils leads a 4 hour loop in the Galtees meeting at the Galtee Castle Car Park at 10am. A reminder also that a new series of Tracks and Trails starts on RTE1 television this Friday evening at 8:30pm. Among the areas featured are part of St. Declan's Way near Ardmore and The Barrow Way around Graiguenamanagh and St Mullins, a walk familiar to many Galtee club members.
November 19th, 2012Last Sunday dawned bright and dry but, unfortunately, it was not to last as wind and rain spread from the west as our two club walks progressed. The B walk was on the southern side of the Galtees where Brendan Sheils lead 10 walkers on a 13km, 4 hour loop starting from Galtee Castle car park. Brendan's route brought them first through forest tracks, then up the Blackrock Valley, down to cross the Blackrock River and up the zig-zag path on the other side. A climb to Carrigeen Mountain (629m) followed, where the Gales of November could certainly be felt on the exposed summit. Then came the descent to the welcome shelter of the forest again and the return to the car park. Thanks to Brendan for this excellent loop and for navigating in sometimes difficult conditions.
Thanks also to Eddie McGrath for providing a last minute C walk from Aherlow House Hotel. Given that there was only a day's notice, the turnout of 8 people was good and all enjoyed an 8km loop on Slievenamuck.
The A walk next Sunday is a leaderless walk starting from Grubbs Monument, The Vee, at 10am. Pat Butler leads a 3.5 hour B walk taking in the Pilgrim Loop and Mauherslieve, meeting in Kilcommon Village at 10am and the C walk is a forest loop starting from Clydagh Bridge at 11am with leader, Ray Coleman. The new year is approaching and the club is looking for walks for next season in advance of a fixtures meeting to be held in the Excel on Thursday, November 29. Submissions can be made through our website. Also on the website are details of the Christmas Party which takes place in the Ballykisteen Hotel on Friday, December 7.
November 26th, 2012The car parks in the Knockmealdowns were deserted on Sunday last as only a hardy few braved the elements to take to the hills. Apart from some mountain bikers, the only people to be seen were five of our more determined A walkers taking part in the club’s second leaderless walk. Investigating routes new to some of them, they followed a track which brought them from Grubb’s towards Clogheen and along the Tipperary Way before turning to follow St. Declan’s Way to Lough Moylan. A climb of Sugarloaf was next before descending to Bay Lough and returning to the cars to complete a 15km loop. Well done to all who participated.
Pat Butler’s B walk started from Kilcommon Village and followed the waymarked Pilgrim Loop which winds through fields, dark forest paths, open hillside and country roads in the area. To extend the walk, Pat took in the spur to Mauherslieve, where the panoramic views from the top were sadly lost in the mist. A slight detour on the descent took in the historic Mass Rock. Underfoot conditions were soft in many places for the 10 participants but all enjoyed the varied walk. Many thanks to Pat.
Ray Coleman lead 17 C walkers on a 2 hour loop through forest tracks to the north of Cush Mountain, starting from Clydagh Bridge. Again rain and fog meant that views were limited but the chat and conversation along the way more than compensated. Thank you Ray and it’s good to see you back walking again.
The A walk on Sunday next is the western section of the Marathon Route with Rody Tierney, meeting at Rock an Thorabh car park at 10am. Willie Ryan is in Ballyhoura Country for a 4 hour B walk, meeting at Ballyorgan School, also at 10am.
December 3rd, 2012You can plan a walk but sadly not the weather! Sunday was proof of that and numbers were down on both our walks. Nevertheless, some seven brave souls joined Rody Tierney for the A walk across the marathon route on Slievenamuk . Fully rain clad, they took the westerly path from Rock an Thorabh across the ridge to Moore Abbey in Galbally, with Liz, Gerry and Alice setting a challenging pace. In the roofless abbey, they took fictional shelter for a well earned lunch before circling around for their return journey back along the banks of the Aherlow river, through Ivory’s farm and Ballynacourtny, to dry off in their cars at the Rock car park. An invigorating four hours of a work out and all got home safe and happy. With thanks to Rody.
Another seven walkers joined Willy Ryan for the B walk in the Ballyhouras. In foggy and misty conditions, they started out from Ballyorgan school, past the holiday homes to take the forest path to Glenosheen village. From here they made their ascent of Seefin where visibility was extremely poor. The Green Wood provided the venue for their lunch after which they paid a visit to the Coillte Cycle Centre. Their return journey was via The Wilderness and Castle Oliver Gate and back to Ballyorgan. Well done all.
Next weeks walks: Sun 9/12, Jo Brown will lead a moderate A walk in the Galtees, starting at 10am from Galtee Castle car park. Meeting at 11am at Clydagh bridge, Amelia Ryan will lead a three hour C walk to Lake Curra. Please note that the new walks schedule is now up on the web. Many thanks to David for this. Check it out. Also to note is the upcoming Christmas dinner which takes place next Friday at Ballykisteen Hotel at 8:30pm. Contact Breda for last minute info at 0863946048.
December 10th, 2012The much anticipated Club Christmas Party took place in Ballykisteen Hotel on Friday night last and was thoroughly enjoyed by the 40 plus people who attended. It was a feast of eating, some drinking, singing, dancing and chat which lasted late into the evening. Thanks to Breda Ryan for all the hard work and dedication she put into organizing the event as well as everything else she does for the club throughout the year. Thanks also to Conor Ryan for providing the great music, to the other guest performers and to the staff and management of Ballykisteen.
Most people had recovered by Sunday and the two club walks were well attended despite the dull misty conditions. Joe Browne’s A walk saw 13 people start from Galtee Castle to begin a loop which took in the Blackrock Valley, the summit of Lyracappul (825 metres), and Bengower before descending through the Glounreagh Valley and following the river back to the car park. Thanks and well done, Joe.
Amelia Ryan lead the C walk to Lough Curra from the meeting point at Clydagh Bridge taking in the forest paths past Saunder’s Lodge, the grassy knoll where gravity seems to be slightly stronger than anywhere else and the old Ice Road to the lake. 28 people took part with 3 of the more experienced extending their walk to also take in Lake Diheen. Thank you Amelia.
Next Sunday’s A walk is a Galtee Loop starting from Clydagh Bridge at 10am with leader, Cliona Tuohy and the meeting point for David Stapleton’s 3 hour C walk is Woodies car park, Clonmel at 11am.
December 17th, 2012Our pre Christmas walks tempted many away from pressing domestic business to enjoy some peace, tranquility and exercise in the mountains and woodlands. First out at 10am, for a four and a half hour hike, was Cliona Tuohy with a band of 14 walkers. Leaving Clydagh Bridge, they ascended to the Grassy Knoll where they had their first banana! Then they took the ice road to the lovely Lake Curra where they had a second banana, before climbing up the gully and making their way across to Galtymor. Though weather conditions were mild, the winds on the higher grounds were gale force and it was a ‘bent over experience’ to summit the big one. But they found shelter to enjoy Cliona’s home made flapjacks before taking on Galtbeag and Cush mountain. Then it was homeward bound to Clydagh Bridge and back on time for the rugby fans. Well done Cliona for a manageable and enjoyable A walk.
Our website wizard, David Stapleton, provided a lovely extended 3hr woodland walk for 28 C walkers in the Clonmel hills. This was a loop walk which rendezvoused at Woodies car park and took in Cannon Hill and the Holy Cross where great views of Clonmel were enjoyed by all. Along the way they noted some farmhouse ruins as well as enjoying a seasonal show of beautiful red berried holly. Their route back was via the Glenary river and apart from a few showers, they arrived back to their start point in great spirits having covered a distance of some 10km. We are grateful to David for this and for his great effort with this group over the past year.
And so it’s Christmas and if you want to get out for a short walk on Christmas day, join Ray Coleman at 10am at Christ the King for two hours on the ridge. Then on St Stephen’s Day, our President, Danny Bailey will be at Bansha Woods car park at 11.30 for a four hour forest path,‘walk the turkey off’ hike. We wish all our members a very happy Christmas and hope to see you on the peaks in 2013. See our website for New Year walks.