News and Walk Reports from 2013
January 8th, 2013Happy New Year to all our members and welcome back to last Sunday’s first footers on the mountains. All three groups were out in full fitness, starting at 10am with Owen Ryan and 11 walkers from the A group. Setting out from Clydagh Bridge, in exceptionally mild and calm conditions, their plan was to do the Glencush Horseshoe. But proceeding upwards, they were taken by surprise by sudden gale force winds which stopped them in their tracks at the Grassy Knoll. Anticipating worse to come, they decided to modify their plans and to stick to the lower ground. Their alternate route took them on a shorter 4hr meander of the foothills, along by the river and through forest paths to make their way safely back to Clydagh. With thanks to Owen for his expert navigation and wise judgment.
A lovely 4hr B walk, covering 22km, was led by Goretti Campbell in the Limerick Clare area. Starting out from Annacotty village, the 17 walkers followed the Mulkear river, joining the Shannon at UL and proceeding along its banks to Corbally. Then crossing the bridge into Clare, they paused at the Kilquane graveyard, before heading on to Parteen and Ardnacrusha. Sharing her in depth knowledge of this area, Goretti then took the group onto the headrace to follow the canal back over the county border to exit at the University. And because it was (thereabouts) Paddy Burke’s special birthday, the group repaired to the Black Swan pub in Annacotty for a small celebration. Happy birthday paddy and thanks to Goretti for her usual good humoured leadership.
Una Phelan was in her home territory with a dedicated band of 18 C walkers who enjoyed a lovely loop walk around the forest paths of Toureen woods. It was windy but mild and all were in great form as they took on the different levels of paths with great gusto. Una welcomed three new walkers who joined the group for the first time. The C group just keeps on growing in popularity and much of this is down to our enthusiastic leaders. Well done Una.
Next weeks walks Sun 13th Jan: The A walkers will meet at King’s yard at 10am for a hike in the Galtees. There are two prep walks for the upcoming walking festival, both meeting at Aherlow House at 10am for the B walk with Rita and at 11am with Eddie for a shorter C walk. The walking festival takes place 2nd & 3rd Feb in the Glen of Aherlow. A preparatory meeting for the festival will be held at the Excel on 24th Jan at 8pm.
January 16th, 2013The concept of the leaderless A walk is proving to be popular with members. The flexibility to adjust the route to suit the circumstances and the ability to split the walk to facilitate different needs were demonstrated on Sunday last. Starting from King’s Yard, the group of 8 headed north through the Glounreagh Valley and wasted no time in reaching the fogbound top of Carrigeen Mountain. Here the attraction of rugby and soccer matches brought 5 people directly back to the start while the remainder carried on to drop into the Blackrock Valley and climb Knockaterriff (692m). The total distance was 14km, covered in a lively 3.5 hours.
The other two walks were in preparation for the upcoming Winter Walking festival at the start of February, both meeting at Aherlow House. Rita Hickey Mooney lead the 16 strong B group in an easterly direction past Rock an Thorabh and the Millennium Stone before completing a forest loop in a rarely visited section of Bansha Woods. The return leg brought them back across the Ballagh Road to Christ the King statue and the Nature Park, a perfect place to finish any walk. Thanks to Rita for this lovely 3 hour outing and thanks also to Danny and Loretta.
Eddie McGrath’s festival walk is the Ballinacourty Loop and 32 people, including some first time walkers, turned up to join him for this forest track circuit on Sunday. After 2 hours on the western section they returned to the barrier close to the hotel where the majority took the shorter route back to the cars with 7 others continuing on to take in the Nature Park and complete a 12km loop. Thanks and well done Eddie.
There's another leaderless A walk next Sunday starting again from King's Yard at 10am. The B walk meets at Clydagh Bridge at 10am from where Brendan Sheils will cover his Winter Festival route to Lake Diheen. Sadie Ryan and Mary O'Riordan will lead their first C walk for the club on the Dolmen Loop starting from Lisvernane Village at 11am.
As some readers may know there is a walk every Wednesday night from Christ the King statue in the Glen. This is not an official Galtee walk but many club members take part and enjoy the walk to the Ballagh Road and back. On Wednesday last there was a surprise in store for Paddy Bourke who was celebrating his birthday (one of those where the two digits change). As they approached the Millenium Stone, two witches, bearing a slight resemblance to Goretti and Eileen, approached along the road to surprise and greet Paddy. A birthday cake was produced and a presentation of a blackthorn stick was also made. Luckily Paddy had recovered enough to walk on Sunday and the blackthorn got it's first outing.
January 20th, 2013
The snow-capped Galtees provided the location for two of our
Sunday as well as a dramatic backdrop for the third. Four A walkers
started from King’s Yard on the southern side of the mountain. In cold
but dry conditions they made their way through forest tracks and open
ground to Seefin peak, then on to cross the Black Road and climb snow
covered Knockeenatoung, at 601 metres, the highest point of the day.
After a short break here to admire the beautiful views towards
Galtymore they made their way back past the airplane crash memorial and
across open country to reach the Attychraan River, which they followed
back to the cars. A short but sweet A walk covering 8km in 2 hours.
The 10km, 4 hour B walk, lead by Brendan Sheils, was in preparation for the upcoming Winter Festival. Starting from Clydagh Bridge the group of 12 took the forest tracks to the Galtee Stile and the open mountain. Keeping close to the stream they climbed to reach the crest of the coum overlooking Lake Diheen at a height of 600 metres. They descended a short distance towards the lake to get some shelter for a lunch break before returning back to Clydagh on the same route. Thanks and good luck in the festival, Brendan and thanks also to Roger Lonergan for helping out.
The first outing as leader can be an anxious time for anyone but it becomes even more challenging when 39 people turn up at the start. This was the case for Mary O’Riordan and Sadie Ryan in Lisvernane on Sunday last. However, undaunted by the big numbers, Mary and Sadie lead the group around the 10km Dolmen Loop in a calm, relaxed and professional manner as if they had been leading for years. The focal point of the walk was the 5000 year old Shrough dolmen or portal tomb on the summit of the Slievenamuck Ridge. Thanks to Mary and Sadie and well done on a great start.
The Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival takes place on the first weekend of February and all three walks on Sunday next are in preparation for that event. Tom Lyons leads the A walk to Cush Mountain and Lake Borheen and Catherine Russell leads the B group to Lake Curra, both starting from Clydagh Bridge at 10am. The C walkers meet at Aherlow House Hotel at 11am with David Stapleton for the Rock an Thorabh loop.
The club extends its deepest sympathy to Mary Murphy and her family on the passing of Mary’s husband, Seamus.
January 27th, 2013A dark cloud hangs over the Galtee Walking Club following the news last week of the death of long time club member, John Walsh. John was a very popular member and leader and we all have fond memories of his walks in the Comeraghs and the Nire Valley in particular. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Mary and all his family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal. As a mark of respect to John all club walks scheduled for last Sunday were cancelled.
Looking to next weekend, the Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival goes ahead as planned and the scene is set for another successful event. Based at Aherlow House Hotel and organised by Aherlow Failte and the Galtee Walking Club, the festival features a choice of nine walks over the Saturday and Sunday on both sides of the glen. The degree of difficulty varies from the more strenuous five hour climbs on the Galtees to easier three hour loop walks on Slievenamuck. Evening events at the hotel include the festival launch on Friday and dinner and entertainment on Saturday. Full details are available on our website, galteewalkingclub.ie. We look forward to meeting all the visiting walkers and introducing them to this special corner of Tipperary.
February 3rd, 2013Last weekend the club was busy providing for the Aherlow Winter Walking festival, fielding three walks each day on Saturday and Sunday for the hundreds who travelled into the Glen for this annual event. Luckily the weather was on our side and visitors enjoyed some great walks in the mountains and forests around the Glen. A big thanks to all our leaders and stewards for this great effort.
Next weeks walks: The A group will meet at Grubbs monument, the Vee, for a hike in the Knockmealdowns with John O’ Dwyer. Liz Breen will meet the B walkers at Cappawhite Church at 10am for a forest path walk. The C group meet at Bansha woods car park at 11am with leader Theresa Roche.
February 10th, 2013Rugby concerns last Sunday saw a shortened A walk for this hardy band of walkers. But ten of them including three new walkers, took on Cush mountain, beating a novel trek up from Clydagh Bridge via the fire break to the northerly side. Conditions were good but a bit foggy, with left over snow visible in the gullies on the higher peaks. A lunch break was had at the summit before the group split, with some going further on to Lake Dineen and others making a return journey via O’Briens yard. All got back within four hours to enjoy the great match.
Liz Breen led her first walk for the club when she facilitated 16 of the B group in the Cappawhite area. This was a lovely forest track and road walk, covering 21kms, which took in Red Hill and the site of the crashed plane at the highest point of 440m. Afterwards, Liz and her sister shared her achievement with the group by providing delicious cream buns which were greatly appreciated by the hungry walkers. A nice touch. Congratulations and thanks to Liz.
The C group of 19 was led by Theresa Roche. Theresa was in her home territory in Bansha Woods and provided a lively circular route up by the castle and around by the millenium stone and the mast. Sheltered in the woods, they were able to enjoy Spring like conditions for a change and with a strong contingent of young people in this group, there was a high energy and fun atmosphere to the hike. Many thanks Theresa.
Next weeks walks: Sun 17th feb, John O’Dwyer will lead the A group, meeting at Grubbs monument, the Vee at 10am for a walk in the Knockmealdowns. The B group meet at Mountain Road, Cahir at 10am for a climb of the Bane with Ann O’Donnell and the C group meet at 11am at the Lady Gregory pub for a forest path walk with Breda Delahunty. Please make a note of our upcoming Marathon on 24th March. See marathon page for details. We would be grateful for your help on this day. Offers please to Rody, 0872893505.
February 17th, 2013The ever popular C group was out on Sunday with our very able leader Breda Delahunty who took over 30 people on a lovely loop walk of the woods around Ballydavid and Cappa. From a very windy start from the Lady Gregory Pub, they took the Blind Boreen into the welcome shelter of St Pecauns church and Well where Breda gave an informative talk on the history of this peaceful oasis. The well kept path was at it’s best, with a lovely display of snowdrops and daffodils along the banks of the stream. Then it was onwards and upwards through the woods, with a break for lunch before looping back east to the start point. Thank you Breda for a most enjoyable outing.
The B walk of 12 members was led by Anne O’Donnell, starting out from Mountain road in Cahir and heading up through forest tracks to summit on Bane Hill. The higher ground was a windy and somewhat chilly experience but the clear conditions afforded good distant views all around. With four hours of fresh air and a good leg stretch behind them, they returned to base in high spirits. With thanks to Anne for this.
Next Weeks Walks: Sun 24th, The A walkers will be joining Rody Tierney for a practice walk of the westerly section of the Marathon route. Meet at Rock an Thorabh car park at 10am. Liam Doheny will lead the B group on a climb of Slievenamon, meeting in Kilcash village at 10am. If you have a walk you would like to offer the club, we would love to hear from you. New walks can be submitted online here.
February 24th, 2013After a frosty start, Sunday turned out to be the perfect day for walking with blue skies and sunshine most of the time. Even the wind gave us all a break! Over on Slievenamon, Liam and Shane Doheny led the perfect climb of this much loved mountain for the 14 (B) walkers who turned up in Kilcash village at 10am. Having summited via the usual path, Liam and Shane took a novel route and bearing in a northerly direction, they went on to the cairn on Sheegouna where they enjoyed exceptionally stunning views all round. Then proceeding onwards, they took the forest tracks, past the mass rock to the barrier where, earlier on, Liam had organized some cars to take them back to Kilcash. It was a new experience for the group and for Marion, her very first climb of Slievenamon! All thanks to the Dohenys for their splendid organization and for a great day out.
Rody Tierney was out navigating the western section of the Marathon route with the A walkers. 20 walkers took the challenge from Rock on Thorabh Car Park, across the Slievenamuk Ridge via the Shrough monument and down into Moore Abbey in Galbally. Lunch was had in warm sunshine before tracing their path back along the river and through the fields and forests. Early signs of Spring were evident all around from the lambs tails on the hazel bushes to the nascent yellows of the gorse. Good to see. Rody bids a new walker, Helen, welcome and hopes she enjoyed her first day out with the group.
Next Weeks Walks; Sunday March 3rd. Rody Tierney will be doing the prep for the Eastern section of the Marathon, starting with the A walkers at 10am at Bansha Woods car park. Rita Mooney will meet the B walkers at 10am Ballydavid Hostel (off the Rossadrehid Road) for a four hour loop walk. The C group meet at Christ the King at 11am for a forest loop with George Keogh. Note that the fixtures meeting will be on Thursday 7th at the Excel 8pm.
March 3rd, 2013The club had three groups out on Sunday to enjoy the dry crisp weather conditions of this slow Spring. The A and C groups were on Slievenamuck Ridge, travelling in opposite directions and at very different paces too! The A group of 11, led by Danny Bailey went west from Bansha Woods past the millennium stone to Rock an Thorabh. Here they circled down and back via the nature park to Christ the King, where they had a welcome lunch break. Then it was back over the Ballough road and onto the car park, having covered 21km in just 4hrs. A great pre marathon exercise and no doubt, Rody would be well pleased with such a performance. Danny welcomed new walker, Bridgit Ryan from Clonmel who joined the group for this exhilirating ridge crossing. Thank you Danny.
Coming in the opposite direction, the C group of 26, led by George Keogh, started out from Rock an Thorabh and taking a more leisurely pace, they crossed over the Ballough Road to Bansha Woods where they circled around to zig zag their way back through forest paths to the start. For newcomers, Josephine and Ann from Tipperary Town and Michael and Shane from Rathgormack this was a gentle introduction to hillwalking and greatly enjoyed all round. With thanks to George.
Rita Hickey Mooney led a short brisk B walk for 13 people in Ballydavid woods. The route took them up from the old hostel in Ballydavid, ascending sharply to the mast, then circling back via the gradually descending path, taking in the beech loop on the way and crossing back over the river to the hostel car park. Dry and overcast conditions with tantalizing glimpses of the sun, was the order of the day making for hazy visibility but a restful lunch break nonetheless. Rita was in her usual energetic form and welcomed new members, Jim, from New Inn and Pat and Eileen from Thurles. She also thanks helpers, Eddie and Thomas and our photographer, David. Well done Rita and thank you.
Next weeks walks: Sunday 10th March. The A group will be in Kerry, meeting at Kate Kearney’s Cottage at 9am. Details, Dave Kiely 087 0927894. Mary Ryan will take the B group on the Dolmen Loop, meeting in Lisvernane at 10am.
March 10th, 2013All praise for those 12 determined members of the A group who turned out on Sunday to prepare the westerly route of Slievenamuck Ridge for the upcoming Marathon. Staking out the route was a wet and time consuming undertaking, but well armed with drills, saws, cable ties and more, this gallant band of volunteers spared no effort to ensure that every kilometre of the route was made ready for the big event. Recent logging along the way meant that stretches were no longer navigatable, necessitating deviations here and there along the way. But Rody reported that all is now satisfactory to ensure safe passage for the walkers on Palm Sunday. They will be out again before then to work on the easterly section of the route and we hope the weather will be more favourable for them. We salute their dedication and look forward to the big day.
Also out in the rain for a mothers day hike were 17 B walkers with navigator, Mary Ryan, who took the group out from Lisvernane on a reverse circuit of the Dolmen route. This travelled via Ballynacourtny, zig zagging through the woods and up to the dolmen. It was bitterly cold with snow flurries along the way but some shelter was found for a brief lunch. They then made their way back down Monour Hill, through Ivorys’ farm, taking Carrolls’ boreen back to Lisvernane. A hardy but enjoyable few hours with thanks to Mary.
Next weeks walks, Sunday 17th March. George Keogh will lead a B walk, starting at 10am at Aherlow House. The C group will meet at 11am at Woodies car park, Clonmel for an outing in the Comeraghs with Alec Lee. Please see the schedule page for the new Spring walks schedule and for details of the Marathon on 24th March.
March 17th, 2013Saint Patrick's Day has not fallen on a Sunday in the ten years of the Galtee Walking Club's existence so last Sunday was the first time we had scheduled walks on the National Holiday. On a bright, dry and cool day, George Keogh lead a 13 strong group of B walkers on a 17km, 4 hour loop from Aherlow House Hotel. The route took them through the Nature Park to Christ the King statue and along the south side of the ridge to the Ballagh Road and on to the Bansha Woods car park for a lunch break. The return leg was along the tracks on the northern side with views to Tipperary and beyond, finishing with another visit to the Nature Park. Thanks to George for a lovely walk, greatly enjoyed by all and a special welcome to mother and daughter, Sinead and Bella from Dublin and to Wolfgang and Eva from Austria.
Alec Lee on his first outing as C walk leader took his group of 20 around a most enjoyable 11km forest loop in Russellstown Wood south of Clonmel in the foothills of the Comeraghs. The route, incorporating part of the East Munster Way, provided wonderful views of all the surrounding mountain ranges, particularly the Knockmealdowns only a short distance away to the south-west. Thanks and well done to Alec for all the work in preparing and organising this walk and we look forward to many more. A special welcome to new walkers, Mary, Ann and Catherine.
Next Sunday sees one of the major club occasions with the holding of the annual Slievenamuck Marathon. The event starts from Rock an Thorabh car park at 9am and covers the entire length of the Slievenamuck Ridge. Full details are on the Marathon page.
B walk, Aherlow House to Bansha Woods, Sunday, March 17th, 2013. Leader George Keogh.
C walk in Russellstown Wood, Clonmel, March 17th, 2013. Leader Alec Lee.
March 24th, 2013The Galtee Walking Club’s fifth annual walking Marathon took place on Sunday last over its now familiar route on Slievenamuck Ridge overlooking the beautiful Glen of Aherlow. On a dry but cold morning a record number of 110 participants arrived at Rock an Thorabh car park to register before Mary Ryan cut the tape to send them on their way. Although the route remains the same, the direction alternates from year to year and this time the eastern section was first with a 21km loop to Bansha Woods after taking in a section of the Aherlow Nature Park. The 44 people who had registered for the half Marathon completed their walk on arriving back at base but the other 66 continued on to complete the full event on the western section to Moor Abbey and back. While the marathon is mainly a walking event, some people chose to run and the first person to complete the course was Brian Ankers from Dublin in a time of 4 hours, 35 minutes. Brian was unhindered and maybe even spurred on by being shocked by an electric fence along the way. He was followed closely by Christopher Walshe in second place. The first walker home was club member, Liz Breen. Congratulations to them and to all who completed the course. The number of people expressing favourable comments and a wish to come back next year bodes well for the future of the event.
There are so many people to thank for their part in the successful running of the Marathon, particularly, of course, the main organiser, Rody Tierney. Thanks also to Josephine, Mary, Catherine and Breda for the organisational help, to Tom for the photography and to Sean, Helen and the Civil Defence for support along the route. Thanks to Mike and Joan for getting up so early to walk the entire route checking that all signs were in place. Thanks to all who placed the signs and to those who manned the checkpoints and provided sweeping duties on the route and anyone who helped in any way. The club also wishes to thank Coillte and the local farmers who generously allowed access to their lands.
Tom Lyons' photos of the Marathon can be seen here.
There are no club walks on Easter Sunday but normal services resume on Sunday, April 7 with an A walk meeting at the Nire Valley Car Park at 10am, a B walk meeting at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir at 10am and a C walk starting from Hollyford Village at 11am. The evening walks also get under way the following Wednesday, meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 7pm.
Mary Ryan cutting the tape to get the 2013 Slievenamuck Marathon under way.
Brian Ankers, the first person to finish the Slievenamuck Marathon on March 24th, being presented with his certificate by Josephine Tierney, Galtee Walking Club.
April 7th, 2013The regular club walks are back on track again after the very successful Slievenamuck Marathon and a break for Easter. On Sunday last 24 B walkers joined Anthony O'Brien at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel for a most enjoyable 4 hour, 11.5km loop. For many participants this was an introduction to an unfamiliar part of the Galtees making the walk all the more interesting. Taking forest paths from the hotel, Anthony's route brought the group on to open mountain and down to cross the Glennyreea river at a carefully chosen point above a waterfall. Everywhere the colours were various shades of beige and brown with not a green blade of grass to be seen following the recent harsh weather. From the river the group moved west to visit the ruins of an old lime kiln and what was, in its day, a substantial stone built house. Then it was back in an easterly direction to cross the river again with some climbing to pick up tracks back to the forestry and the hotel. To make the day complete Kilocoran Lodge had laid on tea, coffee and biscuits in a private room for all the walkers. Thanks to Anthony and the Cahir gang for all the work in preparing a new walk and to Kilcoran Hotel which makes an excellent base for walks in the area.
Patricia Butler had 20 C walkers on her 3 hour loop on Red Hill starting from the village of Hollyford. The gender balance may have been a bit tilted with 17 women and 3 men but all enjoyed the lovely scenery and views in ideal walking weather. Thanks and well done to Patricia and Pat.
The first Wednesday evening walk of the season starts from Clydagh Bridge on April 10 with Rita Hickey. On next Sunday, April 14, the A walk is a linear trip from Araglin to Clogheen over the western Knockmealdowns meeting at Clogheen Church at 10am for a bus to the start. Contact Tom Lyons if you plan on going. Rita Hickey leads a combined B and C outing to Lake Curra meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 10am. The 2 hour evening walk on April 17 starts from Aherlow House at 7pm with Ray Coleman.
Crossing the waterfall on Anthony O'Brien's B walk from Kilcoran, Sunday April 7th, 2013.
April 14th, 2013There's plenty of opportunities for walking these days as the Wednesday evening walks have begun and will run in parallel with the Sunday walks until the Galtee Crossing at the end of June. A good turnout of 40 people attended the first evening walk of the season on April 10 and after a welcome from our chairman, Tom Lyons, Rita Hickey took them on the 2 hour Glencush loop from Clydagh Bridge. The good attendance shows that these outings remain as popular as ever.
There was no rest for Rita as she was back at Clydagh Bridge again on Sunday with a combined group of 19 B and C walkers. Weather conditions were poor with rain and strong winds so Rita wisely decided to change her original plan of climbing to Lake Curra and opted instead for the more sheltered forest tracks in the area. This gave the opportunity to some to opt for a short walk while others carried on for close to 4 hours, accompanied all the time by the sounds of the wind and flowing water. Many thanks to Rita and to George for sweeping.
Similar weather conditions faced the 11 a walkers on Tom Lyons' 21km, 4.5 hour A walk following the Avondhu Way from Araglin to Clogheen. The first and highest peak of the day was Farbrega at 518 metres followed by a detour to find the waterfalls at the top of the swollen Araglin river, a first viewing for all present. With the wind at their backs now the pace was lively and spirits high as they headed for Bay Lough and the descent to Clogheen. Thanks to Tom and to Rody for the bit of bird spotting.
On Saturday, April 20, there is a Galtee clean-up morning, meeting at the Glen Hotel, Aherlow at 10am. This is an opportunity to give something back to the places we walk and undo some of the damage done by the thoughtless dumpers. The bigger the attendance the easier the work will be for everyone so hopefully there will be a good turnout on the day.
There are 2 walks on Sunday next, April 21. Brendan Sheils has a moderate A walk in the Nagles Mountains meeting at Ballyhooly Church Car Park at 10am. There is an optional carpool point for this walk at the Firgrove Hotel in Mitchelstown, leaving at 9:30am. Roger Lonergan, on his first outing as walk leader, will take the C walkers to Lake Muskry starting from Rossadrehid Waterworks at 11am. The evening walk on April 24 meets at Christ the King statue at 7pm for 2 hours on forest tracks with Danny Bailey.
Galtee Clean-up, April 20th, 2013.Eight members of the Galtee Walking Club joined over twenty other walkers from as far away as Limerick and Cork on a clean-up in the Glen of Aherlow area on Saturday, April 20th. Splitting into groups they spent close to three hours gathering rubbish in the areas of Christ the King statue and Rock an Thorabh as well as the tracks into Lake Muskry and Cush Mountain. Afterwards all returned to the Aherlow tourist office for welcome tea and cakes.
Thanks to all who made the effort to attend and thanks also to Helen and Aherlow Failte.
Some of the Galtee Walking Club members who took part in the Galtee clean-up on April 20th
April 21st, 2013Thanks to Ray Coleman for a lovely evening walk on April 17, when 31 people enjoyed the Nature Park and the tracks along Slievenamuck, well sheltered from the blowing gale. Thanks also to the club members who helped with the Galtee clean-up on Saturday last. Along with walkers from several other clubs, they left the area around the Glen in a much cleaner state than they found it and hopefully anyone thinking of dumping there in future will think twice and take the legal option.
There were two club walks on Sunday last. Brendan Sheils held a moderate A walk in the Nagles Mountains, meeting in the village of Ballyhooly. In mild and sunny conditions Brendan brought the group of 9 on a varied and interesting loop, taking in the peaks of Knocknaskagh (428m), Seefin (424m) and the point known locally as Suíochán Mna Finne (407m). On such a clear day the views in all directions were excellent, from the Boggeragh Mountains to the west, the Ballyhouras and Galtees to the north and the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns to the east. In all this was a 16km loop completed in just over 4 hours. Thanks, Brendan, for the walk and all the preparation that went into it.
Roger Lonergan, for his first outing as facilitator, chose to lead a group of C walkers to Lake Muskry. Such was the relaxed and friendly atmosphere on the walk that it was renamed the C&C or Chill and Chat walk as the group of 21 made their way to the lake in the pleasant sunshine. For some it was their first visit to Muskry, made all the more enjoyable by the leisurely 30 minute lunch break and the sight of young lambs along the way. Thanks and well done to Roger and thanks also to Pat Donovan for the assistance.
On Sunday next, April 28, the A walkers meet at Kilclooney Wood car park at 10am with William O'Neill to climb around the spectacular Lake Coumshingaun and beyond. Willie Ryan will lead the B walkers on the Glenanaar Loop in Ballyhoura country, meeting in Kilfinane at 10am. David Stapleton's Wednesday evening walk on May 1 meets at the Apple Farm on the Cahir, Clonmel road at 7pm.
On the top of the hill known as Suíochán Mna Finne (407m) on Brendan Sheils' moderate A walk in the Nagles Mountains, April 21st, 2013.
April 28th, 2013An excellent turnout of 49 people attended Danny Bailey's Wednesday evening walk on April 24th and enjoyed a 10km loop walk on forest tracks from Christ the King which took in part of Bansha woods. Thanks to Danny for a lovely walk and for ensuring that everyone could complete the course at their own pace.
Willie Ryan’s Sunday B walk saw 20 walkers participating in an extended 12km version of the Canon Sheehan Loop in Glenanaar Forest, named after the author and parish priest of Doneraile whose 100th anniversary occurs this year. The early part of the walk followed the Ogeen River which marks the boundary between Limerick and Cork, through what Christopher Somerville described as "Tolkien trees with weird moss beards" before meeting the Mass Rock in the woods. Seasonal sights and sounds were enjoyed by all in the carpets of wood anenomies and the rumoured call of the cuckoo. With thanks to Willie for this special outing.
The A walkers were in the Comeraghs with William O’Neill and a group of nine walkers for a 4hr round of Lake Coumshingaun. Meeting in an overcast Kilclooney wood near Leamybrien, they took off to scale the rocks around the lake and gaze down on its surprisingly calm waters. Weather conditions were patchy with mist and showers at times but a sunny end to a most enjoyable and energetic hike. Wel done and thanks to William.
There are no club walks on Sunday next as the Ballyhoura Festival is taking place over that weekend and many members will avail of the great choice of walks on offer. The Wednesday evening walk on May 8 meets in Galbally Village at 7pm with Mary Ryan for a loop to Darby's Bed. On the following Sunday, May 12, Dave Kiely's A walk meets at Kate Kearney's Cottage, Killarney, at 9am, Gerry Ryan's B walk meets at Rock an Thorabh Car Park at 10am and Mo Larkin's C walk meets at Glengarra Woods Car Park at 11am.
B walk, Sunday April 28th, 2013. Canon Sheehan Loop, Glenanaar Forest, leader Willie Ryan.
May 12th, 2013The May Wednesday evening walks got off to a wonderful start when 82 people turned up for a round of Con Traas’s Apple farm in Cahir and the surrounding farms. The club in indebted to the Traas family and the neighbouring farmers for facilitating this special walk which took in the meticulously laid out apple farm and the historic Moorstown castle across the fields. The evening finished in Traas’s farm shop where the walkers were able to slake their thirst on delicious apple drinks, courtesy of Con and family. The following week, Mary Ryan’s evening walk in Galbally drew 42 walkers who enjoyed a lively round of Darby’s Bed, having made a steep ascent from the Tipperary road side, to take in this ancient dolmen under threatening skies but which thankfully, held their load to the end.
Another threatening Sunday morning managed to stay dry for the 24 C walkers who enjoyed a most beautiful walk with Mo in the rhododendron bedecked woods of Glengarra. Proceeding along the banks of the gushing Burncourt river, the group did an extended loop into the foothills of the Galtees before making their way back on the opposite side of the river. As well as the glorious blooms, there were many Spring features to liven the senses, the pale green foliage of the larch, the wood anenomies and wild garlic in abundance.
The B group was facilitated by Danny and Rody who did a 4 hour loop of Slievenamuk, starting from Rock an Thorabh and proceeding to Bansha woods before looping around to return to the Rock having had a good workout and some fine craic too.
The A group were in Kerry and we look forward to hearing from them in due course.
Next Sunday's walks: the A walk will meet with Paul Ryan at Clydagh Bridge at 10am and the B walk starting at the same time will meet with Ann O’Donnell at Galtee Castle car park. Liam Doheny will meet the c walkers in Kilsheelan village at 11am for a walk to Lough Mohra in the Comeraghs.
Walking beneath the Rhododendron blooms on Mo Larkin's C walk in Glengarra Woods, May 12th, 2013.
May 19th, 2013The weather held and a good day was had by all three groups who took to the hills last Sunday. The ever popular C group drew 27 members for a glorious outing in the Comeraghs with Liam and Shane Doheny. Meeting in Kilsheelan village, they car pooled into the foothills of Knockanaffrin to make their way along forest tracks to the lovely Lough Mohra. Disturbed only by the feeding activities of fish on insect, the still calm waters of the lake were a meditative experience as the group lunched under Knockanaffrin, taking in the panoramic vista which stretched out to the horizon over Waterford. After a round of the lake, Liam led the way back through ever extending circles of forest path to the pick up point. The afters are still to be reported on, where many took up Marion’s invitation to tea and cake down the road. Thank you Marion and Liam and Shane for all your effort and for a unique outing in the Comeraghs.
A change of plan saw Ann O’Donnell lead the B group out from Galtee Castle car park and into the lovely Blackrock Valley. Enjoying relatively balmy weather conditions, the first leg of the journey took them down to the Two Rivers and then along by the old famine wall. Taking the Zig Zag from there, they ascended to point 609 and took a break for lunch. From here they circled around to make their return journey home in high spirits, well pleased with this alternative outing.
Paul Ryan’s A walk was led by our esteemed chairman Tom, who stepped into the breach at the last minute to navigate a novel route of the Horseshoe in the Galtees. Starting from Clydagh, they took the path along by the river to ascend the north face of Galtee Mor. It was clear and warm on top, so a welcome lunch was enjoyed for a change! Then it was across to Galty Beg where they bid farewell to the ‘two seniors’ who decided to head back via the usual route of Cush and Clydagh. The ‘more youthful’ rest continued on to point 786 and then north to Knockastakeen. The final push was onto Cush and finally, with legs beginning to falter, they made it back to Clydagh after 6 hours of true A style endeavour. Well done all and thank you Tom.
Next weeks walks Sun: 26nd May, Joe Brown will meet the A walkers at 10am at Galtee Castle car park for a hike in the Galtees. The B group will meet at 11am at Rock an Thorabh for a round of the Ridge with Eddie McGrath. Wednesday evening walks continue as scheduled and thanks to Eddie for last week's loop on Slievenamuck.
C group approaching Lake Mohra on Liam Doheny's Sunday walk, May 19th, 2013.
May 26th, 2013The Glen of Aherlow annual walking festival commences next weekend and the club will be fielding three walks each day on Saturday and Sunday and two on Monday. This very popular festival draws hundreds of people into the glen and the club have some lovely walks planned on open mountain and forest tracks. Members are welcome to join in and can enjoy free walks on producing their club membership cards. Since large crowds are expected, a helping hand with stewarding may also be required. There is also some great craic and music planned for Saturday night in the Forge bar at Ballyglass House hotel. We wish all a very successful festival event.
Last Sunday Eddie McGrath led a lovely B walk for 14 walkers in dry and sunny conditions. Starting from Rock an Thorabh, Eddie took a novel route along the woodland path to O’Briens Well before crossing the Ballagh Road into Bansha woods where they lunched. Springtime features were all around from the fresh green of the beech, to flowering violets and wild strawberries. Circling around here, they arrived back at the Rock within four hours having covered some 17km. Well done Eddie and thanks too for that recent lovely Wednesday walk on the Ridge. These evening walks are proving very popular indeed with groups of 30 to 50 turning out and we thank all our volunteer leaders for giving their time and effort in facilitating these walks. We especially welcome Breda Ryan back to lead the June 5th walk from Lisvernane village at 7pm.
The A walkers had over 5hrs in the higher peaks and covered 21km with leader, Tom Lyons. It was cold and wet up there for walkers and winter weary sheep alike and yet there was a good sprinkling of walkers out and about. Tom’s route up was east of the Black Road, making their first ascent to point 444. Then crossing over the road, they took on Knockeenatoung and proceeded over to the air crash memorial. After a break, it was onto Galty Beag and further up to Galtymor. Following the Galty Wall and in worsening conditions, some decided to go for a shorter route home via Glounrough valley while the hardy rest pressed on in the rain to Lyracappul to take their route home via the Blackrock valley. Not for the fainthearted, but all got back safely. Salutations to Tom and his brave men.
Next weeks activities; There are no scheduled walks next Sunday as members will be busy with the Aherlow festival. Some members will also be away in Spain for a walk on the Camino. We wish them Buen Camino!
Eddie McGrath's B walk on Sunday, May 26th, 2013.
The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival, 2013The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival, a 3 day festival of guided walks, took place over the June Bank Holiday weekend on the Galtees and Slievenamuck Hills. The festival base was at Lisvernane Village.
All walks were led by experienced members of the Galtee Walking Club, with a choice of A; B & C walks to suit all levels. Apart from some windy and foggy conditions on high ground on Saturday the weather overall was excellent allowing all participants to fully appreciate the beauty of the area. Thanks is due to all who made the event such a success, including the walk leaders and stewards, the transport providers, Hillwalking Radio for the vital communications, all who fed the hungry walkers on their return, all who provided the registration and administration services at base and the GAA and stewards for parking. A special thanks to Helen and all at Aherlow Fáilte and the community of Lisvernane and the surrounding area.
Group on the Sunday B Festival walk at Lake Muskry on June 2nd. Leader Danny Bailey.
Club's Festival photos
Hillwalking Radio's Festival photos
June 9th, 2013After the successful Aherlow Walking Festival it was back to regular club walking on Sunday last on a hot and sunny summer day. On such a day where better to be than by the cool and gently flowing waters of the River Suir as it winds it's way through the lush green Tipperary countryside. For his combined B and C outing Eddie McGrath brought 26 people from the starting point at Ballycarron Bridge along the riverbank, through Golden and on to the end of the Boreen Bocht at Camus. The highlight of the walk was undoubtedly a visit to the magnificent ruins of the 12th century Augustinian Abbey at Athassel, one of Ireland's hidden treasures, but there was much more to see and enjoy along the way. Other historic sites included Suir Castle at Ballyvada and Ballynahinch Castle and Castleleake closer to Cashel while nature provided a profusion of buttercups in the fields and hawthorn blossom in the hedges as well as glimpses of swans and a swimming mink or otter. All the while the river itself was the walkers constant companion on this most enjoyable visit to the waters and the wild.
As if the walk was not enough Peig and Eddie provided a bus to take everyone back to Golden and welcomed many to their home for a feast of sandwiches, tea and cakes. Many thanks to both and thanks also to the farmers along the river.
Thanks also to Mary O'Dwyer and Breda Ryan for the two most recent Wednesday evening walks. On June 12 the meeting point is the Mountain Road, Cahir at 7pm with Anne O'Donnell and on June 19 Brendan Sheils and Sheila Lenihan start from Anglesboro Village also at 7pm. On Sunday next, June 16, B walkers meet with George Keogh at Clydagh Bridge at 10am to climb Cush and Galtybeag while the C group will meet in Clogheen Square at 11am for a visit to The Vee with Vinnie Normoyle.
Two photos from Eddie McGrath's Suir riverbank walk on Sunday, June 9th, 2013.
June 16th, 2013The last Sunday in June, the day of the Galtee Challenge and Crossing, is fast approaching and anyone wishing to take part in the event is reminded that they should register before June 24 to ensure a place. Details and a registration form are available on our website, galteewalkingclub.ie.
On Sunday last George Keogh's B walk was in the Galtees when 10 people took on the peaks of Cush and Galtybeag with a couple of lakes thrown in for good measure. At the start of the 14km trek the weather was reasonably good but by the time they reached Galtybeag it had turned to blizzard conditions calling for a quick descent to the shelter of Lough Diheen. From there they followed the contour of the hill to visit Curra before returning by the Ice Road. Many thanks to George and a special welcome to Stephanie from Ballycarron and Geraldine from Limerick.
The C walk was a lot less challenging for the 36 people who turned up in Clogheen for Vinnie Normoyle's visit to Bay Lough. All along the paths to the lake the rhododendrons were in full flower on every side giving an almost tropical feeling despite the light mist. It's hard to imagine that such a beautiful plant is an invasive pest but such is the case. On returning to the village any calories lost on the walk were quickly replaced as Vinnie had arranged a wonderful spread of sandwiches and cakes in a local pub making it two weeks in a row that walkers have been treated to such fare. Thanks and well done Vinnie and thanks also to Nedeen's Bar for the hospitality.
Thanks to Anne O'Donnell for a lovely Wednesday evening walk from Cahir taking in Bane Hill and the surrounding woods.
Upcoming walks include Temple Hill on Wednesday evening, June 19, Mary Murphy's Solstice walk on Friday and the Moonlight Walk on Saturday.
The only club walk on Sunday next is Paddy Bourke's ascent of Galtymore, meeting in Skeheenarinky at 10am while Paddy also leads the evening walk on the following Wednesday from Clydagh Bridge. Full details on the schedule page.
George Keogh's B walk to Cush, Galtybeag and two lakes on Sunday, June 16th, 2013.
June 23rd, 2013Final preparations are underway for the Club’s annual 31km crossing of the entire Galtee Ridge which takes place next Sunday, 30th June. The crossing this year is from Cahir to Anglesborough and participants must be signed in and ready to board the bus from Anglesborough to the starting point in Cahir by 7.45am. This is a challenging event and is suitable only for experienced hill walkers. We wish all participants a safe and enjoyable day out.
Meanwhile, due to high winds, last Sunday's walk, led by Paddy Bourke was rerouted to Glengarra Woods, where 16 walkers enjoyed a sheltered four hours walk and exploration of new routes around this vast forest. Paddy will also lead a walk next Sunday at 10am, from Cush car park to O’Loughlins castle which is the halfway point for the Galtee Crossing. So, a chance to participate in our last Sunday walk of the season and also to witness the Crossing in action! Thanks to Paddy for all his effort and also to Brendan and Sheila for a lovely Wednesday evening walk last week.
Walking through Glengarra Woods on Paddy Bourke's B walk on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013.
Galtee Challenge/Crossing, 2013This year's crossing was a great success all round (bar the weather!), with numbers up on last year to a total of 137 participants. It was good to see the variety of people of all ages who turned out. Of note was the Corcoran family, Dad and children Ciara and Pat from Limerick Junction and Crevan Raftery 13yrs from Meath who all completed the crossing with no bother. Well done to them. Salutations too to Ann Finnan, daughter of the late Bob Noonan, founding member of the Galtee challenge. Good to see you Ann. As well as walkers from all over the country, there was a strong contingent of our Polish friends whose swift strides got their ace walker Sebastian back to base shortly after 3pm. Good too to see so many women on the Crossing, with some also taking on the self guided Challenge.
Our experienced crew, Breda Ryan, Anne O’Donnell, Josephine Tierney and Mary Ryan were busy from 7am at the base camp in Anglesborough, checking people in and directing them on to Noel Browne and his fleet of buses who got everyone up the Mountain Road in Cahir by 8.30. First out with great relish, were the 50 self guided challengers who were briefed and directed up to the barrier by a lively Rody, to be followed soon after by those on the guided Crossing in the care of Owen and Pat Ryan and sweepers, Thos O’Neill and Rody Tierney. It was a dry and warm start and the going was good until halfway when, around Farbreaga, the rain and mist came down making for a challenging crossing over Galtymór and nil visibility. Boots got wet and underfoot conditions were wet and slippery; but help was at hand at various points to take people off the mountain and we are grateful to the club members especially Paddy Bourke, Brendan Sheils and Roger Lonergan, who helped out there.
But it was a bright and sunny finish from Lyracappul back to base for the majority who trekked in individually and in small groups, with smiles on their faces from 5 - 7pm. Some hardy early birds started arriving from about 3.30, some running part of the way. There seems to be no end to fitness levels these days! All received certificates from Breda at base and a handy gift of a first aid kit which was much appreciated. Then it was off with the muddy boots and waterproofs and finally they were on their way home or off to enjoy the club dinner at Ballinacourty House. The tent came down and got packed away and thanks to willing helpers for that. We will need you again for our 10th anniversary celebrations!
The organizers deserve a huge thanks for giving everyone a memorable and safe day out on the ridge which was all down to the tireless effort they put in over many weeks planning and preparation. Mile maith Owen, Pat, Rody, Thos and the base camp crew and all who helped out in myriad other ways, our radio friends from Cahir (thanks for lovely photo on the website) and Noel Browne and his crew. Thanks to Coillte and all the land-owners without whose cooperation the event would not be possible. A special thanks too to our chairman Tom and Catherine who manned a cold and windy point around the Galtee Wall.
Well done all.
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July 14th, 2013After their recent, most successful Galtee Crossing, the club continues its activities with weekly Wednesday evening walks and are currently working towards their big 10th anniversary event which will be held in Aherlow House Hotel on Sunday 28th July. This celebratory event is open to all and marks 10 years development of a much commended local walking club, which has pioneered many new trails in the Galtees and drawn hundreds of visitors to the Glen of Aherlow. The event starts at Aherlow House at 1.30pm when the club president, Danny Bailey, will retrace the club’s first walk with a 2.5hr round of Slievenamuck Ridge. A celebratory meal will follow at 5pm at the hotel with music and craic thrown in. The walk is free to all and the meal is optional at a cost of 10 euros.
Other events worth noting are a charity walk for the Ian McKeever Global Empathy Orphanage in Tanzania on Saturday 27th July to Galtymor, meeting at 10.30am at Cush car park. Sarah and Sinead o’Neill will do this climb in memory of the late Ian McKeever, who was their guide to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Details on this page and from Thos O’Neill 0862656598. Also a lovely walk on the Barrow is organized by Liam Doheny for next Sun 21st. Meet at Aldi car park in Carrick on Suir at 10am.
July 21st, 2013There is a busy weekend ahead for the Galtee Walking Club beginning on Saturday morning with a charity walk to Galtymore starting from Cush car park at 10:30am under the leadership of Thomas O’Neill. All funds raised will go towards building an orphanage and schools in Tanzania named in honour of Ian McKeever who was tragically killed by lightning on Mount Kilimanjaro at the start of this year. The idea for the walk came from Sinead and Sarah O'Neill who climbed Kilimanjaro under Ian's guidance and are fundraising as part of the Kilimanjaro Achievers group.
On Sunday the club celebrates it’s tenth anniversary with a walk from Aherlow House followed by a meal at the hotel afterwards. The walk, led by Club President Danny Bailey, will follow the route taken on the first walk ten years ago. All are welcome to take part, particularly those interested in walking and perhaps considering joining a group. The meal afterwards is also open to all at a price of 10 euro.
The weekly Wednesday evening walks continue. The meeting point on July 24 is the Rossadrehid waterworks and on July 31 it’s Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, both at 7pm. Thanks to all the leaders on the recent walks, which took place in lovely warm sunshine and thanks also to Liam Doheny for a special Sunday walk along the Barrow River, starting in Borris, passing through Graiguenamanagh and ending as usual with a visit to the Mullichaín Café in St. Mullins.
Watching a boat pass through a lock on Liam Doheny's Barrow River walk, Sunday, July 21st, 2013.
July 28th, 2013The celebration of the club’s tenth anniversary took place at Aherlow House Hotel on Sunday last with a 2 hour walk retracing the route of the first walk followed by a meal afterwards in the hotel. After a welcome from chairman, Tom Lyons, Club president, Danny Bailey brought the 46 walkers on a loop past Rock an Thorabh and back by the Statue and the Nature Park. This was a perfect way to work up an appetite for the excellent fare served up by Aherlow House staff to all on their return. During the meal there were speeches from Tom and Danny as well as two special guests on the day. Recently crowned Pride of Tipperary, Donna Breen from Rossadrehid who had climbed Galtymore on the charity walk the previous day, wished the club well for the future and retired Tipperary butcher, John Bradshaw, spoke of his early experiences of walking in the Galtees. John has done great work in the past on clearing the paths and tracks on Slievenamuck and making them more accessible to walkers. The club also welcomed Helen Morrissey of Aherlow Failte to the celebration. Many thanks to the management and staff of Aherlow House for looking after everyone so well and a special thanks to the club’s social secretary, Breda Ryan and her colleagues for putting the event together.
The charity walk in aid of the Ian McKeever Global Empathy Orphanage, held on Saturday, July 27, was also a great success. Despite some heavy showers most of the participants managed to reach the summit of Galtymore, in the process helping to raise funds for an orphanage and schools in Tanzania. Thanks to Thos O’Neill and his stewards for getting everyone there and back safely and well done to organisers, Sinead and Sarah O'Neill. Well done also to Una for making it to the top.
The club extends it’s sympathy to Ann Donohoe on the recent death of her mother.
Start of the Tenth Anniversary walk from Aherlow House Hotel, July 28th, 2013. View larger photo.
Danny Bailey and Larry Joy leading the first Galtee Walking Club walk on a cold February 2nd, 2003
August 11th, 2013After a club committee meeting last week the schedule of walks for the rest of this year is now in place. With over thirty walks to choose from there is sure to be something to suit everyone and as usual there is a good spread of locations on high and low ground through Tipperary, Waterford and Limerick. A weekend trip to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher is also planned for September and weather permitting, it should prove to be the highlight of the season. Details of all the walks are available on the Walks Schedule page. Meanwhile the Wednesday walks are drawing to a close as the evenings become darker and the final three outings will be led by Amelia, Mary and Therese. The Galtee Walking Club AGM will be held in the Excel Centre, Tipperary, on October 10 next.
Club Trip to Grindelwald, Switzerland, August, 2013Report written by Joan Caulfield.
The celebration of the Galtee Walking Club’s tenth anniversary in July 2013 was followed by a week long walking trip to Grindelwald in Switzerland in late August. Twenty two club members took a two and a half hour flight to Zurich and promptly transferred to a coach for a two hour journey through the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. A lunch break mid way afforded us an opportunity to sample locally produced cuisine and familiarise ourselves with Swiss francs and their purchasing power. The logistics of booking very comfortable accommodation at Chalet Alpetein in Grindelwald coupled with all aspects of the planning associated with the trip are attributable to the efficiency and thorough research of the Ryan family. The entire group are forever grateful to Pat, Breda and Gerard for their commitment to organising the annual overseas walking adventure.
The Hiking Map for the Grindelwald/ Jungfrau region is 2520T WANDERKARTE 1:25000. The Hallwag Outdoor Map 17 Grindelwald Wengen • Mürren 1:50000 is a worthwhile purchase as it has a free downloadable map for the iphone. Switzerland is a walkers paradise, scenery is breathtaking and cycling is a must for the outdoor enthusiast. Our group incorporated all three into our hectic schedule.
Our first walk was very different from our regular walking in Ireland in that we experienced an impressive display of the power of water as we walked through the Gorge of the Aare, near Meirigen in Grindelwald.
Through the course of millennia the river has eroded a deep bed in the limestone. The entire ravine can be effortlessly hiked on foot, thanks to bridges and tunnels.
The Aare Gorge between Meiringen and Innertkirchen is nearly 200 metres deep and hardly more than a metre wide at its narrowest point. The fascinating, narrow gorge is the result of a limestone rocks, the "Kirchet", which hindered the flow of the Aare from the Grimsel region. Over the course of millenia, the water has eroded various paths - today's Aare Ravine is the most recent of those paths.
Since the end of the 19th century, the 1.4 kilometre long adventure gorge can be reached by safe bridges and tunnels.
A classical panoramic trail from Grindelwald to Schynige Platte certainly tested the stamina of our group. We traversed a spectacular trail above the tree line experiencing wonderful contrasts in colour between dazzling summits, green valleys and the Aare and LÜtschine rivers. A visit to Europes oldest mountain hostel (170 years old) on the Faulhorn and the breathtaking views of the summits around Grindelwald, make this hike unique and well worth the effort. On the trail from First to Schynige Platte we viewed two mountain lakes, the Sägistal- and Bachalp lakes. The trail is completely natural and expectantly rough. We experienced modern-day railway romance on a 7.2km journey from Schynige Platte at 1,967metres above sea level down to Wilderswil via a cogwheel railway in a historic locomotive. The stylish railway trip on the narrow-gauge track, seated on authentic wooden bench seats took us through a stunning mountain landscape with matchless views. This fascinating 50 minute railway journey was a nuance of nostalgia offering incredibly impressive scenery, an extravaganza of Alpine flora and walking paths to suit everyone. The railway opened in 1893 and the original infrastructure tended to with much love and care in the intervening 120 years continues to function superbly today. Many connoisseurs of the Alps consider the views from Schynige Platte to be beyond compare. From the top station you have a breathtaking view of the Eiger,Monch and Junfrau
The highlight of very trip to Switzerland is without doubt an unforgettable day excursion with Europe’s highest-altitude railway up to the high Alpine wonderworld,at 3,454 metres above sea-level.The Jungfraujoch –Top of Europe is a fairy-tale world of ice and caves where our group explored restaurants,shops and even the highest-altitude post office in Europe.
The Jungfrau Eiger Walk was undertaken by some of the group on the return from Top of Europe. On this walk between Eigergletscher station and the Kleine Scheidegg one learns about the triumphs and tragedies that have taken place in the Eiger north face. Over a distance of 2.5km, wooden boards at various different posts introduce the visitor to the turbulent history of the Eiger north face. In addition, in the small chapel on Fallboden, there is a six-metre-high model of the Eiger depicting the 14 different routes up the North Face. Along the way one can also look at the old Mittellegi Hut dating from the year 1924. The Mittellegi Hut currently exhibits historic and modern, climbing equipment. At the Fallbodensee, the names of all those who have climbed the Eiger north face are engraved in the rock. The 69 alpinists who lost their lives in the Eiger north face are also remembered.
Our cycling ventures over two days took us from the valley of Grindelwald northwest to Interlacken and on to Lake Thun with Lake Brienz lying almost immediately next to it towards the east.
Our evening ventures were as demanding as our most strenuous walks. We sampled cuisine in various restaurants and hotels around Grindelwald. No evening was complete without mingling with both locals and visitors all in pursuit of further workouts on the dance floor.
Photos of the trip by Anne O'Donnell and Aidan Dilworth can be viewed on the Club Gallery here.
September 1, 2013The new walking season started last Sunday with some lovely autumnal sunshine. Margaret Magner led a group of 23 C walkers on a beautiful looped walk of Slievenamuck. The winding stony path along the ridge took in the ancient Monument at Shrough with its unfolding 360 degree view of the mountains surrounding the Golden Vale. Across the way on the Galtees, George Keogh led an A/B group on a convivial 14km hike of Cush and Galty Beag. They were delighted to welcome 3 visitors from Poland who extended their trek onto Galtymor. Thank you to our facilitators for a most enjoyable start to the season.
Next weeks walks: The A/B walk will meet with Brendan Shiels at Ballyorgan School at 10am for a walk in the Ballyhouras. Paddy Bourke will lead the C walkers, meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 11am.
September 8, 2013On All-Ireland Sunday two groups of walkers were on the hills, both returning in plenty of time to view the big game.
Eight walkers met with Brendan Sheils at Ballyorgan village before heading to the start of a combined A and B walk at Glenanaar car park. Travelling on forest trails, they followed the Aar river, passing it's confluence with the Ogeen river, then some tarmac road before entering forest track again just beyond Glenanaar Bridge. Proceeding from there they climbed gradually to a lunch stop at Little Carron with two walkers taking in neighbouring Carron Mountain as well. The return to the car park completed a most enjoyable 14km loop in a time of 4 hours. Many thanks to Brendan.
Paddy Bourke led a C group of 21 walkers on a leisurely three hour hike to Lake Curra, the highest lake in the Galtees. Traversing part of the Cush track which has been wonderfully restored by Mountain Meitheal South East, the walkers climbed onto the open mountain and along the old Ice Road leading into the corrie lake. Weather conditions were ideal for clear views of Galtee Mor, Galtee Beg, Cush and the Glen of Aherlow below. Thanks to Paddy for this lovely September outing.
On Sunday next the A walkers meet at Grubb's Monument, The Vee, at 10am with Pat Ryan. B walkers meet at Aherlow House Hotel at 10am for a loop on Slievenamuck with Rita Hickey while the C walk, starting from Kilsheelan at 11am, is a Suir riverbank walk with Marion and Magraret.
Paddy Bourke's C walk to Lake Curra, Sunday, September 8th, 2013. (more photos)
September 15, 2013Two walks in County Clare are planned for next weekend. Due the exposed nature of the area the walks will only go ahead if the weather is favourable and anyone intending travelling should keep in touch with this website where updates will be posted closer to the time. The planned events are a 4 hour walk along the Cliffs of Moher on Saturday and a 3.5 hour visit to the Burren National Park, starting from Corofin, on Sunday. The walk facilitators are Rody Tierney and Pat Butler.
Three walks took place on Sunday last in mixed weather conditions. It was wet and windy on the Knockmealdowns for Pat Ryan and his four A walkers who stayed low on an 18km forest track loop from the Vee, taking in the Liam Lynch monument. Danny Bailey had better conditions on Slievenamuck where 6 people enjoyed a 4.5 hour trek starting from Aherlow House. The route took them along the road and on to Rock an Thorabh, the four cross roads, Captain Dawson's wood, the mast and the Millennium Stone. From here three people decided to return while the others continued on as far as Kilshane in the shelter of Bansha Woods where the blackberries were still in plentiful supply. The return trip via Christ the King completed a great 21km loop.
A 27 strong C group walked along the River Suir from Kilsheelan To Carrick with Marion Norris and Margaret White in ever improving conditions with the sun breaking through before the end. The water in the river was low but the fishermen were out in numbers on the banks, in boats and standing in the water. Swans and herons were the largest wildlife to be seen while the fruits of autumn such as crab apples, damsons, acorns and haws were plentiful in the hedges. On arriving in Carrick many of the group availed of the opportunity to view the recently found hoard of gold coins which were on display in Ormond Castle. After a bus trip back to Kilsheelan Marion and Margaret treated everyone to some great food and drink. Service way above the call of duty.
Many thanks to all our walk facilitators, Marion, Margaret, Pat and Danny.
Marion and Margaret's C walk from Kilsheelan to Carrick, Sunday, September 15th, 2013. (more photos)
September 22, 2013County Clare was the location for two club walks last weekend, making a change from our normal comfort zone. On Saturday Rody Tierney led a group along the recently opened Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk, a cliff top route from Hag’s Head near Liscannor to Doolin 12km to the north. Unfortunately the weather was misty with low cloud so the only evidence of the ocean beneath was the sound and the smell, the sight of it remaining elusive until the last hour. A taxi trip back to the start completed the day.
Conditions were much better for Pat Butler’s Sunday visit to the Burren National Park and the Mullaghmore Loop. Warm sunshine and great visibility brought out the best of this remarkable landscape of rock, lakes and outstanding natural beauty. Walking over folded limestone pavement containing fossils from an ancient tropical sea the group reached the top of Mullaghmore mountain and from there extended the walk to take in Slieve Roe to the north. The views of the sunlit rocky hills extending northwards into the distance were wonderful. The Father Ted house also provided a landmark in the countryside below.
Thanks to Rody and Pat for a great weekend.
All club walks on Sunday next are on the south side of the Galtees. The A walk with Tom Lyons meets at Carey's Garage, Kilcoran, at 10am. Best of luck to Denny O'Dwyer taking his first B walk, meeting at King's Yard at 10am while there is an 11am start for Liz McNamara and the C walkers at the Mountain Road car park in Cahir.
Group on top of Mullaghmore on Pat Butler's Burren walk on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013. (more photos)
September 29, 2013All three groups were out on the Galtees last Sunday in good walking conditions even if it was a bit foggy for those who ventured on to the higher ground.
Tom Lyons had to move his A walk to Glengarra because of deer hunting in the Kilcoran area. The group of 6 completed a 20km loop in 5 hours, starting in the car park and followed the track northwards towards Knockeenatoung. They then decended to the Black Road and continued on to Galty Beg where they stopped for lunch. From there is was on to 786 and O’Loughlin’s Castle in foggy conditions where they met the Bishopstown walking club doing the same walk in reverse. From O’Loughlin’s they headed to Greenane from where they started the decent to Glengarra Wood. The experience on the day is a reminder to all walkers to be aware of deer hunting in wooded areas from now on and to leave the area if they see any warning signs. Many thanks to Tom for the walk.
Denny O’Dwyer, on his first outing as leader, brought the B group on the Attychraan Loop, starting from King’s Yard. A total of eleven walkers joined Denny who gave a talk on the local folklore of the area at the ruins of the last cottage. They stopped to take some photos and view the newly constructed footbridge, which is a great facility. After the break they topped off the refreshments by sampling the wild taste of local blackberries. A very warm welcome to Jackie Keating who joined the group for her first walking trip and thanks and well done to Denny.
Liz McNamara led a group of 23 on a walk through Scarrough Woods at the Mountain road in Cahir. The walkers started off through lovely natural woodland where the trees are beginning to shed their leaves. The walk then ascended to the mountain path where one could see the lovely silvery light playing off the peaks of the Comeraghs in the hazy distance. The walk then looped eastwards into the woods again where the ruins of the old Quaker linen factory were to be found sitting in the ghostly stillness. Further along the woodland path the group diverted into the undergrowth to view the megalithic dolmen tomb sitting in the sunny glade, a reminder of ancient times. Nearby a stone lined well tinkled with sparkling crystal clear water providing welcome refreshment. Thanks to Liz and also Una Phelan for her support in planning this delightful late September walk.
Next Sunday Joe Browne meets A walkers at Galtee Castle car park at 10am for 5 hours in the Galtees and Mary Murphy takes a C walk from Ballinvreena Community Centre at 11am for a climb of Slievereagh.
On the new footbridge on the Attychraan River on Denny O'Dwyer's B walk on Sunday, September 29, 2013.
Liz McNamara's C walk to Scarrough Woods on Sunday, September 29, 2013. (more photos)
October 6, 2013All members of the Galtee Walking Club are invited to the Annual General Meeting, which takes place on this Thursday, October 10. It’s a chance to meet other members and have a say in how the club is run. It's also a chance to renew membership for the coming year by printing this form and bringing it along to the meeting with the appropriate fee.
Last Sunday’s walks took place in overcast conditions with fog on high ground. Joe Browne had a gender balanced group of ten on the A walk starting from Galtee Castle car park and covering a 16km loop taking in Knockaterriff, Knockaterriff Beg and Lyracappul and descending through the Glounreagh valley. They covered the distance in 4.5 hours and climbed a total of 900 metres. Well done to Joe for navigating in such limited visibility.
20 people took part in Mary Murphy’s C walk from Ballinvreena to the top of Slievereagh where the fog cleared in time to provide great views of the Galtees and Slievenamuck to the east and the Ballyhouras to the west. All appreciated the work done by the local community in maintaining the trails on the hill. Thanks to Mary and her assistants.
A word of thanks also to Aherlow Failte for providing a most enjoyable evening for club members at the Coach Road Inn last week.
The only club walk next Sunday is a C walk, meeting at Glengarra at 11am with Breda Delahunty who will take people around the Millennium Loop. The Nire Valley Festival also takes place next weekend.
Mary Murphy's C walk at the mast on Slievereagh on Sunday, October 6, 2013. (bigger photo)
October 13, 2013The club’s AGM took place on Thursday of last week and was well attended. In a swopping of positions, Owen Ryan takes up the Chair and Tom Lyons becomes Vice-Chair. Tom has been the club chairman for the past three years and we thank him for his excellent and inspirational leadership during that time. We wish him and Catherine all the best for the future. We welcome Owen in his new position as chairman and offer him our full support and commitment. Danny Bailey continues as club president and most other positions remain unchanged.
On Sunday last Breda Delahunty led a group of 24 C walkers on a lovely autumnal loop of Glenagarra Woods. In unseasonably mild fall of the year conditions, the walkers rambled the woodland paths and at one stage were able to gain access to lowland heath and moor beneath the ridge of O’Loughlin’s Castle, shrouded in a gently rolling mist.
Both of next weeks walks are on the hills. Liz Breen will lead the A walkers on nice leisurely stroll of Red Hill, meeting at Cappawhite Church at 10.00am. Margaret Hayes will lead a B group on a ramble up Keeper Hill meeting at the church in Newport at 10.00am. The Ballyhoura Autumn Rambling Festival also takes place over next weekend.
October 20, 2013Margaret Hayes had 15 walkers on her Sunday hike of Keeper Hill. Meeting in Newport, they made their ascent via the mass rock, taking in the waterfall, to summit on the mist enshrouded Keeper, prompting strong intimations of Hallowe’en for the group! Glimpses were had at intervals of the peaks to the south, the Slieve Blooms and Slievenamon. In all they covered 20km in some four hours plus and were well pleased with their northern adventure.
The A walkers were also out around Cappawhite and Redhill with Liz Breen. This was a short A walk of under four hours which is encouraging for those who might like the challenge of shorter more vigorous walks. Liz is also a keen baker and the group enjoyed some delicious cake on their hike!
Next week’s walks: The B walk will be led by David Stapleton, meeting in Kilsheelan Village at 10am for a loop in the Kilsheelan and Glenpatrick area with the possibility of doing the Coumshingaun Loop as an alternative if weather conditions are favourable. Mo will lead the C walkers on a loop walk along the Suir and to the Quaker Graveyard. Meet 11am in Cahir Castle car park. A navigation course is coming up on Nov 3rd. Please book your place now with Tom 086 3954924.
October 27, 2013Hurricane Jude seemed to give us a miss on Sunday allowing the C group of 20 to enjoy a glorious, sunny riverside walk in Cahir, taking in the old Quaker graveyard in Kilcommon. Further east the B walkers also enjoyed similar favourable conditions on a lovely woodland trek around Kilsheelan Woods, a cautious alternative to the higher grounds originally planned by David. Great to catch the light as the days draw in.
A reminder to members that the club year starts now so subscriptions are due and for new members, joining now gives you a whole years worth of walks! See this page for details and forms.
Next weeks walks; 3/11. The A walk meets with Cliona Tuohy at Clydagh Bridge at 10am. Kilcoran Lodge Hotel is the meeting point for the B and C walks. Both assembling at 1030, Anthony o’Brien will lead the B walk and Thos O’Neill the C group.
C walk to the Quaker Graveyard, Cahir, 27th October, 2013. Leader Mo Larkin. (11 photos)
November 3, 2013A gathering of some 40 people turned up on Sunday at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel for the B and C walks which took differing routes around the foothills of the Galtees in cool but dry conditions.Thanks to leaders Anthony and Thos.
The navigation course also kicked off in Mitchelstown on Sunday and will continue next Sunday. We are indebted to Maureen O’Brien for facilitating this. Thinking ahead and with the 2014 fixtures in mind, we welcome suggestions for walks for the New Year. We would also like your ideas and feedback on walks. Our message board is always open for business.
There are no club walks next Sunday but it will still be a busy day with Mountain Meitheal finishing their work on the Saunders Lodge track, the second half of the Navigation Course in Mitchelstown and the weekend walking festival taking place in Upperchurch.
The B walk on the following Sunday, November 17, crosses the Knockmealdowns to Mountmellary. Meet with leader Mossie Casey at 10am at Bay Lough car park, The Vee. The A group will meet with Paul Ryan at Clydagh Bridge at 10am.
November 10, 2013There were no club walks on Sunday last but members were busy with other things, all walking related of course. Some attended the popular festival in Upperchurch, famous for the food as well as the walking. Others helped with the last day of the Mountain Meitheal work on the Saunders Lodge track on the way to Lake Curra while eight members took part in a navigation course in Mitchelstown and the Knockmealdowns. A big thanks to Maureen O’Brien for her friendly and professional instruction in map reading and the use of the compass. The practical work took place on the wet and foggy Knockmealdowns, ideal for the purpose of limited visibility navigation. Thanks also to Liz for providing the lovely cakes for the tea break.
Looking ahead, all members are encouraged to attend a CPR and basic First Aid session in the Excel Centre at 8pm on this Thursday, November 14. On Sunday, November 17, the A group will meet with Paul Ryan at Clydagh Bridge at 10am. The B walk crosses the Knockmealdowns to Mellary, meeting with leader Mossie Casey at 10am at Bay Lough car park, The Vee.
The club extends its sympathy to Cashel member, Jean O’Dwyer, on the recent sad death of her brother, Phil.
November 17, 2013A palette of glorious Autumn colours and perfect weather conditions made last Sunday a special day for the great outdoors. To enjoy it all, Anthony O’Brien led that special crossing of the Knockmealdowns to Mount Mellary. Over 30 people took part, taking the path which follows the monastery stream down to the Abbey. Starting from Baylough car park, some of the hardier members took on a climb of the Sugarloaf to begin, but all joined up to eventually arrive together for tea and cakes at the monastery cafe. Conditions were misty and foggy but glimpses of sunshine gave lovely views of the surrounding area. Many thanks to Anthony who stepped in for this scheduled Mossie walk and also to the rest of the Cahir team.
Paul Ryan led the A group up from Clydagh Bridge for a round of the Galtee Horseshoe, taking in Galtee Mor and Galtee Beag. It was cool on higher ground with some cloud cover but all enjoyed a lovely walk and are grateful to Paul for his excellent navigation.The group welcomed Marion and nephew James for their first walk with the club.
The club is grateful to Tony Lawlor and his team from the Irish Red Cross who provided a most interesting and useful two hours first aid instruction and demonstration at the Excel last week. Thanks too to Dr Joe Brown who organized the event.
Next Weeks walks: Sunday 24th Nov. Owen Ryan will meet the A walkers at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for a hike of the 5 mountain lakes. At 10.30 Eddie McGrath will be at Rock an Thorabh car park to take the B group onto Slievenamuck.
The club extends its sympathy to club member Helen Gleeson on the sad death of her mother, Nellie Jackman.
B group at Mount Mellary Abbey at the end the Anthony O'Brien's walk from Bay Lough car park on Sunday, November 17th, 2013. (10 photos)
November 24, 2013Thanks to Owen Ryan and Eddie McGrath for the walks last Sunday. Owen’s A walk from Clydagh Bridge saw 9 people enjoy the grand tour of all five Galtee lakes starting with Curra and working their way east to take in Diheen, Borheen, Muskry and Farbreaga in conditions which were good for walking if a bit foggy in places.
Eddie’s 24 B walkers enjoyed lovely autumn colours on a 16km loop from Rock an Thorabh car park to Bansha Woods and back. The air was so still that the church bells from Tipperary could be heard as they walked the leaf carpeted paths.
On Sunday next, December 1, there is a Moderate 5 hour A walk meeting at Galtee Castle Car Park at 10am. This is a joint undertaking with our neighbours from the Ballyhoura Bears under the leadership of Tom Lyons and Pat Lombard. A 3-hour C walk in the Comeragh foothills with David Stapleton meets at Woodies, Clonmel at 11am.
The schedule for the start of the New Year will be available on the website from next weekend and the Club Christmas Party takes place in Aherlow House on Saturday, December 7 where a great evening is assured.
Enjoying a break on Eddie McGrath's B walk to Bansha Woods on Sunday, November 24th, 2013.
December 1, 2013The Galtee Walking Club and the Ballyhoura Bears joined forces on Sunday last for a moderate A walk starting from Galtee Castle near Kilbeheny. Under the joint leadership of Tom Lyons and Pat Lombard the 27 strong group enjoyed excellent walking conditions as they made their way to Galtymore via the Black Road and the col. From the summit they followed the wall westwards and descended by Bengower and Carrigeen Mountain. The high numbers attending this event points to the popularity of such joint ventures and hopefully there will be more opportunities in future to meet the neighbours.
On the hills above Clonmel 13 C walkers took in a loop from Carey’s Castle to the cross above the town and back along the Glenary valley passing a group from Dungarvan along the way. Crossing the fast flowing stream presented a challenge in a few places but luckily all were up to the task and kept their feet dry.
There’s only one walk on Sunday next, December 8, when Denny O’Dwyer will take a C group through Combaun Wood, meeting in Anglesboro village. Hopefully the 11am start will give people time to sufficiently recover from the Christmas party in Aherlow House the night before.
Start of the combined Galtee Club and Ballyhoura Bears A walk from Galtee Castle car park, Sunday, December 1st, 2013. Leaders Tom Lyons and Pat Lombard, Larger photo
The C walk at the cross over Clonmel on Sunday, December 1st, 2013. Leader David Stapleton. 4 photos
December 8, 2013Aherlow House Hotel was the venue for the Galtee Walking Club Christmas Party on Saturday night last. The 30
revellers joined other groups from the area for an evening of fine food and entertainment. Willie Bunn in particular was a great hit with all present. A big thanks to the hotel and its staff and to Breda, Mary and Mike for organising the event.
Several partygoers had recovered in time for the only walk on the following day including walk leader, Denny O’Dwyer. Denny brought a group of 16 C walkers around a forest track loop in Combaum Wood on a mild and dry Sunday morning. Temple Hill was covered in mist but there were good views towards Mitchelstown and the Ballyhouras. Thanks to Denny for the walk and providing the bit of history of the area.
There’s plenty of choice on Sunday next, December 15, with 3 walks on offer. Mike Moroney heads to Kerry for a climb of Carrauntoohil, meeting at Daly’s filling station, Killarney, at 9:30am. George Keogh takes a B walk around Slievenamuck, starting from Aherlow House at 10am. The C walk is the 15km Glenstal Woods Loop meeting at Murroe School at 11:30am with Mary O’Riordan and Sadie Ryan. The later start allows walkers to attend the chanted Mass in Glenstal Abbey at 10am if they so wish.
Combaun Wood C walk, Sunday December 8th, 2013. Leader Denny O'Dwyer.
December 15, 2013A festive outing to Glenstal Abbey was enjoyed by some 25 C walkers last Sunday. Some early participants were able to attend the seasonal chanted Mass at the Abbey before joining the group for a lovely 14km woodland walk around the waymarked Glenstal Woods Loop with leaders Mary O’Riordan and Sadie Ryan. A blustery day managed to stay dry for the first half of the walk and when the rain came, they were undaunted, being adequately prepared for all contingencies. No doubt, Sadie’s mince pies and Paddy’s biscuit cake went some way to creating a festive mood all round. Very many thanks to the leaders for this special outing. Afterwards most returned to Crokers in Murroe for a welcome meal and Mary even persuaded Santa Claus to sit for a photo with the group where he promised Paddy a special present.
A smaller group joined George Keogh for a B walk on Slievenamuck, starting from Aherlow House and taking in the Nature Park and Christ the King and then on to Bansha Woods. After a break there, they looped around, returning to the start via the Millenium Stone, getting home before the weather broke. A good pre Christmas workout with thanks to George.
In Kerry 11 hardy, courageous walkers took on challenging weather conditions and summited Carrauntoohil. The weather played true to its forecast with gale-force winds and torrential rain. Mike Moroney's group walked out from Cronin’s yard by the Gaddagh River and Hags Glen to reach the base of the Devil’s Ladder where 2 of the group turned right for the summit. The remaining 9 turned left and headed up the zig zag to summit Cnoc na Toinne (845m) then down to the top of the Devil’s Ladder and up to Carrauntoohil (1039m). Conditions were not the best for photography but some managed to use their cameras to capture events of the day. 2 descended via the Heavenly Gates while the remaining 7 retraced their steps. After a shower in Cronin’s yard and a meal in Kate Kearney’s they returned home having completed a satisfying but challenging day. Thanks to Mike and all who made the trip.
And so ends our Sunday walks for this year except for that special night time Solstice walk with Mary Murphy to Slievereagh on Sunday, 22nd Dec. Please call Mary for details, 0878296749.
We wish everyone a peaceful holiday and look forward to many happy hikes in 2014.
The Christmas period: Ray Colman will facilitate a Christmas Day pre dinner walk starting at 10am from Christ the King for a two hour round on Slievenamuck. Then, on St.Stephen’s Day, our president, Danny Bailey will make an 11.30 start from Bansha Woods car park for a 4hour woodland ramble. All the walks for the first three months of 2014 are now on the Schedule page.
C walkers visiting Santa in Crokers, Murroe after Mary and Sadie's Glenstal Woods Loop, Sunday, December 15th, 2013. more photos
December 26, 2013Thanks to Ray Coleman and Danny Bailey for the two walks over Christmas. Both walks were held in good conditions, Christmas Morning being particularly fine for Ray's walk. The St. Stephen's Day 18km trek started in sunshine and Danny managed to get everyone back before the rain and storm force winds reached Tipperary.
Taking a break at the Millennium Stone on Danny Bailey's St. Stephen's Day walk from Bansha Woods car park to Aherlow House and back.