2015 Walks and Events
News, January 4th,
The first walks of the new year saw good numbers out for the three club
walks. The A and B groups started together from Clydagh Bridge with
leaders Thos O’Neill and George Keogh. They stopped for a photo at the
'Cherish the Galtees' sign, designed and erected by club members, at
the entrance to Cush mountain. At the summit of
Cush the two groups parted company. The A walkers continued east to the
high ground above Lake Muskry
where foggy conditions called for the use of their navigation skills
and they returned via the lake and forest tracks completing a 19km
circuit. Thos would like to thank Tom and Pat for their help. The B
group visited misty lakes Borheen and Diheen before
returning to the sunshine by the Curra Stile and the new Mountain
In Combaun Wood near Anglesboro Denny O’Dwyer and his C walkers
enjoyed a 3 hour loop in cool and bright conditions. This is Denny's
Twenty five walkers joined
Denny O’Dwyer on a C Walk in Combaun Wood Anglesboro on Sun 4th Jan. It
was a chance to shake off the Christmas blues and make false promises
of getting fit in 2015. The three hour trek took in both forest and
open mountain paths. After our coffee and sweet break we skirted along
by the base of the Galtees. Thanks to Jack Frost the previous night for
affording us some fantastic views right down into Foynes in Co.
Limerick. Tempaill Hill beckoned us like the Grim Reaper teasing us to
climb it but the rear guard was having none of it. We could have done
it shorter time span but why hurry when you’re having fun.
On Sunday next the A walkers meet with Pat Ryan at Clydagh Bridge at
10am to complete the horseshoe circuit while Paddy’s B group meets at
Bansha Woods car park at 10:30am.
We wish a Happy New Year to all our members and look forward to many
more joining us on the hills in 2015.
News, January 11th,
The A walk on Sunday last was Pat
Ryan’s Horseshoe loop on the Galtees starting from Clydagh Bridge.
Although the weather was dry it became increasingly colder and the
winds strengthened as the group of 8 gained altitude above Lake Curra
to reach Galtymore. Linking arms to maintain balance against the gale
they reached Galtybeag, then descended by the Geisha Steps and the
Galtee stile to complete a 14km loop in less than 5 hours.
Bourke’s B walk was on the forest tracks of Bansha Woods and
Slievenamuck. Paddy brought the group of 34 on some paths that even
regular visitors to the woods had not known existed. We welcome the new
walkers who took part on the day and hope they enjoyed the experience.
Galtee and Ballyhoura clubs are walking the entire length of the Beara
Breifne Way over time and as part of this there are two walks next
weekend covering the stretch between Ballyvourney and Newmarket. For
those who are not travelling there is a B walk from Rossadrehid
Waterworks on Sunday, meeting with Brendan Sheils at 10am and a C walk
with Thos O’Neill, meeting at Ballydavid Hostel at 11am.
News, January 18th,
2015, the Beara Breifne Way
Walkers from the Galtee and Ballyhoura clubs headed for Co. Cork last
complete two more sections of the Beara Breifne Way, covering the
ground between Ballyvourney and Newmarket.
Thanks to Mike and Breda for organising the event and all are looking
forward to the next two sections in February.
This is Michael Moroney's report on the weekend.
to all for making the weekends on the Beara-Breifne Way so special. We
have completed 187Km in 7 Day’s walking and climbed 6,190Metres. The
total length of the walk is 685Km so there is a lot of walking left to
do. Ballyvourney, covered in snow and ice, was the start of Saturday’s
walk. The route followed a tarred road for a short distance before
climbing through pasture and open moorland, before entering coniferous
forestry. In the snow, we had magnificent views of the village, its oak
woods, the Derrynasaggart Mountain range and the famous Paps of Dana.
We followed forest tracks for several kilometres in knee deep snow
crossing the county boundary into Kerry and back to Cork again as we
winded our way below large windmills overlooking the plains of North
Cork. The last part of the walk passed around Claragh Mountain into
Millstreet, then entered the grounds of Drishane Castle and finished at
Booing Fort outside Millstreet. On Sunday, we were not attacked by the
MacCarthys of Drishane Castle but started our walk on the O’Keefe
Booning Castle side of the Blackwater River, our route then travelled
through Duhallow following quite country roads, Deernagree village via
the Island Woods, crossing the River Dalua before reaching Millstreet.
Well done to everyone. Information on the next section will be ready
Closer to home there were two club walks on Sunday. This is Brendan
Sheils' report on his B walk.
The start and finish was
at the Rossadrehid Waterworks car park. We headed up on the track to
Boola Glen before ascending onto the spur of Knockastakeen with snow
underfoot to to the summit. Mist on the way up to the summit obscured
the views so there was only a brief stop there before descending to the
Lake Muskry track and then onto the lake itself for lunch. Great views
of snow covered Cush and Knockastakeen greeted us on our return by the
Lake Muskry track as the sun came out. We were back at the car park in
3.5 hrs after covering a distance of 10km.
Thos O’Neill’s C walk was the popular Ballydavid Mast Loop
looking out over the Glen of Aherlow and all of Tipperary beyond. The
temptation to exchange a few snowballs could not be resisted on the
higher tracks above the snow line.
On Sunday next there is an A walk from Cush Car Park with Owen Ryan and
a B walk from Rock an Thorabh Car Park with Amelia Ryan, Both starting
Group at Ballyvourney before starting out on the next section of the
Beara Breifne Way to Millstreet on Saturday, January 17th, 2015.
Brendan Sheils' B Walk at Lake Muskry on 18th January, 2015. 2 photos
Thos O'Neill's C walk on the Ballydavid mast loop on Sunday, January
18th, 2015. 2 photos
News, January 25th,
The club’s full attention is now
focused on the Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, which takes
place next weekend. Based at Aherlow House Hotel and run in conjunction
with Aherlow Failte, the event has a total of seven walks over the two
days covering all levels of ability from the strenuous A walks to
Galtymore to the more gentle C walks at lower levels. People will
travel from all over Ireland and beyond so we hope the local people
will also come out and support the event and we look forward to seeing
many of you there.
There were two club walks on Sunday last on a day
of good walking conditions with just a little for on high ground. Owen
Ryan’s A walk saw the group of six cover 16 km in the Galtees with a
total height gain of 977 metres. Starting at Cush car park they
contoured around the north side of Cush Mountain, climbed
Knockastackeen and traversed the shelf over Lake Muskry before
returning by the col over Lake Borheen and Galtybeag.
group of 22 B walkers completed 17.5 km on the forest tracks of
Slievenamuck and Bansha Woods on what could have been mistaken for a
Spring day. Thanks to both our walk leaders, Owen and Amelia and also
Danny and Rody for their help.
Amelia Ryan's B
walk from Rock an Thorabh car park on Sunday, January 25th, 2015. Photo
taken by George Keogh at Kilshane car park.
Glen of Aherlow
Winter Walking Festival, January 31st, February 1st, 2015
Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival took place last weekend and the
snow-covered Galtees provided all the visitors with a magical
experience of walking in real winter conditions. Sunday, in particular,
was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and excellent visibility, but
strong, cold winds on Saturday caused some plans to be changed and
meant that stopping for breaks was not an option. The total number on
all seven walks was 373, slightly up on last year, and the feedback
from participants was overwhelmingly positive.
Well done to all
who contributed to making the event such a success, including Helen and
the Aherlow Failte Society, Aherlow House Hotel, Hillwalking Radio
Group, Noel Browne and his bus drivers, Coillte and the local
landowners and the County Council. Thanks too to our own leaders and
stewards for their expertise on the hills.
Next Sunday’s club
outings are an A walk on Red Hill with Liz Breen, meeting at Cappawhite
Church and a B walk on the eastern end of the Galtees with Brendan
Sheils which meets at the Mountain Road car park, Cahir. Both walks
start at 10am.
Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival C walk to Lake Curra on
Sunday,February 1st 2015. Leader Sadie Ryan. Saturday B walk photos
Sunday B walk photos
Sunday C walk photos
News, February 8th,
While most of the lowlands of Ireland
were covered in a blanket of fog on Sunday last, the two Galtee club
walks got above it all into the bright sunshine and clear blue skies.
The views from the high ground were spectacular with neighbouring
mountain ranges appearing as islands in a vast white ocean. Liz Breen’s
A walk began in Cappawhite and the group of 10 headed for Red Hill to
the north of the town enjoying the chat and the laughter on the way and
taking in the memorial to the 1968 plane crash
on the 440 metre high point. Many thanks to Liz for the walk and the
Down in Cahir, Brendan Sheils brought his group of 10
B walkers on a 4 hour, 12.5km loop on the eastern Galtees, taking in
the peaks of Bane at 449 metres and Slieveanard at 438 metres. The
clear air above the fog allowed for views as far as the Nagles, the
Blackstairs and Keeper Hill. As usually happens with a walk from the
Mountain Road car park, Buddy the dog accompanied the walkers all the
way round, totally ignoring the club's no dogs rule. Thanks to Brendan
and also to Anne for her local knowledge. A welcome to Monica and
Marie, walking with the club for the first time.
Next weekend sees
two further stages of the Beara-Breifne Way, this time covering the
ground between Newmarket and Kilfinane. There’s also a B walk on
Sunday, meeting with Tom Lyons at the new Glengarra car park at 10am
and a C walk with Josephine Tierney, meeting in Bansha Woods car park
A walk on Red Hill, Cappawhite, on Sunday, February 8th, 2015. Leader
Liz Breen. 12 photos
B walk on eastern Galtees near Cahir on Sunday, February 8th, 2015.
Leader Brendan Sheils. 6 photos
News, February 15th,
Last weekend saw walkers from the
Galtee Walking Club and the Ballyhoura Bears complete two more sections
of the Beara-Breifne Way under the skillful leadership of Mike Moroney.
Over the Saturday and Sunday they walked from Newmarket in Co. Cork to
Kilfinane in Co. limerick, crossing over some of the Ballyhoura range.
Well done to all, particularly those who have completed all nine
sections so far walked.
For those who did not travel there were two
club walks closer to home. The B walk, led by Tom Lyons also met up
with some Ballyhoura Bears as they made their way to O'Loughlin's
Castle in the Galtees from Glengarra Wood. This is Tom's report.
started from Glengarra new car park and followed the forest track north
with our fellow walkers from the Ballyhoura Bears who left us for a
different route after a half an hour. Once on the mountain we followed
one of the sources of the Burncourt river along a valley not travelled
by anyone on a club walk before. The going was nice and gradual. The
sound of the river was nice to hear with some nice water falls along
the way. Once we got above 500 mtrs some navigation was required as it
was new ground for everyone and conditions were foggy. Once the
climbing was over we reached point 786 from where in windy and wet
conditions we made our way to O'Loughlin's Castle where we stopped and
has some welcome refreshments.
Here we met again with fellow walkers
from the Bears. Once tea and some chat were had we made our return to
our cars down past the hostel. It is a sad sight to see now with
windows boarded up. The track in Glengarra was very busy with walkers
of every age. It was good to see the next generation of walkers coming
Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable walk and good navigation practice.
new walkers and others returning after an extended break brought the
numbers on Josephine Tierney's C walk up to 39, the highest for a
Sunday walk so far this year. Josephine's route was was a track loop
through the mature trees of Bansha Woods, taking in the Millennium
Stone, all in perfect weather conditions for walking.
On Sunday next
the A walk is a 21km outing in the Knockmealdowns, meeting in Newcastle
with Gerard Sheehy at 9:30am. Anne O'Donnell's B walk in the Galtees
meets at Galtee Castle Car Park at 10am while Mary O’Riordan's C walk
starts from Rock an Thorabh Car Park at 11am.
On the Beara-Breifne Way on the weekend of February 14th and 15th,
C walk in Bansha Woods on Sunday, February 15th, 2015.
News, February 22nd,
There’s very little positive that can
be said about the weather on Sunday last apart from the fact that it
wasn’t cold but despite the constant rain the three scheduled club
walks went ahead.
Gerard Sheehy’s A walk was a challenging 22km loop on the
Knockmealdowns. This is Gerard's report.
was bad but ‘The Walk Must Go On’, as Freddie Mercury might have said
if he was a hillwalker. The start was the Keane’s
Bridge/Drohidtoornalyre area of the Knockmealdowns. It’s wise to head
North for a while under Knocknasculloge as you’ll avoid the wet ground
that is the source of the Glenshelane River. Eastwards then and follow
the County Boundary line all the way to Knockmealdown. The lesser known
grave of ‘Major’ Henry Eeles lies just to the Southeast of the summit.
A writer, philosopher, inventor and scientist with a profound interest
in weather and electricity, particularly lightning. It was his request
that he be buried as close as possible to to where the lightning might
The Southeast spur of Knockmealdown was descended; crossing the
river, St. Declan’s Way and Rough Glen. Rough by name rough by nature.
There was a good strong flow of water in the four rivers that had to be
crossed today so it it took a bit of time finding safe crossing
areas. From Dyrick it was on to Knocknafaille from the
There’s a grand bit of a pull up that way. The col between Knockmeal
and Knocknafaille beckoned and it was down by the river to
Glentaunatinagh Bridge. Easiest way home from here is up-and-over the
210m climb of Knocknanask, where you can then pick up the forest track
that leads towards Keane’s Bridge. The exit through the trees is
indistinct and requires a bit of bending but fit walkers have no
problem with that.
Distance 22km - Height Gain 1,347m Duration - 5hrs 13mins
O’Donnell’s B walk in the Galtees stayed lower than originally planned
and took in parts of the Glounreagh and Attychraan valleys from the
start at Galtee Castle. Despite the rain there was much of interest to
see along the way including spectacular waterfalls, a lone deer and a
Over on Slievenamuck a happy band of C walkers
enjoyed Mary O’Riordan’s loop on both sides of the hill, going as far
as the dolmen from the start at Rock an Thorabh car park. A warning at
the start not to pass the leader meant that all were well behaved and
nobody dared to walk off ahead of the others
The two walks on Sunday
next are an A walk from Galtee Castle with Joe Browne and a B walk on
the Cush Circuit from Clydagh Bridge with Helen Gleeson and Sadie Ryan,
both meeting at 10am.
Mary O'Riordan's C walk to the Dolmen on Slievenamuck on Sunday,
February 22nd, 2015.
News, March 1st, 2015
The first day of March began wet and
windy which led to many walkers deciding to stay at home but those who
decided to travel were rewarded by a great improvement just as the
walks started and even blue skies and sunshine as they progressed.
to Joe Browne for the ‘A’walk on the southern side of the Galtees which
began from Galtee Castle car park. Thanks also to Helen Gleeson and
Sadie Ryan who brought the ‘B’ walkers around the 12km lower Cush
circuit in well under four hours. Conditions were a little
underfoot but all the climbing was wind-assisted by a strong breeze
from the west.
There's plenty of variety in next Sunday's fare as
Michael Moroney heads to Kerry for an 'A' walk in the Reeks, meeting at
Kate Kearney's Cottage at 9:30am. Good luck to Tomás Ó'Briain, leading
his first 'B' walk with the club, which will be in the Ballyhouras,
meeting at Ballyorgan School at 10am. C walkers can look forward to
Therese Roche's outing in Bansha Woods, which meets in the car park
there at 11am.
B walk on Cush lower circuit, Sunday, March 1st, 2015. Leaders Helen
Gleeson and Sadie Ryan. 3 photos
News, March 8th, 2015
Well done to Tomás Ó Briain who led his first walk for the club
onSunday last in the Ballyhoura Mountains. To begin,Tomás brought his 9
strong group of B walkers on a beautiful part of the Canon Sheehan loop
along the Ogeen river, then to the Glenanaar stile, Long Mountain,
Pigeon Rock and on to Seefin, the highest point at 528 metres. The
return was again through the Glenanaar forest, completing 18km in over
4 hours. Thanks to Tomás and also to Brendan for all his advice and
A group of 30 C walkers were in Bansha Woods where Therese Roche
brought them through the maze of forest tracks before crossing the
Ballagh Road and looping around to the Millennium Stone. Here some took
a shorter route back to the cars while most did an extra loop around
the mast before returning. Thanks to Therese and also to Mike Moroney
who was in Kerry with his A group on the Eastern Reeks. This is Mike's
report of his walk.
Our A walk today was The
Eastern Reeks and with no jarveymen in sight, excellent weather our
group set out south from Kate Kearney’s on tarmac road leading into the
Gap of Dunloe after 300m turning right to follow a zig-zag track uphill
to where it ends adjacent to Struicír. From here our walk really
begins, overcoming bog, steep ground, heathery, rocky slopes, exposed
scrambling conquering the following, Cnoch an Bhráca, Cruach Mhór
(grotto), The Big Gun, Cnoc na Péiste, Maolán Búi, Cnoc an Chuillinn,
Cnoc na Toinne finishing in Cronins Yard completing a distance
of 18K,. Height 1400M. Time 7½ hours. Thanks to all for a
Preparation for the Slievenamuck Marathon continues on Sunday next as
Rody Tierney’s A walk covers the western half of the route, meeting at
Rock an Thorabh car park at 10am. Mary Moynihan’s B walk meets at
Rossadrehid Waterworks, also at 10 while the C walkers meet at King’s
Yard at 11am with Denny O’Dwyer who plans to walk the Attychraan Loop.
Mike Moroney's A walk on the Eastern Reeks on Sunday, March 8th, 2015.
Tomás Ó Briain's B walk in the Ballyhouras on Sunday, March 8th,
2015. 10 photos
Therese Roche's C walk in Bansha Woods, Sunday, March 8th, 2015.
News, March 15th, 2015
As the Slievenamuck Marathon date draws near Rody Tierney’s A walkers
were in preparatory mode on Sunday last, covering the western half of
the route from Rock an Thorabh car park to Moor Abbey and back. This is
a lovely dry Sunday morning a group of enthusiastic walkers set out
with Rody for a reci of the western half of the upcoming marathon.
Along with our usual club members we were pleased to welcome Mary from
Shannon who wants to add another marathon to her long list. All tracks
and trails including the Aherlow river bank are in great condition –
due to the recent dry spell. Hope it stays like this for the big event
on March 29!
A brisk pace was maintained all day with few stops except for lunch at
Mooreabbey and the usual photo shoot.
Springtime always brings its natural treats with the sight and sound of
crows building at Rock an Tarbh and a fine display of frog spawn in a
pond near the dolmen.
After a lovely walk we were all home in time to see a great display
from our county hurlers
Moynihan’s B walk was an expedition to the heart of the Galtees
starting from Rossadrehid Waterworks and taking in Knockastackeen
before crossing to the teardrop lake of Bohreen beneath Galtybeag.
Thanks to Mary for this interesting route, new to many of the walkers,
and also for producing the homemade buns for the break at the lake.
This is Denny O'Dwyer's report on his C walk on the Attychraan Loop.
five walkers joined Denny O’Dwyer for a C walk on the Attychraan Loop
out of King’s Yard this Sunday. After an hour Denny could not resist
saying a quick few words on the folklore of the ‘fertility tree' near
the ruin of O’Brien’s homestead. We quickly crossed the bridge to the
more shady side of the river. Everyone remarked how beautiful the river
looked today as we watched an otter dodging playfully among the stones
while we had our snack. We would like to welcome a new member
Heelen to the Club. Thanks to Stephen and Bridget Ryan for facilitating
Danny Bailey continues the Marathon preparation on Sunday
next covering the eastern half, meeting at Rock an Thorabh car park at
10am. Liam Doheny’s B walk meets at Woodies, Clonmel at 10am and there
is a C walk meeting at the same place at 11am, which will join the B
walkers at Lake Mohra.
Rody Tierney's A walk on the western half of the Marathon route on
Sunday, March 15th, 2015. 6 photos
Mary Moynihan's B walk to Knockastackeen and Lake Bohreen on Sunday,
March 15th, 2015. 3 photos
Denny O'Dwyer's C walk on the Attychraan Loop on Sunday, March 15th,
News, March 22nd, 2015
The stage is set and preparation is
complete for the Slievenamuck
Marathon and Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday next, Palm
Sunday. Now in its seventh year, the event is well established on the
national walking calendar and also attracts an increasing number of
runners each year. The figure of eight route is largely forest track,
forming two loops, east and west, taking in both the north and south
sides of the Slievenamuck ridge. Anyone who feels they have the
necessary level of fitness is welcome to take part. The registration
fee is €10 and all details are on the Marathon
On the Schedule page
this website are details of all club walks up to next August, including
all the Wednesday evening walks which take place throughout the summer
months. The schedule of Sunday walks is better than ever with the
popular C walks now taking place every week rather than fortnightly as
before. All grades of walks have plenty of variety and cover a range of
locations stretching from Clare to Waterford and north to Laois.
Thanks to Danny Bailey and to Liam and Shane Doheny for the club walks
on Sunday last which took place in beautiful sunny conditions. Danny's
walk, in preparation for the Marathon next Sunday, was on the Kilshane
side of the route. The 14 walkers covered the 22km distance in 4 hours
and 20 minutes, stopping for a photo break at Christ the King statue
and a lunch break at Bansha Woods car park. Danny extends
a special welcome to a new couple from Galbally.
Liam and Shane's B walk started at the entrance to Moanyarha Bog in the
Comeraghs and climbed to Knocksheegowna at a height of 678 metres
before travelling south along the ridge and descending to Lake Mohra on
the eastern side. Here they met up with a group of C walkers who had
taken a much easier route to the lake and the combined group of 38
walked out together on forest tracks, the C walkers returning to their
cars and the B walkers continuing along the Drover Road to their finish
at Harney's Cross.
Let’s hope the wonderful weather experienced last weekend will
be repeated for the Marathon on Sunday next.
Danny Bailey's A walk on the eastern half of the Marathon route on
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015. 13 photos
Liam and Shane Doheny's B walk to Lake Mohra on Sunday,March 22nd, 2015
Marathon, March 29th, 2015
Last Sunday’s main
event on the walking calendar was the Slievenamuck Marathon on its now
familiar figure of eight route overlooking the scenic Glen of Aherlow
and the Galtee Mountains. The seventh running of the event saw a total
of 98 people arrive at the start early in the day, despite the damp
weather and the clocks going forward. Luckily the rain cleared before
Galtee Walking Club president, Danny Bailey cut the tape to get
everyone on their way. Runners and walkers headed off through the
Nature Park and east to Bansha Woods before returning to the base at
Rock an Thorabh car park. Those doing the Half Marathon ended here
while the Full Marathon participants completed another 22km loop
westwards as far as Moor Abbey. From mid-day on a steady stream of
people with tired legs and happy faces crossed the finish line, each
having completed their own individual challenge.
As usual there are
many people to thank, not least all the club members who gave of their
time over the past days and weeks. We also thank Helen and the Civil
Defence, the Radio Group, Coillte and the generous local landowners.
Start of the Slievenamuck
Marathon, Sunday, March 29th, 2015.
News, April 5th, 2015
With the lengthening hours of daylight it’s time for the Club’s
Wednesday evening walks to get under way
again. These are always very popular and attract large numbers each
week. Many people join the club at this time of year specifically to
take part in these evening outings. In all there are 21 Wednesday walks
throughout the summer months, good value for the 40 euro membership fee
even without considering all the Sunday walks also available. The
locations are all around the Galtees and Glen of Aherlow area and the
first walk on April 8 starts from Clydagh Bridge at 7pm. On April 15
the meeting point is Christ the King Statue, Aherlow.
next there is Spring-Clean organised for the Galtees and the Glen and
all members are encouraged to give a few hours of their time to help
remove the blight of litter from the area.
On Sunday, April 12 the
‘A’ walk is the spectacular Coumshingaun Horseshoe, meeting at
Kilclooney Wood car park at 10am with Owen Ryan. The ‘B’ walk is a
joint effort between Margaret Hayes and Amelia Ryan in the Slieve
Felims, meeting at Cappamore Community Centre at 10am. Peig McGrath’s
‘C’ walk is 3 hours at a gentle pace from Galtee Castle car park,
beginning at 11am.
Thanks to Danny Bailey for a combined A and B walk from
Bridge in the warm sunshine on Easter Sunday. A 10 strong C group with
Sadie Ryan also
completed a 2.5 hour loop from the same point and the regular walkers
welcomed two new members, Sheila & Seamus.
club members also took part in the Pilgrim Paths Day walk over the
Knockmealdowns from Melleray to Ardfinnan on Easter Saturday. Well done
to Knockmealdown Active and the Peaks club for a very professionally
A happy group on Sadie Ryan's C walk from Clydagh Bridge on Easter
5th, 2015. 6 photos
Galtymore with the Taioseach, Enda Kenny, April 7th 2015
I recently had the pleasure of guiding a group of 12 walkers
from Co Mayo to the summit of Galtymore which for them was their first
time. The route chosen was from Cush middle car park onto forest track
via Saunders Lodge to the Galty stile. We then climbed to the ridge
above Lough Diheen and dined for a while. We ascended across the north
face to the cross at the summit on what was a beautiful calm sunny day.
All of the group summited including An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who was
totally enjoying the experience and all had a toast to mark the
occasion. We descended to the wall and onto the coll above Lough Curra
to the stoney man, grassy knoll, Curra stile and back to the car park
for liquid refreshments. A great day was had by all and a great
pleasure for me as a member of the Galtee Walking Club to help An
Taoiseach to the summit of our beloved Galtees.
Enda Kenny with Galtee Walking Club Chairman, Owen Ryan on the Summit
of Galtymore on April 7th, 2015.
Saturday, April 11th, 2015
The annual clean-up day in the Galtees and the
Glen area took place on Saturday, April 11th in perfect weather
conditions for the job. Members of the Galtee club joined the team from
Limerick Climbing Club to clean the main parking areas such as Cush,
Rossadrehid, Rock an Thorabh and the Ballagh Road.
News, April 12th, 2015
It was a busy week for the club with the first of the evening walks
taking place on Wednesday, a litter clean-up day on Saturday and three
club outings on Sunday. Several new walkers turned up for Sadie Ryan’s
well-attended first Wednesday walk in the evening sunshine. The next
evening walk starts from Christ the King statue on April 15 at 7pm.
Sunday last started wet which kept numbers relatively small on the club
walks but, as usual, those who ventured out were well rewarded for
their efforts. Peig McGrath’s ‘C’ walk was a 3 hour loop in the Galtee
Castle, King’s Yard area in the valleys of the Attychraan and
Glounreagh rivers. This is Peig's report.
Starting from Galty Castle
Car Park in a little wet and windy conditions along forest track for a
hour, then out on open track and over bridge where Denny O Dwyer told
us a little bit of history on the famous fertility tree, which is near
the ruins of the O Brien's home. It was onwards and upwards then and
lunch was enjoyed by all in the shelter of some old stone cottages, and
the sun was begining to peep through. Thanks Eddie for giving out the
chocolate buns. It was downhill then to cross a stream, and back to
forest track, where we headed towards Kings Yard and then took a left
turn and along a little track to where the rivers Attychraan and
Glounreagh meet, some more chat here, and then headed back to Galty
Castle Car Park in just three hours.
Thanks to Anne for all her help, and thanks to Eddie and Mary for
sweeping. Lovely to see you out Alma and traveling the long journey.
The ‘B’ walk, with Margaret Hayes and Amelia Ryan, was in the Slieve
Felims, meeting at Cappamore. After a short drive to a forest entrance
north of the town the group took the bog road west as far as
Glenstal Wood. As the weather improved through the morning, views of
the Shannon around Killaloe became clear. The return journey was on
part of the Slieve Felim Way and as the group descended the southern
side of the hill a wide vista of the East Limerick countryside opened
Owen Ryan’s ‘A’ walk was the Coumshingaun Horseshoe in the Comeraghs.
Next Sunday’s ‘A’ walk meets at Rossadrehid Waterworks at 10am, with
Pat Ryan. Pat Donovan’s ‘B’ walk meets at Clydagh Bridge also at 10 and
the ‘C’ walk from Galbally at 11am is under the combined leadership of
Trish O’Brien and Catherine Sharpe.
Peig McGrath's C
walk from Galtee Castle on Sunday, April 12th, 2015. 4 photos
B walk on the Slieve Felims on Sunday, April 12th, 2015. Leaders
Margaret Hayes and Amelia Ryan. 4 photos
News, April 19th, 2015
Last Sunday was a beautiful clear sunny day, perfect for the three club
walks. Pat Ryan’s 17km ‘A’ walk in the Galtees was a trial run for his
walk in the Aherlow Festival on May 31st from Ballydavid to Rossadrehid
Waterworks. This is Pat's report.
After a 10.30 start we
walked 3 kilometres to the mast, had a break overlooking the valley and
continued through forest track to Sturrakeen, then on to cairn 597,
across to cairn 631 and a climb onto Farbreaga where lunch was enjoyed
in beautiful weather and surroundings. We chatted with other walking
comrades from a neighbouring club before continuing on to Greenane and
Loughlans Castle and high point 786, then on to Knockastakeen and the
final 3 kilometres to the waterworks. Thanks to Tom for the navigation
and good walking company on a lovely day to be on the Galtees
Thanks to Pat Donovan who was also in the Galtees with his ‘B’ group,
completing the high horseshoe route of Cush, Galtybeag and Galtymore in
4.5 hours. This is Pat's 'B' walk report.
8 walkers set out for a
day on the mountains and had a most enjoyable time. Sun cream was the
order of the day under a sunshine sky. The group reduced a little after
Cush. Food was had on Galtee Beag then onto Galtee More and home. Many
thanks to all for their support.
A large group of ‘C’ walkers turned up in Galbally to support Trish
O’Brien and Catherine Sharpe on their first outing as walk leaders. All
enjoyed their trip around the Darby’s Bed Loop, now in full colour with
the spring wild flowers and alive with bird-song. Well done to both
On Sunday next Willie Delahunty’s ‘A’ walk on the eastern Galtees meets
at Kilcoran Hotel at 10am. Gerry Ryan meets the ‘B’ walkers at the
Centra Service Station, Newport at 9:45am, for his climb of Keeper
Hill. The evening walk on Wednesday 22nd meets at Aherlow House Hotel.
C walk to Darby's Bed on Sunday, April 19th, 2015. Leaders Trish
O'Brien and Catherine Sharpe. 2 photos
construction team, putting the new bridge over the stream at
to the test, after completing the job on Saturday, April 18th, 2015
News, April 26th, 2015
Temperatures dropped on Sunday last as
cold air from the north spread down over Ireland but this had the
advantage of producing clear blue skies and crystal clear visibility,
perfect for the two club walks on the day. Willie Delahunty’s ‘A’ walk
was on the eastern Galtees, starting from Kilcoran. The recent fires on
the mountain provided bare ground underfoot, making walking easy on the
15km loop which took in parts of Farbreaga and Greenane as well as a
visit to the ruined farmhouse.
Ryan took the ‘B’ group to the
top of Keeper Hill after meeting in Newport. Thanks to both Willie and
Sadie for their excellent leadership and thanks also to Rody
help with the 'A' walk.
There are no club walks on Sunday next as
the Ballyhoura International Walking Festival is on over the weekend
and many members will be participating in some of the wide variety of
walks. On the following Sunday, May 10, the ‘A’ walkers meet in
Cappawhite at 10am with Liz Breen, the ‘B’ group meets at Galtee Castle
Car Park, also at 10am, with Anne O’Donnell and Mary O’Riordan’s ‘C’
walk to Lake Muskry starts from Rossadrehid Waterworks at 11am.
popular Wednesday evening walks continue with starting points on April
29 at the Silver Sands and on May 6 in Galbally Village, both at 7pm.
Sadie Ryan's B walk to Keeper Hill on Sunday, April 26th, 2015. "11
walkers. Most beautiful sunny day. And we could see miles and miles in
all directions from the top."
News, May 10th, 2015
Thanks to Mary O’Riordan, Anne O’Donnell and Liz Breen for providing
the club walks on Sunday last. Mary’s well attended ‘C’ walk was to the
largest of the Galtee lakes, Lake Muskry, and it was good to see some
of the younger generation of walkers taking part. Anne’s ‘B’ walk was a
10km loop in the Attychraan Valley and Knocknagalty area, a place rich
in flowing rivers, waterfalls, old stone buildings from previous ages
and woodland paths through beech trees in their spring greenery. Liz
brought her ‘A’ group on to Red Hill, north of the meeting point at
The evening walks continue and on Wednesday
last, May 6, Mary Ryan brought a 40 strong group on the Darby’s Bed
loop from Galbally. Thanks to Mary and a special thanks also to Henry
Fraser in the village for providing a great spread of sandwiches, cakes
and tea to all the walkers after the event.
The next evening walk
is from Rock an Thorabh Car Park on May 13 at 7pm with Eddie McGrath.
The Sunday walks for May 17 are an ‘A’ walk from Galtee Castle at 10am
with Joe Browne, a ‘B’ walk in the Slieve Blooms with Brendan Sheils,
meeting at the
Topaz Garage, Mountmellick Rd. Portlaoise at 10am and a ‘C’ walk in
Cratloe Wood with Cecilia O'Dwyer, meeting at the Tesco Car Park,
Coonagh, at 11am.
Anne O'Donnell's B walk
from Galtee Castle car park on Sunday, May 10th, 2015, 2 photos
Mary O'Riordan's C walk to Lake Muskry on Sunday, May 10th, 2015.
News, May 17th, 2015
We are grateful to Joe Browne, Brendan
Sheils and Cecilia O'Dwyer for providing the three club walks on Sunday
last. Cecilia in particular deserves congratulations on being a
first-time walk facilitator with her outing to Cratloe Woods in Co.
Clare. The area gets its name from the Irish for the land of the Sally
trees. It was a lovely walk through forest tracks with a great view of
the Shannon Estuary. 16 people walked and there was a lovely end to the
day in the playground.
Joe’s ‘A’ walk was in the western Galtees, starting from Galtee
Castle car park while Brendan’s ‘B’ walkers travelled to Laois for a
walk in the Slieve Blooms with the Navan Trekkers from Meath. The
combined group completed a 19km loop, which took in part of the Slieve
Bloom Way, the source of the River Barrow and the impressive Glenbarrow
waterfall. This is Brendan's report of the walk.
joint B walk with the Navan Trekkers in the Slieve Blooms was a great
success. 13 walkers from the Galtee Walking Club met 16 from Navan
Trekkers in Rosenallis village co Laois at 10.30 to make for a fine
turnout before heading to Glenbarrow car park for the start of the
walk. Co-leader Liz Ashton welcomed us and group photos were taken
before the start. We commenced the walk on the Slieve Bloom
through forest tracks to ascend onto an impressive boardwalk section
along the lower part of the Ridge of Capard. Leaving the board walk
behind we proceeded across open mountain along the Slieve Bloom Way to
the well built Stoney Man cairn for a first lunch stop. After this we
climbed Clarnahinch mountain, 483m, and Baunreaghcong mountain, 509m,
providing views in the distance of the Galtees, Knockmealdowns and
Slievenamon. The group proceeded down to the source of the River Barrow
before heading downhill to criss-cross the river further down to meet
up with forest tracks again to start our return and a welcome second
lunch stop. On our return we followed a track along a picturesque
section of the River Barrow and took another group photo on a timber
bridge. The final highlight was our stop at the Glenbarrow Waterfall
with its series of cascades. Navan Trekkers showed great hospitality
throughout the day and were a pleasure to walk with. A big thank you to
Liz Ashton and all Navan Trekkers who helped to make such a great day
out. Thanks as well to David Stapleton for kindly organising car lift
from Cashel to the walk and thanks to all the club members who
travelled the distance involved and to make the walk a success. The
weather turned out to be better than expected as well!
Distance 19km in 6 1/2 hrs.
Sunday next, May 24, Rody Tierney’s ‘A’ walk is on the Galtees,
starting from Clydagh Bridge at 10am. ‘B’ walkers will be delighted to
see the return of the Vee to Melleray walk with Mossy Casey, meeting at
Bay Lough car park at 10am while Liam Doheny’s ‘C’ walk, which meets at
Woodie’s, Clonmel, at 11am is in the scenic Glasha valley near
The following weekend is the June Bank Holiday and time
for the Aherlow Walking Festival when we hope to see large numbers
visit the Glen for the many walks led by club members.
of the Galtee Walking Club and Navan Trekkers at the start of their
combined B walk on the Slieve Blooms on Sunday, May 17th, 2015. Joint
leaders, Liz Ashton and Brendan Sheils. 7 photos
Cecilia O'Dwyer's C walk in Cratloe Woods on Sunday, May 17th, 2015.
News, May 24th, 2015
The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival takes
place over the June Bank holiday weekend with a total of 12 walks over
the three days. There is something to suit every level of fitness so
the Galtee club and Aherlow Failte would like to see as many people as
possible come and experience the wonderful resource we have in the
Galtees and Glen area. A Festival barbeque and musical entertainment in
the local hostelries completes the weekend package.
Mossy Casey and Liam and Shane Doheny took charge of the three club
walks on Sunday last in excellent weather conditions for outdoor
activities. Rody’s ‘A’ walk was a 15km loop in the Galtees, taking in
the summits of Knockastakeen and Cush as well as a visit to Borheen
Lough. This is Rody's report.
A walk commenced at the Clydagh Bridge. From the Cush stile we
proceeded along the firebreak track , leaving the hill on our right. We
crossed the Carrigeen river and continued on the forest track until we
reached the northern end of Knockastakeen. We climbed to the summit at
768 and enjoyed our lunch break here. We continued northwest and
dropped down to Borheen Lough. From here we tackled the never easy
Cush. Our 15km trek was completed in dry and pleasant conditions. A
word of thanks to Pat who always shares his knowledge of the mountains
with us. We were all home in time to see the match!
‘B’ group traversed the Knockmealdowns from Bay Lough to Melleray,
following the course of the monastery water supply to reach their
reward in the coffee shop at the end.
The ‘C’ walkers, with Liam and
Shane, enjoyed a 12km trek in the northern Comeraghs on parts of the
Glenpatrick Loop and forest tracks along the Glasha River, finishing on
the green road back to Harney’s Cross.
The evening walk on Wednesday, May 27th, meets at Cappawhite Church at
7pm when Margaret Hayes will lead the walkers on Red Hill.
Mossy Casey's B walk from Bay Lough car park to Melleray on Sunday, May
Liam and Shane Doheny's C walk in the Glasha Valley, Glenpatrick area
on Sunday, May 24th, 2015.
News, May 31st, 2015
A fantastic team effort by a large number
of people brought about another very successful Glen of Aherlow Walking
Festival last weekend. The three-day event brought well over 200
visitors to the area to walk the Galtees and Slievenamuck under the
leadership of experienced Galtee Walking Club Members. There was
something to suit everyone, from family friendly nature rambles to
strenuous 7-hour climbs on the high Galtees. The weather was mixed with
Sunday the best day for visibility and sunshine.
Thanks to all who
made the event a success, including Helen and the Aherlow Failte
committee and staff, the walk leaders and stewards, Noel Browne and his
bus drivers, Hillwalking Radio, all who provided the excellent food for
the hungry walkers on their return, all who administered the
registration of walkers, the Gardai, the GAA for providing parking and
the farmers who generously allowed access to their land.
outings on Sunday next are a ‘B’ walk on the Knockanaffrin Ridge,
meeting at Woodie’s car park, Clonmel at 10am and a ‘C’ walk from Rock
an Thorabh car park at 11am with Pat Kinane. Evening walks continue
with the Dolmen Loop from Lisvernane Village with Breda Ryan on
Wednesday, June 3, at 7pm.
Aherlow Festival Saturday B walk to Temple Hill on May 30th, 2015.
Leader Brendan Sheils.
Aherlow Festival Sunday B walk, Glengarra to Rossadrehid, on May 31st,
2015. Leader Paddy Bourke.
Beneath Galtymore on the Aherlow Festival Sunday C walk on May 31st,
2015. Leader Amelia Ryan. 4 photos
News, June 7th, 2015
It was a pleasure to be out in the fine
weather on Sunday last on either of the two club walks. Paddy Bourke’s
11km linear ‘B’ walk was on the Knockanafrin Ridge in the Comeraghs,
starting from the Nire car park and finishing at the Council chip depot
near the TV mast. The top of the ridge is a fantastic vantage point for
360degree views of mountains, lakes and patchwork countryside.
and congratulations are also due to Pat Kinane, leading his first ‘C’
walk for the club after starting at the deep end on the Aherlow
Festival last weekend. Pat stayed close to home, taking his group
around the forest tracks on Slievenamuck.
On Sunday next, June 14,
the ‘A’ walk is in the Galtees with Thos O’Neill, meeting at Clydagh
Bridge at 10am. ‘B’ walkers travel to Clare to climb the county high
point of Moylussa, meeting with Goretti Campbell at Goosers Restaurant,
Ballina at 10:30am. Catherine Russel’s ‘C’ group meets at Clydagh
Bridge at 11am to climb to Lake Curra. Anne O’Donnell’s evening walk on
June 10 meets at Mountain Road Cahir at 7pm. For the really hardy among
us, Mike Moroney is leading a walk on the entire 90km length of the
Ballyhoura Way on Saturday next, June 13.
Paddy Bourke's B walk on the Knockanafrin Ridge on Sunday, June 7th,
3 photos 5 photos video
Pat Kinane's C walk on Slievenamuck on Sunday, June 7th, 2015.
Wednesday Evening Walk, June 10th, 2015
Anne O'Donnell's evening walk on Bane Hill on Wednesday, June 10th,
News, June 14th, 2015
Conditions were perfect for all the
events of last weekend. On Sunday, Thos O’Neill’s ‘A; walk was the
Galtymore high horseshoe, completed in 5 hours in glorious sunshine.
7 walkers took part including Proinsias from Kildare. There were plenty
of other walkers out including a group from Mid Tipp Hillwalkers doing
the crossing and also the Bandon club on their way to Galtymore.
The ‘B’ walkers, with Goretti Campbell, climbed from the shore of Lough
Derg near Killaloe to Moylussa, the highest point in Co. Clare.This is
at the water’s edge of the west shores of Lough Derg, we followed a
section of the East Clare Way through Ballycuggaran forest. Leaving
this section we made for Crag wood and a lovely pathway brought us to
the foot of Crag hill. We had a bit of rambling through rough
but made it to the top in good spirits and the views of Lough Derg and
the surrounding area made it all worthwhile. We followed the ridge onto
Feenlea Mountain, negotiating a few fences on the way and had lunch on
the way down. Next we made our way through a firebreak and to our last
ascent, Moylussa Mountain. A steep stony climb brought us to Moylussa’s
twin summits at 532m high with the spectacular views of Lough Derg, the
River Shannon and the surrounding area. The Galtee Mountains looked
fantastic from this location. We then made our downhill hike and back
to our cars. 12.5 km- over 5 hours.
‘C’ walkers took the Ice Road to Lake Curra in the company of
to those who completed the entire 90km Ballyhoura Way on Saturday, led
by Mike Moroney. It was a fantastic achievement by all.
will be one of the busiest for a
long time. On Saturday and Sunday Mike Moroney will lead on the two
local sections of the Beara-Breifne Way as part of the plan to cover
the entire route. At 3:30am on Sunday morning Mary Murphy’s Summer
Solstice climb to greet the sunrise on Slieve Reagh will take place
from Glenbrohane. The two Sunday club walks are a ‘B’ walk on Brandon
Hill and the South Leinster Way in Kilkenny with Liam and Shane Doheny,
meeting at Woodies, Clonmel at 9:30am and a ‘C’ walk with Anne
O’Donnell, meeting at Galtee Castle car park at 11am. The club’s
biggest event of the year, the Galtee Challenge and Crossing takes
place on the following Sunday, June 28. Evening walks continue
with Tom Lyons and Sheila Lenihan on Wednesday 17th, meeting
Anglesboro at 7pm. Tom will take the stronger walkers to the top of
Temple Hill while Sheila will stay lower on forest tracks.
Thos O'Neill's A walk on
the Galteemore high horseshoe on Sunday June 14th, 2015.
Goretti Campbell's B walk to Moylussa, the highest point in Co. Clare,
on Sunday June 14th, 2015.
6 photos video
News, June 21st, 2015
The Galtee Walking Club’s main event of the year, the Galtee Challenge
and Crossing takes place on Sunday next. Participants from all around
Ireland and abroad have been registering for the event and registration
through galteewalkingclub.ie will close on the night of Wednesday June
24. We look forward to a great day on the mountain and hope the weather
will be in our favour. Good luck to all taking part.
Last weekend was a busy one with two more sections of the Beara-Breifne
Way, from Kilfinnane to Cappawhite, walked under the guidance of Mike
Moroney. In the early hours of Sunday morning another group gathered in
Glenbrohane for a climb to watch the sunrise on the summit of
The final two Sunday club walks before the summer break also took
place. Anne O’Donnell, who hadn’t got much sleep after watching the
sunrise, was out in the Glounreagh Valley area of the southern Galtees
with her group of ‘C’ walkers, taking in the wooden bridge and the
ruined farmhouse. Liam and Shane Doheny were in their home county of
Kilkenny for a climb to that county’s highest point of Brandon Hill and
a trek along the South Leinster Way to finish at a restaurant in the
postcard village of Inistioge.
As the Sunday walks end for now we must thank all the facilitators who
provided such interesting and varied walks over the past months and
also the schedule organisers for putting them all together. We look
forward to September when it all starts again and in the meantime we
have the Wednesday evening walks to keep us fit and happy for the
was tough going on the Beara Breifne Way at Maureen Browne's house
Ballylanders trying to get through 40 scones, 40 sandwiches and
sweets. Day 10 of the Beara Breifne Way walk on Saturday June 20th,
Liam and Shane Doheny's B walk on Brandon Hill and the South Leinster
Way on Sunday June 21st, 2015.
Anne O'Donnell's C walk from Galtee Castle on Sunday June 21st, 2015.
Challenge/Crossing, Sunday, June 28th, 2015
The Sunday schedule of the Galtee Walking Club ended last weekend with
the biggest event of the year, the Galtee Challenge and Crossing. This
year’s event was run in parallel with Munster Hill Runners traverse of
the range and between the two groups there were close to 180 people out
on the mountain.
The route was from Cahir to Anglesboro, a distance of 31km with a total
height gain of 1730 metres, taking in all the major peaks. The weather
could not have been much better, dry and bright with a cooling breeze.
Visibility was excellent, meaning that finding their way was not a
problem for the self-navigating Challenge group and the mountains were
looking their best for all the visiting walkers. Participants came from
all around Ireland and some even travelled from as far as Denmark and
The Netherlands to take part.
As usual there is a large team of people to thank for another mission
successfully accomplished. Thanks to those who worked so hard on the
day, both at the base in Anglesboro and out on the mountain with the
walkers under Rody’s leadership. Thanks also to the bus providers, the
caterers and the landowners for allowing us access. Well done also to
the team of club members who spent months planning and preparing for
Sebastian Nalewko of 4x4sb.com
At the summit of Galtymore on
the Galtee Crossing on Sunday, June 28th, 2015.
Wednesday Evening Walk, July 15th, 2015
for Lake Curra on the Wednesday evening walk on July 15th, 2015
Wednesday Evening Walk, July 22nd, 2015
Goretti Campbell's Wednesday evening walk to Lake Diheen on July 22nd,
2015. 7 photos
Wednesday Evening Walk, August 5th, 2015
Glounreagh Valley, Wednesday evening walk, 5th August 2015. Leader
Brendan Sheils. 3 photos
The things you can find on a walk!
You would never know what you would find in the woods around the
Galtees. Helen didn't miss the bus on a Sunday walk from Kings Yard on
August 16th, 2015.
Wednesday Evening Walk, August 19th, 2015
Group at the Shrough Dolmen on Mary Moynihan's evening walk on
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015.
Fei Sheehy Challenge, August 21, 22 and 23, 2015
This three day crossing of the Comeragh, Galtee
and Knockmealdown ranges took place on Friday, August 21st,
Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday August 23rd. Gerard Sheehy's report on
the event is available here
. There is also a
of the three days located here
Slovenia Trip 2015
This year’s Galtee Walking Club adventure was to The Slovenian Alps.
Twenty seven members took part. The base was Kranjska Gora, a town on
the Sava River in north-western Slovenia, close to the Austrian and
Over the last few years the club mission was to visit the Alps in every
country and this was the last one on the list. The Alps in this area
are known as the Julian Alps. What a gem they were! Our accommodation
was Apart Hotel Vijolica (owner Joze) and Apartment Helena (owner
Gregor, his wife and his Mam) who looked after us so well during the
The town provides an excellent base for walkers and cyclists - there
are marked walks suitable for everyone from beginners to the very
1. Hike from
Kranjska Gora to Vršič Pass (1611 meters)
. The Vršič Pass
is the highest pass in Slovenia, as well as the highest in the Eastern
Julian Alps. It connects Upper Carniola with the Trenta Valley in the
Slovene Littoral, rising from Kranjska Gora. For cyclists, the road has
a series of 50 hairpin bends traversing the high mountains near the
2. Vintgar gorge
- Slovenia is a country of stunning accessible waterfalls. Along the
narrow passage, where the Radovna river thrashes loudly against its
rocky confines, there are paths and bridges constructed in the rock.
The trail runs through the 1600 m long gorge. The Radovna flows over
cascades and rapids. The Vintgar gorge ends at the delightful Šum
waterfall, the highest river fall in Slovenia. At the waterfall the
trail leaves the Radovna and rises up a track heading south-east to the
chapel of St Catherine above Zasip.
3. Hike from
Kranjska Gora to the Martuljek waterfalls
. The upper fall
is over 100m high and the lower one around 30m. The lower fall is quite
spectacular, set in a deep rocky gorge. The higher fall is much higher
on the mountain and has cut a deep groove in the rockface.
panoramic Mt. Mala Mojstrovka (2332 metres)
is (thanks to
Vršič mountain pass) one of the most quickly accessible and
consequently most visited 2000-meter peaks in the central Julian Alps.
The 360 degree view of the Julian Alps from the top is spectacular.
with an elevation of 2,864 metres is the highest mountain in Slovenia
and also the highest mountain in the former Yugoslavia. It is the
highest peak of the Julian Alps. It is Slovenia’s national symbol. Its
pyramid shape summit rises above central Julian Alps and is clearly
visible from far and near. As the highest mountain, it has stirred the
imagination of explorers, hikers and climbers for centuries. The ascent
to Triglav is no joke. The route is long and in the upper part very
exposed, full of stemples and steel cables. The upper part demands
mountaineering experience and a careful step. Owen Ryan planned on
reaching the summit and Mike Moroney planned on accompanying him to the
Triglavski mountain hut at 2515 metres. The hut is located on the
mountain ridge between Rjavina and Triglav summit. Both Owen and Mike
achieved their goal. The rest of the club gave the two boys a rapturous
round of applause when they entered the restaurant in victory and never
did a steak taste so good.
1. Lake Bled
- The lake is of glacial origins. It is 2,120 m (6,960 ft) long and
1,380 m (4,530 ft) wide and has a small island (Bled Island) in the
centre. The lake is situated in a picturesque environment, surrounded
by mountains and forests. The medieval Bled Castle stands above the
lake on the north shore. Bled Island has several buildings, the main
one being the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary.
There was a day trip organised to visit the capital city of
Ljubljana. After coffee in the sun along the canal the group took a
very leisurely canal tour of the city followed by some retail therapy.
A big highlight of the trip was for the 17 cyclists who completed the
Three Country Bike tour organised by Gerard Ryan. The group had
breakfast in Slovenia, coffee in Italy and dinner at a biker bar in
Additional activities included paragliding, tobogganing (without snow)
and swimming in a freezing glacier lake.
The Galtee Walking Club
would like to say a huge thank you to Breda, Pat and Gerard Ryan for
the superb job that they did in organising it. And well done to the
Galtee Walking Club on completing the tour of the Alps in every country!
Report: Helen Shanahan
Aidan Dilworth's photos
David Stapleton's photos
Ann Donohoe's photos on the Club Gallery
Helen Shanahan's video from
Mt. Mala Mojstrovka (2332 metres)
News, September 6th,
A new season of Sunday walks has begun for the Galtee Walking Club and
there is a full schedule to take us to the end of the year. The hurling
final on Sunday last gave a sense of urgency to the three club outings
and all were completed in time to be home for the game. Rody Tierney’s
‘A’ walk and Paddy Bourke’s ‘B’ walk were in the Galtees with Rody
reaching Slievecushnabinna from the north and Paddy climbing to
Galtymore from the Black Road to the south.
This is Rody's report
Rody and a handful of
stalwarts had a brisk walk to Lough Curra and then scrambled up over
the rocks to Cushnabinna. Because of the day that was - with
Tipperary in the all Ireland minor hurling final - we decided to make a
quick return to the knoll and out by Saunders lodge. We were home to a
disappointing evening by the telly.
Paddy welcomed Johanna from Germany, Luzia from Switzerland and 14 year
old Darran from Tipperary as guests on his walk.
Eddie and Peig McGrath brought their group of ‘C’ walkers on a
riverbank walk along the Suir. This is their report
Starting from Ballycarron
along by the river Suir, a brief stop at Jackmans weir, then on towards
Athassel Abbey for a ten minute walk around the ruins, then on for
Golden Village where lunch was enjoyed by all on the Island. Then
onwards again along the river bank, for another hour and a half passing
Ballinahinch castle on our left, and back at Camas around 2pm and in
plenty of time for the all Ireland Final.
Thanks to everyone and hope all newcomers enjoyed the walk, and to the
people who pooled cars and thanks David and Mary who had to arrive a
hour earlier, much appreciated.
Thanks to all walk leaders.
On Sunday next Tomás O'Briain takes a combined group of ‘A’ and ‘B’
walkers to the Doon Waterfall and Knockshanahullion in the
Knockmealdowns, starting from Bay Lough car park at 10am and Sadie
Ryan’s ‘C’ walk on the Dolmen Loop begins in Lisvernane Village at
11am. New walkers are welcome for the new season and membership is now
open for the coming year.
Paddy Bourke's B walk to Galtymore on Sunday September 6th, 2015.
Eddie and Peig McGrath's C walk along the River Suir on Sunday
September 6th, 2015. 2 photos
News, September 13th,
There’s a full list of club walks
scheduled for Sunday next, September 20, all starting from different
points in the Glen of Aherlow. Ann Donohoe’s ‘A’ group meets at Clydagh
Bridge at 10am to take on the Galtee Horseshoe loop. ‘B’ walkers will
climb Knockastackeen and visit Lake Bohreen under the guidance of Mary
Moynihan, meeting at Rossadrehid Waterworks at 10am and Eddie McGrath’s
‘C’ walk on Slievenamuck will leave from Rock an Thorabh car park at
11am. As we are at the beginning a new walking season and approaching
the start of the club year it is a good time for anyone thinking of
joining the club to come along on one of our walks and sample the
experience of walking our local hills and woods.
Sunday last was a
disappointing day from a weather point of view but despite the rain the
two club walks went ahead. Thanks to Tomás Ó'Briain for providing a
combined ‘A’ and ‘B’ walk in the Knockmealdowns, visiting Doon
Waterfall and Knockshanahullion. Tomás sent this report on the
Total Distance: 12.42
miles. Time taken 5 hrs 25 minutes. Weather conditions: foggy, rainy,
overcast, wet but not very cold.
point was Bay Loch car park at The Vee. The route followed the
Blackwater Way to the 'good road' and then entered the forest to emerge
at the 'dirty road' near the Araglen River. Crossing the bog to the
'rough road' we followed this to the forest entry and then headed south
to Doon Falls. The river was passable and some photos were taken.
Returning to the forest entry we passed it and continued northwest on a
rough track. Leaving this track we crossed the heather northwards to
join the Blackwater Way once more. We followed the Blackwater Way for
twenty minutes before heading northwards for Knockshanahullion.
Conditions at this point deteriorated considerably with a strong
southerly wind and some rain. Reaching the Cairn at the top we ate our
grub in the bothán within. Incidentally, on arrival, we set
unusually dark-coloured hare running as we entered. He had been
sheltering there until we arrived. After eating we set off and went
slightly off course. (Mea culpa) Brendan came to the rescue with his
excellent navigating skills and we were soon back on course. In the
gully below Knock Locha we started a deer who took off uphill and we
were able to observe its progress for some time. It stopped
occasionally to monitor our movements. The stream in the gully was in
spate but it was easily crossed. As the heather on the slope was too
high for a direct ascent we traversed and zig-zagged upwards. The path
circling around to the north was obscured by heather and it took some
time and effort to get up to the Cairns and to the fence and the marker
at Knock Locha. Following the fence back to Bay Loch the descent was
very slippery due to a great deal of water on the track and some of the
smaller gullies having been turned into streams. However, we arrived
back at Bay Loch safe and sound and without mishap. A good walk and
enjoyable, but quite strenuous.
The third participant was Brian
McSherry whom I had not had the pleasure of meeting before. I look
forward to meeting him when he leads his own walk later in the
to Sadie Ryan for taking the 20 ‘C’ walkers around the Dolmen Loop from
Lisvernane with an extension via Aherlow House at the end.
Tomás O'Briain's A-B walk to the Doon Waterfall and Knockshanahullion
on Sunday September 13th, 2015.
Sadie Ryan's C walk on the Dolmen Loop from Lisvernane on Sunday
September 13th, 2015. 2 photos
News, September 20th,
It was another Sunday and another
soaking for the Galtee walkers who ventured out on the hills last
weekend. Rain and strong winds made conditions difficult for the three
groups who started from various points in the Glen of Aherlow area. Our
thanks to Ann Donohoe, Mary Moynihan and Eddie McGrath for getting all
in their charge out and back safely.
Next Sunday’s walks are more
widely distributed through the county with Tom Lyons meeting his ‘A’
group on the southern side of the Galtees at 10am at Galtee Castle car
park. ‘B’ walkers meet with Gerry Ryan at Centra Service Station,
Newport, at 9:45am to climb Keeper Hill and further east Patricia
Butler’s ‘C’ walkers meet in Kilcommon at 11am to complete the Pilgrim
Loop from the village.
News, September 27th,
After two rainy Sundays it was a pleasure to have fine weather for the
club walks on Sunday last. Tom Lyons was out with the ‘A’ group on the
southern side of the Galtees. This is Tom's report.
started in Galty castle car park. After meandering though some forest
tracks and some time to inspect a dwelling of some folk long since past
we headed for Blackrock valley after a short break to apply some sun
cream, must be summer!! We started our first climb of the day,
Knockaterriff, once on top the views were super all the way to
Knockmealdowns and on to the Commeraghs. From there we made our way
aided by a strong breeze to the top of Lyracappul were we stopped for
some lunch. During lunch we were treated to a most beautiful poem by
Rody, a one which must be published I think. With spirits high and
bellies full we headed along by the wall until we reached the spot over
looking Lake Curra, from here we returned home by the Glounreagh river.
On our return to Galty Castle wood car park it was good to see the
carpark full of cars with people out taking in the fine day. There were
some people having a picnic. Thanks to everyone for a most enjoyable
Gerry Ryan’s ‘B’ group met in Newport for a climb to the top
of Keeper Hill. Here is Gerry's report.
Ryan's B walk lead 13 members and 3 guests to the summit of Keeper
Hill, ascending 693m and covering 18km of track in
conditions. On the slopes of Keeper Hill is a woodland of 3,300
hectares. The 300 hectare summit is blanket bog and Nardus grassland,
considered of ecological importance. Keeper Hill is designated a
Special Area of Conservation and the group enjoyed a lovely lunch at
the summit with 360deg views of Tipperary, Clare, Limerick
east the ‘C’ walkers enjoyed the Pilgrim Loop from Kilcommon Village
with Patricia Butler, taking a break at the Mass Rock and a visit to
the Prayer Garden at the end.
The ‘A’ walk on Sunday next, October
4, meets at Clydagh Bridge with Joe Browne at 10am. Anne O’Donnell’s
‘B’ walk starts from Galtee Castle car park near Kilbeheny, also at
10am, while the ‘C’ walkers will visit Lake Muskry, meeting at
Rossadrehid Waterworks at 11am.
Gerry Ryan's B walk to Keeper Hill on Sunday September 27th, 2015.
News, October 4th,
Our three walk
leaders on Sunday last were Joe Browne, Anne O’Donnell and Paddy
Bourke. Joe’s six ‘A’ walkers started from Clydagh Bridge and made
their way to Lake Diheen from where they climbed the steep north face
of Galtee Beag. Dense fog enveloped them as they descended by the
Geisha Steps and the final peak of the day was Cush before returning to
the cars. The loop took just three hours, fifteen minutes to complete.
‘B’ walk was on the southern side of the Galtees taking in the
Attychraan and Glounreagh valleys on a loop filled with flowing
streams, waterfalls, ruined farmhouses from bygone days and peaceful
grazing cattle which seem to have replaced the sheep in that area.
on the other side of the mountain Paddy took his group of ‘C’ walkers
to Lake Muskry, following the river on the ascent and returning down on
the well-worn track.
On Sunday next Tomás Ó'Briain is in the
Ballyhouras for the ‘B’ walk meeting at Ballyorgan School at 10am and
Goretti Campbell’s ‘C’ walk starts from Clydagh Bridge at 11am.
Anne O'Donnell's B walk
from Galtee Castle on Sunday October 4th, 2015. 2 photos
Paddy Bourke's C walk to
Lake Muskry on Sunday October 4th, 2015. 3 photos
Last Sunday began with fog and poor
visibility at first but brightened to clear skies and warm autumnal
sunshine as the day went on. There were two club walks on the day, led
by Tomás Ó'Briain and Goretti Campbell. Goretti’s ‘C’ walk began at
Clydagh Bridge in the Glen and some walkers got as far as Lake Curra.
This is Goretti's report.
Starting point Clydagh
Bridge. We followed the forest track up to the Galtymore stile where
great work has been done by the Meitheal volunteers. It was a lovely
day, not a whisper of wind in the air so some walkers decided on a
longer trek. We headed for open mountain, crossed some streams
and gained height up to Lough Curra and the glorious sunshine guided us
back by the ice road. The remainder of the group headed for the shorter
trek to the Curra stile and looped back to the cars.
Tomás was in the Ballyhouras with his ‘B’ group, covering 18km
of wonderfully varied territory, starting from Glenanaar and taking in
Seefin, the highest point in the range at 528 metres. This is his
group of 15 met at Ballyorgan and car-pooled to the car park of the
Canon Sheehan Loop. There were 14 members of the club and one
prospective member. From there we followed the Óigín River to where it
meets the Ár. Crossing the bridge we headed north to the Glenanaar
Stile at O'Sullivan's Boreen. We crossed into evergreen forestry here
and continued north to Long Mountain. We went as far as the cairn
overlooking Castle Oliver and returned to Seefin for lunch. Following
the Black Ditch we came to the Map Board car park and turned south. On
reaching the forestry we turned south and then east until we came back
to Glenanaar Stile again. We reversed our route then to the
bridge at the meeting of the Ár and Óigín. At this point the party
divided with 5 returning to the Canon Sheehan car park and 10 following
the Canon Sheehan Loop Walk to the top of the steps and returning to
the car park from there. This latter was an addition to the original
planned walk due to the exceptionally good weather.
Thanks to all
who took part, it was an exceptionally lively group and good fun.
Thanks to Brendan Sheils for his kindness and advice.
Thanks and well done to both leaders.
a full schedule of walks on Sunday next. Willie Delahunty’s ‘A’ walk
starts from Kilcoran Lodge Hotel at 10am, the ‘B’ walk under the
guidance of Margaret Hayes meets at Clydagh Bridge at 10am and Therese
Roche’s ‘C’ group will meet at Rock an Thorabh Car Park at 11am. The
club AGM will take place in the Excel Centre, Tipperary Town, on
Thursday, October 22 and all members and prospective members are
encouraged to attend.
Goretti Campbell's C walk from Clydagh Bridge on Sunday October 11th,
2015. 4 photos
Tomás Ó'Briain's B walk in the Ballyhouras on Sunday October 11th,
2015. 5 photos
News, October 18th,
The time has come again for the Annual General Meeting of the Galtee
Walking Club which takes place in the Excel Centre in Tipperary Town on
Thursday, October 22, at 8pm. All members and prospective members are
not only welcome but also encouraged to attend.
Walks continued on Sunday last with three events taking place, all
completed quickly due to a certain rugby match in Cardiff. Willie
Delahunty’s ‘A’ walkers started from Kilcoran Lodge on the southern
side of the Galtees and climbed to the top of the ridge at point 597
before descending. On the northern side of the mountain Margaret Hayes
reached similar heights with her ‘B’ group, visiting Lake Diheen from a
starting point at Clydagh Bridge. The work of Mountain Meitheal on the
steps to the Galtee Stile was admired by all on both the ascent and
descent. On Slievenamuck Therese Roche led her ‘C’ group on a Forest
Track loop from the Rock an Thorabh car park.
On Sunday next the combined ‘A’ and ‘B’ walk with Danny Bailey starts
from Aherlow House Hotel at 10am and Willie Kavanagh’s ‘C’ walk meets
at Bansha Woods car park at 11am.
B walk to Lake Diheen on Sunday October 18th, 2015. Leader Margaret
Hayes. 4 photos
News, October 25th,
The Annual General Meeting of the Galtee Walking Club was held last
week at the Excel Theatre.
The following is a list of officers in the club:
President: Danny Bailey
Chairman: Owen Ryan
Vice Chairman: Tom Lyons
Secretary: Helen Gleeson
Treasurers: Anne O Donnell and Amelia Ryan
PRO: David Stapleton
Sadie Ryan, Breda Ryan, Josephine Tierney, Rody Tierney, Joe Browne,
Paddy Bourke, Dinny O'Dwyer, Thomas O'Neill, Ger Sheehy, Pat Kinane,
Brendan Sheils, Pat Ryan, Eddie McGrath, Kevin O'Sullivan, George Keogh
A walk coordinators: Pat Ryan, Joe Browne, Rody Tierney
B walk coordinators: Brendan Sheils, Paddy Bourke
C walk coordinators: Sadie Ryan, Una Phelan, Pat Kinane
Thanks to Danny Bailey and Willie Kavanagh for the walks on Sunday last.
next two sections of the Beara-Breifne Way take place on Saturday and
Sunday next, October 31 and November 1, covering the ground between
Cappawhite and Toomyvara over a total distance of 51km.
the 'B' walk with David Stapleton meets at Woodies, Clonmel at 10am and
George Keogh's 'C' walk starts from Clydagh Bridge at 11am.
group of Danny Bailey's A and B walkers and Willie Kavanagh's C walkers
when they met at the Millennium Stone on Sunday October 25th, 2015.
Danny Bailey's combined A and B walk from Aherlow House on Sunday
October 25th, 2015. 5 photos
News, November 1st,
Beara Breffni way October 31 and November 1
Report by Rody Tierney
regular Breffni walkers met at Cappawhite with leader Mike
and were joined by New York student Tim Antrim Cashin. Along the
Multeen way in brilliant sunshine we climbed the Red Hill - avoiding
turbine site works and forestry harvesting. We continued to the hill of
Barna (380m) where we lunched beneath a huge turbine. We then made our
way to the Milestone where we joined the Ormonde way. This comprises
mostly farm land and some forest tracks. We trekked on to Upperchurch
village where we had a pre arranged meal and minibus return to
On Sunday morning we met again in Upperchurch and faced
for Toomevara. This route brought us through Knockavitoge and onto
Knocknamona where we descended and crossed the Clodiagh river. We
crossed the bridge to the monument erected in memory of the great
hurling team of 1927. Our next climb was to 254 and then along the
Rathanure boreen to Templederry where we had a welcome lunch break. We
proceeded to Latteragh over farmlands via Cloghinch and Gurteen with
the Latteragh river on our right. From Seanin’s pub (alas now closed!)
we made our way uphill to the standing stone and onwards to Toomevara
where I was welcomed by my sister Esther.
Out thanks to all
farmers whose lands we traversed, also a sincere thanks to Mattie Ryan-
a renewed acquaintance – who has worked tirelessly for years to develop
the Ormonde way. Our great appreciation also to Mike Moroney for all
his work - preparing maps and leader skills. Thanks also to Kinnane
restaurant in Upperchurch, Tipperary Inn Toomevara and taxi man Johnny
David Stapleton's B walk was on the hills above Clonmel town and
started from Carey's Castle car park. The route included forest tracks
on Cannon Hill and a break at the Holy Year Cross overlooking the town,
then down by the ruined farmhouse and a climb to reach the trig point
and small cairn on Long Hill. After reaching the most easterly point of
the walk overlooking Clonmel golf course the group returned westwards
to follow the course of the Glenary River and emerge from the woods at
Carey's Castle after negotiating two river crossings on the way.
Thanks also to George Keogh for his C walk from Clydagh Bridge.
There are two club walks on Sunday next, November 8. The ‘B’ walk under
the joint leadership of Helen Gleeson and Sadie Ryan will meet at
Clydagh Bridge at 10am and cover a circuit on the northern side of Cush
Mountain without a climb to the summit and return to the start on
forest tracks. Pat Kinane’s ‘C’ walk is on forest paths in the
Slievenamuck area, meeting at Rock an Thorabh car park at 11am. The
Upperchurch Walking Festival also takes place on Saturday and Sunday
next and is deserving of support.
Rody and Mike on the Beara-Breifne Way on Saturday October 31st, 2015.
Photo: Denny O'Dwyer. 7 photos
David Stapleton's B walk to Glenary and Long Hill on Sunday November
1st, 2015. Photo: Gerry Ryan.
9 photos 7 photos
George Keogh's C walk from Clydagh Bridge on Sunday November 1st, 2015.
Photo: Goretti Campbell.
News, November 8th,
There are three club walks scheduled for Sunday next, November 15. Thos
O’Neill’s ‘A’ walk will take place in the Knockmealdowns, meeting at
Bay Lough Car Park, The Vee, at 10am. Brendan Sheils will be on the
southern side of the Galtees, meeting at Galtee Castle Car Park at 10am
and taking his ‘B’ group up as far as Carrigeen Mountain at an altitude
of 629 metres. Over in Ballyhoura country the ‘C’ walkers will meet
with Mary Murphy at Glenbrohane Church at 11am for a climb to the cairn
and mast on top of Slievereagh at 465 metres, passing the two wind
turbines on the way. Thanks to Helen Gleeson, Sadie Ryan and Pat Kinane
for providing the walks in wet and windy conditions on Sunday last.
Helen Gleeson's and Sadie Ryan's B walk on the Lower Cush circuit on
Sunday November 8th, 2015.
"5 walkers. 4 hours. Rained for the 4 hours" 2 photos
Pat Kinane's C walk from Rock an Thorabh car park on Sunday November
Route was from the car park down the track to Stafford O’ Brien’s
(Bianconi’s) well, then across the road into Garryduff Wood and along
the northern edge of Slievenamuck. Then a climb and descent to the
southern side, returning by part of the Dolmen Loop and the track above
the hotel and lodges.
News, November 15th,
There are two club walks on Sunday
next, November 22. At 10am Amelia Ryan’s ‘B’ group meets at Clydagh
Bridge in the Glen for a climb to Lake Curra, the second biggest lake
in the Galtees and the highest at 574 metres. On the way they will
follow the ‘Ice Road’, so named because it was once used to bring ice
from the lake to the big houses in the area.
The ‘C’ walk begins in
the centre of Galbally Village at 11am when Trish O'Brien and Catherine
Sharpe will lead the way around the Darby’s Bed loop on Duntryleague
Hill, visiting the well preserved Megalithic Tomb on the summit at a
height of 278 metres.
Thanks to Thomas O’Neill, Brendan Sheils and
Mary Murphy for providing the walks on Sunday last in less than ideal
conditions of mist and wind.
Thos was in the Knockmealdowns for the
A walk where the route was determined by the weather. They ascended the
sugar loaf to be greeted by gale force winds. It was then decided to
shorten the walk and loop back to the car park above Bay Lough.
Brendan's B walk started from Galtee Castle car park and
ascended through forest tracks and open ground to Carrigeen Mountain.
The return was by the Glounreagh valley with a lunch break at the
ruined farmhouse beside the river.
Mary brought her 18 C walkers to
the mast and trig point on the top of Slievereagh, following paths not
used on a walk before. The gentle pace meant that the walk took three
hours to complete. Thanks to Mike and Morgan for their help, including
taking the group to the Mass Rock on the route.
Brendan Sheils' B walk to Carrigeen Mountain from Galty Castle on
Sunday November 15th, 2015. 2 photos
Mary Murphy's C walk to Slievereagh on Sunday November 15th, 2015.
News, November 22nd,
There’s a busy weekend of walking
ahead with many events taking place. On Saturday and Sunday members of
both the Galtee club and Ballyhoura Bears are walking the next two
sections of the Beara-Breifne Way. This is the weekend where the
landmark Shannon crossing is made as they travel between Toomyvara in
North Tipperary and Portumna, just across the river in Co. Galway.
Closer to home on Saturday evening there is a fundraising walk for
South East Mountain Rescue, starting and finishing at their base in
Clonmel. This wonderful voluntary organization deserves the support of
all walkers and we hope to see as many members as possible taking part.
three club walks on Sunday are an ‘A’ walk on the Galtees with Owen
Ryan, meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 10am, a ‘B’ walk on the southern
side of the mountain with Brendan Sheils from the new Glengarra car
park at 10am and a ‘C’ walk on the eastern end of the range starting at
the Lady Gregory pub at 11am with Thos O’ Neill.
Thanks to Amelia, Margaret, Catherine and Trish for the club walks on
of the 15 walkers who were on the B walk to Lake Curra on Sunday
November 22nd, 2015, including visitors from Ireland, England and
Australia with leaders Amelia Ryan and Margaret
Hayes. 4 photos
20 walkers at Darby's Bed on the C walk from Galbally on
Sunday November 22nd, 2015. 4 photos
South Eastern Mountain
Rescue Fundraising Walk, November 28th, 2015
"Walk The Long Way
Round", a fundraising night walk for South Eastern Mountain
took place on Saturday November 28, 2015.
It started and finished at their base in Clonmel and covered a 15km
in the hills above the town. It was an extremely well organised and
well run event with a large number of people taking part including a
small delegation from the Galtee Walking Club. Anne O'Donnell, club
treasurer, made a presentation of a cheque to the value of 250 euro to
South Eastern Mountain Rescue team leader, Pat Holland, on behalf of
O'Donnell and Denny O'Dwyer of the Galtee Walking Club presenting a
cheque to Pat Holland, team leader of South Eastern Mountain Rescue on
occasion of their fundraising night walk, 'Walk the Long Way Round',
which took place in the hills around Clonmel on Saturday November 28th,
2015. SEMRA photos
News, November 29th, 2015
The schedule of walks for the first
three months of 2016 has now been arranged and can be seen on the
Schedule page. Apart from the usual Sunday walks we also have the Glen
of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival at the end of January and the
Slievenamuck Marathon in March. There will also be several trips to
continue walking more sections of the Beara-Breifne Way and a visit to
the Cliffs of Moher on Easter Sunday.
On Sunday next the three club
walks are an ‘A’ walk on the Knockmealdowns with Pat Ryan, meeting at
Grubb's Monument at 10am, a ‘B’ walk on Slievenamuck with Pat Donovan
from Aherlow House Hotel, also at 10am and a looped ‘C’ walk from Cush
car park at 11am with Helen Gleeson.
Some club members took part in
the fundraising walk for South Eastern Mountain Rescue on Saturday
Night last and before the event a cheque on behalf of the club was
presented to Mountain Rescue team leader Pat Holland by treasurer, Anne
Thanks to Pat Ryan, Brendan Sheils and Thos O'Neill for
the three walks on Sunday last. Weather conditions were so bad that
walks were cut short and stopping for a lunch break or a photo was not
Beara-Breifne Way, November 28th and 29th, 2015
Report by Rody Tierney
The Met Eireann Yellow gale warning did not deter the Galtee Walking
Club Beire Breffni soldiers from travelling to Toomevara. All assembled
at Casey’s service station on Saturday 18 November, 2015. We sheltered
under the canopy to don our wet gear. Next we were treated to
complimentary tea and coffee by Richard Casey and his pleasant deli
staff. He also provided us with free car parking.
We marched out from Toom leaving behind the renowned Devil’s Bit
mountain. Having passed through the motorway tunnel we saw Knockane
Castle on our right. The recently fitted styles on this
section of the Ormonde way made this journey a lot easier. Thank you
We continued across Brownstown Bog and on to Cloughjordan. The picnic
seats here were very welcome for our lunch break and our visit would
not have been complete without a quick pint and local chat across the
road in the Railway bar.
In heavy rain we proceed to Ireland’s first and only eco
village and then on through Knockanacree wood. After another two hours
trek - leaving Knockshegowna hill to our right - we arrived in
Ballingarry village where minibus man Ken Daly was waiting to take us
back for dinner at the Tipp Inn in Toom.
Next morning the brigade met again in Ballingarry to complete
the last leg of the Ormode Way to Portumna. Despite weather conditions
and a red gale warning we set off in the direction of Aglish where
large trees and branches had been brought down - confirming the
severity of the storm. After about three kilometres a deluge of rain
lasting over an hour really tested the wet gear but failed to dampen
the spirits of the crew. As we approached Aglish we turned right and
over farmland until we came to the R 438. Here we stopped for a snack
by some old buildings adorned with cut stone arched doorways.
We continued to Gortpheepra deer park and on by Lakeen castle which is
a robust structure that has stood the test of time and the elements.
Passing by an old church we picked up the track of the dismantled
railway on to Clonmacaun and into the village of Lorrha. Here at the
school entrance we enjoyed the packed lunch prepared by Patricia
Sheerin – owner of B & B Sweet Home Alo Bama in Moneygall.
After Lorrha we went on through Rath Abbeylands where again we used the
old railway line that brought us to Portumna via the ferry inn where we
crossed the Shannon bridge. We finished today’s trek at the newly
erected sign where the Ormonde way meets the Hymany Way.
This was another great weekend with good company that included a lively
sixteen year old lad Crevan from Co. Meath who came along with his Mum
Deirdre and set a brisk pace for the two days. His new boots are well
NOTE. This last section of the Ormonde way requires some further
development work which is expected to commence in the near future.
Beara-Breifne Way on Sunday November 29th,
2015. 8 photos
News, December 6th, 2015
Next weekend there are two regular Sunday
club walks. Goretti Campbell's 'B' walk meets at Clydagh Bridge at 10am
and includes a climb of Cush Mountain with a possible visit to one of
the Galtee lakes and returning by Boola Glen. David Stapleton's 'C'
walk is in the Glenary area above Clonmel. The
meeting point is Woodie's car park, Clonmel at 11am.
Thanks to Pat Ryan, Pat Donovan and Helen Gleeson for the three club
walks on Sunday 6th in ideal walking conditions.
This is Pat Donovan's report on his B walk.
6 walkers met at Aherlow
House car park with no signs of the recent bad weather. A brisk walk
ensued to Bansha Wood car park for a short break and food. The return
journey was by Rock of Torabh with great views of a very watery Glen of
Aherlow. Many thanks to Joe, Danny, Ann, Shiela and Brendan.
At the Millennium Stone on Pat Donovan's B walk from Aherlow House on
Sunday December 6th, 2015.
Helen Gleeson's C walk on Cush forest tracks on Sunday December 6th,
2015. 4 photos
News, December 13th, 2015
As 2015 draws to a close there are three more opportunities left to get
out walking between now and New
Year. December 21st is the Winter Solstice and
Mary Murphy and Morgan Murphy are running their now traditional night
climb of Slievereagh, meeting at Glenbrohane Church at 7:30pm. The
Christmas Day walk is now also a tradition and Ray Coleman is meeting
at Christ the King statue, Aherlow at 10am on the 25th. Danny Bailey’s
post Christmas 4 hour walk is on Sunday, December 27, and meets at
Bansha Woods car park at 11am.
We wish all our members and friends a very happy Christmas and hope to
see everyone out enjoying the hills in 2016.
Goretti Campbell's B walk to Cush and Corrigeen on Sunday December
13th, 2015. 2
"5 people climbed up to Cush in the wind & the fog and
followed the ridge, then made our way south east down to Corrigeen and
back by the forest & weather had improved by then."
Stapleton's C walk in search of holly in the Glenary area at the Holy
Year Cross over Clonmel on Sunday December 13th, 2015. 2 photos
Winter Solstice Night
Climb of Slievereagh, December 21st, 2015
of the Hillwalking Radio Group enjoying the hospitality after the
night climb of Slievereagh on December 21st. Over 120 people took part
in the event which was run by Mary Murphy and Morgan Murphy with help
from the Red Cross, the Hillwalking Radio team and the local community.
News, December 25th, 2015
Ray Coleman's Christmas Day walk, December 25th 2015. 3 photos
We wish all our members and friends a very happy Christmas and hope to
see everyone out enjoying the hills in 2016.
At the Millennium Stone on Danny Bailey's 17km walk from Bansha Woods
car park on Sunday December 27th, 2015. 3 photos