From a committee perspective the month of June was dominated by the annual Galtee Challenge (see Record Participation in Galtee Challenge 2023 for separate write-up). As well as this large event, several walks – mainly Wednesday evening walks – filled our calendar. 3 of the 4 Wednesday evening sessions were held in the Galtee mountains, with walks to Lough Curra, Temple Hill and Cush/Cush forest on June 7th, 14th and 28th respectively. The B walk to Cush on the 28th was James Cunningham’s first time leading a walk with the club. On June 21st, the Summer Solstice, two walks to Slievereagh took place, as is traditional on this date. The early birds took off at 3.45am with those preferring a more reasonable hour of the day waiting until 7.30pm.
As well as the Wednesday evening walks, we also had Sunday walks to Lough Curra and the Farbreaga Loop, which encompassed Farbreaga, Greenane, Greenane West and Knockastakeen.
With two more months of summer left, there will be lots of opportunities to avail of the longer days and to take to the hills!
By Emily Gleeson, PRO Galtee Walking Club