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  • Title: Galtee Walking Club, Tipperary
    Descriptive info: .. Galtee Walking Club Tipperary.. Home.. News Reports.. Walks Schedule.. Advice.. Joining the Club.. Message Board.. Photo Gallery.. Welcome to the Galtee Walking Club.. Hello and failte to the Galtee Walking Club, Cnocadoiri na nGaltee.. Our club has been in existence for going on ten years and was started initially by a core group of hill walking enthusiasts who were born and raised around the foothills of the Galtee mountains and the Glen of Aherlow in south Tipperary.. Since then, it has grown and diversified and currently has a membership of over 150, drawn from all over Munster.. We offer a number of different graded walks on a regular weekly basis throughout the year which are available to new members or to those wishing to join us  ...   the rain, but overhead it stayed warm and dry with the late evening sunshine lighting up the side of Cush mountain.. The meeting point was Cush car park where 39 people arrived for Ann Donohoe's outing to Lake Diheen beneath the steep slopes of Galtee Beag.. Ann's route was through the forest track past Saunder's Lodge to the stile, then across open mountain and over some fast flowing streams before the final steep climb through the boulders to the top of the moraine surrounding the lake.. The lake itself was fuller than normal for the time of year and the water brown from the peat washed in from above.. Club Photos.. , 2012.. About the Club.. Contact Us.. Links Page.. Downloads.. Galtee Walking Club, Tipperary.. email:.. info@galteewalkingclub.. ie..

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  • Title: Walk Reports for 2009
    Descriptive info: News - July 8th, 2012.. The return route followed approximately the same path and all were back safely after 2.. 5 hours on the mountain.. Many thanks to Ann and also to Thos for sweeping.. There are opportunities to visit four Galtee lakes over the coming days with Owen Ryan starting from Clydagh Bridge on July 11 and Goretti Campbell from Rossadrehid Waterworks on July 18, both at 7pm.. We wish a safe journey, good weather and happy walking to all who are heading to Foxford and the Nephin Mountains on the club outing next weekend.. News - July 1st, 2012.. The Sunday walks ended on a high note on June 24 with the Galtee Challenge and Crossing and will resume again in September after the summer break.. In the meantime the Wednesday evening walks are the main club activity and continue to attract good numbers each week.. Last week's walk had been planned to start from Rossadrehid Waterworks but restrictions at the parking space forced leader, Catherine, to make a last minute decision to transfer to Clydagh Bridge and walk from there to Lough Curra.. 39 people made the trip to the lake following the stream on the upward leg and returning by the Ice Road.. The clouds were covering the higher peaks but the lake itself was clear and the rain held off for most of the time with just a light sprinkle towards the end.. Thanks to Catherine and Tom and well done for implementing the quick change of plan so smoothly.. Ann Donohoe's evening walk on July 4 starts from Cush Car Park at 7pm and goes to Galtee Beag and Lake Boreen while on July 11 Owen Ryan will visit Lakes Curra and Diheen meeting at Clydagh Bridge.. An away trip to Co.. Mayo is planned for the weekend of July 13 to 15.. We will be based in the town of Foxford and the walks will be in the nearby Nephin Mountains under the leadership of members of the Foxford Ramblers Walking Club.. More details are on this site.. News - June 25th, 2012 - Galtee Crossing/Challenge Report.. The annual Galtee Crossing took place on Sunday in singularly perfect weather conditions.. From 6am, administrators, Breda, Ann, Mary and Josephine were busy setting up their stall in Cahir Castle car park to register and tag the 130 participants who took part in this 32km crossing of the entire Galtee range.. Weeks of planning had gone into this major event to ensure a safe crossing for walkers from all over the country.. Manned and unmanned check points were set up across the mountains and provision was made to take people off where necessary, at different points along the way.. Two way radio systems were in place to enable ground staff to monitor progress on the hills and to respond to any contingency arising.. And everything worked with perfect efficiency, all thanks to the tireless work put in by a group of dedicated club members.. The walkers were bussed to Anglesborough to commence this west to east crossing and by 9am they were heading out to the hills.. 75 participants choose to join the crossing led by Owen Ryan with sweepers, Thos O Neill and Pat Ryan, while a further 53 choose the independent self navigated challenge.. Their first ascent was to Temple Hill at 785m, then onto Lyracappul 825m, then Carrignabinna and Slievecushnabinna before taking on the big climb to Galtymor at 919m.. The weather was near perfect, misty on top to start with but then sunshine and cool breezes all the way.. Underfoot conditions were somewhat challenging at times, with sodden, slippery surfaces in places, which called for extra vigilance and care.. Some few went up to their knees in bog water but soon dried off in the sunshine.. Next summit up was Galty Beag and here Paddy Burke and his helpers were on hand to bring those who wished back down.. Only six did.. The remaining stalwarts continued on to do Grennane, Farbreaga and Slieveanard before descending down into Cahir.. A small contingent of hill runners were first down before 2pm and from 4pm, lone individuals and small gaggles of walkers could be seen wending their way down Mountain Road to the car park.. But it was after 7pm when the main body of walkers finally trekked home to the big sign off and all were presented with certificates and a gift of cosy neck warmers, compliments of the club.. It was heartening to witness so many happy, healthy faces after 10 hours on the mountain and so many young people, boys and girls too, including a lively bunch from Poland.. The buzz is certainly with hillwalking it seems.. Well done to all.. The after walk dinner was held in Cahir House Hotel and the hungry walkers were rewarded with lashings of sumptuous food in comfortable and spacious surroundings.. All much appreciated.. It remains to thank the impressive effort made by the organizers for bringing off a most successful event.. The club is indebted to the Challenge subcommittee, the administrators, the leaders, sweepers and reliefs, the Ryan brothers (organizers), the Tierneys, Ann Tom O Donnell, Brendan, Cliona, Thos, Catherine and Tom Lyons (chairman) and importantly all who participated and walked the walk.. Mile maith to all for a great effort.. Note:.. Wednesday evening walks will continue until September and all details are on this site.. News - June 18th, 2012.. The last of our Sunday walks for this season saw all three groups out enjoying surprisingly good weather conditions.. The popular annual Rhodedendron walk to the Vee drew over 40 C walkers to enjoy a flower bedecked woodland walk along the Avondhue Way from Clogheen to Baylough.. It was a most festive occasion, with leader Vincent Normoyle suitably tagged and in his usual entertaining form.. Baylough looked enchanting , reflecting the colourful show of rhododendrons above and where a lengthy lunch break was enjoyed by the shoreline.. But the literal icing on the cake for those lucky walkers had to be the surprise feast laid on for them in Brendan s pub in Clogheen afterwards.. All thanks to Vincent and the ladies from Carrick for providing a delicious tea of sandwiches and a celebratory cake to end this perfect outing.. You can t beat it.. The B walkers were in the Nagle mountains in Cork with Brendan Shiels.. Setting out from Ballyhooly, they drove to the start point to make their ascent of the highest peak, Knocknaskagh 428m, where they could look back north to enjoy fine views of the Ballyhouras and the Galtys.. Then it was on through open mountain and forest track before making their second ascent of the charming, Suiochan Mna Finne, which provided an attractive seat for lunch and photos.. But the midges here soon sent them on their way to make their return journey back to the start point.. Brendan thanks all who made this outing a most enjoyable and successful hike.. Further afield, the A group had a special climb of the great Carrauntoohil for first timers, courtesy of Tom Lyons.. Five new challengers joined the group of ten for this outing, meeting in Cronin s Yard near Killarney.. This six and a half hour climb took them up via O Shea s Gully, past the Devil s Eye lake, and onto the summit at 1040m.. Weather conditions were fair with some good views, but rain on the summit meant that they had to drop down to the Devil s Ladder for lunch.. They then choose to take the Zig Zag way back via the Hag s Den and back to Cronin s Yard.. A great achievement for those first timers who never faltered and we look forward to seeing them become full members of our club.. All thanks to Tom and his helpers.. Now it s all attention on next.. Sunday s Galtee Challenge.. For those wishing to take part, we urge you to pre register, (up to 100 already have), the form is available on this site or you can call Pat 0879704404.. This is a 10hr crossing of the entire Galtee range from Angles borough to Cahir and is for seasoned walkers only.. Check in is at Cahir Castle car park is at 7.. 15am sharp.. Bus departs before 8am to starting point.. Best of luck all.. Wednesday evening walks continue as usual.. News - June 11th, 2012.. With the weather continuing in an unsettled mode we have been lucky to get some fine conditions for walking over the past week.. The rain cleared in time for Thos O Neill s evening walk on Wednesday, June 6, when 39 people enjoyed a 3 hour loop around the forest tracks at Ballydavid.. Thanks to Thos for that and the popular evening walks continue with a climb of Temple Hill on June 13, meeting at Anglesboro Village and Cush Mountain on June 20, meeting at Clydagh Bridge.. Last Sunday s walks were in the Comeraghs with both the A and B groups starting from the Nire car park.. The 10 A walkers chose to take to the high ground on an anti-clockwise loop heading first for Coumfea from the trailer bridge.. On such a fine day the views of the lakes below were wonderful as the circled the ridge to the highest point, 792 metres, stopping for a lunch break overlooking the Sgilloges.. A look at Coumshingaun, the most impressive lake of all, was next before starting the return leg via the Boola Cairn and the Coum Iarthar Loughs where the opportunity for a swim could not be resisted by some of the more adventurous.. In all this was a most enjoyable loop of 20km completed in 5.. 5 hours.. John Walsh had 17 walkers on the 4 hour B walk which looped in the opposite direction and stayed lower to get a closer look at many of the Nire Lakes.. The Sgilloges were first, followed by the twin lakes of Coumalocha, where a stop was made for lunch, and then on to the slightly higher Coumfea.. The return journey brought them back by the stepping-stones and the trailer bridge to the cars.. Again this was a very enjoyable walk in lovely summer conditions.. Many thanks to John and welcome to Derek and Cróna making their first walk with the club.. On Sunday next.. A walkers meet at Cronin s Yard in Kerry at 10:30 where Tom Lyons will take them up Carrauntoohil.. This is mainly for first-time climbers.. Brendan Sheils will meet the B walkers at Ballyhooly Church at 10am for 4 hours in the Nagles and C walkers will meet in Clogheen at 11am for a trip around the Vee with Vincent Normoyle.. Anyone considering doing the Galtee Challenge or Crossing on June 24 should register as soon as possible through the website or with the organisers.. News - June 4th, 2012.. After a gala opening at the Aherlow House Hotel on a moonlit Friday night, the annual Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival got off to a festive start.. The master of ceremonies was Helen Morrisey, with guest speaker Michael Fitzgerald, and an address from Failte chairman, Roy Galvin.. As expected in these straitened times, numbers were down on last year but the festival was a great success, attracting going on 200 walkers from all over Ireland, the UK and as far afield as Germany and Holland.. A welcome boost for the local economy! On Saturday morning, the Galtee Walking Club were out and about at the base camp in Moroneys bar, Lisvernane to take the walkers into the hills.. The festival fielded three walks each day ranging from the more challenging A walks onto the higher peaks of Temple Hill, Galtymore and Cush to the less strenuous woodland C walks around Ballydavid woods, Slievenamuk and Lake Muskry.. A novel addition to the festival was a Siuloid as Gaeilge, courtesy of Joan Caulfield.. Conditions were dry to start with on Saturday but rain soon took over on the mountain terrain and the longer distance walkers got a bit of a drenching, but still returned to base camp with smiles on their faces.. The B group drew the largest numbers with 96 on Saturdays walk.. Sundays rain was more persistent and while some walkers stayed under their duvets, 83 stalwarts managed to get out on the mountains.. And as we go to press, lets hope that Mondays weather will be more clement and send our visitors away with sunnier memories of the Glen of Aherlow.. Aside from walking, the organizers laid on some great night time entertainment, with song and craic at the Coach House pub and great music from Mick McCarthy, all much appreciated, especially by our foreign visitors.. A special thanks is due to the members of the Galtee Walking club who gave their time and effort to make this festival a success; those who led the walks, Tom Lyons, Mike Moroney, Pat Ryan, Brendan Shiels, David Stapleton, Una Phelan, Joan Caulfield and all the stewards who helped along the way.. Thanks too to Noel Brown for a great bus service and to Hillwalking Radio who supplied communications and we look forward to seeing the photos taken by the Tipperary Camera Club who walked the walks and took the snaps.. Of course, the unsung heroins have to be the members of Aherlow Failte who worked the background and provided welcome refreshments for the walkers on their return to base.. And what a splendid venue Moroneys provided, friendly, informal and welcoming, a big thanks to Mike and the family and of course to the good people of Lisvernane.. Well done all and especially Helen for a most successful weekend.. Forthcoming Galtee Walking Club Walks:.. Sunday 10.. th.. June.. The A walk will be led by Cliona Tuohy and will meet at the Nire Valley car park at 10am for a hike in the Comerags.. John Walsh will lead the B walkers, meeting at 10am at Melody Bar, Ballymacarberry to take in the Nire lakes.. There are also two special walks on the Saturday 9.. Contact Jimmy Barry for a charity walk to Galtymore 0872975178 and the Tyndall Mountain Club will hold their annual Gus Tobin walk,also in the Galtees.. News - May 28th, 2012.. Walkers from all round the country will converge on the Glen of Aherlow next weekend for the annual Walking Festival organised by Aherlow Failte in conjunction with the Galtee Walking Club.. Members will be busy leading and stewarding the ten walks, which take place over the course of the three days.. With the grades of walks ranging from difficult to relatively easy there is something to suit everyone and it provides the perfect opportunity for the people of Tipperary in particular to get out and enjoy their own Galtees and the hills around the Glen.. There were three club walks on Sunday last, May 27, in perfect conditions to be out on the hills.. The A and B groups were in the Knockmealdowns and their paths crossed at one stage on the summit of Knockshanahullion, providing an opportunity for a chat and some photos.. Catherine Russell lead the linear 20km A walk from Araglin to Clogheen taking the Avondhu Way for the most part with detours to the peaks of Farbreaga, Crow Hill and the highest point, Knockshanahullion, at 652 metres.. On reaching Bay Lough car park the group of 12 divided with 6 heading for the summit of Sugarloaf and the rest content to take the shorter route to Clogheen.. Thanks and well done, Catherine.. The B walk started at Bay Lough car park from where Paddy Bourke led the group of 9 upwards and west along the Tipperary, Waterford border as far as spot-height 551 and then on to Knockshanahullion for a lunch break and the encounter with the A walkers.. Heading east from there they picked up the Avondhu Way for the return to the start.. Thanks to Paddy for this 4-hour, 8km loop taken at a leisurely pace with plenty opportunities for breaks and photos.. There was a leisurely pace, too, on David Stapleton s C walk to Lake Muskry in preparation for the Aherlow Festival.. The group of 26 took a direct route across open hillside and most decided to extend the walk with a circuit of the lake and the smaller Lake Farbreaga behind it while the others remained on the sunny lake shore to await their return.. The Wednesday evening walks continue, meeting at Texaco Garage, Cahir on May 30th and Ballydavid Hostel on June 6th.. News - May 21st, 2012.. A taste of our long awaited summer was evident on Sunday when all three Club groups took to the hills and tracks of the Galtees.. Margaret Magner led 23 of our C walkers on a lively saunter across the Slievenamuk Ridge.. Heading west from the Rock car park, they made a short, steep ascent from the northerly track which took them up onto the top of the ridge to make their way to the Shrough monument.. This summit track is less well traversed than other routes west and offers unique panoramic views north and south.. It is sadly rather neglected in parts and in need of some drainage and clearance work for ease of passage.. But it was well worth the extra navigation effort required around the puddles to be able to experience the higher delights of the ridge in Sunday s balmy conditions.. On reaching the monument, the group were rewarded by being able to lunch around a proper picnic table, set close by this ancient stony dolmen.. From here they looped back, descending via the waymarked red route, and on past the mass rock to the car park.. A glorious day out with much thanks to Margaret.. The B group of 13 were on the southern slopes of the Galtees with Ann O Donnell, starting out from the Galtee Castle car park and proceeding up via Coopers Wood to the foothills of the mountains, they paused to take in the lovely views of the winding Attychran river and valley below.. Descending then to the river, they commenced their climb of Knocknagalty from where crisp clear conditions afforded distant, majestic views of Dawsons Table on Galtymor and the winding track of the Black Road below them.. Plenty of new born lambs could also be seen, dotted around below.. Lunch was had overlooking the lovely Glenrough valley, looking out onto point 629 and the mighty turf banks of the Galtees.. Then it was homeward bound vi the track to Kings Yard and back to the car park.. Thanks to Ann for this much appreciated outing.. Thos O Neill took 16 A walkers on a five hour hike of the western Galtees.. Car pooling from Angles borough, they commenced their walk from the Ryan farm in Ballinamuddy, Galbally.. From here they made a steep ascent to Lyracappul at 825m.. At this point, some six of the group took in an extended trip to 629, while the remaining group headed for Knockaterriff Beag and on to the turf banks at the foot of Temple Hill, where they lunched.. Refreshed and rested, they then made their ascent of Temple Hill and as is customary, they signed the hidden Temple book.. This most westerly peak of the Galtees affords amazing views all around and especially so under Sunday s excellent conditions when the Galtee reeks and surrounding counties were visible as far as the eye could see.. Descending from here, they picked up the miners track and paid a visit to the beautiful Assaroola waterfall, source of the Aherlow river.. Then it was back to the cars and the end of a splendid day out.. The group would like to say a special thanks to The Ryan family of Ballinamuddy for allowing access to their land without which this lovely trek would not have been possible.. Thos also expresses his appreciation of Willie Ryan for enriching the day with his abundant local knowledge.. Well done.. Next weeks walks: Sunday 27.. May, Catherine Russell will lead the A walk, starting at 10am at Clogheen Village with a bus ride to the start of the Araglin to Clogheen hike.. The B group will meet at Bay Lough car park, the Vee, at 10am for an outing in the Knockmealdowns with Paddy Burke.. The C group will be led by David Stapleton, meeting at 11am at Rossadrehid Waterworks for a trip to Lake Muskry.. Wed walks continue as per schedule.. A reminder too that the Aherlow festival takes place from 2/06.. News - May 14th, 2012.. Excellent weather conditions prevailed for our Sunday walks.. It was clear skies, lively breezes and sunshine all the way, making for a most enjoyable day out for the club on their annual trip to the river Barrow in Kilkenny.. At 9am, Breda and Noel Brown had two buses ready in Market Yard, Tipperary Town, to take the 24 club members, to the start of the walk in Boris, where Liam Doheny and his son, Shane were there to meet them and lead the walk along the beautiful Barrow river to St Mullins.. It is a lovely stretch of river with excellent footpaths and overhanging trees, ducks, swans and herons and time worn locks and always busy with with kayaks, cyclists and walkers.. For those choosing a shorter walk, Liam arranged to meet some of the group in Clashganny, meeting up with the main group in St Mullins for a welcome tea in the sunshine.. A glorious day out with much appreciation to Amelia who coordinated the buses and to Liam and Shane for their efforts as facilitators.. Thanks too to Breda and Noel for facilitating the day and the different pick up points along the way.. Brendan Shiels had a group of 11 on a 16km A walk which met at Rossadrehid Waterworks, from where they were bussed to the start of the walk in Ballydavid Wood.. They then took the forest track up, proceeding onto open mountain to take a break around the rocks at spot 597.. Heading upwards, they took in Lachtshanaquilla and then onto the peaks of Farbreaga, Grennane and O Louglins Castle.. From on high, the clear skies afforded breathtaking views of the lakes below.. Circling around, they then proceeded to spot 786, from where they descended to Lake Muskry and the path which took them back to the waterworks.. A great five hours of energetic hiking.. Thanks to Brendan for this.. Next Weeks walks,.. 20/05 Thos O Neill will meet the A walkers in Angleborough village at 10am for a hike of the Assaroola loop.. The B group, led by Ann o Donnell, will meet at Galty Castle car park at 10am for a walk in Knocknagalty.. Margaret Magner will lead the C group, meeting at 11am at Rock an Thorabh for the Shrough Loop.. Notice;.. There will be a committee meeting on Thursday, 17/05 at the Excel centre at 8pm.. News - May 7th, 2012.. One of the advantages of the Wednesday evening walks is that we occasionally get to enjoy a beautiful sunset and such was the case on last week's outing.. 42 walkers turned up in Dundrum on a glorious Spring evening for Mary O'Dwyer's 2 hour loop through the forest tracks in Bishop's Wood.. Mary paced the walk to suit the recently joined members and we hope the experience will encourage them to continue walking with the club.. Many thanks to Mary and John.. The May Bank Holiday weekend brought the Ballyhoura International Walking Festival and many of our members took the opportunity to participate in the wide variety of events organised by our neighbouring club.. There was something for everyone, from strenuous 7 hour mountain hikes to gentle family friendly outings lasting less than 2 hours.. There is plenty of choice for members on Sunday next, May 13, with effectively 4 walks taking place.. Serious A walkers will be in Kerry for 8 hours or more on the Reeks Ridge with Dave Kiely meeting at Kate Kearney's Cottage, Killarney at 8am.. Brendan Sheils will lead a more moderate 17km A walk in the Galtees in preparation for the Aherlow Walking Festival meeting at Rossadrehid Waterworks at 10am and taking a bus to the walk start at Ballydavid.. B and C walkers will travel together by bus to Co.. Carlow to walk along the towpath of the Barrow Navigation.. Shane Doheny will lead the B walk and Liam Doheny will lead the C.. Buses leave the Market Yard, Tipperary at 9am and seats should be booked with Amelia Ryan by Wednesday, May 9 at the latest.. The 7pm Wednesday evening walks continue with Mary Ryan starting from Galbally on May 9 and Maureen Larkin from Ballydavid Hostel on May 16.. News - April 30th, 2012.. Sunday was bright and dry but strong winds favoured the low level woodland walks of the B and C groups.. The Ballydavid woods provided a welcome, verdant shelter for Una Phelan s trek of 21 (C) walkers to the mast.. This was a moderately paced, spirited walk with frequent mini pauses, much chat and lovely clear views from on high of North Tipperary, Doon and Keeper Hill.. This was a practice run for Una who will lead a walk here in June for the Aherlow festival.. Much appreciated by all.. Rita Mooney led a group of 16 (B) walkers on a round of Slievenamuk Ridge.. Starting at Aherlow House, they travelled east, through the characteristic flowering gorse of the ridge, to Bansha Woods.. Here they circled back via the four roads to Christ the King, where they entered the lovely Nature Park to make their return to the hotel.. Rita would like to thank Vincent and Helen for the photo shoot and Danny for his role as co leader.. Mile maith agat, Rita.. The A group had the winds to contend with as they faced out of Glengarra Woods to make their ascent to O Loughlins Castle.. Extra layers of clothing were essential to combat the wind and cold and having reached O Loughlins, they took a break and enjoyed a recuperative cup of tea.. Then, given the gale force conditions, Pat and his group of 14, made the sensible decision to avoid further high ground and descended the geisha steps to pick up the boreen and make their way to back to Clydagh bridge.. Well done Pat for making a wise decision and for getting everyone home safely.. There are no scheduled walks next week as the club will be supporting our neighbouring club for the Ballyhoura festival, who have a great slate of walks to suit all abilities.. See their website.. The Wednesday evening walks continue as usual and we thank Eddie for last weeks rather wet round of Slievenamuk.. Next Wednesdays meeting point is Bishops Wood car park in Dundrum, where Mary O Dwyer has planned a forest track walk starting at 7pm.. News - April 22nd, 2012.. Weatherwise, it was not a good day in the mountains on Sunday.. George Keogh and 21 fellow B hikers had mist, rain and hail on the higher ground of Cush and Galtee Beag but clearance too as they descended the Geisha steps on their way back via O Briens yard.. Some called it a day on Cush and returned to their cars while other, all weather hardies, extended their journey from Galtee Beag to take in Cush again on their return route.. Goerge was pleased to welcome Trish from Cork and Soleen from Laois and says well done to them for completing the route.. The A group had a preparatory festival walk with Michael Moroney from Galtee Castle car park to Galtee Mor and down to Clydagh Bridge.. A mixed bag of weather but great spirits amongst the group of 18 hikers.. Again there were some who extended the walk to take in Galty Beag and Michael was pleased that all could be accommodated.. Thank you Michael.. Things were altogether more benign for the 17 C walkers who were in Kilcommon with Patricia Butler and report a most enjoyable walk with splendid views along the Pilgrim Way.. A leisurely lunch was enjoyed at the mass rock and they had an opportunity to pay a visit to the lovely prayer garden on their return route.. A big thank you to Patricia for this.. Wednesday evening walks continue to draw the numbers and David Stapleton led 41 on a lovely walk in Glengarra Woods last week where they enjoyed a wonderful show of rhododendrons in full bloom.. With thanks to David and to Eddie for sweeping.. Next weeks walks: The Wednesday evening walk 25/4 starts from Rock an Thorabh at 7pm.. Una Phelan will lead a C walk at 11am from the Ballydavid Hostel to the mast.. The B walk starts from Aherlow House hotel at 10am and the A group meet with Pat Ryan at 10am at Clydagh Bridge.. News - April 17th, 2012.. The lengthening hours of daylight have brought the start of the Wednesday evening walks and they got off to a good beginning on April 11 when 38 people turned up at Clydagh Bridge for a forest track loop led by Rita Hickey Mooney.. As is normal for the evening walks there were many people joining in for the first time and we hope they enjoyed the evening in the shadow of Cush Mountain and will continue to walk with the club.. Well done to Rita and thanks also to Loretta for helping out.. The next two evening walks are scheduled to start at Glengarra Woods on April 18 and Rock an Thorabh Car Park on April 25, both at 7pm.. There were two club walks on Sunday last on what was a bright, sunny spring day, if a little cool on the higher ground.. The A walk was in preparation for Tom Lyons upcoming walk as part of the Aherlow Walking Festival.. The group of 10 met at Clydagh Bridge and were taken by bus to the start at Combaun Wood.. The 20km, 6 hour return trip took them up Temple Hill and down to the col for a lunch break, then up again to Lyracappul and along the wall to Galtymor.. Galtybeag was next and the return to Clydagh was by way of our favourite mountain, Cush with the unexpected sound of the cuckoo an added bonus near the end.. Thanks and well done to all who took part and thanks also to Brid Browne for the transport.. Willie Ryan met the B walkers at Galbally village and brought the group of 24 on a varied and enjoyable 18.. 5km loop in the area.. The route took them along the Aherlow River where it forms the border between Tipperary and Limerick, through fields with cattle and horses obviously used to walkers, through Ivory s farmyard and on to the forest paths on Slievenamuck.. After a break at the Shrough Dolmen the return brought them back through Ivory s again and past Tigh Roy s and along the road to Galbally with the magnificent Galtees constantly in view.. Thanks to Willie and Mary and, of course, to the local landowners.. On Sunday next the A group meets at Clydagh Bridge at 10am with Mike Moroney for a Festival preparation walk.. The B group also meets at Clydagh at 10am with George Keogh for a climb of Cush and Galtybeag and Patricia Butler will meet the C group in Kilcommon village at 11am to walk the Pilgrim Loop.. News - April 9th, 2012.. This is a busy time of year for the club as the Sunday walks continue and the Wednesday evening walks get underway for the summer season.. On Easter Sunday there were two club walks, both in the Galtees on what was a fine, dry day with excellent underfoot conditions.. Danny Bailey met the 13 B walkers at Clydagh Bridge for a 15km loop lasting 5 hours and reaching a maximum height of 800 metres at Galtee Beag.. The first leg was in by Saunders Lodge and the Knoll and up the Ice Road to Lake Curra.. Then, following the contours around the steep northern slopes and crossing several gullies, they arrived at Lake Diheen and made the climb to Galtee Beag.. Not content with this achievement, they took in Lake Borheen and a climb of Cush on the return to Clydagh.. Many thanks, Danny.. Thanks also to Thos for his help and welcome to Shirley making her first outing with the club.. Paddy Bourke led the C group of 18 walkers on the 3 hour trip to Lake Muskry, following the river on the way up and taking the track on the way down.. In keeping with the Easter season, young spring lambs were to be seen on the hillsides and there were even a few chocolate eggs consumed on the trip.. Thanks to Paddy.. The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival organised by Aherlow Failte and the Galtee club will take place on the June Bank Holiday weekend.. As part of the preparations for this event many of our Sunday walks over the coming weeks will cover the routes planned for the festival.. The first of these will take place on Sunday next when the A walkers will meet at Clydagh Bridge at 10am with Tom Lyons for a 19km Galtee walk from Combaun back to Clydagh.. The B walk will start in Galbally Village at 10am from where Willie Ryan will lead them on a loop along the Aherlow River and part of the Slievenamuck Ridge.. The 7pm Wednesday evening walks, which always attract new walkers, are back for the summer with the first starting from Clydagh Bridge on April 11 and the second from Glengarra Wood car park on April 18.. News - April 2nd, 2012.. On a perfect day for walking the club s annual walking Marathon took place on Slievenamuck Ridge on Sunday last.. 67 people in total set off from Rock an Thorabh car park to follow the varied and interesting course which stretches between Moor Abbey near Galbally and Kilshane at the other extremity of the ridge.. With strategically placed markers along the way the route covered forest tracks, river bank, farmland and road with the ever-present views of the Galtee Mountains across the Glen of Aherlow to the south.. The scent from the yellow gorse flowers and the song of the birds gave the feeling that Spring was definitely in the air.. Those who were doing a half Marathon completed their walk after the first loop to Moor Abbey and back while the majority continued on to complete the full course on the eastern section through Bansha Woods.. William O Grady was first back to the finish, completing the full Marathon in 4 hours, 50 minutes, beating his own record of the previous year.. Congratulations to William and, indeed to everyone who finished or took part.. It was great to see that all got around safely and the event was incident free.. The Marathon could not happen without the hard work and dedication of many people and in particular the main organiser, Rody Tierney.. Thank you Rody for all your time and commitment.. Thanks also to Josephine, Mary and Patricia for their organisational help, to Breda for performing the opening ceremony and to Sean for the photography.. Thanks to all who worked on placing the many signs and to those who manned the checkpoints and provided support and sweeping duties on the route.. The club also wishes to thank Helen and the Civil Defence team for their support and the local farmers who generously allowed access to their lands.. There are two club walks on Easter Sunday with a choice of two lakes in the Galtees.. Danny Bailey will meet his B group at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for a trip to Lake Curra.. The C group will meet at Rossadrehid water works at 11am with Paddy for the slightly easier trip to Lake Muskry.. Evening walks begin on April 11 with Rita Mooney meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 7pm.. News - March 26th, 2012.. Preparations for the Galtee Walking Club annual Slievenamuck Walking Marathon are complete and the event takes place on Sunday next, April 1.. Registration starts at 8am at the Rock an Thorabh car park with the walkers setting out at 9am on a 42km circuit of the ridge.. An option of walking a half marathon is also available.. Event organiser, Rody Tierney put the final touches to the preparations on Sunday last when he and 15 others walked the western section of the course to check that all was well and all direction signs were in place.. The route took them west past Aherlow House, through Ivory s farm and along the Aherlow River to Moor Abbey.. After a break the return was along the northern side of the ridge, passing the Shrough Dolmen on the way back to the car park.. Well done, Rody, and all the best for the event on Sunday next.. Mary Ryan led a group of 11 B walkers on Sunday last in beautiful sunny conditions.. Starting from Ballyorgan they entered the wood at Clovers and then continued on the forest track to Oliver s Folly and the Wilderness.. They crossed the road and entered the Green Wood, stopping briefly at the Coillte Cycle Centre.. After lunch underneath the trees watching the cyclists pass by, they proceeded up Seefin (570mts) and returned back by Glenosheen and The Holiday Homes.. Thanks to Mary for this 16km, 4.. 5 hour walk, enjoyed by all who took part.. The C outing was on the eastern side of the Comeraghs where Liam Doheny led a group of 20 on a 2.. 5 hour walk to Lake Mohra.. Starting near the old scout hut, Liam s route was mainly on forest tracks with a break for lunch on the shore of the lake, a perfect place to enjoy the sunlight glistening on the surface of the water.. Thanks and well done to Liam and Shane.. The summer schedule of walks has been compiled and is now available on this site There is a great variety to choose from including a number of festivals and special events and the popular Wednesday evening walks which begin on April 11.. News - March 19th, 2012.. A lovely C walk in Glengarra Woods was enjoyed by 35 walkers last Sunday, when Breda Delahunty stepped out on her debut role as facilitator.. A most able walker in her own right, Breda s boundless energies were held in check to start with, by the more leisurely pacing of the seasoned C walker gang who were inclined to linger and to take in the wonders of this ancient forest of oak, birch and Scots pine; the babbling waters of the Burncourt river and the surrounding mountain vistas as well as the antics of a stray mongrel who accompanied them! This was a beautiful walk in dry and sheltered conditions, which skirted the Burncourt river to the east, through forest paths, rising to the foot of the mountains before crossing the ford, to circle back to the hostel, taking the westerly river bank back.. Well done to Breda who adjusted well to accommodate this large group of mixed ability walkers, providing frequent breaks and some lively commentary too on local features of interest.. We bid cead mile failte to the number of new walkers who joined the group for the first time.. Ann O Donnell led the B walkers on a circular hike of the valleys and rivers of the southern Galtees.. Meeting at Galtycastle car park, they headed into the lovely Blackrock valley, proceeding to the end before descending steeply to the river.. Along the way they took in the splendour of the great wall and the ancient circular sheep pen of the Galtees.. Weather conditions were excellent as they made their way from here via the zig zag path, to the saddle below Bengower.. Then circling back , their route took them through the Glounreagh valley where they enjoyed a hearty lunch.. The homeward trek was through Kings Yard which took them back to the start.. Thank you Ann and to Brendan for his help along the way.. A lovely Mothers Day outing.. Our A walkers had over 6hrs with Pat Ryan in the Knockmealdowns, taking off from Grubbs monument and up the Sugarloaf.. The route then went over Knockmealdown peak and along by the county wall.. Lunch was had at the Elbow before heading off for Crohan West.. Wonderful clear views all around and down to the coast.. Then dropping down to the Lynch monument, they picked up the Tipperary heritage Way which took them back to their cars.. Pat says best of luck to Celine for her trip to Everest base camp.. Well done all.. Next Weeks Walks.. : Sunday 25.. Rody Tierney will take the A walkers on a Marathon Survey walk on Slievenamuk starting at 10am at Rock an Thorabh car park.. The B walkers will meet at Ballyorgan school for a forest track walk with Mary Ryan.. Liam Doheny will lead a C walk in the Comeraghs starting at 11am from Kilsheelan Village.. Important Notice:.. The annual April 1.. st.. Slievenamuk Marathon is almost here.. See our website galteewalking club.. ie for details or call Rody on 087 2893505 Also there will be a fixtures meeting this Thursday at 8pm at the Excel.. News - March 12th, 2012.. Unseasonably warm and dry conditions made for some excellent walking on Sunday.. A touch of Spring was evident in the tentative stirrings of sedges and foliage at lower levels but some fog too on the peaks.. The B group took to the Knockmealdowns with John O Dwyer, meeting at the Balough car park at the Vee.. 14 walkers turned out for this 13km hike, which started out along the road before picking up the course of the Glenandaree stream upwards to the county boundary.. Here they enjoyed a break and a brief spell of sunshine, before making their ascent of Knockmealdown at 794m.. Visibility was limited due to fog but overall dry conditions prevailed.. Their return journey took them over the Sugarloaf, descending to Grubb s monument to take the road back to the car park.. Thanks to John for a lovely day out and to Alice and Thos for their help.. And well done Erin who made her first preparatory walk for her upcoming climb of Kilimanjaro.. Joe Brown led the A group of 11 on a hike of the lovely Blackrock valley.. This was a 5hr circular walk which started out from Galtee Castle car park, proceeding upwards through the daffodil strewn valley to Knockaterriff and further upwards to Lyracappul at 825m.. The fog gave way to sunshine as they ascended, making for a pleasant lunch break on the summit.. Circling east, and then south from here, their route took them back via Bengower and into the Glounrough valley.. Then picking up the route of the Attychraan river, they descended back down to the car park.. A great day out with thanks to Joe for this.. Next weeks walks:.. Sunday 18.. March, the A group will meet with Pat Ryan at 10am at Grubbs monument, the Vee, for a hike in the Knocmealdowns.. Ann O Donnell will meet the B group at Galtee Castle car park at 10am.. The C group will meet at 11am in Glegarra Woods car park for a loop walk with Breda and Mo.. News - March 5th, 2012.. Although it s spring, our walks last Sunday had a distinct wintry feel with snow cover on all the higher ground.. That said, conditions for walking were good with blue skies and excellent visibility for the most part with only the occasional short blizzard.. Ann Donohoe and Una Hayes were in the Galtees with a group of 12 A walkers.. Starting from Rossadrehid waterworks they walked to Lough Muskry and then ascended to spot height 786.. Then it was on to Galtybeg where they enjoyed lunch in beautiful sunshine.. While ascending Galtymore the weather changed dramatically and in blizzard conditions Tom Crean and his Antarctic expeditions came to mind.. After a brief pause for a photo on the snow covered summit the descent was by way of Slievecushnabinnia back to Clydagh Bridge completing the 15km trip in 5.. Thanks and well done to Una and Ann and thanks also to Sheila, Peig, Mary, Pat and John for helping with the cars.. Well done to Pat Donovan on his maiden A walk.. 21 B walkers assembled in Newport for Amelia Ryan s 17km circuit of the Ballyhourigan Loop and climb of Keeper Hill.. This walk was all about the views and on such a clear day they were wonderful.. From the one location it was possible to see west to Limerick, the Clare hills and the Shannon Estuary, south to the Galtees, Knockmealdowns and Comeraghs, east to the hills of mid Tipperary and north to the Silvermines, Lough Derg and Nenagh.. Thank you, Amelia and thanks also to Goretti for her help.. Therese Roche had a group of 28 C walkers, including 6 potential new members, on her loop through Bansha Woods and beyond, taking in a climb up the laurel path, a visit to the Milennium Stone and a circuit round the mast on the Steeple.. There was no snow on the ground here but a five minute hail shower was the only interruption to an otherwise sunny morning.. Thank you, Therese.. Next Sunday, March 11:.. A walkers meet at Kilbeheny Village at 10am with Joe Browne for a visit to the Blackrock Valley and John O'Dwyer will take the B walkers into the Knockmealdowns, meeting at Bay Lough Car Park, The Vee at 10am.. News - February 27th, 2012.. The club had its first outing to the Nagle mountains in Cork last Sunday, compliments of Brendan Shiels who was facilitator for the day.. The group of 12 met in Killavullen village and drove a short distance to the start point outside the village.. Their route took them along the road to start with, before entering the forest of mature trees and taking the track upwards to the summit of Corran mountain.. Here they enjoyed their lunch break but conditions were misty and foggy and visibility was poor at this point.. Later on however, things brightened up and they were able to enjoy partial views of the Ballyhouras and Galtees to the north.. This 12km walk was greatly appreciated by all and many expressed an interest in further explorations of these lesser known neighbouring hills.. Our thanks to Brendan for this, who in turn would like to thank all who participated.. Cliona Tuohy was the facilitator of the A group on their hike in the Comeraghs.. Meeting at the Nire Valley car park, 11 hardy walkers did an amazing 17km circuit of the Nire and apart from one cooling shower, their journey was dry, with tantalizing glimpses of the sun to beckon them home and report a most exhilarating day out.. Well done all and thank to Cliona.. Next Weeks Walks:.. Sunday 4/03, The A group will meet with Ann Una at Rossadrehid Waterworks at 10am for 6hrs in the Galtees.. Amelia Ryan will lead the B group on a 4hr hike of Keeper Hill, meeting Newport Church at 10am.. Car pooling arrangements are in place from Tipperary Town.. See the website for details.. The C group will meet with Therese Roche at Bansha Woods car park at 11am for a 2-3 hour forest track hike.. Notice:.. For those planning to join our annual walking marathon, this will take place on 1.. April.. More details will be posted on this site shortly.. Also we will shortly be putting a new schedule of walks together and would love to hear of some new offers of walks from our members.. News - February 20th, 2012.. Our ever growing C group saw 32 walkers turn up for a glorious outing to the lovely Glenstall Abbey and environs.. We are grateful to Margaret Hayes and Amelia Ryan for organizing and leading this special walk which started from the village of Murroe and proceeded along the road and up the avenue to the Abbey.. Lit by bright sunshine, this pastoral landscape, with its bare gnarled trees, evoked a sense of timelessness and tranquillity as they approached the great towers of Glenstall.. Here Margaret provided a historical synopsis of the estate while some took time to enter the sacred portals for a quiet reflection.. Then it was off down the road to exit to the back and swinging left, they entered the forest trails to take in a loop of the Slieve Felim Way.. This provided the venue for a welcome leisurely lunch break and also some lovely distant views across to the Galtees.. Afterwards they retraced their steps back through the Abbey grounds to pick up their cars in the village below.. A lovely day out.. Let s hope we can go back when the rhodedendrons are in bloom!.. The B group were on Slievenamuk with Eddie McGrath.. In glorious sunshine, 19 members set out from Rock an Thorabh car park, to complete the westerly Slievenamuk Loop, before bearing east to make their ascent to the Rock and on to the Millenium Stone.. Then taking the lower road, they circled back along the ridge overlooking the glen, enjoying exceptionally clear views across to the Galtees.. Many thanks to Eddie for a great 4 hr hike.. Tom Lyons provided a 5hr combined navigation exercise and A walk for 11 members.. Starting out from the Galtee Castle Wood car park, they took a northerly route.. The pace was leisurely to start with to facilitate the use of map and compass along the forest paths and open mountain.. Reaching the summit of Carrigeen, they put their navigation tools aside to enjoy their lunch and take in the panoramic mountain views from Temple Hill to Galtymor.. Then they did what they like to do and got into free walking , dropping down into Glounreagh valley and heading north to the source of the Glounreagh river on Slievecushnabinna.. From here they circled around to follow the river all the way down and back to the cars.. This was the 4.. navigation outing for the club and forms a vital part of our work.. It is hoped more can be offered later on in the year.. We thank Tom for this successful outing.. Sun 26.. , Cliona Touhy will meet the A group at the Nire Valley car park at 10am for a hike in the Comeraghs.. The B group wil meet with Brendan Shiels at 10am in Kilavullen (N72 between Fermoy/Mallow) for a hike in the Nagles mountains.. News - February 12th, 2012.. Unlike our European neighbours, this balmy westerly island had no need for cancellations last weekend and our walkers enjoyed dry and mild conditions for their Sunday walks.. Mist and fog prevailed throughout the day, but for the A group, who scaled the higher peaks, they were able to get above it all and enjoy some spectacular views of the mist enshrouded valleys below Temple Hill.. Sheila Lenihan led this advanced group, taking 13 walkers up some 785m from Anglesborough, via Combawn Woods, to the summit of Temple Hill and on to Knockaterriff Beg.. Here they looped around to make their return journey back via Paradise Hill, descending down to Anglesborough village to complete this 5hr, 12km trek.. Well done Sheila and thanks to all who helped out along the way.. Danny Bailey stood in for Rita to take the B group on an extended 4hr loop walk from Ballydavid Hostel to the Mast.. A mixed ability group of 24 descended from the hostel to take in a 2km road walk before entering the forest to do an extended southerly loop prior to making their ascent to the mast.. This was a well paced forest track walk, with frequent recuperative mini breaks and a leisurely lunch pause before reaching the higher mast point.. Cascading mountain streams added an energizing dimension along the tracks and noticeable too, was the newly flowering gorse, providing an early harbinger of a still dormant Spring.. Many thanks to Danny for his sensitive stewardship in accommodating all abilities and for a most enjoyable day out.. Next weeks walks.. -.. The A group will meet at the Galty Castle car park at 10am where Tom Lyons will provide a navigation exercise and walk in the Galtees.. Please come with map 74 and a compass.. The B group meets at 1030 with Eddie McGrath at Rock an Thorabh car park for a walk on the ridge.. There will also be a special C group outing and walk around Glenstall Abbey.. Meet with Margaret and Amelia at 11am in Murroe village.. News - February 6th, 2012.. With the Winter Walking Festival behind us for another year it was back to normal club activity on Sunday last.. Numbers were relatively low, perhaps due to a certain rugby match, but for those who ventured out there were three enjoyable walks to choose from.. William O'Neill led a group of 9 A walkers on a Galtee loop starting from Glengarra Wood.. In mixed weather conditions they made the continuous climb to Galtee Beag (799 metres).. Descending and climbing again they took an easterly course along the ridge towards Greenane (802 metres) and O'Loughlin's Castle before the final descent to Glengarra.. Thanks to William for an enjoyable 16.. 5km loop completed in 4.. Liam Doheny s linear B walk was in the Comeraghs and covered a distance of 9.. 5km in just over 4 hours.. Starting at Moanyarha Bog the group of 11 climbed to Knocksheegowna and followed the ridge south, taking in the peak of Knockanafrinn, before descending to the Gap and making their way to the Nire car park where cars had been left earlier.. Occasional flurries of snow did not spoil the wonderful views from the top of the ridge, especially looking eastwards to lakes Mohra and Coumduala far below, with the patchwork of North Waterford fields beyond.. Welcome to Fiona, Anne, Shonagh and Solenn making their first B walk and many thanks to Liam and Shane.. The 11 strong C group seems to have enjoyed the best of the weather with mild, dry conditions for Ray Coleman s Walk in the Glen of Aherlow.. Starting at Aherlow House, Ray s route took them across the road to Rock an Thorabh where a stop was made to enjoy the views towards Tipp Town.. A loop through the four crossroads brought them back by Christ the King statue and through the wonderful Nature Park back to the hotel, all completed in 2.. Well done, Ray and good to see you back making your first full walk since 2010.. The first of many more, hopefully.. Both walks on Sunday next, February 12,.. are in the Galtees.. Sheila Lenihan will meet the A group in Anglesboro Village at 10am for 4 to 5 hours on the western end of the range.. B walkers will meet at Ballydavid Hostel at 10am where Rita Mooney will take them on a 4 hour hike through the forest tracks on the northern slopes of the mountain.. News - January 29th, 2012.. The Glen of Aherlow was a busy place last weekend as hundreds of walkers gathered for the third annual Winter Walking Festival.. Despite the fact that the weather wasn't always the best and ground conditions were soft on occasion it was generally agreed that the event was another great success.. In all, seven walks were held over the two days with a total participation of in excess of 750.. Great credit is due to Helen and all her team from Aherlow Failte for organising and running the festival.. Thanks also to Aherlow House and other accommodation providers for the hospitality, to the radio people who kept us in contact with base, to the local landowners whose cooperation is vital for the event and to all who helped in any way.. A special word of thanks to our own members who applied their knowledge of the area to great effect.. Feedback from all the walkers was very positive towards club leaders and stewards alike.. So, thank you and well done to all the leaders over the two days, Danny Bailey, George Keogh, Tom Lyons, Rita Mooney, Mike Moroney, Una Phelan, Willie Ryan and Rody Tierney.. There are three club walks on Sunday next, February 5.. William O'Neill takes the A walkers on to the Galtees starting from Glengarra Woods car park at 10am.. The B group meets at the Nire Valley car park at 10am for a climb to the Knockanafrinn Ridge with Liam Doheny.. C walkers meet at Aherlow House Hotel at 11am with Ray Coleman for a circuit of the forest paths in that area.. News - January 22nd, 2012.. Strong winds were the main weather feature to contend with on the hills of Tipperary on Sunday last on what was, otherwise, a dry, crisp and sometimes sunny day.. Both the A and B groups started from Clydagh Bridge.. The A walkers, led by Paul Ryan, completed the 14km Galtee Horseshoe in 4.. A lively pace took them up past the grassy knoll to Lake Curra before climbing the gully and following the wall to Galteemore.. A quick break for lunch, then it was down to the col and on to Galteebeg where hanging about was not an option due to the strong wind.. The return leg brought them down the Geisha Steps and up and over Cush and back to Clydagh Bridge.. Paul wants to thank all 14 walkers for the craic ant the company and welcome Sean and Solenn on their first outing to the horseshoe.. Well done Paul.. The B walk, led by Danny Bailey and George Keogh, was a preparation for next Saturday s Winter Festival walk.. The group of 13 followed Cush boreen past Saunders Lodge and on to the Galteemore stile.. After crossing the stream they began their climb to Lough Curra, at 580 metres, the highest lake in the Galtees.. Conditions here were pleasant for a lunch break with sunshine and shelter from the wind.. The descent was via the Ice Road completing the 11km circuit in 3.. Many thanks to Danny and George and welcome to Rosaleen who travelled from Dublin just to do the walk.. The popularity of the C walks continues with 32 people attending Vincent Normoyle s ascent of Slievenamon.. Again there was a serious wind-chill factor but it did not take from the enjoyment of this climb on Tipperary s mountain of legend.. It was good to see some people making a return to the walks after a break and others making their first visit to Slievenamon.. Thanks to Vincent and well done.. Next weekend.. is a busy one for the club as several hundred people are expected to attend the Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival.. Organised by Aherlow Failte and the Galtee Walking Club and based at Aherlow House Hotel, the festival provides walks to suit all levels of fitness on the Galtees and the Slievenamuck Ridge.. Preparations are now complete and all we can hope is that everyone will enjoy the event and the weather will be good for the two days.. News - January 17th, 2012.. All groups were out again on Sunday, a lovely dry, if sometimes chilly day.. The B and C walks were preparatory for the upcoming Winter Walking festival.. Rita Mooney led the C walk on a well timed, 3hour hike across the Slievenamuk ridge from Aherlow House to a lunch time stop at the Millenium Stone, from where they looped back to the hotel, via the lower path to Christ the King and the lovely Nature Park.. 26 people turned out for this walk, with some new and younger enthusiasts lending a spirit of rejuvenation to the group.. There was a lengthy pause at the Rock an Thorabh where panoramic views to the north/north west of Tipperary provoked delight and surprise from first timers and interesting exchanges too from old timers about the houses and their lineages laid out below.. Mile maith agat Rita for a most interesting hike.. Definitely worth a go on festival day!.. Rody Tierney took the B group of 20, up from Clydagh Bridge via Cush boreen, to make their ascent of the great Cush mountain.. In crisp clear conditions, they enjoyed a lunch break here and took in the great views.. Then an amicable parting of the ways took some of the group back down via the O Brien way, while the more adventurous extended the hike by heading off for Lake Diheen and up onto Galtymore.. So a scheduled prep festival walk was achieved and more! Well done Rody and a special thanks from him to the O Dwyers who facilitated some extra modifications on the route.. Brendan Shiels provided a special navigation training walk for A walkers in Glengarra Woods.. A most worthwhile experience, this involved general observation, map and compass use to determine bearings, pacing, landmarks and distance.. It was Conor o Briens first outing with the group and Brendan bids him welcome and hopes he found the day worthwhile.. Thanks to Kevin for his time and commitment on behalf of the club.. Paul Ryan will lead the A group, meeting at 10am at Clydagh Bridge for a 5hr hike in the Galtees.. Danny Bailey will also be at Clydagh Bridge at 10am to take the B group on a preparatory festival walk to Lake Curra.. The C group have their annual climb of Slievenamon on Sunday compliments of Vincent, who will be in Kilcash village at 11am.. A committee meeting takes place this Thursday 19.. at the Excel 8pm to plan the upcoming Winter Walking Festival.. Help with stewarding appreciated.. Special Note: The committee offers sincere condolences to John Walsh whose father passed away this week.. May he rest in peace.. News - January 8th, 2012.. Welcome to all our members old and new to what promises to be another great year of trekking.. Sunday got off to a splendid start for all three groups, with many new members first footing their New Years resolutions.. Una Phelan took 29 C walkers on a glorious loop walk which started from Ahelow House and proceeded along the road, before entering the woodlands to rise gently, (in muddy underfoot conditions), to the ridge and loop back to the start point.. A lively and jovial, well paced walk in mild conditions, which catered to all levels and afforded lovely clear views of the Galtee peaks and a leisurely lunchtime break in the sunshine and where Snappy Paddy was in mischievous mood! We welcome the new walkers from Golden, Cashel and Oola and hope to see them back again.. Well done and thanks to Una for her expert stewardship of what will be her scheduled route for the upcoming Winter walking festival.. Thos O Neill led 23 B walkers on a trek of Bane Mountain.. Their start point was the Lady Gregory and along the boreen to the barrier, from whence they made their ascent of the Bane to enjoy the views and trade their New Year resolutions.. Their way back took in the Hammerhead and the gushing cascades of the local waterfall; then along by St Pecauns Well to pick up the Blind Boreen and back to the start point.. A lively and much enjoyed outing with thanks to Thos.. Scaling the higher Galtees, where temperatures were more on the chilly side, were the A walkers, with facilitator Tom Lyons.. Working off the Christmas excesses, this hardy group of nine covered over 15km in 5+hours.. Starting from the Rossadrehid Waterworks, they took the path to Lake Muskry (which was host for the day to the Blackwater sub acqua group on a diving outing).. From here they continued upwards taking in point 786, before heading on for lunch on Galty Beag in bright sunshine.. Then, in heavy underfoot conditions, they made their ascent of Galty Mor, meeting up with the Peaks and Clonakilty groups on the way.. The dry cold and bright conditions on high lent stunning views all round and as far away as the Reeks of Kerry.. Their trek back was via Slievecushnabinna and the Stony Man.. Then, a few pounds lighter, they returned to their cars feeling refreshed and renewed to take on the year ahead.. Tom would like to thank Brendan for his help with the cars.. A fine days effort by all.. Brendan Shiels will lead a moderate A walk starting at 10am from Glengarra Woods car park.. This will include some navigation instruction for those who bring along a compass and OS map No 74.. The B group will meet with Rody at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for a climb of Cush mountain.. Rita Mooney is offering a preparatory festival C walk at 11am.. Meet at Aherlow House hotel for a 3 hr walk to Rock an Thorabh.. There will be a committee meeting at the Excel at 8pm 19.. Jan in preparation for the Winter Walking Festival which takes place 28/29.. inst.. News - December 12th, 2011.. The club had three groups out on Sunday last in cool and sometimes showery weather.. The A walkers were in the Galtees with Tom Lyons who was standing in for Paul Ryan.. The group of eight started from Rossadrehid Water Works and headed in the direction of Lake Muskry before taking a right turn at the stile and making the climb of Knockastackeen.. From there they dropped to the col and picked up a sheep track leading to Lake Boreen.. After a circuit of the lake and a break for lunch, the summit of Cush was the next target followed by the return to the cars on forest tracks.. Thanks to Tom for standing in and taking everyone round this 13km circuit covered in 4.. Brendan Sheils met the B group in Kilfinane for his walk in the Ballyhouras.. After driving to Ballinaboola car park the group of five began their climb to Carron Mountain on the Cork-Limerick border enjoying good views of the Nagles Mountains to the south.. The summit of 445 metres was mist covered but this did not prevent a few photos from being taken and the forest edge slightly lower down provided shelter for a lunch break.. The 11km, 4.. 5 hour circuit was completed on forest tracks and enjoyed by all.. Thanks Brendan.. The C walk had the most participants on Sunday last when 14 people enjoyed a forest track loop in Bansha Woods led by Joan Kavanagh.. Joan s route brought the walkers as far as the road at Cordangan and along by the Millennium Stone, which is the perfect place for a lunch break.. A slight shower couldn t dampen the spirits and the happy atmosphere.. There s no doubt that the Sunday walk is the perfect break from the hectic run-up to Christmas.. Thanks and well done, Joan.. Speaking of Christmas, The Club s annual party takes place on Saturday next and, no doubt, it will be greatly enjoyed by all who attend.. It s unlikely that many will be in the mood for walking on the following day but for everyone else, a reminder that there is a 4 hour B walk on forest tracks and some road, meeting in Kilsheelan Village at 10am.. News - December 5th, 2011.. Challenging is probably the kindest word one could use to describe conditions for walking on the Galtees on Sunday last.. Poor visibility, gale force winds, rain, sleet and the first snowflakes of winter were all experienced by our two groups of walkers who took to the mountain.. The A group of seven began their walk at Glengarra woods under the guidance of Thomas O Neill.. After exiting the trees they climbed to Greenane (802m) with the intention of continuing further along the ridge but given the conditions they instead decided to retreat downwards to the shelter of the forests where they completed a loop on some of the many tracks in the area.. In all they covered 16 kilometres in under 5 hours.. Many thanks to Thomas who was standing in for John on the day.. On the other side of the mountain George Keogh had thirteen on the B walk to Cush and Galtybeag, starting from Clydagh Bridge.. On reaching the top of Cush four people decided to return to the cars while the remaining nine continued on to climb Galtybeag (799 m).. Not being a day for staying in one place for too long, lunch was consumed quickly in what shelter was available at the summit before the descent via the Geisha Steps and O Brien's farm to complete the loop of 10km in 4 hours.. It was a rain-soaked group that arrived back at the cars but all felt a sense of achievement.. Thank you George and well done to both leaders for your navigation skills on a difficult day.. Walks for next Sunday, December 11:.. A walkers are meeting at Rossadrehid Waterworks at 10am for 5 to 6 hours in the Galtees with Paul Ryan.. Brendan Sheils is in the Ballyhouras, meeting the B walkers in Kilfinane at 10am for 4 hours on Carron Mountain.. The C group meets at Bansha Woods car park at 11am with Joan Kavanagh for a more gentle walk on forest tracks which would be very suitable for new people considering joining the club.. The Club Christmas Party will be held in Aherlow House Hotel on December 17.. Booking closes on December 6 and spaces are limited but if you read this early in the week you may still have a chance of reserving a place by phoning the hotel directly.. News - November 29th, 2011.. Amidst all the broken weather lately, we seem to be lucky when it comes to Sunday and last Sunday was another beautiful day for walking.. The A walk was in the Galtees and the group of seven led by Joe Browne set off from Galtee Castle car park.. Joe s route took them through the scenic Blackrock Valley, up by Knockaterriff and on to Lyracappul with its wonderful views of all the surrounding peaks.. After a lunch break here it was on by the wall for 20 minutes before descending by Bengower and the Glounreagh Valley to complete the loop in 4.. Thank You Joe.. Goretti Campbell led the 12km and 4-hour B walk along the length of the undulating Silvermines Ridge starting and finishing at Knockanroe Woods and taking in part of the Knockanroe Loop.. The group of 29, including new member Jim, enjoyed magnificent views in all directions, including the town of Nenagh, Lough Derg, the River Shannon, the Clare hills, The Mulkear Valley with its winding river and Keeper hill on the other side.. The disused mines near Silvermines Village were a reminder of busier times in the industrial history of the area.. Thank you, Goretti, for organising this walk in what was a new area for many and for your commentary along the way.. Thanks also to Thos and Rody for the songs.. Ten people enjoyed a lovely C walk starting from Galbally Village and taking the gentle climb to the megalithic tomb at the top of Duntryleague Hill.. Again, given the weather conditions, views in all directions were excellent.. The walk was organised by Henrietta Kearney and the leader on the day was Mary Murphy.. Thank you to both ladies and welcome to one first-time walker.. There are two walks on Sunday next, December 4.. John O'Dwyer will lead a 5 to 6 hour A walk in the Galtees starting from Carey's Garage, Kilcoran at 10am while at the opposite side of the range the B walkers will meet with George Keogh at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for a climb of Cush and Galtee Beag.. The planning has taken place for our new schedule of walks up to March 2012 and the full list will be available on this site shortly.. News - November 20th, 2011.. It may be late November but Autumn carries on regardless in the woodlands and countryside visited by both groups of club walkers on Sunday last.. Beautiful colours in the canopy overhead, a carpet of leaves underfoot and exceptionally mild temperatures made for very pleasant walking conditions.. The A group were in Ballyhoura Country with leader Willie Ryan and began their walk from Ballyorgan School.. Passing the Holiday Homes, the group of 8 headed through the forest path and past a flock of grazing Jacob sheep to Glenosheen.. They then climbed to Seefin where visibility was poor and after a break for lunch at the picnic tables in The Green Wood they paid a visit to The Coillte Cycle Centre and returned via Oliver's Folly back to Ballyorgan, completing a loop of 16km in 4.. Many thanks to Willie for this visit to a lovely area.. Closer to home, Rita Mooney led the B group of 19 walkers on a 4 hour loop on Slievenamuck, starting and finishing at Aherlow House Hotel.. The route taken brought them past Rock an Thorabh, across the Ballagh Road and into Bansha Woods where a stop for lunch was made at the tables in Kilshane car park.. The return was along the southern side of the ridge with it s wonderful Galtee views and took them past the Christ the King statue and into the Nature Park, always a beautiful place but particularly so at this time of year.. Many thanks to Rita and also to Danny for his help.. We welcome two new members to the club, one on each walk, and hope to see them out regularly.. There are three club walks on Sunday next November 27.. The A walkers are meeting in Kilbeheny Village at 10am with Joe Browne for a visit to the Blackrock Valley.. B walkers will travel to Silvermines village, meeting at 10am, where Goretti Campbell will take them through the hills in that area.. Henrietta Kearney will meet the C walkers in Galbally village square at 11am for a gentle climb to the megalithic tomb known as Darby s Bed.. A reminder also that there is a fixtures committee meeting in the Excel Centre at 8pm on this Thursday November 24.. News - November 14th, 2011.. All three club groups were out on Sunday in balmy, dry weather conditions and with lovely autumnal colours on display.. The C group were in Kilsheelan Woods where the last of the Autumn colours provided a beautiful burnished backdrop to a delightful 2.. 5 hour walk with Mary Walsh and her family.. The group of 16, car pooled from Kilsheelan village across the Suir and into the forest, picking up the Glenpatrick Loop and following the trail to an open expanse in the Glasha Valley, known as the picnic area.. Here they lunched and took in the peace and quiet of this restful oasis.. Then following the course of the chattering Glasha river, they looped around along the leaf carpeted forest trails, past gushing waterfalls, stopping at intervals to admire the views over to Slievenamon.. It was a happy group who finally arrived back to cross over the Glen bridge and pick up their cars.. Well done to Mary and John s two girls who were well ahead for the entire walk.. A lovely family outing in all.. Thank you Mary and family.. Peig McGrath led a new walk for the B group, car pooling 14 people out from Dundrum to Rossmore to enjoy some lovely forest trails in that area.. This was an easy paced walk which started from Simon Ryan s House and Peig wishes to thank Simon and Siobhan who kindly allowed them to park outside their house.. Then, following remote country roads, edged by colourful overhanging boughs, they made their way to the mast and up onto Rossmore Hill and some lunch.. The usual splendid views from here were sadly somewhat obscured by a thick haze but savoured in the minds eye just the same.. From here it was downhill to make their way back, passing some inquisitive horses on the way, a couple of greys and a chestnut.. Peig would like to welcome new member, Richard and hopes he enjoyed his first day with the club.. Thanks too to all for help with the cars.. Well done Peig.. The A group had a joint outing with our neighbouring Ballyhoura Bears.. With Mike and Willie as facilitators, the 23 walkers were bussed north from Doonohill to the start of the walk at The Milestone.. From here, their circular, waymarked route followed the Multeen and Ballyhours Ways towards Toureen Hill, where work on new turbines meant that they had to loop around it before bearing south to Red Hill and a welcome lunch break.. Then bypassing Cappawhite on their left they went by Greenfield and the lake to make their way back to Doonohill.. A great shared journey for our two clubs who completed 25km in all.. Our thanks to Mike and Willie and to all who participated.. Willie Ryan will lead a moderate A walk in Ballyhoura country meeting at 10am at Ballyorgan School.. The B walk will be led by Rita Mooney meeting at 10am at Aherlow House Hotel for a loop walk to Bansha Woods.. News - November 7th, 2011.. It could have been Greece (but not quite!), azure skies, not a cloud and glorious sunshine all the way for our walkers on Sunday.. But a chilly, misty start and frozen cars to deal with, before the A group assembled at Ballydavid hostel for a trek in the Galtees with Thos O Neill.. From here the 18 walkers were bussed to Muskry car park where they commenced their hike.. Their first ascent took them onto Knockastackeen, where exceptionally clear conditions made for awesome views and lovely photos of the surrounding mountains and Lake Muskry.. Descending from here, around the back of the lake, they faced into the most arduous climb of the day to the summit of point 786 and then over to O Loughlins Castle.. Here they had a welcome break and enjoyed their lunch in the warm sunshine.. Rested and refreshed, they commenced their circle back via the peaks of Grennane, Fearbreaga, points 631 and 597 and down to Sturakeen.. Then picking up the mast path, they headed down the trail to pick up their cars at the hostel having completed 18km in 6 hours.. Some achievement, well done and thanks to Thos.. The B group were in North Tipperary with Pat Butler.. They started out from Hollyford village and went south along forest tracks towards Cappawhite, taking in the highest point at Red Hill and passing close to the hideout of the legendary Ned of the Hills.. As expected, they enjoyed spectacular panoramic views of the entire Galtee range to the south and Keeper Hill to the north and even Limerick city was visible.. There were lots of new wind turbines to be seen as well! 13 people enjoyed this lovely four hour, loop walk and say thanks to Pat.. Michael Moroney will lead a moderate A walk of the Multeen Way.. Meet in Donohill 10am.. The B group meet in Dundrum village at 10am for a forest path walk with Peig McGrath.. Mary Walsh will lead the C group, meeting at 11am in Kilsheelan village for a Suir side walk.. Notice:-.. A fixtures meeting will be held on 24.. Nov at the Excel Centre 8pm.. We need and would deeply appreciate offers of new walks for the new year! Contact chairman Tom.. News - October 30th, 2011.. The club fielded two walks on Sunday, in generally benign weather conditions.. Anthony O Brien led the B group on a 10km trek around Bane Hill in Cahir.. Meeting at the Texaco garage, they followed the forest tracks through Cahir woods, to circumnavigate the Bane in an anticlockwise direction, returning to their starting point in three and a half hours.. It was a hearty outing with bouts of song along the way, a local dog for company and plenty of local lore and legend from the Cahir gang.. Apart from some fog and mist on high ground, conditions were dry and clear throughout, making for a very agreeable start to winter clock time.. Thank you Anthony.. Rody Tierney was on the marathon route across Slievenamuk with the A group.. Summerlike conditions and glorious Autumn colouring were reported, with an abundance of red berried holly, as they started out from Bansha Woods to make their way via Chapel Glen to the Ballagh road and on to Christ the King.. Here they stopped for a banana break, better known in marathon circles as a monkey s breakfast and shared the delightful views of the glen with a group of classic car enthusiasts.. Then it was on through the lovely nature park and west along the mass rock trail to the Shrough Dolmen and some welcome lunch.. Their return journey took them via Rock an Thorabh to the Millenium Stone where they met and exchanged experience of the hills with other bank holiday walkers.. On reaching Bansha Woods, their 30km walk was rewarded with a surprise round of cup cakes, the icing on the cake of this well trod and most enjoyable trail.. Well done yet again Rody.. Sunday 6/11 Thos O Neill will meet the A group at Ballydavid Hostel (off the Rossadrehid Road) at 10am for a trek in the Galtees.. Pat Butler will lead a 4hr walk for the B group starting in Hollyford village at 10am.. A reminder that subscriptions for the year start from this month and best value is had by joining or renewing your membership now.. Contact Brendan 086 3305565.. We also welcome offers of new walks for the coming new year.. News - October 24th, 2011.. The AGM of the Galtee Walking Club was held on Tuesday, October 18.. This was a well-attended meeting where the main business was the election of officers and committee for the coming year.. Most positions remained unchanged but we welcome Brendan as the new treasurer and thank Josephine for all her hard work and dedication during her time in that important job.. Conditions for walking on Sunday last were probably worse than has been experienced for quite some time with heavy rain and gales sweeping the country but the two planned club events went ahead.. Catherine Russell had 13 A walkers on a Galtee loop starting at Clydagh Bridge and taking in Lake Curra, Slievecushnabinnia, Galtymor and Galtybeg.. It was an experience not to be forgotten to be on top of the ridge in those conditions especially for one new member and a visitor back to Tipperary for the weekend.. Many thanks to Catherine and all who helped out.. Nineteen B and C walkers travelled to Co.. Carlow for a trek along the River Barrow led by Liam and Shane Doheny.. The B group began their walk at Borris while the C group started from Graiguenamanagh, with both finishing at St.. Mullins where the local café provided not only refreshment but welcome shelter from the rain.. Despite the conditions there was much to enjoy along the way including the locks and the traditional lock-keepers cottages, the variety of boats and barges, the canoeists braving the elements, the beautiful village of Graiguenamanagh with it s arched bridge and the swans, herons, mallard and other wildlife on the riverbank.. Thanks to Liam and Shane and also to Amelia for all her work and to Bríd who got everyone there and back safely.. There are two walks on Sunday next, October 30.. The A walk starts from Bansha Woods car park at 10am where Rody Tierney will follow part of the Slievenamuck Marathon route.. Anthony O'Brien will meet the B walkers at the Texaco garage in Cahir at 10am for 4 hours on Bane Hill and surrounding area.. Membership fees for the coming year are now due and the form is available from our website.. New members are, of course, always welcome and the start of the club year is a good time to join.. News - October 17th, 2011.. Excellent weather conditions on Sunday made for two delightful club walks.. Mary Ryan met 22 enthusiasts at Darragh Bridge for a lovely loop walk in Ballyhoura country.. Their route took them along Bohereen Dearg to Castle Gale, where a short break and a few songs put further spring to their steps as they took the forest track up onto Kilcruig Hill (401m) Here, as is customary, they signed the visitors book, had some lunch and marvelled at the clear, panoramic mountain views of the Galtys, the Ballyhouras and the Nagel.. Looping back through Garryarthur wood, they dropped down to the Keale river and made their way back to Darragh Bridge.. Mary hopes her visitors enjoyed the day and that we will see them all again soon.. Well done Mary.. The B walkers were on Slievenamon with Brendan Shiels.. 15 walkers took the path up the mountain from Kilcash village.. Clear, bright conditions made for spectacular views over Kilkenny and the surrounding mountain ranges of the Comeraghs, the Knockmealdowns and the Galtees.. Crossing the summit, the bore north west, taking in Carrickbrock, before picking up the forest track and descending into the valley.. From here they made their way back to the start point and into Kilcash village.. A very good humoured and entertaining outing, enlivened by tales of the Inca Trail, courtesy of one of our members who has just returned from there.. We look forward to the full account of this special trip at a later date.. Thanks to Brendan for his usual excellently organized walk.. There is a special outing to the Barrow River next Sunday where Liam Doheny will lead a lovely riverside walk.. Those wishing to travel by bus should contact Amelia Ryan 087 9947256 to book a place.. Bus leaves Market Yard, Tipperary at 9am.. The A walkers should meet Catherine at 10am at Clydagh Bridge.. A reminder that this coming Saturday evening sees Mossy Casey do his charity dance at the Minella Hotel and on Sunday there is a book launch at Aherlow House.. All are welcome.. News - October 9th, 2011.. Unseasonably warm weather greeted our walkers on Sunday as all three groups took to the hills.. The A group were in Killarney with Tom Lyons for a six hour, 25km hike of the Kerry Way.. Meeting at Kate Kearney s Cottage, they taxied to Loughacouse.. Starting in the Brida Valley, they followed the Kerry Way, past old derelict houses and hill farms, climbing up in sight of a magnificent wild goat herd, where mostly foggy conditions made visibility poor on high.. Descending the other side of the valley, they followed a tarmac road, then crossed over the mountain and into the Black Valley, making their way back via the Gap of Dunlo to Kate Kearneys.. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all including one new walker from Templemore.. Thank you Tom.. The B group trod the very popular pilgrim route over the Knockmealdowns to Mount Mellary.. Our ever ebullient host, Mossie Casey and his enthusiastic Cahir comrades led a band of 19 walkers, including three new guests, on a challenging, windy and misty crossing over the Sugar Loaf and Knockmeal mountains to the lovely Mount Mellary.. A lively and entertaining outing as usual with plenty of diversions to sustain them along the way, from folklore and ballads, to tumbles in the heather and even a bout of dancing around the rocks, courtesy of leader, Mossie.. The mist gave way to sunshine as the group followed the course of the upwards flowing stream, making their entrance to the monastery through wooded paths of glorious early autumn colours.. And what a reward awaited them there when tables and chairs were set up and tea and freshly bakes scones and apple pie were laid on for the weary pilgrims.. What a thoughtful gesture on Mossies part.. A perfect end to a very special day out.. Thanks to all.. David Stapleton led 16 C walkers on a lovely autumnal loop walk of the woods and hills around Cahir Town.. Starting from Mountain Road they followed the richly coloured leafy paths upwards and onto the foothills of the mountain to complete over 8km of a loop in just under three hours.. Tagging along with the group was a friendly local dog who managed to complete the circuit and hopefully find his way home afterwards.. Many thanks David for a lovely day out.. Sunday 16/10 The A walk will start from Kilcash Village at 10am for a loop of Slievenamon with Brendan Shiels.. Mary Ryan will lead the B walk from Darragh Bridge, Kilfinnane/Mitchelstown Road at 10am.. Notes:.. The club AGM takes place at the Excel Centre, Tipperary Town on Tuesday 18.. Oct at 8pm.. All members are encouraged to attend.. There will also be a book launch at Aherlow house Hotel on Sat 22.. nd.. Oct when Jimmy Barry from SEMRA will launch his book on the Galtees.. All welcome.. News - October 2nd, 2011.. The Galtee Walking Club welcomed visiting members of the Foxford Ramblers from Co.. Mayo on Saturday last and introduced them to the Galtees with a 6.. 5 hour round of the horseshoe in, unfortunately, poor weather conditions.. 24 walkers including 14 from Mayo set off from Clydagh Bridge with leader Tom Lyons and took the Ice Road to Lake Curra where the stream was in full flow from the heavy rain.. The high ground was reached via Slievecushnabinnia and the going was slow due to underfoot conditions as they made their way to Galty Mor.. Fortunately, the summit was clear allowing wonderful views of the fog filled valleys below.. The rest of the route took in Galty Beag, Lake Boreen and Cush where again the fog lifted to let them see the magnificent loop they had completed.. The walk was enjoyed by everyone with the lads from Mayo saying they would love to come back for more.. Thanks to the lads from Mayo for making the walk very enjoyable and we hope to get up to Mayo next summer to see some new countryside.. Thanks to Tom and also Mike Moroney for his help and for providing some local history along the way.. Sunday was National Trails Day and the club provided one event for the occasion as Danny Bailey led a four hour, 17km loop walk in the Glen of Aherlow.. 30 walkers took part including 10 non-members, some from as far away as Laois.. They all enjoyed the Autumnal conditions in the woods as the purples of the heathers give way to the yellows and reds of leaves and berries.. Danny s route took them from Aherlow House through the Nature Park, past the statue and on to the Ballagh Road and Bansha Woods.. The return brought them past the Millenium Stone and Rock An Thorabh.. Thanks and well done Danny.. Club walks for Sunday, October 9:.. A walkers are travelling to Kerry for a 23km stretch of the Kerry Way and the Black Valley with Tom Lyons, meeting at Kate Kearney's Cottage, Killarney at 10am.. The B walk is the ever popular trip over the Knockmealdowns from the Vee to Mellary, meeting at Grubbs Monument at 10am with leader, Mossy Casey.. David Stapleton will lead a C walk in the woods and hills overlooking Cahir, meeting at the Texaco garage on the Mitchelstown road at 11am.. Members are reminded that the club AGM will be held in the Excel Centre, Tipperary Town at 8pm on Tuesday October 18, 2011.. News - September 26th, 2011.. It was another wet and windy start to the day on Sunday last as only the brave and committed walkers ventured out on the clubs three walks.. It certainly was a hardy bunch who turned up at the Nire Valley for Cliona Tuohy s A walk in the Comeraghs.. Starting at the car park they climbed to Knockanaffrin in the rain and wind where a stop was made for an early and quickly consumed lunch.. Then it was back along the ridge and across the Gap to follow the stakes to the Coum Iarthar lakes.. An ascent of two gullys brought them to the Comeragh plateau and Carrignagower (767 metres) followed by the descent to the Gap again and the return to the cars.. In all this was a 14km round trip completed in 6 hours with 1000 metres of climbing.. A warm welcome to Michael and Joe from Limerick making their first visit to the Comeraghs and their first outing with the club.. Well done to Cliona for leading this challenging walk in difficult conditions and thanks also to Thos O Neill and John O Dwyer for their help on a day when good navigation skills were vital.. The B walk was scheduled for the Knockmealdowns but conditions were so bad at the starting time it was decided to abandon the mountain and head instead for the more sheltered woodland tracks in the Glen of Aherlow.. Those who made the journey enjoyed a 2.. 5 hour loop in ever improving weather conditions from Christ the King statue to the Ballagh road to the Millenium Stone and back by Rock an Thorabh.. Welcome to Margaret and Michelle on their first day with the Galtee club.. Una Phelan s C walk also started from Christ the King shortly before the B walkers arrived.. Una took her group uphill through the woodland tracks to Rock an Thorabh before crossing the road and heading for Aherlow House Hotel.. The return journey took them through the wonderful Nature Park to complete a 2.. 5 hour loop.. Many thanks to Una.. On Saturday next, October 1, Tom Lyons will lead a Moderate A walk starting at Clydagh Bridge at 10am and taking in the Galty Horseshoe.. This is a joint walk with visiting club Foxford Ramblers from Co.. Mayo.. On Sunday October 2 there are no club walks but Danny Bailey will lead a 4 hour walk as part of National Trails Day starting at Aherlow House Hotel at 11am.. News - September 18th, 2011.. Mixed weather conditions greeted our two walking groups on Sunday last.. The A group, on an outing to Kerry, got the worst end of things with rain and wind and poor visibility, always a pity after travelling such a distance.. It did not deter them, however, from completing their mission of climbing the Paps Mountains close to the Cork border.. A group of seven, with leader Pat Ryan, started from Glenflesk and after some initial road walking climbed the western peak at 690 metres followed by the eastern at 695 metres.. The total trip took 6.. 5 hours and covered a distance of 21km.. Many thanks to Pat who got everyone back safely to hear the news that Tipperary had won the Minor Football Final.. Amelia Ryan had better conditions for her B walk in the Doon Hills.. Fifteen walkers enjoyed this varied loop over farmland, forest track and fuchsia lined roads in two counties, starting and ending in Doon Village.. As the group gained height excellent views opened up in all directions and, although visibility was not perfect, Thomond Park in Limerick could be clearly seen as well as the Galtees to the south and the wind turbines across the sunlit valley to the north.. In all this was a 12km round trip completed in 3.. Thanks to Amelia for all her time and work that went into preparing this walk.. Thanks also to Eddie and Mary for their help and to local farmers, Paddy, Michael and Tom for allowing access to their lands.. Tom joined the group on the walk and his local knowledge was most helpful.. A word of thanks also to Owen Ryan and half a dozen stalwart A walkers, who completed a successful 10hr crossing of the entire Galtee range on Sunday September 11 last.. Despite some poor weather this group did some useful reconnaissance and fine tuning of distance and timing for the annual club highlight, the Galtee Crossing, which takes place in June each year.. Next Sunday s walks:.. The A walkers are meeting at the Nire car park at 10am with Cliona Tuohy for a round of the Comeraghs.. B walkers meet at Bay Lough car park in the Vee at 10am for a climb of Knockshanahullion with Paddy.. Una Phelan will meet the C group at Christ the King statue, Aherlow, at 11am for a 2 to 3 hour loop around Slievenamuck including a visit to the Nature Park.. This is an ideal walk for anyone thinking of joining the club or taking up walking.. Club Trip to Bavarian Alps, Sept.. 2011.. Nine club members enjoyed a memorable week away in the Bavarian Alps this month.. Organized by Breda and Pat Ryan, the group flew out from Cork to Munich and then took a scenic train journey south to the beautiful Alpine village of Garmish where they made their base, staying in comfortable wooden chalets.. Their first day out hiking, via cable car and rock climbing, took them to The Top of Germany , the Zugspitze, Germany s highest peak at 2962m.. From here they enjoyed fantastic views of the 400 Alpine peaks which stretch east and west along the German Austrian border.. A welcome breakfast was had at the Zugspitze restaurant and lots of lovely pictures were taken( which can be enjoyed on the club s web page).. Descending into the valley, to the sound of tinkling cow bells, they travelled through lush green meadows, wooded slopes and tumbling waterfalls to exit through the stunning 700m long Partnachklamm Gorge, one of Germany s natural wonders.. Their second big hike was onto the Alpsitze at 2628m.. A special feature of this mountain is an overhanging viewing platform which juts out some 13m from the mountainside and affords spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and trails.. Also much appreciated were the mountain huts along the way which provide refreshments for travellers.. Their descent was a stunning experience through yet another magnificent, one kilometre long gorge, the Hollentalklann, where the river drops down 200m in a series of breathtaking falls and canyons which have been hacked out of the mountainside.. The next couple of days were spent cycling and touring in the surrounding area where they visited some lovely alpine villages as well as the world famous fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein (near Fussen) and the historic towns of Munich and Innsbruck.. They also got in some shopping and finished up their evenings with some great food and craic.. They met some friendly Bavarian people too, including a baroness who taught Mossie and Mike how to play the spoons! Further details of this trip can be had from Breda and Pat Ryan at rynahousehold3@eircom.. net.. News - September 11th, 2011.. The club fielded three walks on Sunday and got the best of what weather was available! William O Neill took the B group on a hostel to hostel crossing from Glengarra woods on the south side of the Galtees to Ballydavid woods on the north side.. A bus was organized to take the group to the start point at Glengarra Woods from where they walked to the picturesque Glengarra hostel and then onto open mountain.. Their ascent took them up onto Grennane and over to Farbreaga and points 631 597.. Weather conditions were mixed with some sun and rain and some high winds too at higher levels.. Their descent was via Sturakeen and then down to the Ballydavid hostel on the north side.. A lovely 5hr south to north trek, with thanks to leader, William, and to Paddy for navigational backup.. A group of 20 C walkers enjoyed a mostly dry and windy outing to Lake Muskry.. For four of the group it was their first trip to the lake and their very first outing with the club.. As new walkers, some found it a bit of a challenge, but all managed to complete the walk and came away with a real sense of achievement.. Well done Fiona and friends.. We hope you will be back.. The atmosphere was friendly and lively and all enjoyed a leisurely lunch and chat by the lakeside.. The track was busy with lots of walkers coming and going, which bodes well for the growing popularity of hillwalking.. Mo would like to thank all who joined in to give support and help and get everyone up and back safely.. Finally we salute the Bansha/Kilmoyler girls Sarah O Neill, 11 years old, her mother Sinead, and Michela Peters who returned safely from their climb of Kilimanjaro.. A great achievement.. Sarah is the youngest Irish girl to have made the summit and is the granddaughter of club member, Una Phelan.. Next weeks walks;.. Pat Ryan will lead the A walk in Killarney.. Meet at Glenflesk (12 km from Killarney on Cork Rd) at 10am for an outing in the Paps.. Enquiries to Pat 087 9704404.. The B group will meet Amelia in Doon at CBS at 10am for 4hrs in the Doon hills.. News - September 4th, 2011.. Our Wednesday evening walks ended last week with a lively round of Slievenamuck Ridge led by Danny Bailey.. It was a perfect evening, bright and fresh and the  ...   From the summit of Temple hill they proceeded for the peak of Lyracappul and down the saddle towards the zig zag path where the conditions cleared and the final leg of the journey was enjoyed in lovely warm sunshine with wonderful views emerging from the mist.. An invigorating 5.. 5 hour trip in challenging conditions - a big thank you to Anne and Una whose navigational skills were certainly required and indeed evident on the day.. Paddy Burke had 10 out on his B walk in the Knockmealdown mountains.. Again the mist and fog was dominant as they started off from Baylough car park in the Vee and headed up the county boundary and up to the summit of Knockshanahullion.. Paddy's keen navigational skills were more than welcome as he safely guided his group along to their lunch point at the cairn before heading in a southerly direction on the Avondhu Way.. As the weather began to oblige the clear conditions afforded wonderful views off towards the Waterford coastline.. In high spirits the group (with an age span of over 60 years I must say) made their return to Baylough completing the loop in 4 hours.. Well done and many thanks as always to Paddy.. Our AGM was held last Thursday 8th, congratulations and welcome to our newly elected officers and committee members for 2009/2010.. Best wishes for another great and safe year of walking.. Next Sunday 18th October the A walk with leader Paul Ryan 087 2230896 will meet at 10am in Rossadrehid for a 5 - 6 hr walk in the Galtees.. The B walk with leader Kevin O Sullivan 061 384749 will meet at 10am at Clydagh bridge for a trip to Cush mountain and Lake Boheen in the Galtees.. The C walk with leader David Stapleton 086 8756487 will meet at 11am in Woodies car park, Clonmel for a 2hr walk to the Clonmel Cross.. Please note the Christmas night out for the club is booked for Fri 11th December in Aherlow House Hotel, please contact Breda Ryan 062 33374 for further information.. News - October 4th, 2009.. Last Sunday 4th October saw great numbers out on our B and C walks on our lovely local woodland tracks - nice to join in in the spirit of National Trails Day.. Our B group of 31 walkers led by Mary Ryan met in the picturesque village of Lisvernane and headed off on the forest track from the village, on to the Ballyhoura Way and on to Monour mountain and the summit of Slieve na Muck.. Lunchbreak was had at the Megalitic Tomb where the group marvelled at the crystal clear views of the Galtee mountains, the Ballyhoura's and Slieve Felim.. After such an enjoyable break they headed off on the final leg of the circuit arriving back in Lisvernane to the hospitality of the Moroney family who provided refreshments to all.. Many thanks Mary for this most enjoyable circuit and to the Moroney's for their welcome and generosity.. Our C walkers under the leadership of Una Phelan met at Ballydavid Hostel just off the Rossadrehid road.. This group of 9 headed off from the hostel on the track towards Toureen Woods, up the Deer Path and into Cappa woods.. Lunch was had beside the tumbling waters of the waterfall and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and beyond to the Rock of Cashel and the Devils Bit were enjoyed by all.. A big welcome to our 2 new young walkers who enjoyed the day and will hopefully join us again some day.. This lovely 3 hour circuit brought the group back to the youth hostel, many thanks Una for this well organised and most enjoyable outing.. Next Sunday 11th October the A walk will meet in Kilbehenny Village at 10am for a 5 - 6 hr trek to Lyracapall and Temple Hill with leaders Ann Donohoe 087 6989479 and Una Hayes 086 3669829.. The B Walk will meet at the Grubbs monument, The Vee at 10am for a 4 hr walk on mountain track with leader Paddy Burke.. Please note.. the club's AGM will be held Thurs 8th Oct.. at 8pm in the Excel, Tipperary town.. All welcome, please come along and why not sign up for another great year.. News - September 28th, 2009.. Our lovely Autumnal hikes continued on Sunday with the A walkers out and about with Joe in the lovely Blackrock valley.. The meeting point for this southerly, loop ascent of the Galtees was Kilbehenny village from where the nine walkers made their way to the Galtee Castle car park.. Then it was off in the direction of the Blackrock river and up, past the sheep pen to the summit of a mist enshrouded Knockaterriff.. Descending to the coll, they then commenced the arduous hike up onto an equally misty Lyracappul and a welcome lunch break.. Joe s navigation skills, using his trusty map and compass were essential to get the group safely down and over onto Bengower.. Then began their long, steep descent homewards, crossing over the river to take a restful break and enjoy the sun in a peaceful oasis of sheltering trees and deserted farm dwellings.. They reached the car park in approx six hours, well stretched and invigorated.. Thanks to Joe for this much appreciated outing.. Closer to home, Catherine led a group of 19 B walkers on a 4 hr forest track and climb of Knocknastukeen.. In mild but overcast conditions, they took the path from Rossadrehid up past the waterworks to begin their ascent of Knocknastukeen.. Visibility was poor to start with but improved as the reached the summit when the surrounding peaks and lakes emerged from the mist.. Their path down took them in an easterly direction towards the ridge behind Lake Muskry where lunch was enjoyed and photos of Muskry and Fir Breaga taken.. The return journey took some of the group along by the lake and onto the path while others choose the river route back to the cars.. Thanks to Catherine for 4 enjoyable hours trek and to Paddy and Anne for navigational backup.. Next weeks walks:.. Important notice:.. We regret that due to special circumstances, the A walk to Kerry for Sunday 4/10 has been cancelled.. The B walk will go ahead when Mary Ryan will lead the lovely Dolmen Loop walk from Lisvernane Village.. Meet 10am in the village.. The C group will also be out for a 2+ walk with Una on the Old Deer Path, meeting at 11am at the Ballydavid Hostel (off the Rossadrehid Road).. News - September 21st, 2009.. Another lovely sunny day greeted our Sunday walkers as all three groups set forth for the hills.. The A and B walkers were in the Cappawhite/Holyford area while the C group took on a climb of Slievenamon.. Mike Moroney led 18 walkers on a combined Galtee/Ballyhoura Bear trek along a 27+ km stretch of the Multeen Way.. This 6hr moderately paced walk started from Milestone Cross, extending south through a variety of terrain of road and forest track, passed the wind turbines in Toureen and crossing over the river at Losset where a variety of walks intersect, to enjoy a welcome lunch break.. Then bypassing Holyford, the trail led them up onto Red Hill and the expansive crystal clear views of all the Munster mountain ranges.. After this came a welcome ice cream break in Cappawhite before heading along the river bank to Greenfield and finishing up in Donohill.. It was a very special and convivial joint outing for both clubs where the match of the day was carefully analysed, stories were told and songs were sung and Willie and Mary shared their recent experiences in far flung Kilimanjaro.. Well done to them! Chairman Danny thanked all for their help and cooperation and expressed his hope that this may become an annual fixture.. The B group also undertook a shorter walk in the same area, starting from Cappawhite to do a round of Red Hill.. A special thanks to Eddie McGrath for stepping in at the last minute to lead this walk.. Also on Sunday, Bridgit Flynn and Ann provided the C group with a most memorable hike of Slievenamon.. 17 people turned up to enjoy this mountain in exceptionally bright and clear conditions.. The views from the summit were spectacular all around, from the sea in Dungarvan, to Kilkenny and all across the Knockmealdowns to the Galtees in the distance.. Truly breathtaking.. There was much lingering and gazing on the way down with the group determined to enjoy what must inevitably be the last of the Summer wine.. Thank you Bridgit and Ann.. The A group will meet in Kilbehenny village at 10am for 5 hrs in the Blackrock valley region with Joe Brown.. Catherine Russell will meet the B group in Rossadrehid Waterworks at 10am for four hours to Knocknastukeen.. Don t forget the AGM for all members will be held on 8.. Oct at 8pm at the excel in Tipperary Town.. News - September 13th, 2009.. After the wind and rain of the week before, conditions for walking couldn't have been more different last Sunday.. Glorious warm sunshine was enjoyed by everyone who turned out for the two club walks.. Thos O Neill led our first hostel-to-hostel walk from Ballydavid woods, over the mountain to Glengarra Woods.. 22 walkers, including two 15 year olds, joined him at Ballydavid youth hostel from where they were bussed by Breda Brown to Glengarra woods.. From here they followed the Burncourt River up through the woods to Glengarra youth hostel and onto open mountain.. Walking east, they stopped for refreshments at the stone pillar, and then went to explore a derelict farmhouse.. Does anyone know who formerly inhabited this humble abode? Then it was onwards and upwards to cairn 382 , bearing due west to lunch by a meandering stream.. A long, arduous climb in the afternoon heat followed to 631 and onwards to 597 where luckily they were able to enjoy some cool clear water from supplies laid down from the previous festival walks.. Under cloudless skies, great views were had all around of the Galtees, Fearbreaga and Grennane with the M8 standing out in sharp contrast.. Their descent took them down onto Sturakeen and onto the track, which took them past the mast and down to Ballydavid hostel.. Thanks to Thos and to Tom Lyons and Ann O Donnell for all their help.. The B group of 19 walkers with leaders Anthony and Mossy completed a most enjoyable trek starting at The Vee, traversing the high peaks of the Knockmealdown range and finishing at Mount Mellary monastery.. The toughest part of this walk came at the very start as the group climbed up past Grubb's monument and on to the summit of Sugarloaf Hill.. From there they followed the wall marking the county boundary to the highest point in the range, Knockmealdown at 794 metres, stopping for a quick lunch break on the way.. A stop at the top was also essential to take in the wonderful views in all directions.. From the Galtees to the northwest to Slievenamon and the Comeraghs rising from the mist in the east to Dungarvan Bay and the Blackwater River towards the south, everywhere was looking it's best in the sunshine.. After a steep descent, Anthony and Mossy had a surprise for the group as they led alongside a stream, which appears to flow uphill.. The church bell was ringing as the walkers approached the monastery through the woods and along the path by the lily ponds.. Arriving at Mellary, tea and cakes were enjoyed by all the group at the restaurant before taking the waiting cars back to the Vee.. Many thanks to Anthony, Mossy and also Sean for all their work and the stories along the way.. Next Sunday, 20th September, A walkers will meet at Lidl car park in Tipperary town at 10am for a 5-hour walk along the Multeen Way with Mike Moroney (087)9267948.. The B group will meet at the Square in Cappawhite at 10:30am and will also take to the Multeen Way for 3.. 5 to 4 hours with Pat Butler (087)8305744.. Bridgit Flynn (087)9880437 will take C walkers up Slievenamon for a 2+ hour trek meeting in Kilcash village at 11am.. News - September 6th, 2009.. Our Autumn/Winter '09 schedule got off to a wet and windy start last Sunday when 28 walkers met at Clydagh Bridge for a hike to Lake Curragh in the Galtee mountains with leader Rita Mooney.. The rain started to fall as the group headed up to Cush car park and along the forest path via Saunders Lodge.. From the forest path they headed over the stile and out onto the mountain as the conditions deteriorated.. After reaching the top of the grassy knoll the decision was taken to abandon the original route planned and head back down to the lower barrier and on to the more sheltered Cush track.. A big thank you to Danny for his help in navigating and to Rita for successfully completing this 6 mile track loop and getting her group back in safety to Clydagh in just over 3 hours.. A challenging start to our Sunday walks, fingers crossed for more favourable conditions ahead.. Due to the weather conditions our C walk to Lake Muskry was called off, hopefully the weather will oblige for our next visit on 1st November!.. Next Sunday 13th September the A walk will meet at Ballydavid Hostel off the Rossadrehid road at 10 am for a 5 hour trek from Ballydavid to Glengarra Woods with leader Thomas O Neill 086 2656548.. The B walk will meet at Grubbs Monument, The Vee at 10 am for a 3.. 5 - 4 hour walk in the Knockmealdown mountains with leaders Anthony O Brien 087 2737072 and Maurice Casey 086 8096137.. News - August 30th, 2009.. During the weekend of 21st - 24th August 21 club members set off for the Lake District in England.. Flights were from Cork to Manchester and onwards by road to the beautiful town of Keswick where the group based themselves for the weekend in B B accommodation.. On Saturday 22nd all 21 walkers assembled at 10.. 30 am at Seath Waite from where they commenced their ascent of England's highest mountain Scafell Pike.. They followed the river to Stockley Bridge and onwards to Eskhause Saddle.. They then picked up the track between Ill Crag and Broad Crag and enjoyed lunch there at 1 pm in wonderful clear conditions before tackling the final leg of the ascent of Scafell Pike.. Standing at 978m the group marvelled at the views in all directions and snapped up some great photos as a reminder of their great achievement.. They made their descent via the corridor route to Sty Head Tarn (lake).. At this point some of the group decided to take on the further challenge of the Great Gable at 899m before descending via Base Brown to the river and back to Seath Waite.. Feeling invigorated after this wonderful outing and with a great sense of achievement the group tucked in to some great food in a local restaurant and retired for the evening well satisfied.. Weather conditions on Sunday 23rd were regrettably wet and miserable so a smaller group of walkers met at Glen Ridding and followed the river up to Red Tarn (lake) past the slate mines.. Some walkers returned from this point and others treked on to Swirrll Ledge and Helvellin at 949m.. Conditions were nasty and the going tough as they returned via Lower Man to the slate mine.. Here they accepted an invitation to tea from Jon Jale and contributed to his survey on mountain clothing and equipment.. Those who didn't take to the mountains enjoyed the sights and shopping in Keswick, some took a boat trip and for the Beatrix Potter fans there was a visit to one of her farms.. Another great day rounded off with some fine fare and a surprise cake for Pat and Breda.. They wish to sincerely thank those who arranged this, it was really appreciated.. A truly great trip away, many thanks to Pat and Breda and also to Tom and Catherine for all their help.. Last Wednesday 26th August Breda led our final evening walk of the season from Christ the King statue.. A record number of 52 walkers turned up for a lively 2 hour forest path walk taking in the Rock an Thorabh.. What a great finish to our Wednesday walks which have been strongly supported each week since April 15th last.. Many thanks to Breda and indeed to all our leaders and members who facilitated these walks and a warm welcome to all our new members that have come on board over the last few months.. Hopefully we will see you out on our Sunday walks which kick off next Sunday 6th September.. Rita Mooney will lead a walk to Lake Curragh, meeting point clydagh Bridge at 10 am.. Also there will be a climb to Lake Muskry, meeting point Rossadrehid Post office at 11am.. The full shedule of A, B and C walks for the September - December '09 will be out in the post to all members over the next week.. News - August 16th, 2009.. As the evenings begin to draw in, so our Wednesday evening walks will draw to a close.. We are sad to see them go and will miss those great invigorating end of day hikes which drew so many new members to our club.. We hope you will join us again for our Sunday morning walks which will start in September.. A special thanks to Josephine Tierney, our hard working treasurer, for leading last weeks walk through Bansha Woods.. In mild, dry conditions over 30 people looped their way through forest paths and bridleways, taking in the Millenium stone and fine views of Tipperary Town.. Noticeable too were the burnished leaf tips of the beech, a salutary reminder of the endless cycle of the seasons.. But you could be forgiven for wondering if there are any seasons anymore! And Willie Kavanagh, who led last night s penultimate walk of the season across Slievenamuck, would surely have some comment to make on that.. Thanks to all our leaders and members for a thoroughly enjoyable season of walks.. Behind the scenes, our chairman, Danny and the committee have been busy tooling up the autumn/winter schedule of Sunday walks.. These will be posted out to members in the coming weeks.. Please note that due to the welcome growth in membership and consequent postal costs, this will be the last time that we will post out individual schedules of walks.. From the new year, we courteously request that members access these online unless for some reason they do not have access to the internet.. We would also appreciate your comments on our new notice board on the site.. And please come along to our AGM on Oct 8th at 8pm at the Excel in Tipperary town and give us your views.. Our last wed evening walk 26/08 will be with Breda Ryan and meets at Christ the King at 7pm for a two hour round of Slievenamuck.. We hope you will all be around to start the Sunday walks with us on 5th.. News - August 9th, 2009.. The lengthy Summer days are slipping quickly by and luckily weather conditions have been favourable for our Wednesday evening outings of late.. These evening walks have proven to be most popular with numbers in the 35 - 45 range out each week.. It's truly great to see so many newcomers joining the club and many thanks to all our leaders who have facilitated these walks since last April.. On Wednesday evening 5th August Anne O'Donnell led out 37 walkers from the mountain road in Cahir, through forest paths and on to the summit of Bane mountain.. A wonderful outing with plenty variety taking in the forest bicycle track and open mountain.. The mountain ash in all its glory added a great splash of colour against a backdrop of leafy forest fern.. Some lucky walkers were quick enough to catch glimpses of some deer in the distance also.. Many thanks Anne and also to Anthony for his assistance.. There are 2 more Wednesday evening walks left this year - 19/8 Willie Kavanagh 087 6790310 will lead a 2 hour walk from Rock an Thorabh Car park and 26/8 Breda Ryan 062 33374 will lead a 2 hour walk from Christ the King Statue.. Both walks will commence at 7pm and will be on forest paths.. This Thursday evening the committee will hold a fixtures meeting in the Excel, Tipperary at 8pm.. A, B and C Sunday walks for the period September to December '09 will be scheduled.. Anyone interested in leading a walk please contact any committee member before Thursday, new walks and new leaders most welcome.. Finally, safe travelling and happy walking to all our friends heading off to the Lake district in England in the very capable hands of Breda Ryan and Catherine Russell on 21st Aug.. News - July 27th, 2009.. You couldn t exactly call it walking weather, or any kind of weather, other than what the toss of a coin may bring.. And that s the spirit that prevails on the hills this Summer.. You take the tee shirt and the shorts and you stuff the all weather gear in your nap sack and you go.. But we ve had some lovely Wednesday evening walks, getting home dry for the most part.. , notably the lovely outing to Lake Muskry with Mary O Dwyer and the trip around the foothills of Cush mountain with Rody.. We ve had 30 40 people turn out for these evening walks with many new members, including a welcome addition of younger age groups, who bring new energy and enthusiasm to the club.. Great to see.. It being the silly season, last Sunday saw an ad hoc outing of over 30 club members join Rody for a walking for softies southerly climb of Galtee Mor via the Black Road.. This was a unique opportunity for many walkers to access Galtee Mor for the first time and at a leisurely pace.. There was great enthusiasm all round especially from our youngest participant, 10 year old Jake, who scaled the heights for the first time.. Unfortunately, weather conditions meant that we didn t quite make the top and touch the cross but we were within 100 meters of it! Everyone got pretty wet but nevertheless enjoyed the challenge and the great mountain vistas in the dry intervals in between.. Many thanks to Rody for this special opportunity to sample the higher peaks.. Forthcoming walks.. : Wed 5/08 meet at Texaco garage, Cahir for three hours of forest track with Ann O Donnell.. The walks get shorter from here on in with only three Wed evening walks left.. The committee are already busy tooling up the Autumn schedules and there will be a fixtures meeting to this end on.. Thursday 13.. Aug at 8pm at the Excel in Tipp Town.. All suggestions for new walks greatly received.. Contact chairman Danny 086 1316995.. Our AGM will also be held at the same venue on Oct 8.. All Galtee Club members are encouraged to attend.. The trip to the Lake District is coming up on 21.. Aug.. Contact Breda 062 33374.. News - July 12th, 2009.. On the weekend 3rd - 5th July our club headed off to Co.. Wicklow to sample the heights and sights of this most beautiful area.. Laragh village was the meeting point for our 26 members with accomodation organised in Lynams Hotel.. A group of friends from Landsdowne joined also as the walkers assembled at Glenmalure on Saturday morning.. 29 A walkers and 10 B walkers set off in very showery conditions.. The ascent of Lugnaquilla began via the zig zag track with the showers persisting until just before the summit was reached.. Thanks to the most welcome bright conditions wonderful views off Leinsters highest peak were captured on camera and lunch was enjoyed in glorious sunshine.. The descent brought them down to the track and back to the hotel to partake in the evening's entertainment.. Fine food and a sing song finished off this great day, a big thank you for the hospitality and service to the staff of Lynams.. On Sunday morning the group visited the ancient monastic settlement and round tower in Glendalough.. They also visited St.. Kevin's church and in keeping with tradition formed a circle around the tower.. Again the weather conditions were showery but spirits were high as the group dispersed and struck out for home.. A very big thank you to Thos for organising this most interesting and enjoyable weekend with great walking and plenty history thrown in.. Our Wednesday evening walks are going strong despite the wet conditions of late and as always new members are most welcome.. Next Wednesday 22nd July, meet at Clydagh Bridge at 7pm for a 3 hr forest track and mountain walk with leader Rody Tierney 062 51775.. News - June 29th, 2009.. After months of preparations the day had finally arrived when the Galtee Walking club hosted it's 5th crossing of the entire Galtee ridge.. Sunday morning 28th June saw Anglesboro village alive with activity as Breda and Josephine busily signed in our largest group to date to take on this challenge.. A record number of 73 assembled in very promising conditions and kitted themselves out for all weather conditions that the day ahead might offer.. Four busloads then headed over to the mountain road in Cahir the starting point for this years challenge.. After some brief instructions from Owen the entire group proceeded along the forest track leading out on to Bane mountain.. This year the decision was taken to offer those looking for an extra challenge the opportunity to do so and go ahead of the main group and self navigate accross the ridge.. Many thanks to Tom, Paul and Willie and others from our club who took command of this 27 strong group as the headed over the fence and relished the challenge ahead.. The bigger group of 46 led by Owen and facilitated by Pat, Rody and Thos then set off in high spirits nicely cooled by the falling mist.. Onwards and upwards through the heather and stoney terrain of Bane and other points leading up to Sturakeen mountain.. Unfortunately the weather conditions deteriorated with the increase in altitude and before long the rain gear was being donned and the sunscreen's work was done for the day.. The crossing rapidly became a mighty challenge as the group pressed on in rain, hail and foggy conditions for Farbreaga (724m), Greenane (802m) and the shelter of O Loughlins Castle where lunch was had.. Many thanks to Paddy, Margaret and Mary who met the group at this point and offered a safe route off the mountain from the base of Galtybeg to the Black road.. Also thanks to Catherine for her help in facilitating a descent at this point via the Geesha steps to the northern side of the mountain.. In worsening conditions the army marched on and conquered Galtybeg (799m), Galtymore (919m), Carrignabinnia (822m), Lyracappul (825m) and finally Temple Hill (785m).. Unfortunately breaks were short and visibility very poor as the inclement conditions prevailed throughout.. Nevertheless spirits were high and the sense of achievement overwhelming as the mighty group descended to Anglesboro to be greeted by our lady piper and well wishers who cheered them on the final leg of the journey.. Warm and welcoming showers were available in Aherlow, thanks again to the great organisation of the Ryan clan, before the final events of the day began.. Then it was time to sit back relax and enjoy the beautiful food and hospitality laid on by Fergal Purcell and his staff at Aherlow House Hotel.. The club wishes to extend its thanks to Fergal for his kindness and generosity to all.. Then the high point of the evening when Owen presented certificates and thermal gloves with Galtee Challenge 2009 imprinted on them as a lasting reminder of the event to the walkers.. Finally after the presentations it was the turn of our chairman Danny Bailey to address the group and convey his great thanks and appreciation to all involved in ensuring that this event went off so well and to welcome all walkers new and old to our club.. Much appreciation to Pat, Owen and Breda whose dedication and hard work is of continuous benefit to the club and it's members, also a big thanks to all those who helped in any way to make sure this was an enjoyable and most importantly a safe day for all.. Sunday walks are now finished until September, our Wednesday evening walks continue until the end of August, please come and join in at 7pm - for full walk schedule see www.. galteewalkingclub.. Best of luck and happy walking to those travelling off to Wicklow with Thos next weekend and to the Lake District in August with Pat, Breda and Catherine.. News - June 21st, 2009.. The Summer Solstice walk exceeded all expectations with over 40 people out of their beds for a 3.. 30am start! A pilgrimage atmosphere prevailed as the quietened figures emerged from their cars and assembled in the balmy night air of Cush car park.. The lights were on in the O Neill caravan and William was out and about taking command of the situation.. Lost and late comers were rounded up and finally the group took off up the trail to Cush mountain.. Lamps were soon extinguished, as eyes adjusted to the perpetual near light of midsummer and spirits rose in anticipation as they climbed up, embracing the fresh early morning breeze.. But mother nature had other plans and as they neared the summit the mist came down enveloping all in a shroud of grey.. Dawn broke but sadly, the solstice sunrise had to be left to the imagination! As William said, the sunset would certainly be visible in Hawaii at exactly that time! But all was not lost and the event was truly celebrated when Rody produced a bottle of champers from his rucksack! Now that s imagination for you but it can make a descent of Cush a bit precarious, as our sweeper would verify! But a great occasion all round and something to remember forever.. Many thanks to William for fielding the event and to Mary for her support and hospitality at the base.. The B group were also out on Sunday taking in the Rhodedendrons around the Vee with Brendan Shiels.. 16 people joined this 4+hr forest path and open mountain trek, setting out from Baylough in misty conditions and making an ascent of a cool and breezy Knockshanahullion.. Here they paused for some lunch.. Weather conditions improved as they made their way back along the Avondhue Way and down to the Balough car park.. Well done Brendan.. Thanks too to Paddy Burke for leading a successful Wednesday evening walk to Cush and Lake Borheen.. Sunday 28/06.. The end of season challenge is upon us! The annual Galtee Crossing will start at 9am in Cahir and will traverse the entire ridge over approx 10 hours, ending in Angelsborough.. Registration is in Anglesborough from 8am.. Best of luck to all for the day.. To discuss please contact Owen 087 2273562 or Pat 062 333374.. Wed 24/06.. Meet in Rossadrehid Village at 7pm for 3hrs to Knocknastukeen with Catherine.. News - June 14th, 2009.. Wednesday evening walks continue to draw large numbers of enthusiasts and weather conditions have been excellent thus far.. The midges too seem less aggressive than in previous years! Repellents are however always a good idea.. Willie Ryan led a glorious outing to Temple Hill last week with the whole 30+ group taking on this tough mountain from the Coombaun Wood side.. Happily for our newer walkers, they were able to take a less challenging detour through the woods, skirting the mountain from half way up with Sheila Lennihan, while the more seasoned walkers proceeded on upwards to the summit.. This mountain offers spectacular views even at lower levels of the Ballyhoura range and North Cork and across the Galtees and into North Tipperary from the summit.. A very special outing.. Thanks to Willie and Sheila.. Paddy Burke led the Sunday B walk in the Comeraghs.. 22 walkers started their climb from Glenpatrick in excellent conditions, proceeding up and onto Knocksheegowna and a welcome lunch break.. Then it was onwards again and up to the summit of Knockanaffrin where stunning views were enjoyed of West Waterford, the Galtees and Knockmealdowns.. From here they dropped down to Lake Mohra, spotting a hare on the way, and making their way back to Glenpatrick.. Well done Paddy.. Also Joe Brown was out for five hours on open mountain with 11 walkers from the A group.. Their route was in the Pigeon Glen/Temple Hill area.. Report outstanding.. Sunday 21/06 For the mystic in you, the special Solstice walk meets at Cush car park at 3.. 30am to greet the sun rise in the Galtees! Contact Willie Ryan 086 8314443.. A walk for the B group will meet at Baylough car park, the Vee, at 10am for 4hrs of forest path walks with Brendan Shields.. Wed 24/06 Meet Catherine at Rossadrehid Village at 7pm for 3hrs climb of Knockastukeen.. Sunday walks end here.. The grand finale is the Galtee Challenge on Sunday 28th , Cahir to Anglesborough.. Register in Anglesborough at 8am.. Contact Owen 087 2273562 or Pat 062 33374.. A night at the Races for festival stewards is on Thursday 25th.. Contact Danny 086 1316995 or Breda 062 33374.. News - June 8th, 2009.. After three days of the walking festival, the club has been out again for their regular walks with an energetic Wednesday evening hike up to Lake Curra with Rita.. And Sundays walks saw all three groups out with the A group travelling to Kerry with Tom Lyons for an ascent of Carrontouhill.. 13walkers turned up at Cronins Yard for this hike making their way from there up O Sheas Gulley and onto the great mountain.. Glorious weather conditions prevailed showing off the breathtaking views of the reeks all around and Inch beach below.. Their route back was via the Devils Ladder and the Heavenly Gate where they crossed paths with intrepid mountaineers, Pat Falvey and Claire O Leary.. They also paid a quick visit to check out the Mountain Rescue Hut in the reeks before making their way back to the start point.. A much appreciated day out.. Well done Tom.. The B group were with John Walsh in the Comeraghs.. Their circular hike took the 14 strong from the Nire Valley car park in a south easterly direction to the five lakes.. In half an hour they were at the Sgilloges, from where they traversed the ridge to the lakes further on around Coumfea before circling around to make their way back.. Excellent weather conditions ensured maximum enjoyment of this lovely four plus hours of lake hopping.. For scenic beauty however, the C group had it all as over 20 wended their way through the rhodedendrons from Clogheen to the Vee and the beautiful Bayloch.. This is Ted Clark s favourite walk and it did him proud with abundant displays of blooms all around reflected in the calm, clear waters of the lake.. Here the group enjoyed a restful, contemplative break before taking their leave of this seasonal jewel for another year? Thanks to Ted and his family for this and welcome too to the new members of the day.. Sunday 14/06.. The A group will meet in Kilbehenny village at 10am for 5hrs on open mountain with Joe Brown.. Paddy Burke will take the B group for 4hrs in the Comeraghs.. Meet at Woodies , Poppyfield car park, Clonmel at 10am.. Wed 17/06 Meet at Clydagh Bridge, Aherlow at 7pm for a 3 hr climb to Cush mountain Lake Boreen with Paddy.. Notice:.. The great Galtee Challenge takes place on 28th June.. Be prepared for this 10 hour crossing of the entire Galtee Ridge.. Registration is at 8am in Anglesborough for a 9am start in Cahir.. Contact Owen 087 2273562 or Pat 0879704404.. News - June 1st, 2009.. The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival.. Some 600 walkers travelled into the Glen of Aherlow last weekend to participate in this annual festival of walks organized by Failte in cooperation with the Galtee Walking Club.. It was a momentous occasion not only in terms of the glorious sunshine which prevailed throughout the weekend, but also in the buzz and excitement which spread throughout the glen from Friday evening and the opening ceremonies at the Glen Hotel, through three days of guided walks in the Galtees, to the music and craic around Moroneys pub in Lisvernane village.. The Aherlow area was truly showcased during the weekend with mouth watering displays of local produce from chocolate and pate to soups and cheese on the opening night.. Also included was a most impressive schools project from Lisvernane primary school and some amazing step dancing wizardy from Nicola and Roisin of the Bridget Whelan School of Dance.. Thanks to the Glen of Aherlow Failte for fielding such a successful event, to the chairman, Fergal Purcell and especially to Helen Morrisey and her helpers who gave their all to get and keep the show on the road.. The high points of the weekend were of course the walks and the Galtee Walking Club deserve every credit for organizing and leading a variety of inspirational daily treks which showed off the splendour of these magnificent mountains and the beautiful Glen in full sunshine.. As a casual visitor was heard to remark, Beats Kerry anyday.. The walks took in different aspects of the Galtee mountains from both the north and south faces and there were treks to suit all abilities, including nature trails.. The medium graded, or B walks were the most popular with over 100 people out each day.. These walks took a southerly ascent of the Galtees, with Saturdays walk, led by Paddy Burke, going onto the sun lit summit of Galtee Mor via the Black Road and Ann Catherines Sunday loop walk through the Blackrock valley taking in Lyracappul, Slievecuashnabinna and down to Clydagh Bridge.. C walks were also very popular with up to 200 hikers out over the two days.. Rita Mooney led a formidable 90+ on the Saturday outing to Lake Curra.. Well done to her for this considerable feat.. Then on Sunday, Josephine Tierney took 50 to the ever popular Lake Muskry while Mary Ryan took the second group on the Dolmen Loop from Lisvernane across the ridge and back to the village.. Even the more challenging A walks had numbers over 40 on day one when 5 peaks were traversed under the skilful stewardship of Tom Lyons with lesser numbers on day two for another challenging trek from Cahir to Sturakeen with Owen Ryan.. There was a three way split here with Owen taking the planned descent to Rossadrehid while Pat Ryan soldiered ahead with the hardier ones to take in the higher peaks while Thos O Neill and others made for Lake Muskry.. All exited safely at different points but missed the final whistle of the game and the full chorus of Slievenamon which rang out from Moroney s pub.. What a fitting finale to a perfect day.. And the festival continues as we go to press with more A B walks and a GPS trek with Mike Moroney.. Special thanks to all who worked to make our walks run smoothly especially Noel and Breed Brown who ran a most efficient and courteous bus service to the various starting points, to our trusty companions, AREN and Mountain Rescue who provided backup support and to the Moroney family for creating a most convenient, informal and entertaining base camp.. To our chaiman, Danny and to the 50 members who led or stewarded the walks, you deserve our highest accolade for your commitment, expertise and consideration towards all.. Mile maith and see you at the races! Finally, club member, Jill Baird deserves a special thanks for her generous donation of paintings to Mountain Rescue and for organizing the raffle over two days.. In all a great community effort.. It s what it s all about.. Notices:.. Sunday 7th The A group will climb Carantuohill with Tom Lyons.. Meet at Cronins farmyard 1030.. (6hrs) The B group will be in the Comeraghs/Nire Valley with John Walsh.. Meet at Melody s Bar, Ballymacarberry at 10am(4hrs).. The C group will be in the Rhodedendrons at the Vee with Ted Clarke.. Meet 11am on the Vee road outside Clogheen.. (2hrs) Wed 10/06, meet at Anglesborough Church at 7pm for a climb of Temple Hill with Willie Ryan (3+hrs).. Forthcoming:.. The Galtee Challenge is only 3 weeks away and participants should be getting into preparatory mode! Contact Owen Ryan for further details 087 2273562.. And for stewards who helped out at the Aherlow Fest, a night at the races is planned later this month.. To reserve your place, please contact Breda Ryan 062 33374 asap.. News - May 24th, 2009.. The most welcome balmy conditions of last Sunday were enjoyed by our members walking on the southern slopes of the Galtees and on Tramore strand Co.. Waterford.. What a day for our chairman Danny Bailey and his group of 19 on their 10 KM walk on Tramore strand.. From the prom they walked the length of the beach including the sand dunes and back to have lunch on the prom taking in the spectacular and colourful sights of many surfers riding the waves.. After lunch they proceeded from town out to Doneraille also known as the Hidden Park.. Walking amongst the cannons and remains of old shipwrecks to Newtown Cove and on to the Cliff road leading to the Guillemene Swimming Cove to take in the spectacular views of the strand and Brownstown Head.. They then took the forest path out to the Metal Man, a prominent cast structure erected in 1823 as a warning to sea going vessels.. Many thanks to Helen Lynch for sharing her knowledge of this area, a most welcome addition to any walk.. They returned to the prom via the Cliff road, many thanks to Danny and Helen for a wonderful outing to this most popular seaside resort.. Closer to home Anne Donohoe and Una Hayes had 17 out on their trek in the Blackrock Valley area of the Galtee mountains.. Starting at the confluence of the Pigeonrock and Blackrock rivers they headed for the saddle and began their ascent of Temple Hill marvelling at the fantastic views of the Galtee range and surrounding countryside.. After availing of the photographic opportunity of Temple Hill on such a clear day they proceeded on for Lyracappul extending the walk further than originally planned.. The circuit was completed via Pigeonrock valley following the course of the river to the finishing point.. A wonderful 4.. 5 hour trek, plenty of memorable photos, many thanks to Anne and Una for a great day.. Next weekend our club members will lead out A, B and C walks for the Glen of Aherlow Walking festival which will take place from 29th May to 1st June.. Further information can be had from 062 56331 or www.. aherlow.. com.. Our Wednesday evening walks are going really well so why not come along and join us.. Next Wednesday 3rd June Rita Mooney will lead a 3 hour walk to Lough Curra meeting at Cush car park at 7 pm.. News - May 17th, 2009.. On Sunday last 17th May Paul Ryan had 5 out on his A walk which met at Clydagh Bridge for a 5.. 5 hour Galty circuit in rather inclement weather conditions.. From Clydagh Bridge they took the boreen up to the mountain and proceeded on to the knoll.. Turning in a westerly direction they commenced climbing the steep and rough terrain of Carrignabinnia to meet the Galty wall and followed it's course to Galtymore.. Wet, windy and foggy conditions did not facilitate a lengthy stop so onwards to Galtybeg peak, the Coll and the final peak of Cush beneath a giant rainbow before completing the circuit via Cush boreen.. Many thanks to Paul and to Pat for his navigational assistance.. Br> The B group of 13 led by Anne O Donnell met at Grubbs monument, the Vee and walked down the road to Baylough car park.. They then walked in to Baylough lake and followed the forest track leading towards Clogheen before entering the forest and crossing the road to a picnic area for lunch.. The return loop brought the group back through the forest to the car park.. Despite a nasty shower of hail at the start of the walk they completed this 3 hour circuit in dry conditions, unfortunately a little too early for the rhododendrons which have yet to flower.. Many thanks as always Anne.. Marian Ryan and Jean O Dwyer had 13 out on their C walk from the Rock of Cashel.. The scheduled riverbank walk to Golden could not be followed as Marian had checked in advance with the tourist office and heritage group to be informed that the paths had to be strimmed and cattle were in some fields.. However they improvised and met as planned in the Rock car park and followed the Bóthrín Bocht road past Hoare Abbey and on via the river to Castleleake.. They then retraced their steps to meet the Dundrum/Cashel road and had lunch at the grotto.. They completed this 2.. 5 hour circuit via the Bóthrín Bocht without rain.. Many thanks ladies for your careful planning and a wonderful visit to this historic area.. Forthcoming fixtures: Next Sunday May 24th Danny Bailey will lead his 4 hr strand walk in Tramore, bus from market yard at 9am.. Also Anne Donohoe and Una Hayes will lead the A walk in the Blackrock Valley, meet in Kilbehenny village at 10am.. Next Wednesday 27th the evening walk with leader Tom Lyons will meet at 7pm in Kilcornan car park, Cahir for a 3 hour forest and mountain walk.. News - May 10th, 2009.. Over 40 walkers turned out for Mary Ryan s Wednesday evening walk from Galbally.. Their route took them out from the village and up through Duntryleague woods from the easterly side.. This newly refurbished route now provides a welcome handrail on the steeper stretches, making for greater ease and safety on the ascent.. Emerging from the woods onto the road, weather conditions deteriorated making for a wet and windy circle of Darby s bed which got progressively worse as they made their descent back down to Galbally and, for the lucky ones, a change of clothing in the car.. But none the worse for their experience, many of the same people were out again on Sunday including Mary Ryan, who this time took a band of over 20 B walkers on a breathtakingly beautiful trek of the Glenanaar forest under perfect weather conditions.. This circular route, known as the Cannon Sheehan walk, meanders through the woods in the foothills of the Ballyhoura mountains.. Taking in part of the Ballyhoura Way, it follows the Ogeen river and crisscrosses the borders of Limerick and Cork.. An environmentalists paradise, the area is one of lush undergrowth with ancient overhanging beech trees, now in their spring foliage and nestling in amongst them, the mass rocks and wells of the past.. From the higher points, exceptionally clear views were enjoyed of the Cork plains to the south, with the Nagle mountains in the distance and the towns of Kildorrery and Doneraille.. Lunch was had at the confluence of the Ogeen and Glenanaar rivers and it was a happy band of wanderers who arrived back at the Glenanaar car park in just under 3 hrs.. Many thanks to Mary for this very special border experience.. Accompanying the group for part of the way were 12 A walkers with leader, Willie Ryan.. Taking a more challenging route, this group soon took off in a westerly direction, onto the Ballyhoura Way and up to the mast on Carron Mountain.. Here lunch was had before circling around to take in and test their mettle on the 13 obstacle trip trail.. A veritable seniors playground! Their way back was by the Glenanaar river, clocking up over 5 hrs by the time they reached the car park.. Sunday 17/05, the A group will meet at Clydagh Bridge at 10am for 5-6 hrs in the Galtees with Paul Ryan.. Anne O Donnell will meet the B group at Grubbs Monument, the Vee at 10am for 3-4 hrs on forest track.. The C group will have their annual Suir Walk from Cashel to Golden with Marion and Jean.. Meet outside the Rock car park in Cashel at 11am.. The Wednesday walk for 20/05 will meet in Lisvernane village at 7pm for 3hrs forest track with Mary Ryan.. The day out to Tramore is on 24th May.. Booking essential now to Danny Bailey 086 1316995.. News - May 4th, 2009.. The Wednesday evening walks are now well established with numbers increasing every week, whatever the weather.. Don t be put off if the skies are threatening in the early evening, we generally manage to get an hour or two of good fine conditions for our walks.. Last Wednesday was typical.. Not very encouraging to start with, but Ray managed to get us all back dry after two well paced hours around Slievenamuc.. Over 30 people were there to enjoy this lovely circuit westward from Rock an Thorabh, past the mass rock and climbing up onto Slievenamuc, then a brief detour to take in our ancestors burial grounds at Shrough, humps of granite poking out of the sedge, a salutary reminder of the hardship of the Tipperary hills! Thank you Ray for a lovely walk and for your sensitivity in catering for such a diverse group of walkers.. Our plan is to make these walks more accessible to different levels of experience by offering a choice of distance and pace along the route, where leaders are available.. So something for everyone.. On Sunday, the A and B groups joined up with our neighbouring club to participate in the Ballyhoura walking festival, while David Stapleton and the C group took to the hills around Clonmel to savour the show of bluebells on Kilnamack ridge.. This prehistoric ridge, also known as Bagwells folly, (of the Bagwell Marlfield estate) the stony remains of which was built to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon 1884, now forms part of a conservation area managed by Coillte and An Taisce.. Meeting at the Poppyfield centre, David organized a car split to take a group of over 20 through the lovely Marlfield estate and the start of the walk.. It was dry and firm underfoot as they made their way along the forest path through Kilnamack wood, climbing up through carpets of bluebells to reach the folly and take in the views from the top of the meandering Suir below and the surrounding lush farmland and hinterlands of Clonmel and the ever present Slievenamon.. A truly magical experience.. After a short lunch break, the group picked their steps downwards through the coppiced trees and bluebells (I can t wait to see the photographs!) and made their way back to the cars.. Well done David and a big thanks for initiating this glorious rite of Spring.. Next weeks walks: Wednesday 6/05, meet in Galbally village at 7pm for two and a half hours forest track walk with Mary Ryan.. Sunday 10th May, Willie Ryan will lead a 5-6 hour A walk along the Ballyhoura Way.. Meet at 10am in Kilfinane village.. The B group will also meet in Kilfinane at 10am where Mary Ryan has planned a 3-4 hour trek taking in the Ogeen river.. There will be a committee meeting this Thursday, 7th May at the Excel in Tipperary at 8pm to plan for the upcoming Aherlow walking festival at the end of the month.. Also if you are intending to go on the Wicklow outing on 4th July, you should contact Thos now on 086 2656598 and for the trip to the Lake District on 21st August, call Breda 062 33374.. Also last chance to get on the Tramore day out on 24th May, call Rita 087 6242973.. News - April 26th, 2009.. On Sunday last 26th April our A walkers were out on the peaks of the Galty mountains with their leader Pat Ryan.. This group of 7 assembled at Clydagh Bridge and set out on the boreen leading on to the mountain and upwards for the knoll.. From this point they proceeded on to the ice path and followed this much travelled path up to Lough Curra.. After a brief stop they negotiated the steep gully behind this lake and met the Galty wall at the top.. They then treked easterly to Galty Mór where lunch was enjoyed before proceeding further in an easterly direction taking in Galtybeg, O Loughlins Castle, Greenane point, Fir Breaga and dropping down to Lough Muskry.. On the return loop they headed for Lough Boreen and completed the loop via the Geisha steps and down to O'Briens farmyard.. Surprisingly conditions were good and clear with most of this 7 hour loop completed before the fog crept in.. A lively 20Km circuit enjoyed by all.. Many thanks Pat for your great organisation and leadership.. Also best wishes and a speedy recovery to our friend and club member Michael Casey.. The B group with leader Paddy Bourke were out in North Tipperary taking in the Devil's Bit mountain and surrounding countryside.. This group of 21 enthusiasts set off from the Devil's Bit car park for a rock climbing exercise up to the cross on the mountain.. From this point they treked on to the trig point on the Devil's Bit and over to the mast.. Unfortunately the rainy conditions hampered the viewing opportunities and hastened the breaks, nevertheless spirits were high as they circled back through the woods and forest track to complete this 9 km route in 3.. Many thanks as always Paddy.. Last Wednesday 22nd April Mary Rose had 40 walkers out on her evening walk in Aherlow.. A very big welcome to all the newcomers, hope to see you all throughout the Summer.. Forthcoming fixtures: Next weekend 1/5 - 4/5/09 our club will support the Ballyhoura International Walking Festival where a range of A, B and C walks will be available.. Next Wednesday 6th May our evening walk will start in Galbally village at 7.. 00pm with leader Mary Ryan 086 6038597.. Looking further ahead to events planned for the summer please note the following:.. Trip to Tramore including 4 hour strand walk on 24th May - those interested in travelling please contact our secretary Rita Mooney 087 6242973 before 7th May next.. The annual Galtee Challenge on 28th June - please note the meeting point for this event is Anglesboro at 8am with registration from 8am - 8.. Walkers will be taken by bus to Cahir from where the crossing will commence at 9am.. The date has been set for the weekend away in Wicklow - 4th July.. Please contact Thos O Neill 086 2656598 for further information.. Moving on to the month of August the trip to the Lake District in England will take place over the weekend of 21st - 24th August.. Please contact Catherine Russell 087 2055223 or Breda Ryan 062 33374 as the booking for this trip will be closing by mid May.. News - April 19th, 2009.. On Sunday last our A, B and C groups were out in most welcome sunny conditions in the Galty mountains and along the banks of the river Suir in the historic town of Cahir.. Pat Ryan had 15 out on his A walk in the Galty mountains.. They met at Clydagh bridge and took the boreen leading out on to the mountain.. From there they began their ascent of the first peak of the day Slievecushnabinnia and proceeded on via the Galty wall for Galtymore.. At this height of 919m they enjoyed their lunch and took in the fabulous views from Ireland's second highest peak.. Onwards from this point they proceeded easterly taking in Galtybeg, O'Loughlins Castle, Greenane point, and Farbreaga.. From this point they descended to the area in front of Lough Muskry and headed back westerly via Knocknastakeen mountain and the final peak of the day Cush mountain.. They descended Cush to the forest line and back to Cush car park.. An invigorating 22km loop in excellent conditions, many thanks as always to Pat for facilitating on this exercise.. Brendan Shields on his first outing as leader with the club took out his group of 17 B walkers from the Foot Bar on a loop trek of Sturakeen mountain.. They started off along the road to Bansha and took a boreen up to a forest track and into the woods.. Exiting the woods they commenced there ascent towards spot height 541.. Near this point they enjoyed their lunch in balmy conditions and took in the wonderful views along the Galty mountain range and off towards the village of Bansha and surrounding countryside.. From there they treked on for the cairn at point 597 again taking advantage of this fine viewing point in excellent conditions.. Their descent via Knocknaboohley Hill and forest path to the road completed this wonderful loop of Sturakeen mountain.. Many thanks to Brendan for this well planned and enjoyable outing and we look forward to more interesting walks with him in the future.. The C group led by Cecelia O'Heney had a delightful 2 and a half hour walk along the banks of the Suir.. A great turnout, 30 people and a number of new members enjoyed the sunny conditions, calm waters and fishermen along the banks.. From Cahir car park, they walked along the path to the Swiss Cottage where they crossed the bridge and followed the path onwards on the other side, then over styles and through the fields, exiting onto a back road leading to the historic Quaker graveyard with grave stones of the major Cahir Quaker families.. Lunch was had amid the stones before retracing our steps back to the car park and al fresco refresments in the sun at the Riverside cafe.. Big thanks to Cecelia and her helpers for this unique historical outing.. Forthcoming fixtures: Next Sunday 26th April the A group will meet at Clydagh bridge at 10am for a 7 hour climb on the Galty mountains with leader Michael Casey 086 8342987.. The B group will meet at LIDL car park Tipperary town at 10am or in the Square in Templemore at 11am for a climb of Devils Bit mountain with leader Paddy Bourke 087 6111026.. Next Wednesday evening 29th April the meeting point is at Rock an Thorabh car park for a 2 hour walk on forest paths with leader Ray Coleman 062 52677.. Looking further ahead to some of the trips planned for the Summer period please note the following; Trip to Tramore Sun 24th May - anyone interested in going on this trip please give their names to Rita Mooney 086 1316995 before 7th May as numbers have to be finalised with the transport provider.. The date has been set for the weekend away in Wicklow with Thos O Neill 086 2656598 - 4th July, please contact Thos for further information.. In relation to the trip to the Lake District in England please note the date is weekend of the 21st - 24th August.. Further information on this trip can be had from Breda Ryan 062 33374 and Catherine Russell 087 2055223.. News - April 12th, 2009.. Easter Sunday 12th April was enjoyed by our A and B walkers as they treked out in the Galty and Knockmealdown mountains.. The A group of 5 in the capable hands of John Murphy met at Newcastle carpark at 9am and car pooled to Araglin from where they commenced their route at 9.. This eager group of walkers were not disappointed with the 30km route taking in 1700m in height.. They took in some of the Avondhu Way and proceeded for Farbreaga and Crowe hill.. From here they continued on for Wood Road Junction where they crossed the road and took up the forest track for Knockshanahullion.. From the summit they walked above the Vee for approximately 2 hours and took a well earned brief lunch break at the Vee.. The biting cold did not facilitate a lengthy stop and unfortunately the cloudy conditions limited the visibillity.. The next leg of this challenging route took in the Sugar Loaf mountain and the peaks of Knockmealdown, Knocknagnauv and Knocknafallia.. From these points the views were somewhat clearer so Mount Mellory, the Blackwater river and out to the coast at Youghal were to be seen, just reward when out in this beautiful area.. After descending to the lower lands the group crossed the road at the county boundary, took in Knockardbounce peak and descended to the farm track leading to the tracks meeting the road back to Newcastle.. Very welcome showers (particularly for our walkers from Limerick who were glad to be refreshed before their journey home) were available at the Newcastle GAA club when the group arrived back at the finishing point at 5.. 40pm.. Many thanks to John for his careful planning of this long and challenging route, not one for the faint hearted but a definite indication of the ability and skills of our club members.. Catherine Russell had 19 out on her B walk to Lough Curra in the Galty mountains.. In dry and bright conditions they assembled at Clydagh bridge at 10am and made there way to Cush carpark and onwards along the forest path meeting the stile leading out onto the mountain.. They followed the river up along to Lough Curra and enjoyed their lunch break in fine sunny conditions.. Their return was made via the Ice path and down to the forest path leading out to Cush carpark.. A most enjoyable 3.. 5 hour outing facilitated by our dedicated member Catherine.. Many thanks.. Forthcoming Fixtures:.. Next Sunday 19th April the A walk to be led by Pat Ryan will meet at 10am at Clydagh Bridge for a 6-7 hour climb on the Galty mountains.. The B walk will meet at The Foot Bar at 10am for a 4 hour climb of Sturakeen mountain with leader Brendan Shields (086) 3305565.. The C walk will meet at Cahir Castle carpark at 11am for a riverside walk to the Swiss cottage with leader Cecilia O'Heney (087) 9314684.. Also our Wednesday evening schedule of walks has kicked off with the first walk of the season facilitated by Rita Mooney last night (Wed 15th April).. Next Wednesday 22nd April the walk will commence at 7pm at Christ the King statue with leader Mary Rose Kinane.. This will be a 2 hour walk on forest paths.. Year on year these 2-3 hour walks have proved to be very popular and have indeed increased our membership so come along and join us - all walks commence at 7pm and details will be in these notes weekly.. News - April 6th, 2009.. The Galtee Marathon : The club s first marathon got off to a rollicking start on Sunday when close on 50 participants took off from Rock on Torabh on their first leg of this 46 km challenge.. It was a bright but chilly start and from 8am, our dedicated committee members were busy signing in and numbering the varied marathon enthusiasts, novices and veterans alike.. By 9am, the full marathon was on its way, with the half marathon following close behind, their route taking them across the Slievenamuc ridge in a westerly direction to the first check point at Moor Abbey in Galbally.. Here they had a welcome pause and enjoyed the unusual convenience of picnic tables to share some refreshments.. From here they circled around, taking the road upwards towards Moorabbey Hill and crossing fields to pick up the northerly ridge track back towards the second check point at Rock on Thorabh.. Close to schedule and in high spirits, they emerged through the barrier and singly and in small groups made their way across the road to the signing off point.. This completed the half marathon and after a little over four hours, some of the happy walkers were able to relax, receive their certificate of completion and savour that great sense of achievement.. But for the majority, this was only half way and another twenty kilometres and more lay ahead! However, at this stage the challenge of it all was almost palpable and facing east they took off in determined fashion up the hill towards the rock and the long trek to Bansha Woods and the third check point.. And they made it.. And back again four hours later to the base point! What stamina and what a great sense of camaraderie there was all around.. Congratulations one and all.. A momentous achievement and a memorable first marathon challenge for the club.. Also a great experience for other club members who completed two hours of the circuit with Margaret and the C group and were able to cheer the walkers on and look forward perhaps to participating in this great event next year?.. But the success of the marathon was not only down to the walkers.. A lot of hard ground work went into the planning and execution of the day.. The Tierney and Ryan families as well as Tom Lyons and others gave their all to get this event off the ground.. A special thanks too to our photographer Sean, who brought some visual sophistication to our map presentation, to Tom for those colourful tags, and to Dara for being such an efficient car park attendant.. Also thanks to our back up support teams, amateur radio (AREN), mountain rescue (SEMRA) and Bansha Civil Defence, who stayed with us all day and added that extra bit of joviality and high tech wizardy to the scene.. Helen Morrisey too of Failte deserves our special appreciation for her endless support in many ways, but especially for the big flasks of beverage which she kept continuously topped up.. There was also, John, Willie and Thos, amongst others, who manned the check points and kept track of the walkers progress.. Finally we are indebted to the generous farmers along the route who allowed us unimpeded access to their land and also to the generous sponsorship of Aeroboard Ltd for our excellent signage.. And Aherlow House Hotel bade us cead mile failte with a comforting fire and coffee on the house.. So many people of good will in the Glen of Aherlow.. Thank you all.. Easter Sunday 12/04: The A group will meet at 9am in Newcastle car park for 7hrs on open mountain with John Murphy.. The B group will meet with Catherine Russell at 10am at Clydagh Bridge for a 4hr trek to Lake Curra.. Note that our first Wednesday evening walk takes place on 15th April.. Meet at Clydagh Bridge, Glen of Aherlow at 7pm for a two hour forest track walk with Rita.. If you have not yet received your new walks schedule, please contact Rita 087 6242973.. Corrections: Trip to the Lake district is Aug 21st -24th and not as noted on the walks schedule.. The Wicklow trip will take place on July 4th.. News - March 23rd, 2009.. Launch of First Marathon A new initiative by the Galtee Walking club is planned for Sunday 5th April with the launch of their first annual marathon.. Months of planning have gone into what promises to be a unique event not only for this well established local club, but also for the region generally which continues to grow in popularity amongst hillwalkers at home and abroad.. Based in Tipperary Town, The Galtee Walking Club has been in existence for some ten years and continues to grow in popularity and numbers, offering weekly hikes in the Galtees and further afield for different levels of experience.. A true mark of their experience and maturity as a walking group is being able, this year, to offer their first marathon.. The brainchild of Rody Tierney and a band of experienced walkers, this 40+km event will take place on Slievenamuck ridge, starting from Rock an Thorabh car park in the Glen of Aherlow and traversing the ridge in a figure of eight between Moor Abbey in Galbally and Bansha Woods.. As well as the full marathon, a half marathon is also planned which brings the event within reach of a wider spectrum of walkers.. Full backup and support is provided by Jimmy Barry and the South East Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) and radio communications along the route come courtesy of the Amateur Radio Emergency Network (AREN).. The full marathon will start from Rock on Thorabh at 9am with registration from 8am.. The half marathon will follow on at 9.. Those wishing to participate should ensure that they have appropriate garments and footwear and have the required level of fitness for this challenge.. Further information can be had from Rody on 062 51775.. We wish all participants the best of luck on the day and well done to the Galtee Walking club for fielding this special event.. News - March 22.. , 2009.. Our walkers returned from their away weekend in An Daingean (Dingle) in fine spirits.. In all 22 people made the trip to this beautiful peninsula, home of our Antartic hero, Tom Crean.. Thanks to Breda Ryan, the group were accommodated in comfortable and scenically located holiday cottages close to all amenities.. Their big walk started on Saturday morning when they drove out to the small village of Cloghane on Brandon Bay and then on to the Grotto car park above the village.. From here they commenced their 20km hike of the whole of the Brandon range.. Their route took them along the Faha ridge upwards to the summit of Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest peak at 952m and marked by a large metal cross.. Looking down from the Brandon saddle, great views were had of the rocky lake filled valley below.. Proceeding south, their next ascent took them onto Brandon Peak, then crossing the pilgrim track, they headed towards Dingle, taking in the Ballycitteragh peak before descending the ridge back down.. A well earned meal was enjoyed by all that night at The Dingle Bay Hotel.. Sunday morning saw them out again for a round of Slea Head which also included a climb of Mount Eagle.. Bright clear conditions made for spectacular views of the bay and the Great Blasket island.. In all a very successful weekend away, thanks of course to the Ryan family for all their good work in organizing this event.. Marking the Spring equinox and of course Mothering Sunday, the home walks continued as usual for both A & B groups.. Danny, our chairman led the B group on a trek in the galtees.. Starting from Cush car park, 18 walkers made an ascent of Cush mountain in dry conditions but with a stiff westerly breeze.. At the summit, they had a short pause for a snackette before making their descent on the southerly side towards Lake Diheen.. The sun finally broke through at this stage and sheltering from the wind amongst the rocks around the lake, they were able to enjoy their lunch and bear witness to the last remnants of winter, made visible in the snowy patches around the gullies of Galtee Mor.. Their route home took them down by O Briens farm and back to the car park.. Thanks to Danny for a most enjoyable 4 hour trek.. Rody was out on Slievenamuc with the A group.. This was a 5 hour circular trek across the ridge from Ahelow House via Moor Abbey and Bansha Woods and covered much of the route of the upcoming marathon.. The full and half marathon is a major event in the club calendar and is scheduled for two weeks time 5th April.. All enquiries to Rody 062 51775.. News - March 15.. It s been a busy week for the club committee who were hard at it until gone 10pm on Thursday working out the new walking schedules for the coming season.. As well as new Sunday walks which run up to the end of June, the Wednesday evening walks which commence on the 15th April are now all in place and will shortly be sent out to members.. Thanks to our chairman, Danny and volunteer leaders who have yet again provided us with a variety of tempting hikes, (some old, some new) to suit all three levels of experience.. Some special highlights include a Rhododendron walk to the Vee, a 4am solstice sunrise in the Galtees and a beach walk and day out in Tramore.. The final touches are also been put to one of the clubs biggest fixtures of the year, the forthcoming Club Marathon.. Rody and his team have been working hard to organize this 40kms circuit of the Slievenamuc ridge.. Arrangements are also in place for those wishing to do a half marathon.. This event will take place on 5th April starting from Rock an Torabh car park in the Glen of Aherlow.. See below for enquiries.. This weekend the club were away in Dingle and we look forward to hearing all about this next week.. Meanwhile, some 16 C walkers were out on Sunday for a 2+ hr round of Bansha Woods with Joan and Willie Kavanagh.. This was a moderately paced, delightful Spring woodland walk in dry conditions through forest paths in the Ballough area.. Starting from the car park, the group headed straight up the incline, veering right, then left, along a circular route which afforded glorious distant views of the Doon Hills and the Slieve Felims, with Tipperary town nestling beneath.. The faint awakening scents of Spring gave an extra spring to their steps as they made their way through a landscape of freshly flowering gorse and the left over debris of the long drawn out Winter.. How we all long to put that season well and truly behind us! Much appreciation to Joan and Willie for a splendid and invigorating start in that respect.. Next weeks walks: Sun 22/03: The A group will meet at Aherlow House Hotel at 10am where Rody has planned a five hour trek over Slievenamuc.. Also at 10am, Rita will meet the B group at Cush car park for a four hour climb of Cush and Lake Dineen.. Note: Club marathon is on 5th April.. Enquiries please to Rody 062 51775 The Galtee Walking club will also be the leader group for the upcoming Aherlow Walking festival at the end of May.. News - March 8.. Our A and B walking groups were out last Sunday 8th March testing their mettle in the Galty mountains.. It certainly was not a day for the faint hearted as showers of sleet and snow along with biting winds dominated the weather conditions for these outings.. The A group of 8 led by Paul Ryan set off from Clydagh bridge and headed for the knoll on the way to Lake Curra.. From this point they treked on for Lake Curra via the ice path.. After a quick break at the lake they scrambled up the snow covered gully to meet the wall running along the Galty ridge.. From here they followed the wall towards Galtymore and a well earned lunch break was taken on the summit.. At this altitude of over 3000ft the wind was biting cold and very strong so they moved swiftly along to make their slippery descent to Galtybeag carefully negotiating the ice and snow covered terrain.. The summit of Galybeag was the next point on this loop from where they descended via the Geisha steps to the base of Cush mountain.. The ever forceful wind added to the last vertical challenge of the day as the group climbed to the summit of Cush and struck off to their right to meet the forest track that leads to the water works near Rossadrehid.. They then followed this track for 6 - 7 KM back to Cush carpark.. Welcome to Cliona one of our more recent members who was on her first outing to Galtymore and a big thank you to Paul for this invigorating exercise, a 17.. 5KM circuit completed in safety in 5.. 5hrs.. The B group led by Sheila Lenihan met in Anglesboro for a climb of Temple Hill.. This group of 10 set out in sunshine as they entered Coombawn Wood but this weather was short lived as they contended with arctic conditions with hail and snow blizzards as they climbed Temple Hill from the southern side.. Luckily conditions cleared as they reached the summit of Temple Hill and the scene was likened to an Alpine one as the whole area was covered in a blanket of soft snow.. This photographic opportunity was availed of by our camera enthusiast Dave and he promises to post these shots on our website.. After some fun in the snow they made their descent via the Pinnacle and down to the woods.. Sheila asked to thank all those who turned up and especially those who travelled from Limerick.. Many thanks to Sheila for her leadership on this challenging 4 hour climb and for her assistance in organising the previous Sunday's Galty loop.. Forthcoming Fixtures: Next weekend 14th and 15th March a weekend away in Dingle has been organised by Pat & Breda Ryan and Owen Ryan.. Safe travelling and happy walking to all those heading off to the sights and heights of the Kingdom.. On Sunday March 15th there will be a C walk with leader Joan Kavanagh meeting at 11am in the Bansha Woods car park.. This will be a forest track walk of 2 - 3 hours duration.. Committee meeting in the Excel this Thursday 12th March (tonight) at 8.. 00pm.. News - March 2.. Our 3 walking groups were out last Sunday 1st March covering plenty ground in the Galtees, the hills around Newport and forest tracks in Galbally.. The A group of 24 under the direction of Anne Donohoe and Una Hayes met at the waterworks carpark in Rossadrehid and headed off on the forest track for Lake Muskry.. From there they headed for point 786 and onwards to Galtybeg.. Weather conditions were cold and dry, visibility good and clear allowing for great views accross the mountain range and onto the surrounding countryside.. To add to the challenge a nasty shower of hail fell as the group headed for the summit of Galtymór and descended via the wall to Slievecushnabinna.. The final leg of this 6 hour hike brought the group down to the ice path and on to the forest track leading down to Cush carpark.. Many thanks to Tom Lyons for making the necessary arrangements to have cars left at the finishing point and to John Hayes and Tom Lyons for sweeping.. Welcome to our 2 visiting walkers and of course a big thank you to Anne and Una for their leadership on this invigorating and challenging outing.. Amelia Ryan had 9 out on her trek to the summit of Keeper Hill.. They met at Dooneen carpark and travelled on to Killoskully.. Their walk started from here as they entered the Ballyhourigan woods and followed the track, then taking the 3rd left which brought them under 2 gullies of rushing water which provided refreshment for the group.. I believe the group are now working on the label for Ballyhourigan Still Water! From this point they made their ascent to the summit of Keeper at 694m where the clear conditions allowed for views of Lough Derg, Nenagh, the Silvermines and the hills of Upperchurch.. Lunch was enjoyed in a sheltered spot just down from the summit before they descended via another path passing the remains of a sweat house and a mass rock.. They returned safely to the starting point in 4 hours, many thanks Amelia for this well organised and interesting visit to Keeper.. The C group of 14 met in Galbally village square with leader Alice Morrissey for a road and forest track walk to Darby's bed.. They took the little road from the square, over the stile onto the forest track and the gradual incline leading to the resting place of Darby himself.. Luckily the sunny conditions at this point enhanced the views of Slieve Riadh, the Ballyhoura and Galty mountain ranges.. After enjoying their lunchbreak the group made their way back along the same track to the village square.. Thank you Alice for this pleasant and interesting walk.. Forthcoming fixtures: Next Sunday 8th March the A group will meet at Clydagh Bridge at 10.. 00am with leader Paul Ryan 087-2230896 for a 6 hour Galty loop - the Horseshoe Circuit.. The B group with leader Sheila Lenihan 086-0732846 will meet at Anglesboro church at 10.. 00am for a climb of Temple Hill.. Next fixtures meeting will be held in the Excel on Thursday 12th March at 8.. 00pm, pleaase contact any committee member if you wish to lead a walk.. News - February 22.. Most welcome Spring like conditions prevailed last Sunday to greet our A and B walkers out in the Slieve Felim and Galtee mountain ranges.. The A group of 14 walkers led by Mary Aherne Ryan met at Murroe to car pool before moving on to their starting point at the village of Toor.. From there they walked the beautiful Slieve Felim Way by forest and mountain path covering 14 - 15 km in just over 5 hours.. The wonderfully clear conditions allowed for great views of the surrounding countryside and hills on the Tipperary/Limerick border.. The return journey brought them back via Glenstall Abbey with its stunning array of colour at this early stage of the year.. The display of springtime favourites such as snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils and even some rhododendrons was a sight to behold.. The walkers also had plenty hopping and croaking company as there were frogs a plenty to be seen and also some deer.. Many thanks Mary for this lively trek filled with all the joys of Spring.. The B group assembled at Cush car park with Mary O Dwyer as leader for a hike up to Lake Boreen in the Galtee Mountains.. The group of 18 made their way up Cush boreen and onto the forest path leading to the new style for Galteemore.. Once out on the mountain they climbed steadily up to Lake Boreen at the base of Galteebeag where they had their lunch break.. Here they were joined by some Mountain Rescue personnel who were out doing some training in the area.. The return leg of their journey brought them up Cush mountain from the southern side to the summit.. Given the clear conditions the views were spectacular in all directions, the ultimate reward after the exertion and determination that Cush always demands.. They descended Cush to the forest and back to Cush car park.. Thank you Mary for this wonderful outing completed safely in 3 hours.. Next Sunday 1st March the A walk with leaders Anne Donohoe and Una Hayes (086) 3669829 will meet at Rossadrehid car park at 10.. 00 am for a 5 - 6 hour climb to Galteemore.. The B walk with leader Amelia Ryan (087) 9947256 will meet at Newport church at 10.. 00 am for a 4 hour climb of Keeper Hill.. The C walk with leader Alice Morrissey (061) 455907 will meet in Galbally at 11.. 00 am for a road and forest track walk to Darby's bed.. Please note the next fixtures meeting will be held in the Excel on 12th March 2009.. Anyone interested in leading either a Sunday walk or Wednesday evening walk (Wednesday's from April 15th to end of August) please contact any committee member.. News - February 16.. Mild, bright conditions prevailed on Sunday to greet the first out of our three groups, the A walkers, who assembled at Clydagh Bridge at 9.. Tom Lyons stepped in at the last minute to take this walk on a modified route through the Galtees.. Driving to Coombawn Wood, they made their way up onto Temple Hill, then down and onto Lyracappul, from where they followed the wall onto Galtymore.. Enjoying the great views available and the left over snow drifts, they went on to take in Galtybeag.. Then descending the steps, their final climb took them onto Cush and from here it was homeward bound as they made their way back to Clydagh Bridge.. A good six hours hike.. Thanks to Tom for facilitating yet another successful challenge for this ace group.. Ann O'Donnell led the B group on a four hour trip of the southern slopes of the Galtees.. Starting from Glengarra Woods, 19 walkers took off up through the woods, crossing the Burncourt river and on towards the ford.. Then it was out onto open mountain to make their ascent to Grennane and across to O'Loughlins castle.. Here they paused for lunch and took in the magnificent and extensive views of the Knockmealdowns, the Comeraghs and Slievenamon in the distance.. The tell tale signs of Winter were still around and a degree of vigilance was required to navigate the snowy patches and drifts on the slopes.. And the bonus of the day had to be finding Sheilas stick in this boggy terrain! Their return journey took them down through the wood, following the river and on past the hostel to their exit point.. Well done and thanks from Ann to all for helping out.. Also on Sunday, Ted Clarke was out on his navigational icebreaker with the C group and delighted all with an energetic two and a half hour trek from Clogheen to Baylough and the Vee.. Fifteen walkers assembled outside Clogheen and started off along the Avondhu Way, climbing gently through forest track and open mountain to reach the precipice overlooking the lake.. Stunning open vistas of the Galtees and the plains below accompanied them on their way while ahead, the towering Sugarloaf beckoned them on towards the beautiful Baylough.. Along the paths too, some welcome portents of Spring were evident in the amorous activity of frogs and the plentiful supply of spawn in the puddles! Lunch was enjoyed by the lough before dropping down to circle around and return via the lower path to the cars.. Altogether a most successful first for Ted and we hope that we can repeat the trip later on when the rhododendrons are in bloom.. Rody and friends were also out on Sunday to map and stake out the routes and points for the April marathon.. Enquiries please to Rody 062 51775.. Next Sundays walks 22/02:-.. the A group will meet with Mary at 10am at Munroe Church for a 5hr hike of the Slieve Felim Way.. The B group will also meet at 10am at Cush car park for 4 hrs with Mary in the Galtees.. News - February 8.. The Galtees are a delight to behold these days with their snow capped peaks towering above the glen and surrounding villages below.. It s as if you could reach out and touch them.. And the A & B groups did just that last Sunday, ploughing their way, at times, through some two feet of snow drifts , to savour the glory of it all.. Tom Lyons led the A group, 7 walkers, including three new members, on a moderately paced 16k hike in the Knockmealdowns.. Starting from the Vee, they walked down to O Loughlins Bridge and on to Bay Lough.. They then made their ascent to 630 and down to the Avondhu Way where they had a welcome break.. Their next challenge took them up through some heavy drifts to Knockmealdown and over to 786.. The powdery snow however, made for good firm underfoot conditions and they were rewarded by some glorious sunshine and spectacular, clear views all round, with the Galtees to the north and Dungarvan Bay to the south.. They could even make out the Mitchelstown by pass in the distance.. From here, they made their drop down to the blind Lough Moylan and on to skirt the Sugar Loaf , returning back to the Vee in 6+ hours in total.. A memorable day out for all.. Mary Rose Kinane brought her family out to lead an enthusiastic band of 21 B walkers, including two new members, up from Clydagh Bridge and along the ice road to Lough Curra where young and old frolicked in the snow and built a most impressive snowman.. Well done and congratulations to James who marked a snowy thirteenth birthday by the lake.. A memorable day out I m sure.. And we were not the only ones out; small bands of walkers could be seen scattered around on the peaks, all drawn to experience the novel alpine conditions.. And the weather just went on getting better, with warm sunshine and clear skies for the return journey.. A big thank you to Mary Rose for a truly joyful and invigorating experience.. The A group will meet at 9am at Clydagh Bridge for a 7 hour climb in the Galtees with Michael Casey.. The B group will meet at Glengarra Woods for a 4 hour hike with Ann O Donnell.. The C group are also out and will meet at 11am at the Foresters Hall, Clogheen for a forest track walk to Baylough with Ted Clarke.. A fixtures meeting will be held at the Excel in Tipperary on 12th March.. We d love to receive offers of new walks for the Spring.. News - February 1.. Our A, B and C groups were out in great numbers on Sunday last 1st Feb 2009.. A geat show of determination with 56 out in total to defy the biting winds and greet the start of Spring.. Starting with our A walkers Catherine Russell had 26 out on her route in the Galtee mountains.. Having checked out the planned route on Saturday, the swollen river off the path to Lake Muskery towards Fear Breaga forced a change to this route.. Catherine took her group up the path to Lake Muskery and from there up to point 786.. From there they proceeded via the Geisha steps where a brief stop was taken for refreshments.. At this point some of the group headed for Galtee Beag while the main body of the group tackled Cush mountain and descended via the waterworks side and returned via the forest track to the cars.. Well timed as always, the group returned together in just under 5 hours to cars.. Encouraging to see plenty old and some new faces out in the hardy but dry conditions.. Off in another direction our B walkers were in the Hollyford hills with leaders Pat and Patricia Butler.. There was 15 out on this walk setting off from Hollyford village, on to the forest track for 2 - 2.. 5 hours to the Red Hill.. Conditions were good and dry and visibility clear allowing for plenty views of the surrounding countryside.. They visited the site of the plane crash of some 30 years ago.. After a quick lunch break the group returned via the old Cappawhite road to complete this circuit in 4 hours.. Many thanks to Pat and Patricia for this wonderful outing and imparting the local knowledge to the visitors.. The 1st of February being St.. Brigid's day, our C walkers led by Cecelia O Heney visited the early Christian site of St.. Berriherts Kyle and well.. There were 15 out in this group some having travelled through mighty floods to make this walk.. Heading off from the Foot Bar they drove up a little boreen and then crossed through a field to St Berriherts well.. The peacefulness and beauty of this holy site was remarked by all, with the 20 magnificent stone carvings arranged around this hallowed ground.. Leaving this ancient site the group headed on a circuit of forest track at the back of the Foot Bar looking down on Bansha woods and village.. On their return to the Foot the new proprietors Ann and Garry Strong opened their doors and welcomed the group inside to their newly refurbished premises with tea and coffee for all.. Many thanks for this kind and generous gesture and best wishes to the couple from Wales in their new business.. Many thanks to Cecelia for this wonderful outing,a first visit to this well for many.. Next Sunday 8th February the A walk will meet at 10.. 00am at Grubb's monument, The Vee for a climb on open mountain with leader Tom Lyons 086 3954924.. The B walk will meet at Clydagh Bridge at 10.. 00am for a forest and mountain track walk to Lake Curragh with leader Mary Rose Kinane 086 8929153.. News - January 23.. The freezing snow, biting winds and icy rain did not deter our hardy walkers from taking to the mountains and forest paths last Sunday 25th January.. Our chairman Danny Bailey led out his group of A walkers in miserable conditions on the lower horseshoe circuit in the Galtee mountains.. The group of 8 met at Clydagh bridge and hit out for lake Curragh, onwards for lake Diheen and lake Boheen.. The conditions underfoot were most challenging with the rough uneven terrain in this area made more hazardous in the icy conditions.. However they trudged onwards through the snow to complete this loop in 4 hours returning via O Brien's farmyard and Cush boreen.. Well done to all and a big thank you to Danny for his leadership in such trying conditions.. The B group met at Rock an Tarbh carpark for a forest track walk led by Rita Mooney.. There was 21 out in this group setting out for the Bansha Woods via the Rock an Tarbh.. From the Bansha woods they headed for Captain Dawson's castle and in through the forest to meet the lower barrier on the Cordangan road.. The planned route to Christ the King statue was abandoned due to the very wet conditions on the path and the number of fallen trees in the area.. The wrath of January's weather was very visible alongside some glimpses of spring thanks to the singing birds.. A big thank you to Mary Murphy and Theresa Roche for their navigational skills as they brought the group back along a new path towards the Rock an Tarbh and down to the carpark.. Many thanks also to those who travelled long distances in very inclement conditions to come out on this walk, a challenging start for our new member from Ennis! Many thanks Rita for this circuit completed safely in just over 3.. Next Sunday 1st February the A walk will meet at Rossadrehid car park at 10.. 00am for a 5 hour climb on open mountain to Far Breaga with leader Catherine Russell 087 2055223.. The B walk will meet in Hollyford village at 10.. 00am for a 4 hour forest walk to the Redhill with leader Pat Butler 087 8305744.. The C walk will meet at the Foot Bar Rossadrehid at 11.. 00am for a 2 hour forest track walk to St Bereherts Well and hinterkands with leader Cecelia O'Heney 087 9314684.. There is a weekend away planned to Dingle for March 14/15th.. Contact Pat & Breda Ryan or Owen Ryan for further details.. Also the club's first marathon is scheduled to take place on 5th April, contact Rody Tierney for further information.. News - January 18.. All hail the Galtee walkers who braved the wintry weather and sometimes treacherous conditions on Sunday to take to the snow covered hills of the Galtees and Slievenamon.. It was the C groups first climb of Slievenamon and for Bridgit, her maiden foray as navigator for the group.. Starting from the hillside village of Kilcash, nine well clad walkers took off up the path and out onto open mountain and a bitingly cold south westerly, which quickly brought a healthy glow to their cheeks.. Climbing upwards, through a thick carpet of snow, wonderful clear views were had of the Comeraghs, while along the hillside some lucky children played with their parents and even built a sturdy snowman in the snow.. They made the trek up in dry conditions but not down, when blowing snow and heavy drifts made for quite a hazardous descent in places.. But spirits remained high, the odd snowball was thrown and all got back down safely, thanks to Bridgits sensitive stewardship and a helping hand from David, who also got some lovely snaps of the day.. A truly exhilarating and memorable and experience for all.. Photos available here.. http://www.. theapplefarm.. com/slievenamon/.. Also daring the elements on Sunday were the B group, led by Josephine.. Their windy trek took them up from Rossadrehid to Lake Muskry and around to Farbreaga where they too ran into blizzard like conditions.. This was a bit disorienting but short lived.. It nevertheless serves as a sober reminder for all of us of the potential hazards of hill walking.. Conditions improved as they circled back and made their way around Lake Muskry to find the path home, rounding it off with some lovely views of the glen on the way.. Worth it all!.. For Tom Lyons and the A group, challenging conditions are what it s all about.. In 5 hours, and setting off from Clydagh Bridge, the small band of hill warriors took in the four peaks of Cush, Galtee Beag, Galtee Mor and Slievecushnabinna.. Tested by high winds, icy conditions underfoot and passing blizzards, they were nonetheless able to marvel at the experience of treading through foot deep powdery snow on top of Galty Mor and to take in the altered black and white landscape of lakes and snow capped mountains.. Not to mention the game of snowballs.. And they were not the only ones up there.. In fact, Tom says that he had never seen the Galtys so busy, with numerous walkers and snow enthusiasts out and about enjoying themselves.. A unique experience for all of us.. Sunday 25th The A group will meet Danny at Clydagh Bridge at 10am to take in a 5 hour round of the lower Galtee horseshoe.. The B group will meet with Rita at 10am at Rock an Thorabh car park, Glen of Aherlow for 4 hours on the Slievenamuck.. News - January 4.. New Years walks got off to a positive start on Sunday, highlighted by our away trek in the Lough Derg region, led by P.. J O Sullivan.. 15 walkers were in Ballina at 10am where PJ had arranged transport to the start of the walk in Garrykennedy.. From here, they proceeded along forest paths and byroads to Castlelough and the picnic area where they sat down and took in the lake experience.. Prizing them away from the sun and sand, PJ led the way south along green and main roads towards the Arra mountains to begin their one hour, stiff ascent of Tountinna.. But worth it all at the summit, where they were treated to spectacular views of Lough Derg, set off in glorious sunshine.. The perfect setting for lunch! From here they made their way downhill and into Ballina for their journey home.. Thanks to PJ for a very special Lough Derg experience.. The B group were on Slievenamuc with Eddie McGrath who navigated a 13k circuit of the ridge in 4hrs.. Starting from the Rock an Torabh car park, in mild, bright conditions, they crossed over the road and forward via the mass rock to climb up onto Slievenamuc.. From here, they circled around and across the ridge via the millenium stone, looping down via the lower path and the Cordangan barrier, making their way on via Rock an Thorabh and back towards Christ the King.. Quite a circuit.. Well done Eddie for this and for your generous seasonal provision of Roses for all at Christ the King! Always well received.. Ten walkers from the C group turned out for the Lake Muskry experience led by Mo.. Welcome on this occasion, to our newest member Orla.. Dry and calm conditions prevailed for this well trod route to the jewel lake of the Galtees which, on this occasion, displayed itself in a shimmering, breathless calm.. Amongst the rocks and heather, lunch and new years resolutions were shared before making their way back down in bright sunshine to the cars and (for some) onto the Glen Hotel for a welcome cup of tea.. Next weeks walks are as follows:-.. Sunday 11th, the A & B group will meet at Glenbrohane Church at 10am.. From here, the A group will have a 5hr hike on open mountain with Willie, while Mary Ryan will take the B group on a 3 hr tour of Slieve Riadh.. Planning ahead:.. A weekend away is planned for Dingle in March.. 2008 News Reports.. 2007 News Reports.. 2006 News Reports..

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  • Title: Calendar of Walks and Events
    Descriptive info: Upcoming Special Events.. Weekend Away in Mayo.. July 13th and 14th.. Schedule of Walks to August 2012.. Date.. Grade.. Meeting Point.. Time.. Walk Description.. Facilitator.. 13/07/12.. Walking weekend in the Nephin mountains in County Mayo, at the invitation of the Foxford Ramblers walking club.. (more details).. Organiser Josephine Tierney 062 51775.. 18/07/12.. Wed.. Rossadrehid Waterworks.. (map).. 7pm.. Lakes Muskry and Fir Breaga, 3hrs.. Goretti Campbell 087 9696071.. 25/07/12.. Clydagh Bridge.. Forest Track and side of Cush Mountain, 3hrs.. Rody Tierney 087 2893505.. 01/08/12.. Galtee Castle Car Park.. Forest Track and Mountain, 3hrs.. Tom Lyons 086 3954924.. 08/08/12.. Lake Curra, 2.. Amelia Ryan 087 9947256.. 15/08/12.. Christ The King Statue, Aherlow.. Forest Track, 2.. Breda Ryan 086 3946048.. 16/08/12.. Club committee meeting in the Excel Centre,  ...   this schedule and doesn't have access to the internet, please print the.. PDF version.. for them.. (Last updated 31/05/12).. A printable list of just the Wednesday evening walks is also available.. here.. Notes for Walk Facilitators.. If you would like to expand or change the information on your walk or if you notice any errors on the schedule please use this.. contact page.. Sign-in Sheets, Walk Assessment Sheets and Membership Forms can be printed from the.. downloads page.. When your walk is completed please use.. this page.. to send a report for inclusion in the newspapers and on the website.. Archive of past Walk Schedules.. (with links to photos).. Map showing frequently used meeting points.. Please show courtesy and appreciation to all facilitators on walks..

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  • Title: Advice for Walkers on Safety, Clothing and the Environment
    Descriptive info: Basic Safety Advice for People New to Hillwalking.. Hillwalking is a wonderful recreational activity - it's a healthy form of exercise, it doesn't cost much to get started and you can do it in most counties in Ireland.. But there are risks attached, newcomers to the hills need to be aware of these risks and take sensible precautions.. The risks on the hills are caused mainly by three factors: weather, terrain and remoteness.. Before starting out, decide where you are going and how long the walk should take.. The distance you walk, the amount of height gained, your fitness and the fitness of those you walk with, will all influence the time your walk takes.. Other factors such as the weather and the type of ground you're walking on will also affect your timing.. It's easy to under-estimate the time required, so start by choosing shorter routes and noting the time taken.. There are many hillwalking guidebooks available, which include route descriptions, plus distance and estimated time.. Get a weather forecast for the area and ensure you have time to get off the hill before dark.. Weather changes in the mountains - the higher you go in the hills, the lower the temperature (drops 1°C for each 100 metres of ascent); the wind is stronger up there (2 to 3 times the speed in the valleys); there is more rainfall (3 times that in the valleys) and there is more risk of mist and cloud (mist on the tops 3 days out of 5).. Weather conditions can change in minutes in the Irish hills and you need to be equipped to cope with this.. Walking boots with good ankle support are essential when walking off-road.. Always wear clothing suitable for the outdoors and carry spare warm clothes at all times.. Jeans and cotton should be avoided (if they get wet they will not dry, causing loss of body heat and energy and possibly contributing to the onset of  ...   people are tired, rushing or no longer paying attention.. It's better not to walk alone in the hills, particularly if there aren't other people in the area, and if alone do not take any chances.. The remoteness of the hills in bad weather can be very unnerving, even for experienced walkers, and can lead to serious mistakes being made.. Try to leave word with a responsible person about where you will be walking and at what time you expect to return.. Mobile phones can be of help in emergency situations or for calling to say you will be back later than expected, but never rely on being able to use a mobile phone in the hills as coverage is often poor.. Never do anything which you would not do if you did not have the phone with you.. In an accident or emergency situation, stay calm and take time to think things through.. To get help phone 112 or 999 and ask for Mountain Rescue.. The recognised mountain distress signal is six blasts on a whistle, or six flashes of a light, in succession followed by a one minute pause and repeated until you get a response (three blasts or flashes is the appropriate response).. Mountain Rescue is a voluntary service and should only be contacted in a genuine emergency.. Think about doing a training course in hillwalking, for example the popular Mountain Skills scheme (usually run over two weekends).. The skills of navigation are simple, it just takes a bit of practice and it will greatly improve your enjoyment and safety in the hills.. Alternatively, join a hillwalking club, there are social benefits and you will also have the company of experienced walkers.. Many clubs also provide training for their members.. For further information contact:.. Mountaineering Council of Ireland,.. Sport HQ,.. 13 Joyce Way,.. Park West Business Park,.. Dublin 12.. Phone 00 353 1 6251115, e-mail mci@eircom.. or go to.. www.. mountaineering.. Safety Advice.. Walking Gear.. Country Code..

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  • Title: Information for New Members
    Descriptive info: Information for people wishing to join the club.. New members are always welcome in the Galtee Walking Club.. Perhaps the best thing to do if you are thinking of joining is firstly to go on a walk as a guest.. By doing this you'll get an idea of what goes on and see if it's suitable for you.. It's probably a good idea to phone the walk facilitator first to let them know you are coming and to get directions if you're not sure of the meeting point.. You'll get the facilitator's phone number on the Walks Schedule page.. The first two walks are free of charge with no obligation to join, but after that you should become a member if you wish to continue walking with the club.. If you're not sure of your level of fitness it's probably better to start on the "C" grade walks rather than risk finding yourself out of your depth on the faster, longer walks.. You can always move up the grades later if you find you are  ...   water.. Membership costs 40.. 00 for an adult, 30.. 00 for a student and 10.. 00 for people under eighteen.. Members of the Galtee Club automatically become members of Mountaineering Ireland and a portion of the fee goes to them to provide insurance etc.. If you are already a member of Mountaineering Ireland then the membership fee is 11.. 00.. The membership year starts and ends in October so your first year's fee may only cover part of the year, depending on when you join.. The Membership Form is available as a PDF file from the link on the right of this page so if you want to join you can print the form, fill it in and give it to a walk facilitator together with the appropriate fee.. Alternatively you can post the form and fee to Brendan at the address on the form.. Cheques should be made payable to 'Galtee Walking Club'.. So, don't keep putting it off.. Have a look at the Walks Schedule and pick a walk to start.. Membership Application Form..

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  • Title: Galtee Walking Club Message Board
    Descriptive info: Galtee Walking Club Message Board.. Add a message.. :.. There are now 100 entries on our Message Board.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10.. >>>.. Viewing messages 1 to 10.. Breda Ryan.. Fleece jacket found on mountain on Sunday 24th of.. june [Galtee Challenge/Crossing walk.. ] Contact Breda on 086 3946048.. or email ryanhousehold3@eircom.. 1 July 2012.. Denis O Brien.. |.. email.. Well done Galtee Club,.. Many thanks once again for a great day.. Your Galtee Challenge is some trek and and so well organised, its a huge credit to each and every one who helped make it the success it has become.. From sign on to sign off it was obvious alot of planning had gone into this event and even I couldnt get lost ! Those white discs with the arrows were a great job, especially nearing the end, are they Toss O Neills Hydrosan drum covers ? Fair play always to the people who give their time and energy to ensure others have a safe crossing and thank you very much for a great day.. See you next year DV.. 26 June 2012.. michael o mahony.. Thanks to all Galtee club members for making the galtee crossing a great day enjoyed every mile until next time thanks again.. 25 June 2012.. Helen Morrissey.. Best wishes to the Galtee Walking Club for the Galtee Challenge and Crossing on Sunday next June 24th.. I hope the weather will be kind to you all and that you get great support  ...   Hotel on Friday June 1st.. Thanks to all leaders and sweepers in anticipation of another successful weekend of walking in the Glen.. lets hope the weather will be kind to us.. See you all over the weekend.. 31 May 2012.. Cliona Tuohy.. A big thank you to Thos O'Neill, Rody Tierney, John O'Dwyer and Willie Ryan for organising a search of the Assaroola Glen for my GPS which I mislaid there on Sunday! Out of the goodness of their hearts they gave freely of their time and of their diesel and turned up in good cheer at the Ballnamuddy Farm this evening.. We searched the steep slope rising from where the Assaroola Waterfall becomes the Assaroola River.. Fair Dues to Willie Ryan who found the GPS.. I was moved and warmed by the actions of Thos, Rody, John and Willie.. Thank you Guys for your kindness.. "Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another's trouble, Courage in your own" (Adam Lindsay Gordon) Cliona Tuohy 22nd May 2012.. 22 May 2012.. Josephine.. Liam and Shane.. Thanks for organising this unique riverside walk.. It was a great day out with a lovely ending at the coffee shop.. Appreciation also to Amelia for her help.. 17 May 2012.. liam doheny.. hi all.. hope everyone enjoyed the barrow walk last sunday.. I would like to thank Amelia Ryan for organising the busses and all her help.. Thanks again.. liam and shane.. 15 May 2012.. Your name.. (required).. Your message.. Your email address (optional)..

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  • Title: Links to Members Photos
    Descriptive info: Joining our Club.. Links to Members photos on other sites.. Because there are so many photos taken by members it would be impossible to display them all directly on the Galtee site, so the idea of this page is to provide members with links to their photos which may be hosted elswhere.. There are many free photo hosting websites such as..  ...   free webspace provided by Internet Service Providers such as Eircom.. When you have your photos on the internet just email.. with your name and the exact web address of your photos and the link will be put on this page.. Gallery, 2011.. Club Gallery.. David Stapleton's Photos.. Tom Lyons Photos.. Liam Doheny's Photos.. Maureen Larkin's Photos.. Aherlow Walks - Galtee Crossing/Challenge 2012..

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  • Title: About the Galtee Walking Club
    Descriptive info: About the Galtee Walking Club.. Our category A walks are for advanced hill walkers and are the most challenging, taking in 5 -7 hours on open mountain and forest track.. The B walks are also for experienced walkers but of shorter duration, generally 4 hours and more moderately paced.. And for those wishing to develop their hill walking skills, we offer category C walks which are of approximately two hours duration on mostly forest track.. Weekly walks take place on  ...   in the Galtee, Knockmealdown and Comeragh mountains as well as Slievenamon and the Ballyhoura range.. We also have weekends away at home and overseas as well as offering a full complement of walks for the annual Glen of Aherlow walking festival.. In addition, the club offers two major annual challenges starting with our Easter Marathon and culminating in the 10 hour Galtee Crossing (entire range) at the end of June.. The club is a full member of Mountaineering Ireland.. Club Constitution..

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  • Title: Galtee Walking Club, Links to other sites
    Descriptive info: Links to other related sites.. Mountaineering Council of Ireland.. Mountaineering Ireland Events.. Information for visitors to the Glen of Aherlow.. Irish Mountain Rescue organisation.. Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club based in East Limerick.. Peaks Mountaineerig Club Clonmel.. Explore Ireland's Mountains.. Pat Falvey, Ireland's best known mountaineer and adventurer.. Hillwalking radio..

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  • Title: Club Documents to download and print
    Descriptive info: Club Documents.. Below are a number of Club Documents which can be downloaded and printed.. They are in PDF format which is the most suitable for printing.. Membership Application and Renewal Form.. Sign In Sheet for Walk Facilitators.. Walk Assessment Sheet for Walk Facilitators.. If the file fails to open you may need to download and install.. Adobe Reader..

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