Welcome to the Galtee Walking Club

Hello and failte to the Galtee Walking Club, Cnocadóiri na Gaibhlte, based in and around Tipperary in Ireland. Our club has been in existence since 2003 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 for a one off sample hike.  more

Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival

The Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival will take place over the weekend of January 28th and 29th, 2017, with three grades of walks on each day. The festival will be based at Aherlow House Hotel. Details of the walks can be seen on the Festival Page.

New Schedule of Walks

The schedule of walks up to the end of March next has been arranged and can be seen on the Schedule page.
The A list includes a series of River Shannon long distance endurance walks which will eventually cover the entire length of the river from sea to source. The walks are open to everyone who can walk 20 to 30km on level ground and booking in advance is necessary as bus transport will be involved. The B and C walks will alternate with each other on the Sundays over the coming months, meaning there will not be both a B and a C on the same day.

Membership Fees Due

Membership fees for the coming year, up to October 31 2017, are now due to be paid. Payment can be made through this website on this page or if you prefer you can print a membership form and send it through the post with your cheque. Payment can also be given directly to club treasurer, Anne O'Donnell. Thanks to those who have already paid.

Club Christmas Party

The Galtee Walking Club Christmas Party will take place at Ballykisteen Hotel on Saturday 17th December 2016. Please give your name and 40 euro to Mary O'Riordan or Paddy Bourke as soon as possible.

Sunday December 4th, 2016

4 December 2016 30 people took part in Willie Kavanagh's C walk from Cahir to the Swiss Cottage and along the paths by the River Suir on Sunday December 4th, 2016.

Walking the Pilgrim Paths

Pilgrim Paths walk Galtee Walking Club member Margaret Hayes, Dromkeen, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick is shown here, (4th from the left) while walking St Kevin’s Way, Co Wicklow earlier this year. She completed the final stage of her 120km Irish Pilgrim Journey when she completed the Tochar Phádraig on Aug 27 and thus became the first Limerick person to receive the completion certificate (Teastas Oilithreachta), which was presented to her by Fr Frank Fahy of Ballintubber Abbey. Her name has now been added to the list of Críochnóirí at www.pilgrimpath.ie

Trip to the Dolomites, 2016

A group from the Galtee Walking Club travelled to the Dolomites in northern Italy at the end of August.
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Glen of Aherlow Promotional Video

The Views from Lyracappul 

A poem by Rody Tierney

From the little Assaroola stream that joins the River Aherlow
I will climb to Lyracappul and survey all below
It is to the beauty of our precious glen that I will treat my eyes
Then ponder on the Shrough Dolmen where an ancient chieftain lies
Now with my back to the famine wall I gaze out further north
Beneath the gentle Phelims where three great warriors fought 
O’Sullivan Beara an Patrick Sarsfield to name the recent two
And before their time the King of Munster - the legend Brian Boru
Peeping from above the Phelims is Keeper Hill and Mathair Sliebh
Where Eamon an Cnoic was hunted and found refuge in a cave
I can just make out the Devil’s Bit to my right in the distant haze
But not the view from Toomevara where I grew up and played
Alone, alone and directly east stands lovely Slievenamon
Where Grainne raced up to the summit and won her sweetheart Fionn
Charles Kickham used your name to title his fine song
And lose, draw or win Tipp men will sing about you Slievenamon
To the south is steep Bengower, the Glounreagh valley and Seefin
The Blackrock river and Knockaterriff above the pigeon rock sweet glen
Looking west on this fine clear day - I can see the Kerry reeks
But nearer still is Temple Hill with that large cairn on its peak
Now as I have left you Lyre na Cappal and your beauty spots galore
I will pause and bless myself at the cross on Galteemore
Then scamper over Galteebeag and down the Geisha steps
And battle up the slope of Cush – it will surely put me to the test
My pleasant trek is over now and I must make my way on home
The hills and valleys I’ll leave behind for another day to roam
To Bianconi’s coach road pub I’ll call and drink a pint or two
Then before I cross over Slievenamuck I might sing a song for you


Galtee Walking Club

Come by the hills to the land where fancy is free.
And stand where the peaks meet the sky and the rocks reach the sea.
Where the rivers run clear and the bracken is gold in the sun.
And cares of tomorrow must wait till this day is done.
Gordon Smyth