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

Galtee Challenge/Crossing,  Sunday, June 26th, 2016

 The Galtee Walking Club's Challenge (self navigating) and Crossing (guided walk) are a 31km traverse of the entire Galtee Mountain range, taking in all major peaks with a total height gain of 1700 metres approx. and a maximum altitude of 919 metres. Both events cover the same route. The direction this year is west to east, starting in Anglesboro, Co. Limerick and finishing at Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Full details and registration.
Registration is now closed.

Beara-Breifne Way Report

On the weekend of St. Patrick 2014 an epic journey was undertaken by the Galtee Walking Club with our friends from the Ballyhoura Bears Club.  Following in the footsteps of Donal Cam O’Sullivan (The Last Great Chieftain) of Beara, his followers of over a thousand men, women and children including four hundred soldiers, who started out on New Years Eve 1602! Rody Tierney proposed that the Galtee Walking Club undertake this epic adventure at a club meeting in November 2013 which was duly taken on board by the Club committee.  Mike Moroney took on the role of mapping our route and the 12 (twelve) different ways  northwards to Blacklion taking in the counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, and Cavan.
    On Saturday morning 15th March 2014 at 9:30am, starting from Dursey Pt. members from both the Galtee/Ballyhoura walking clubs (37) set out on a section of the beara way in summer like conditions climbing up onto the hillside overlooking the beautifully rugged  Beara Peninsula Coastline.  Our journey that weekend entailed walking from Dursey Pt. to Castletownbere (Day 1), over rocky terrain to Adrigole(Day2) and on the third day finishing in beautiful Glengariff, we were well and truly on our way “what a Paddies weekend with Ireland clinching the Rugby Championship beating France in Paris.
    Owen Ryan and John McNulty decide to undertake its next three stages together basing ourselves in the beautiful scenic Gaugane Barra, hotel transit providing the accommodation.  We used two vehicles to transport us to and from start/finish points.  We set out from Glengariff onto the rocky hillside overlooking the bay, it was also from this area that O’Sullivan set out on his epic mid-winter trek New Years Eve 1602.  We finished the Beara section and onto the Slieve Muskery way passing through the Kealkill area and through forestry to the glacier scared Gougane Barra with its enchanting lake and church founded by St. Finbarr. 
Day 5 was a marathon day staring out from Gougane Barra through to Ballingeary, Ballyvourney and onto Millstreet.  A meal of chilli con carne was cooked up, 2 pints of Guinness enjoyed and sound asleep in hotel transit by 10pm “well earned”.
Day 6 set out for Millstreet, crossed the river Blackwater and onto the Avondu way following the quiet country roads to New Market where a tree with 12 trunks is known as the 12 apostles.  Onwards to Lismire before linking up with the Ballyhoura way at St. Johns bridge.
The 7th day of our journey took in the complete 95km Ballyhoura way starting at 12:01am at St. Johns bridge North Cork and finished at Limerick Junction West Tipperary twenty two and a half hours later.  Travelling through the villages of Liscarrol, Churchtown over the Ballyhoura mountain range onto Kilfinnan, Galbally entering the beautiful Glen of Aherlow to Christ the King onto Tipperary Town and finally to Limerick Junction “a day to remember”.
For various reasons 18 months had passed before we set out on our journey again travelling from Tipperary Town on the Multeen way to the village of Donohill where O’Sullivan attacked the moate for its precious grain to feed his starving followers.  Onward to Ned of the hill countryside above Hollyford where a monument in the shape of a lighthouse is erected to his memory.  Day 8 was finished in fading light when we entered the village of Upperchurch.
    The next 3 days we travelled on the Ormond way travelling through the villages of Templederry, Toomevera, Cloughjordan, Ballingarry, Lohrra to the banks of the river Shannon at Portumna.  O’ Sullivan crossed the Shannon 3 miles north of Portumna using the hides of approximately 15 horses to construct 2 boats to ferry his followers across the kilometre wide Shannon river unlike us who used the bridge at Portumna.
The Hymnay way follows the bank of the river Shannon turning inland to Clonfert whose cathedral graveyard is the burial place of Brendan the Navigator.  Bogland is the main terrain to the site of the battle of Aughrim(12th July 1691).  Here to O’Sullivan made a stand at Bloody Hollow, although outnumbered 10 to 1 he out manoeuvred and routed the enemy and won the day.  A series of ridges formed during the ice age called the Esker Riada formed part of the trail which finished at Ballygar.
The Suck Valley way includes the villages of Cleggs “where Parnell made his final speech” Glinsk, Ballymoe, Ballinacough and onto Lough Glinn.  This is sheep country where the trail also crosses the bog lands and callous of the river Suck.
The Lung way follows the river Lung Northwards to Ballaghaderreen an area which was home to the first President of Ireland Douglas Hyde in his former years.  The trail is 45km in length and links up with the Miners way/Historical trail north of Boyle on the Curlew mountains where we heard the cuckoo on several occasions.  This route follows some of the paths used by the Miners working out of the old Arigna coal mines. The trail crosses over the Bricklives Mts making a circuit of the lakes Key & Arrow to Kiloran Castle.Lovely Leitrim village arrived  O’Sullivan’s remaining army & followers who now numbered only 35 to the safe haven of O’Rourkes Castle completing their 14 day/night epic journey.  Many thanks to Joesephine Tierney who supplied the champagne and cake which went down a treat, much appreciated.
John & Owen both continued on the 56km Leitrim Way following the canal bank to Drumshambo. The trail overlooks the eastern length of Lough Allen until the route links with the Cavan way at Dowra . The trail was mainly forest track passing St. Hugh’s Well,roadway leading into Cavan Burren Park with it’s hillside Giant’s grave. A newly constructed boardwalk was a promident feature on the landscape.Our epic journey 19 days & 727km arrived in Blacklion where we crossed the bridge to Belcoo which links with the Ulster way (some day god willing) best of luck also to the remainder of the group on their epic journey.

Beara Breifne Way
Beara-Brei​fne Way on the weekend of May 14th and 15th, 2016.  more photos

Wednesday Evening Walk, June 22nd, 2016.

Wednesday Evening walk
Wednesday evening climb of Cush on June 22nd, 2016.   3 photos

Summer Solstice Climb

Solstice walk
Twenty seven people climbed Sliabh Riadh at 4am for the Summer Solstice 21st June, 2016. An amazing experience​.

The Glen of Aherlow Summer Walking Festival, June 4th - 6th, 2016

Festival Brochure   Festival photos  Video of Saturday B walk

Festival B walk
Glen of Aherlow Festival B walk on Saturday June 4th, 2016, to Fearbreaga​, Greenane, O'Loughlin​'s Castle and Knockastac​keen.

Aherlow Festival walk
Glen of Aherlow Festival A-B walk on Sunday June 5th, 2016, Galtee Horseshoe.

Fstival C1 walk
Glen of Aherlow Festival C1 walk on Sunday June 5th, 2016, Darby's Bed Loop.

Festival C2 walk
Glen of Aherlow Festival C2 walk on Sunday June 5th, 2016, Moor Abbey to Lisvernane​.

Monday walk
Glen of Aherlow Festival A-B walk on Monday June 6th, 2016, Galtymore.

News, June 19th, 2016

A/B walk
Anne O'Donnell and Willie Delahunty'​s A/B walk from Kilcoran on Sunday June 19, 2016.  2 photos
Anne's Report:  The A & B walk joined forces yesterday in muggy wet conditions.  We decided to check out Glengarra, newly opened again after the multi million euro water development for Burncourt & the surrounding area.  We were joined by friends from the Kilcoran walking group & the wit & crack kept our spirits up. An enjoyable day was had by all dispite the rain.

C walk
Paddy Bourke's C walk in Doneraile Forest Park on Sunday June 19th, 2016. 10 photos

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