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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

Club Christmas Party 2015

This year the Club Christmas meal and party will be held in conjunction with the Beara-Breifne Way walks taking place in Co. Galway on the weekend of December 12th and 13th. The Christmas Meal will take place in Le Bouchon restaurant, Portumna on the evening of Saturday 12th, with the party afterwards in a local pub. Breda Ryan is organising accommodation and bus transfers for the people doing the walks and also accommodation on the Saturday night for anyone who just wants to attend the meal and party. To book a place and for more details contact Breda on 086 3946048.
For those who can't travel to Portumna or those who want two nights out there is an another Christmas Meal and party night in Ballykisteen Hotel on Saturday, December 19th.  Price €39. Contact Mary O'Riordan on 087 6411790 or Paddy Bourke on  087 6111026.

South Eastern Mountain Rescue

"Walk The Long Way Round", a fundraising night walk for South Eastern Mountain Rescue takes place on Saturday November 28, 2015. It starts and finishes at their base in Clonmel and covers a 15km route in the hills above the town. Registration is between 5pm and 6:30pm at Mountain Rescue Base, Heywood Rd., Clonmel. (Beside the Fire Station). The registration fee is €25. Registration in advance is required and can be done through http://www.semra.ie/longwayround/

SEMRA have also sent this message about their entry in the Better Together video competition

Semra are looking to win €2,000 in the Better Together video competition.
Can you please vote for us and ask your friends and contacts to vote for us every day up to the 20th November.
1. Vote for the SEMRA entry every day at http://2015.bettertogether.ie/video/south-eastern-mountain-rescue
2. When you are on the voting page you can ask your friends to support us via your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
3. Forward this by e-mail to friends who can help us.
4. Share the SEMRA  Facebook and Twitter requests for support.
This should increase awareness of SEMRA, gain positive publicity and put us in with a shout for the prize money if we get enough votes to get to the next round.
You can vote once a day until the 20th of November. By supporting us you can help raise awareness of SEMRA and hopefully get us through to the final selection. The better together video competition provides an opportunity for Irish community and voluntary organisations & clubs, as well as aspiring young Irish filmmakers, to show the people of Ireland the part they are playing in making us all better together. 

Club Membership Payments

Membership payments for the current club year which ends on October 31st, 2016 are now due. Application and payment can be made online through this page or a printable application form is available here. New members are always welcome.

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

The Galtees and South Tipperary on the Right Hook

Manchan Magan tries to convince George Hook that he needs to visit The Galtees in County Tipperary on George's radio programme on Newstalk, broadcast on Tuesday, November 17th. The Galtee Walking Club gets a mention near the end.
To listen to the broadcast click this link.

News, November 22nd, 2015

There’s a busy weekend of walking ahead with many events taking place. On Saturday and Sunday members of both the Galtee club and Ballyhoura Bears are walking the next two sections of the Beara-Breifne Way. This is the weekend where the landmark Shannon crossing is made as they travel between Toomyvara in North Tipperary and Portumna, just across the river in Co. Galway. Closer to home on Saturday evening there is a fundraising walk for South East Mountain Rescue, starting and finishing at their base in Clonmel. This wonderful voluntary organization deserves the support of all walkers and we hope to see as many members as possible taking part.
The three club walks on Sunday are an ‘A’ walk on the Galtees with Owen Ryan, meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 10am, a ‘B’ walk on the southern side of the mountain with Brendan Sheils from the new Glengarra car park at 10am and a ‘C’ walk on the eastern end of the range starting at the Lady Gregory pub at 11am with Thos O’ Neill.
Thanks to Amelia, Margaret, Catherine and Trish for the club walks on Sunday last.

B walk
Some of the 15 walkers who were on the B walk to Lake Curra on Sunday November 22nd, 2015, including visitors from Ireland, England and Australia with leaders Amelia Ryan and Margaret Hayes.   4 photos

c walk
20 walkers at Darby's Bed on the C walk from Galbally on Sunday November 22nd, 2015.  4 photos

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