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

Walks Cancelled

In view of the Government's decision to move the country to level 5 of the Covid-19 restrictions, all club walks have been cancelled up to December 1st. Outdoor exercises such as walking or cycling are now only allowed within 5 km of your home.
Details of Mountaineering Ireland's advice for the current situation can be seen here.

Zooming 'round the mountains' - online lecture series

Mountaineering Ireland is delighted to launch the 'Zooming 'round the mountains' online lecture series. The online lecture series features a wide range of speakers covering a host of topics. The series is designed to connect, inspire and inform Mountaineering Ireland's members, and the wider hillwalking and climbing community.
These online events will be hosted on the Zoom online meeting platform. For more information and to join any of the events simply click on the relevant link below, enter your details and you will then receive a link to join.

These online events are free for current members of Mountaineering Ireland. (You will need your membership number)  Non-members will pay a €10 fee for most events.

Date Time Topic & Link Presenter
Mon 30th Nov 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Exploring the night sky Georgia McMillan
Tue 1st Dec 8:00pm -
9:00 pm
Becoming a Mountain Guide Paul Swail
Wed 2nd Dec 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meet Patrick O'Sullivan - Editor of the Irish Mountain Log Patrick O'Sullivan
Thur 3rd Dec 7:30pm - 8:30pm
I'm a Climbing Coach, Ask Me Anything Rob Hunter
Sun 6th Dec 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Upland Archaeology, Medieval & Post Medieval Ania Bakiewicz
Tue 8th Dec 7:30pm - 8:30pm Introducing Young People to the Mountains Kevin Kilroy
Wed 9th Dec 6:00pm -
Winter Foraging - sustenance or slim pickings? Darach Ó Murchú
Sun 13th Dec 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Female Master Class #7 featuring Lucy Mitchell Lucy Mitchell
Tue 15th Dec 7:30pm - 8:30pm Expedition Planning James McManus

Membership for 2020/2021 now open

Although the walks have been cancelled for now, applications for membership are still being accepted for the next club year, November 2020 to October 2021. Existing members should renew before walks resume on December 6th and we welcome applications from any new people who would like to join the club. Membership taken out now will last until October 31st, 2021.
You can join or renew online here or print the application form to send through the post.

On This Day

30 November 2014 30 November 2014

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


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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