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

Slievenamuck Marathon and Half Marathon 2018, 10th Anniversary Event

The annual Slievenamuck Marathon and Half Marathon, organised by the Galtee Walking Club, takes place on Sunday March 25, 2018. The event is open to walkers and runners and will mainly be on forest tracks and paths on the Slievenamuck Ridge, overlooking the scenic Glen of Aherlow and the Galtee Mountains. Registration is now open and full details and a registration form are available on the Marathon page.
A certificate and medal will be presented to all who complete the event.

Weekend Away to West Cork, 18th to 20th May, 2018


An away trip to beautiful West Cork is planned for the weekend of May 18th to 20th next. The base is the village of Glengarriff and the trip involves travelling down on Friday evening and staying for two nights. There will be a choice of A, B or C walks on the Saturday and a B or C walk on the Sunday. The walks will be in association with the Skibbereen Walking Group who came to walk with us in the Galtees last September. The organiser of the weekend away is Goretti Campbell who can be contacted on 087 9696071.
Accommodation at Casey's hotel, phone 027 63010. email info@caseyshotelglengarriff.ie
15 Rooms have been block booked for Galtee Walking Club.
Twin/ Double/ Single rooms available €125 per person sharing for 2 nights B/B and 1 dinner. A single supplement will apply.
A special deal for the Sunday night 20th May €35 B/B.
Contact the hotel directly to book and tell them you are with the Galtee Walking Club group or get in touch with Goretti if you would like her to book a place for you.
To see the full list of walks planned for the two days go to the Glengariff Weekend page.

The Future of the Galtee Challenge and Crossing

At a well attended meeting held on March 8th in the Excel to discuss the future of the Galtee Challenge and Crossing a number of decisions on the future of the event were made.
1. There will no longer be a guided Crossing walk. It will be a self navigated Challenge walk only.
2. The day of the event will change from Sunday to Saturday. It will be Saturday June 30 this year.
3. The direction will be the same each year, meeting in Anglesborough, bus to Cahir, walking back to Anglesborough.
4. Registration and payment for the Challenge will be online only.
Full details of the 2018 event and online registration will be available on this website from mid April.

Learning for Life - Navigation and Map Reading Course

The club are thinking of running a navigation course in map reading and compass skills to develop the depth of navigation skills within the club. This is a great skill to have. It is great to see how it works when you apply this knowledge while out on a walk.
The course is open to current club members only and we need to get a minimum of 10 to make it worth while.
For anyone that is interested please contact Tom Lyons on 086 3954924 before the 8th of March.

Sunday March 18, 2018

18 March 2018

Fei Sheehy Challenge 2018

Fellow Walker,
Individual Challenge
You may have heard of the Fei Sheehy Challenge which took place for the first time in 2014. If you haven’t; it’s a three day, self-navigating hill walking challenge to ‘cross’ the Comeragh, Galty and Knockmealdown mountain ranges.
Pre-registered participants can elect to do one, two or three days and the money raised via registration fees is donated to charities/voluntary organisations. If you would like to raise funds for a charity of your own choosing, via sponsorship card or online, you can also do this.
To date, we have raised over €32,000.
We’ve decided to run the event again this year (17th, 18th, 19th August). Pre-registration is open and we have 14 more registered this year than on the same date last year . If you log on to the website http://www.feisheehychallenge.net/registration.html you can pre-register now. Numbers are limited.

Club Challenge
There is a perpetual cup on offer for any club that is interested in taking on this challenge. The current holders of the trophy are Wayfarers Hiking Club. In 2017 they took the title with 15 points (a point for each day that a walker completed a crossing). All 5 of their members/participants did 3 days.
If you and your club are interested in taking this Club Challenge on, please contact me - 

Kind Regards,
Gerard Sheehy

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