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.

The Glen of Aherlow Summer Walking Festival, June 3rd - 6th, 2016

The three day Glen of Aherlow Summer Walking Festival takes place in the Galtees and the Glen over the June Bank Holiday weekend. There is a total of nine graded walks over the Saturday, Sunday and Monday with walk leaders provided by the Galtee Walking Club. Groups, Clubs and individual walkers are welcome. There is excellent accommodation available in the area and nightly entertainment will be provided for walkers.  
For brochures & accommodation rates contact:
The Glen of Aherlow Fáilte Society Ltd. Coach Road, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary
Tel: 062 56331 or 086 8314443       e-mail: info@aherlow.com       www.aherlow.com
Festival Brochure

Trip to Dobbiaco in the Dolomites, August 27th to September 3rd, 2016

A group from the Galtee Walking Club is going on a trip to Dobbiaco in the Dolomites in northern Italy on August 27th to September 3rd. There is availability left for 3 or 4 more people. Anyone interested should contact 0863946048 or email ryanhousehold3@eircom.net.

Beara-Breifne Way, Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th, 2016.

Report by Deirdre Rafter.
Day 23 of the Beara Breifne Way started at Ballinafad on Saturday 14th May in beautiful sunshine. We were collected at the Leitrim Inn Lodge where the group were based for the weekend by Carrick Taxis & Minibus Hire who provided a fantastic service over the weekend, the driver made an unscheduled stop over looking the site of The Battle of the Curlew Pass which took place on the 15th August 1599 between an English force under Sir Conyers Clifford and a rebel Irish force led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell. The English were ambushed and routed while marching through a pass in the Curlew Mountains, near the town of Boyle, in northwestern Ireland. The English forces suffered heavy casualties. Losses by allied Irish forces were not recorded but were probably minimal. A beautiful modern sculpture of a horse overlooks the pass.  The group of 8 Galtee/Ballyhoura Bears walkers were joined by John O'Sulivan from the Galway Walking Club who arrived at the Leitrim Inn Lodge the night before on his Honda Gold Wing, the Beara Breifne Way is on John's bucket list and hopefully he gets to cover the entire route in the future. We set off on the Miner's Way which follows many of the paths used by the miners going to work in the Arigna Mines, The Miners Way links with the Historical Trail which traverses the Curlew, Bricklieve & Arigna Mountains, passing many features of interest including Carrowkeel megalithic tomb. Carrowkeel is one of the 4 most important passage tomb cemetaries in the country and includes 21 individual passage tombs, they were investigated in 1911 by none other than Robert Lloyd Praeger author of "The way that I went" a fantasic read for anyone that is interested in history and geology. We followed an ancient roadway in the early part of the day coming across evidence of mining and many abandoned villages along the way.  Among the highlights of the day were the Labby Rock / Carrickglass Dolmen which is tucked beneath the Ridge of Moytura our highest point of the day, the Labby Rock is a massive portal dolmen with a capstone weighing an estimated 70 tonnes. Our lunchtime break was taken at Heapstown Crossroads following which we were lucky enough to come across a local vintage car run. After a quick stop in Shivan's of Ballyfarnon we continued on to Kilronan Castle previously called Castle Tennison which was the home of Colonel King Tennison & his wife Anne Gore Booth.  Sunday 15th May Day 24 of the Beara Breifne Way saw the group back at Kilronan Castle with another two regulars joining us, we stopped off at Turlough O'Carolan's grave, O'Carolan was born in Nobber Co. Meath in 1670 where his father was a blacksmith the family moved to Ballyfarnon in Roscommon in 1684 where Turlough was blinded by smallpox at the age of 18. Turlough's talents were recognised by his father's employer a Mrs Mac Dermott Roe who became his patron. The route took us around the shores of Lough Meelagh giving us beautiful views of the castle in the distance as well as several boarded up estate houses and ruins of small labourers cottages as we walked through Knockranny Wood. A brief hydration stop on Sunday saw us at Regan's Bogside Inn where Rody Tierney sang one of his own compositions about a dream a young lad had about being the physio for the Tipperary Camogie team which was very entertaining.  Lunchtime saw us in Ardcarne where we had a lovely rest outside Clancy's Pub, parasols included, we thought we were on the Camino. We finished our day's walk with a quick dinner in Beirne's of Battlebridge, highly recommended, beautiful food and a marvellous campsite to consider if you are thinking of doing the Shannon Blueway. We arrived at the ruins of O'Rourkes Castle which was the final part of the walk for O'Sullivan Beara on 14th January 1604, thankfully the Beara Breifne Way does not stop there, we have another 60km to do before we can say we are finished at Blacklion in Cavan, this is scheduled for the first weekend in July and we will celebrate the finish then.

Beara-Breifne Way
Beara-Brei​fne Way on the weekend of May 14th and 15th, 2016.   8 photos

News, May 22nd, 2016

Thanks to Tom Lyons, Goretti Campbell and Joan Kavanagh for the club walks on Sunday last, May 22nd.
This is Tom's report on his A walk:
We met in Anglesborough village at 10am. We followed the road out of the village and took the path through Hanley's field on the way to Temple Hill where we met 3 people from Adare returning from their walk. From Temple Hill we descended to Assaroola Glen and then we headed for Lyra Cappul where we stopped for some lunch and admire the beautiful views of Blackrock Valley and an approaching heavy rain shower. We took the same route back home and on our return we met a group from the Bishopstown Walking Club on top of Temple hill during one of their festival walks. It was a day of many weathers thanks to all who turned up to make a very enjoyable day's walking.
Goretti's B walk was along the Lough Derg Way, starting from Garrykenne​dy and walking over 20km to Ballina along a varied route of tracks, roads and fields as well as climbing over 500 steps to some of the higher points. Views of the lake were a constant feature of the walk as the group crossed the Arra Mountains, taking in the highest point at Tountinna and visiting the historic site of the Graves of the Leinstermen.
This is Joan's report on her C walk in Bansha Woods:
We had 26 walkers out on the C walk in Bansha Woods today. We did a 3 hour loop stopping at the Millenium stone for our break in the sunshine, however we had a thundery hailstone shower just before we finished but it didn't dampen our spirits after an enjoyable walk in the woods.

B walk
Goretti Campbell's B walk along the Lough Derg Way from Garrykenne​dy to Ballina on Sunday May 22nd, 2016.
7 photos

C walk
Joan Kavanagh's C walk in Bansha Woods on Sunday May 22nd, 2016.  6 photos

Wednesday Evening Walk, May 18th, 2016

evening walk
Thos O'Neill's evening walk on the Ballydavid loop on Wednesday May 18th, 2016

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