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, 2016

The Slievenamuck Marathon and Half Marathon, held annually on Palm Sunday since 2009, takes place this year on Sunday March 20th. It provides a unique opportunity to traverse the whole of this ancient Ridge on a figure of 8 track over a distance of 42km. For full details and registration see the Marathon Page.

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

Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, 2016

The Winter Walking Festival in the Glen of Aherlow took place over the weekend of Saturday January 30th and Sunday, January 31st, 2016. There were seven walks over the two days on the Galtee Mountains and the Slievenamuck Ridge as well as a bus tour of the significant sites in the Glen on Sunday. Despite the poor weather numbers were only slightly down on last year with a total of 364 people taking part over the two days. All got a real taste of winter walking with snow showers and strong winds on Saturday and rain and poor visibility on Sunday.

Winter Festival
Festival C walk to Lake Curra on Saturday January 30th, 2016. Walk Leader Amelia Ryan. More photos

Club Membership Payments

Membership payments for the current club year which ends on October 31st, 2016 are now overdue. If you have not paid for the current year you are not an insured member of the club. Application and payment can be made online through this page or a printable application form is available here. New members are welcome at any time.

News, February 7th, 2016

Thanks to Owen Ryan and Margaret Hayes for the walks on Sunday last. Owen's A walk started from Clydagh Bridge and took in the grassy knoll, the Ice Road, Lake Curra, up the gully behind the lake and descending by Slievecushnabinnia to be back in time for the rugby. Margaret's combined B and C walk met in Newport town and climbed to the cold and snow covered summit of Keeper Hill.
There are three club walks on Sunday next. Tomás Ó'Briain's 'A' walk is in the Knockmealdowns and meets at Bay Lough Car Park, The Vee, at 10am. Anne O'Donnell's 'B' walkers will head for Knocknagalty after meeting at Galty Castle Car Park at 10am and Denny O'Dwyer's 'C' group will meet at Combaun Wood Car Park at 11am to walk on the forest tracks beneath Temple Hill.

B/C walk
Margaret Hayes' B/C walk to Keeper Hill on Sunday February 7th, 2016.   3 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