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 Membership

As November 1st has now passed membership fees for the coming year are now due to be paid. A new facility to pay the Club membership fees online by credit card or PayPal is now available here. The printable membership form is still available here for people who prefer this method. New walkers are always welcome. Following a decision taken at the Club AGM on October 23rd, non-members are entitled to one free walk, after which they must become a member if they wish to continue walking with the club.

Christmas Party

Due to the small number of responses to the earlier message re party night, a meal has been booked for the club in Ballyglass House Hotel for Saturday, December 6th at 7 30pm.
25 euros for a 4 course meal ( 4 choices ) and a glass of wine.
Please confirm your attendance to Breda or Mike before 28th November.


Clean-up on the Ballagh Road, 22 November

A clean-up of litter on the Ballagh Road took place on Saturday, November 22nd. Nine club members took part and in just two hours gathered two trailer loads of rubbish from the forest entrances and the roadside. In such a short time it was not possible to gather everything but at least now there is a much better appearance on the place. Hopefully it will stay that way and the dumpers will cop on and dispose of their refuse by legitimate means. Thanks to all who took part in the clean-up and thanks to Helen for the tea and biscuits afterwards.

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Club members who took part in the clean-up on the Ballagh Road. Missing from the photo is Liz Breen who also took part.

“Walk The Long Way Round”, 29th November 2014

One day you, or one of your friends or family, may owe your lives to the brave women and men of South East Mountain Rescue. They give their time as volunteers to keep us safe.
They are running a Night Walk and Run fundraiser to help equip their new rescue base in Clonmel..
Registration Opens at 17.00hrs at their NEW Base, Heywood Rd., Clonmel.
(Beside the Fire Station)
Walk or run on the 15Km circuit in and around the Comeraghs at night. The route consists of Road, Track and Open Mountain. You can do it yourself, with a group of friends or join a mixed group that will have leaders. Registration in advance is €25.
Full details are  HERE

News, November 23, 2014

Last Sunday was just a perfect day to be outdoors with clear blue skies and sunshine all the way for our three club walks. Gerard Sheehy’s A walk was in the Comeraghs and this is Gerard's report.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d died and went to heaven on Sunday morning. Such was the beauty of the day. A low level walk was planned, so the summiteers would have been disappointed. Carey's Castle is a good place to start a walk, as there is a nice walk-in on forest track to help with the warming up before you exit on to the open Comeragh mountains. The Glenary River is within hearing distance for the first 3.5km. It has a calming effect on walkers who need a bit of free relaxation therapy.  
Next, it was up and over the col to the SW of Lachtnafrankee and down towards the old ‘village’ of Glendalougha. The paths that were taken were those that the original inhabitants would have taken to go to Clonmel. Streams abounded, but nothing that a skip and a jump couldn’t remedy. Next it was East to Knocknaree and Knockatedaun to pick up a not so frequently used track. A maze of track, field and road in that area brings you down behind Hanora’s Cottage and the Nire Church.
You follow the Glennanore stream, from there, and then head towards Moanyarah and ‘The Chimneys’, crossing at a multiple tributary junction. It was only recently that I enquired as to the history of said ‘Chimneys’. During the War the army used to cut turf up here so that they could keep the hospital in Clonmel open. Nissan huts were erected to billet the soldiers to ‘protect’ the turf and the ‘chimneys’ are what’s left of those.
The final leg of the journey brings you to Lachtnafrankee and down it’s Western spur to pick up the track that follows the Northern side of the Glenary river and back to the car park via Carey’s Castle. Built in the 1800s by a local family. It has an ice-house on its grounds and has a mixed bag of architecture in its construction - Romanesque and Gothic arches, Celtic round tower and Norman keep.
The walk covered a distance of 26.2km with a height gain of 981m.
Pat Donovan's B walk was a loop to Lake Diheen and Cush in almost 4 hours in perfect weather. This is Pat's report.
The B walk left Clydagh Bridge in perfect sunny conditions for a mid range climb to Lake Diheen via the Galtee Stile. After a short stop its was on to Cush Mountain for the 10 walkers, descending back to Clydagh Bridge in two groups. Thanks to all who took part.
This is Denny O'Dwyer's report on his 8km C walk.
Denny O’Dwyer was delighted with a total of thirty four walkers who turned out for his C Walk to Sliabh Ri, Glenbrohane this Sunday. The Group met up in Ballylanders where there was a brief historical talk on the attack and burning of the R.I.C barracks on the 24th April 1920. Another famous house in the village was the former homestead of a great athlete and visionary Frank B. Dineen who mortgaged the family property to purchase a field at Jones Road Dublin better known today as Croke Park. We had a beautiful laid back relaxed walk to the top of Sliabh Ri taking in views from three counties. For being very well behaved we got an extra treat with a visit to the Lazy Dog shooting range where we had tea, coffee and biscuits. Thanks to Mary and Ray Sampson for providing refreshments and a tour of the centre. Someone left a purse behind at the range so if you ring 086-0888145 it will be returned to the owner.
Thanks to all three leaders for making it a memorable day and thanks also to those club members who took part in the litter clean-up in the Glen on Saturday 22nd.
The A walk next Sunday meets with Mike Moroney at Cush car park at 10am and Thos O'Neil’s B walk meets at the Lady Gregory also at 10. On Saturday evening there is a fundraising walk from Clonmel for Mountain Rescue, which deserves support.

Carey's Castle on Gerard Sheehy's A walk on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014.   27 photos

Pat Donovan's B walk to Lake Diheen and Cush on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014.

Denny O'Dwyer's C walk on Slievereagh on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014.   4 photos

'Bit' of a Walk on Tenerife

"Very tough walk on Tenerife last Saturday with a friend of mine from the Tyndall Walking Club. The plan was to summit the four highest peaks : Guajara, Pico Viejo, Teide and Montana Blanca in the one walk. Job done." 
Gerard Sheehy

Map, Compass, GPS and Digital Mapping Training Course

We are pleased to announce a Map, Compass, GPS and Digital Mapping training course for November 2014 comprising of 5 (Tuesday) evening sessions and 2 (Saturday) half days in the field.
The venue for the classroom sessions will be the Lisvernane Community Centre.  The field day venues will be announced during the course.
The cost of the course will be €100.  
The course leader is Mike Moroney.
more details including course content

Swimming at Tipperary Pool

The Sean Treacy Memorial Swimming Pool in Tipperary Town is a great amenity for the local area and deserves support. It has been suggested that Galtee Walking Club members could go there as a group on Tuesday evenings for the 8:30 to 9:45 session. Meet outside the pool with Danny Bailey at 8:30pm on Tuesday next or any Tuesday thereafter. The cost of a session is €5.50. More information from Danny on 085 1316995.

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