Welcome to the Galtee Walking ClubHello 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
Next sections of the Beara Breifne WayMembers of the Galtee Walking Club and the Ballyhoura Bears walked the first three sections of the Beara Breifne Way earlier this year on the weekend of St. Patrick's Day. The next two sections will be walked over the weekend of September 6th and 7th. More details on the Beara Breifne Way page.
A New Season of Walks beginsAs the club begins to gear up for the Autumn calendar of walks, our Wednesday evening hikes draw to a close. The last walk was on Wednesday 27th in Bansha Woods, where Therese Roche led a lively round of these lovely local woodlands. An exceptionally good Summer provided for some glorious evening walks and we thank all who facilitated these hugely popular outings. We heard the cuckoo, admired the Rhodedendrons, dipped our toes in the mountain lakes and from time to time got caught by unexpected downpours. But the hay got well saved and Cork got bet! You cannot ask for more.
Moving on, the new calendar of walks is now up on the website with a delayed start to our regular schedule to accommodate those hardy members who will be off on another leg of the Beara Breifne Way on the 6th & 7th of Sept. We salute and wish them well for this ongoing new initiative. Then from Sept 12th to 21st, our chairman, Owen Ryan and others will be climbing the County High Points of Ireland! Well done Owen but you must be back and fit to chair the club’s AGM on October 23rd!
Scheduled walks start Sunday 14th Sept with all three grades out and about. Pat Ryan will lead the A walk, meeting at 10am at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel at 10am and Rita Hickey offers a forest path B walk of 4hrs, meeting at Ahelow House Hotel, also at 10am. Liz McNamara will lead a C walk through Scarrough Woods, meeting at 11am at Mountain Road car park in Cahir. So something for everyone and we look forward to a lively season of walks. New members are always most welcome.
We would like to draw members attention to the fact that we desperately need some new scribes to maintain these reports. We are currently under pressure to get reports in for the paper deadlines and web maintenance must take priority. As things stand, there will be fewer reports except for the web and we invite members and walk leaders to submit their own account and/or photos of any walk or club event which they would like to share. This can be done by giving a more detailed account on the report page on the web or by email to David. Not only does this keep our pages alive but we also see it as an opportunity for members to take ownership of their club. For those who would like to get more actively involved with writing, please be in touch with David or Mo. We are happy to help out with editing where required. We look forward to hearing from you.
Swimming at Tipperary PoolThe 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.
Fei Sheehy Challenge
Galtee Walking Club members who completed the 3 day Fei Sheehy Challenge - crossing the Comeragh's, Galty's and Knockmealdown mountain ranges over three consecutive days. Walk Report
Dingle PhotosClub member Ger Sheehy was on the Dingle Peninsula on Saturday August 23rd and took some great photos on a beautiful day, 21 of which can be seen here.
Armed and Dangerous
A warning to all walkers not to mess with these ladies and obey all orders when they lead walks in October and December. Walking ahead of the leader could be particularly risky.
Wicklow Weekend, July 12th and 13th, 2014“Happiness is heading for the mountains with friends” Paddy’s weekend in Wicklow was surely that.
The base for the weekend was Lynham’s Hotel in Laragh.
Paddy organized a bus for the Saturday morning to take the group of 25 to the starting point on the Military Road. This road was constructed at the beginning of the 19th century to provide access for the British Army in the wake of the Irish 1798 Rebellion. This historic road now allows visitors to explore some of Wicklow’s fantastic natural beauty.
Luggala Mountain (595m) was the first challenge of the day. Through a rocky and boggy terrain and an early morning fog we made for the top of the mountain and could just about make out Lough Tay down in the valley. The Guinness family and now the Vikings TV series are all connected with this area.
We zigzagged down Luggala through a maze of fern and rambled on through a very inviting landscape of hills, valleys and forests until we reached Lough Dan. The atmosphere here was magical with the Lough’s white beach; some of the club members could not resist a dip. We continued walking through ruined dwellings from times past which blended into the surrounding landscape.
After a 5 hour hike all were ready for a bus ride back to Laragh and a good rest.
A small group decided to make their way back to Laragh by foot. Led by Proinsias De Paor, the group headed for Kanturk Mountain (524m). From there the group made their way across the ridge to Scarr Mountain (641m). This area is in the very heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and the views are breathtaking. A long descent through beautiful mixed terrain brought them back to Laragh. Thank you Proinsias for your help and knowledge of the area.
On Sunday morning cars headed for Greystones railway station. The group of 27 made their way to Bray by train. Using the coastal path with its great views the group walked back to Greystones. A little café on the sea front in Greystones made for a perfect finish for a perfect weekend.
Thank you Paddy for a great weekend.
Report by Goretti Campbell
On the way from Bray to Greystones on Paddy's weekend trip to Wicklow, July 13th, 2014. 16 photos
Galtee Challenge/Crossing 2014, Tenth Anniversary EventThe last Sunday in June marked the tenth anniversary of the club’s biggest annual event, the Galtee Crossing/Challenge. The brain child of our late president, Bob Noonan and the Ryan brothers, the event has gone from strength to strength, with 120 participants this year taking on this 31km traverse of the entire Galtee range. Over 50 people opted for the self guided Challenge while the remainder were guided across by chairman, Owen and sweepers, Pat, Thos and Noel. The route bore west from Anglesborough, across all the major peaks, ending in Cahir. Organized meticulously by the Ryans and a band of core club members, no detail was overlooked, from early morning registration with Ann, Breda, Helen and Mary, to the three manned stations on the route and a party of helpers at the half way point to take people down should the case arise. The weather was splendid, with spectacular views but welcome cloud cover and cooling breezes too.
Average time taken for this traverse was approximately eight hours with David Kiely streaking into Cahir in just five! But however long it took, all participants arrived safe and jubilant at journey’s end, where each received a medal, a certificate and a handy clip on towel from Breda. An evenings celebration with dinner was held afterwards at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, where Breda’s 10th anniversary cake was cut and shared and a special presentation made to the four members for whom it was their 10th Crossing. Congratulation, Sheila, Thos, Pat and Owen. Something to aspire to for Sadie, who completed her first ever Crossing! Well done Sadie. A special thanks to the many unsung heroines/heroes who provided essential backup services for this event, from Denny and his radio crew, car porters, Mary, Paddy, water bearers, Una and Liz, and special support on the hills from President Danny, George, Tom and many other willing hands. Thank you all. Not least was Cahir Council who made a special effort to facilitate vital early morning toilets on the day. A day to be proud of for the club and for all who took the Challenge.
Sadie who completed her first Crossing with Vinny and Alice, 7 photos
Walk for Mary Lowe, RIP. July 1st, 2014Members of Oola parish choir, led by Gerry Ryan took a short walk along the Mass Rock trail with the Lowe family from Oola, in memory of Mary Lowe who died recently, RIP. Mary was a dear member of Oola choir and a former member of the Galtee Walking Club. Danny Bailey joined the special event at the invitation of the choir to represent the condolences of the walking club membership. It was a uniquely special occasion and the current sadness at the loss of Mary was temporarily lightened by the camaraderie of the group, and the beauty of the Glen of Aherlow on a glorious summer's evening.
Friends of St. Declan's Way NewsletterThe 6th edition of the Friends of St. Declan's Way Newsletter has been issued. It can be read here.
Wednesday Evening Walk, July 30th, 2014
Evening walk from Kilcoran on July 30th, 2014. Photo by Francis McCormack
Wednesday Evening Walk, August 6th, 2014
Approaching the top of Knockeenatoung on the Wednesday evening walk, August 7th, 2014. Leader Tom Lyons.
Wednesday Evening Walk, August 27th, 2014
Evening sunshine on the Ballagh Road on Therese Roche's evening walk, August 27th, 2014.