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 Walking Marathon, Sunday March 29th, 2015

This very successful walking marathon and half-marathon, held annually on Palm Sunday since 2009, provides a unique opportunity to traverse the whole of the ancient Slievenamuck Ridge over 42km. The figure of eight route is largely forest track, forming two loops, east and west, and taking in both the north and south sides of the ridge, with some gentle ascents of no more than 360m at the highest. Registration begins at 8:00am and the Marathon gets under way at 9:00am. The cost to register is 10 euro. It is now possible to pay and register online. For full details and to register for the event see the Marathon Page.

Message from Mountain Meitheal South East

Our next Mountain Meitheal South East project is the Galty Stile Track on Saturday 28 March.
Leader on the day: Frank Mc Mahon
Assistant Leader: Jimmy Barry
Contact us on: mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com a few days in advance if you are volunteering with us on Saturday 28 March, as this will assist with planning the work day.
Meet at the Coach Road Inn (O'Brien's Bar), Newtown, Glen of Aherlow, (at the junction of the R664 and the R663), where we will organize the transport. It will be necessary to limit the number of cars travelling to site.
Please meet at 10.30am sharp. Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied.  Also protection from sun and midges
Mountain Meitheal will provide the tools. Why not bring a friend – new comers are always welcome.
For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out www.pathsavers.org.
Kind regards,
Secretary of Mountain Meitheal South East

News, March 22nd, 2015

The stage is set and preparation is complete for the Slievenamuck Marathon and Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday next, Palm Sunday. Now in its seventh year, the event is well established on the national walking calendar and also attracts an increasing number of runners each year. The figure of eight route is largely forest track, forming two loops, east and west, taking in both the north and south sides of the Slievenamuck ridge. Anyone who feels they have the necessary level of fitness is welcome to take part. The registration fee is €10 and all details are on the Marathon page.
On the Schedule page of this website are details of all club walks up to next August, including all the Wednesday evening walks which take place throughout the summer months. The schedule of Sunday walks is better than ever with the popular C walks now taking place every week rather than fortnightly as before. All grades of walks have plenty of variety and cover a range of locations stretching from Clare to Waterford and north to Laois.
Thanks to Danny Bailey and to Liam and Shane Doheny for the club walks on Sunday last which took place in beautiful sunny conditions. Danny's walk, in preparation for the Marathon next Sunday, was on the Kilshane side of the route. The 14 walkers covered the 22km distance in 4 hours and 20 minutes, stopping for a photo break at Christ the King statue and a lunch break at Bansha Woods car park. Danny extends a special welcome to a new couple from Galbally.
Liam and Shane's B walk started at the entrance to Moanyarha Bog in the Comeraghs and climbed to Knocksheegowna at a height of 678 metres before travelling south along the ridge and descending to Lake Mohra on the eastern side. Here they met up with a group of C walkers who had taken a much easier route to the lake and the combined group of 38 walked out together on forest tracks, the C walkers returning to their cars and the B walkers continuing along the Drover Road to their finish at Harney's Cross.
Let’s hope the wonderful weather experienced last weekend will be repeated for the Marathon on Sunday next.

A walk
Danny Bailey's A walk on the eastern half of the Marathon route on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015.  13 photos

B walk
Liam and Shane Doheny's B walk to Lake Mohra on Sunday,March 22nd, 2015
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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