News and Walk Reports for 2017
Sunday February 19th, 2017
Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival
Sunday February 12th, 2017Thanks to Joe Browne for his ‘A’ walk on the snowy Galtees on Sunday last, visiting Lake Diheen and Cush Mountain and also to the Wednesday Walkers for their circuit of the Dolmen Loop from Lisvernane.
Sunday February 5th, 2017The third stage of The Shannon walk, sea to source, started in the lovely little picturesque village of Garrykennedy in good sunshine. The group began their journey along the Lough Derg Way, through fields, paths and forest tracks where we discovered a holy well, where some of the group sampled the holy water. We continued our walk, but as a rainbow came into view, it meant we had to find shelter for our lunch break and this was had in a barn that appreared at the right time, (prayers at holy well, answered!!!). Thanks to Doreen, Peig and Breda for the lovely buns and cake that we enjoyed on our lunch break. We then continued our walk on the banks of Lough Derg to Dromineer, with beautiful views of the Lake. Today's walk covered a distance of 20k. Thanks to Trish, who was waiting for us in the village to transfer us back to our cars in Garrykennedy.
Stage four will start in Dromineer and go to Terryglass.
Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking FestivalThe Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival took place over the weekend of January 28th and 29th, 2017, with three grades of walks on each day. The festival base was at Aherlow House Hotel and buses were provided to take participants to and from walks. Thanks to Helen and the Aherlow Failte Society, the leaders and stewards from the Club, Aherlow House Hotel, Hillwalking Radio Group, Noel Browne and his bus drivers, Mountain Rescue and Coillte and the local landowners. Thanks also to the many walkers who came from far and wide to participate.
Sunday January 22nd, 2017Report on A Walk, River Shannon, from Sea to Source
Ballina/Killaloe church was the meeting for the second journey of the River Shannon walk. The group set off on the Lough Derg Way in the direction of Tountinna 457m, the high point of the Arra Mountains, in glorious sunshine. We desended to the Graves of the Leinster men, where we lunched and had some homemade cake and buns from Doreen and Breda. We then continued on to Garrykennedy, surrounded by splendid scenery, views of Lough Derg, old derelict houses of times past, snowdrops, friendly donkeys and swans on the way into Garrykennedy. We enjoyed a cup of tea and refreshments after a 19k walk in the popular pub, Larkins, in Garrykennedy while we waited for our bus driver, Brendan, to collect us and bring us back to our cars in Ballina. Breda stamped the groups "Shannon river log book".
Our next walk of the Shannon will be scheduled for Sunday 5th of February, (weather permitting) from Garrykennedy to Dromineer.
19 out on Catherine Sharpe's B walk to Lough Curra and home by the Galtee stile.
Sunday January 15th, 2017Report on A Walk, River Shannon, from Sea to Source
A group of endurance walkers began their journey of the River Shannon from Limerick to Killaloe. We began our walk from the old Tourist Office at Arthur's Quay Limerick, continuing onto Cloonlara on the Lough Derg way, where we also enjoyed our lunch break under a rare tree on the banks of the Shannon. We then continued on to O'Briens Bridge, and on up to the Parteen Weir, where we had another short break taking in this impressive build of the late 1920s.
We continued the last of a great days walk into the lovely town of Killaloe, totalling 26k in pleasant weather conditions. Breda had a minibus booked and returned us to our cars in Limerick with some interesting history and facts from our bus driver.
Thanks to Pat for navigating us along our first journey of the river Shannon and to great company that made it another great days club walk.
Our second stage of the River Shannon walk will continue on Sunday 22nd (weather permitting) from the Church in Killaloe, where we will continue to follow the Lough Derg way, climbing high to the Arra Mountains 457m and on to the graves of the Leinster Men, dropping down to continue along the banks of the river Shannon to Garrykennedy.
Breda has got a momentum log book done up for everyone that walks the Shannon, every section that is walked is logged.
Sunday January 8th, 2017
4 A walkers out today starting the New Year with a 5 hr walk from Angelsborough to Clydagh taking in Paradise Hill, Temple Hill, Lyre na Capaill down Sliabh Cush a binne. The weather was overcast so it was a team effort with map compass and GPS.