News and Walk Reports for 2017
Wednesday Evening Walk, April 26, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The starting point was Harney's Cross, then along the old drover road and up to Lake Mohra. Then a steep climb above the lake to reach the ridge and the trig point at Knocksheegowna with great views in all directions. The descent was a straight walk back to the start taking in the smaller summit of Shauneenabreaga.
Our C Walk today on the Lazy Dog Trail was jointly led by Denny O'Dwyer and Mary Murphy. This trail begins at Ballintubber wood on the Kilfinane road two miles west of Ballylanders. Twelve members of the Club enjoyed a gentle forestry track before climbing the Pinnacle at the top of Sliabh Ri. We enjoyed good scenic views way up north into the Devil's Bit, south as far as the Kilworth mountains and west towards Aughnish with J.P. McManus's home and stables visible in the distance. Our treat on the way back was a stop off at the Lazy Dog Shooting range where a full clay pigeon shoot was taking place. Denny O'Dwyer
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Starting from Clydagh Bridge we walked in the road, then out on to open mountain and climbed up the grassy knoll. We then descended for a short distance, until we came to the start of the stream which led us to Lake Curra, where a short break was enjoyed. Around the side of the lake and down a steep slope we descended and headed for forest track, by which some walkers returned to starting point. Four remaining walkers, two new members walked across low terrain until we reached the back of Cush for our next climb. A five minute break on top, with good views all round, and the diary signed in, we descended for Clydagh. Thanks Eddie and Mary for sweeping today. Eleven walkers out today and welcome to the new comers, hope all enjoyed the day. Regards Peig.
Slievenamuck Marathon and Half Marathon, April 9th, 2017This very successful walking Marathon and Half Marathon, held annually on Palm Sunday since 2009, is over for another year and the 2017 event was a great success with over 120 runners and walkers taking part. The weather was ideal, being cool and dry, and visibility was also good. Thanks and well done to all who took part. Thanks also to all who worked so hard to make the event possible and everyone who contributed to its success in any way. We hope to be back on Slievenamuck for the same again on Palm Sunday next year. All Photos
There were some lost or unclaimed items found after the Marathon. If you think you own any of the items in the photo below contact Rody on 087 2893505.
Sunday April 2nd, 2017
Report by Aidan Dilworth
We were out today with Rody and company and completed the first half of the marathon loop in fabulous sunshine, see two photos attached from an old church ruins near Kilshane. Not sure of the name of the location (grid ref. R938329)
Report by Eddie McGrath
15 walkers had the privilege to be on it. What a walk. It had everything, sunshine, wind and snow, the farmer opening the gate for us, dogs herding the sheep. We did Galtee Beag and Galteemore. The walk was led by Brigid and Olive with Larry. A marvellous walk.
Sunday March 26th, 2017
Sunday March 19th, 2017Shannon River Walk. Report by Breda Ryan
The 4th,5th and 6th stage of "The River Shannon Walk"resumed on St Patrick's Weekend..
Friday 17th,the group gathered at the Quey in Dromineer to begin our 27k walk to Terryglass .
Heavy mist continued throughout the day but didn't dampen the groups spirits ,of this most enjoyable walk of the Shannon.We passed through some lovely little village such as Puckaun,which is home to a number of thatched traditional style cottages,with familiar Irish names on them,Peg and Pat!!!.
We arrived into Terryglass,and made our way to Paddys Bar,to a lovely ,much deserved, St Patrick's Day,meal.
Trish ,our lovely and obliging taxi transfer lady,brought the drivers back to Dromineer to collect cars ,and drive back to Terryglass,,thanks Trish,,The rest of group ,got picked up and then continued onto Ballycrossaun Portumna and the lovey ,comfortable traditional heritage Selfcatering Cottages owned by Lena Cummins.
Lena had the fire lighting and a welcome food pack for our arrival which was so appreciated.
Saturday 18th,was a much improved weather start to our 19k journey ,from Terryglass to Ballycrossaun Portumna .We car pooled back to Terryglass .We continued onto Portumna .We lunched at a lovely little cafe in The Gala petrol Station,which set us up for our final leg of our walk.We crossed the bridge in Portumna,which also brings you into Co Galway,as we approached the Marina on the right of the Bridge,a path brings you onto the Hymany Way,which is also the O Sullivan Beara route,This path ,hugs a lot of the river Shannon,giving way to lovely views of the river.We continued this path very close to our Cottage Accomodation.The evening was finished off with a look at the rugby Match,Up Ireland!!!great food and chat.
Sunday 19th, began with dry morning to start our 20k walk to Banagher.Because of the perfect location of Cummin,s Cottages,all we needed to do was walk out of the cottages,turn right and within a short distance we were back on the Hymany Way Track.We met a local man walking his dogs who gave us many interesting stories of life on the Shannon banks.One such story is the elderly gentleman ,whose little cottage we could see,how in 2015 his home could only be accessed by boat,because of the severe flooding ,this was a story the made the national news.He still remains in his cottage,saying,"once he has his Wellingtons and a dry bed,he is staying,"we also heard he is very well looked after,maybe more so than if he moved!!! We continued onto Banagher ,where our minibus transfer,Kieran Madden collected us and brought us back to the Cottages.We freshened up and had a quick bite to eat before we packed up and made our return trip home.Thanks Lena for allowing us to have this before we departed and your hospitality was much appreciated by all the group.
May bank holiday will see the return River Shannon walk,details will be on Club Schedule .
See all the Shannon River photos.
Sunday March 12th, 2017
Sunday March 5th, 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.