News and Walk Reports from 2014
January 05, 2014
It’s the time of year when
resolutions to improve their fitness and become more active and what
better way than by joining a local walking club. Becoming a member of a
group such as the Galtee club costs a fraction of the price of gym
membership and has the added advantage of getting you out in the fresh
air and the beautiful nature that surrounds us.
Two club groups
were out to experience that nature on Sunday last. Thanks to Thos
O’Neill for a combined A and B outing where the 12 walkers stayed off
the high ground to avoid the strong winds and instead completed a
forest track loop on the eastern Galtees. Thanks and well done also to
Pat Kinane, leading his first C walk with the club. Pat took the 20
strong group on a 2 hour loop around by Rock an Thorabh with a 40
minute extension west of the road for those who wanted a little bit
Thanks to Ray Coleman and Danny Bailey
for the walks on Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day.
Sunday next A walkers meet at Galtee Castle car park at 10am with Joe
Browne and Danny Bailey’s B walk meets at Rock an Thorabh car park for
a trip to the Dolmen, also at 10am.
and B walkers on Thos O'Neill's walk on Sunday, January 5th, 2014 stand
in front of an overturned tree after the storms of recent days.
January 12, 2014
“Are we all crazy or what?” was the
question on many people’s lips as walkers gathered in the wind and rain
on Sunday last. Crazy or not, 19 people turned up for Danny Bailey’s B
walk on Slievenamuck, taking in the Dolmen and the Nature Park among
other places, all the time accompanied by the sound of running water
and the wind in the trees. Thanks to Danny for finding the driest
tracks on such a wet day.
On the exposed Galtees conditions were
even worse for Joe Browne’s A walk from Galtee Castle. Undeterred,
however, the 8 hardy individuals completed a 3.5 hour loop taking in no
less than 3 fast-flowing rivers, the Blackrock, the Glounreagh and the
Attychraan. Along the way they climbed the zig-zag track to the col
between Bengower and Carrigeen Mountain and crossed the Attychraan on
the recently installed footbridge. Many thanks to Joe.
next the A walkers meet with Pat Ryan at Grubb's Monument at 10am, the
B group meets with Roger Lonergan at Rossadrehid Waterworks, also at 10
and Therese Roche meets the C walkers at Bansha Woods Car Park at 11am.
members of the club would like to express their sympathy to Rita Hickey
on the death of her mother and to Alec Lee on the death of his father
B walkers on Danny Baileys walk on Sunday, January 12th, 2014
at the entrance to the Nature Park near Aherlow House.
January 19, 2014
Preparations are well under way for the
Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, which takes place on the first
weekend in February. This event, organised by Aherlow Fáilte and the
Galtee Walking Club, has a total of nine walks to choose from ranging
over the Galtees and Slievenamuck. The grade of walks ranges from
difficult to easy so there is something to suit everyone. The easier
routes would make a great introduction to walking for anyone
considering taking up the activity for the New Year.
Thanks to our
three leaders, Pat Ryan, Roger Lonergan and Therese Roche for the club
walks on Sunday last. Pat’s 5.5 hour, 22km A walk was in the snow
covered Knocklmealdowns and took in the Sugarloaf, Knockmealdown and
Crohan-West, returning by the Liam Lynch monument, the Tipperary
Heritage Way and St. Declan’s Way. Roger was in the Galtees for a high
loop around Lake Muskry with the B walkers and Therese had a great
turnout of 36 for her C group visit to Bansha Woods and the Millennium
Both walks on Sunday next start from Clydagh Bridge at
10am. Mike Moroney heads for Galtymore with the A group and Brendan
Sheils takes the B walkers to Lake Diheen.
C group at the Millennium Stone on Therese Roche's walk in
Bansha Woods on Sunday January 19th, 2014.
B group at
O'Loughlin's Castle on Roger Lonergan's walk, January 19th, 2014
January 26, 2014
A hardy bunch of A walkers braved the
gales and the hail showers to complete a high level loop on the Galtees
on Sunday last. Mike Moroney’s route brought them from the start at
Clydagh Bridge up by Carrignabinnia then east along the top to snowy
Galtymore and Galtybeg before descending beside Lake Borheen and Cush.
Thanks to Mike who will be doing something similar next weekend for the
Winter Festival. Here is Mike's own description of the walk.
A walk on the Galtys commenced from Clydagh Bridge with 15 walkers,
moving swiftly onto Drumleagh borheen before reaching open moorland in
Moneynaboola, heading southwest towards the Rock of Eaglais on the
slopes of Knockmoyle. One got a sense that this walk would excite all
the senses. Enveloped with a feeling of boundless freedom the group
crossed the Glounegarriff river on the Tipperary Limerick border in
Ballygeana valley with its lush green meadows, plenty of fresh air and
breath taking views of the Glen of Aherlow. It was from here that our
unforgettable mountaineering adventure began in earnest, enduring snow
and gale force winds. We climbed towards the track near the
Glounnageeha river in Baunteen on our endeavours to summit
Carrignabinnia mountain our first peak of the day. At this point 6 of
the group decided for option one which was back the valley on a 500
metre contour. For those who summited Carrignabinnia it was gale force
winds at our backs as we quickly conquered Slievecushnabinna, Galtymore
the highest point of the day and finally Galtybeg. At the ‘Geata Step’
we abandoned the option of the balcony above Boreen Lough as the
prevailing gale force winds were extremely hazardous. Our alternative
return by Cush Mountain to our cars completed the 18km walk. Enduring
5½ hours of inclement weather and a climb of 1290 metres in energy
sapping conditions was one way of concluding that, January brings the
rain, thaws the frozen lakes again! Thanks to all who ventured forth
today, good company makes it all so enjoyable and worthwhile.
Brendan Sheils also started from Clydagh with his
group of 8 B walkers and they completed a 10km circuit around Cush
Mountain in 4 hours, again experiencing the strong winds, snow and hail
along the way. The clockwise circuit brought them along the firebreak
at the northern base of Cush, then south at at Corrigeen rock outcrop,
along Boula glen and over the col between Cush and Galtybeg before
returning by the Galtee stile and forest tracks. Thanks to Brendan who
sensibly changed the original plans, given the poor conditions.
weekend is a busy one for the club with many members either leading or
stewarding the nine walks of the Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking
Festival. We hope to see as many people as possible from Tipperary and
surrounding counties come out to enjoy what should be a great occasion.
Mike Moroney's A
walk to Galtymore, Sunday January 26th, 2014.
B walk around
Cush Mountain, Sunday January 26, 2014, leader Brendan Sheils.
Winter certainly made itself felt during the Glen of Aherlow Winter
Walking Festival last weekend as strong winds, rain and snow kept the
numbers participating down on previous years. On Saturday in
particular, many of the walks had to be rerouted or amalgamated because
the high ridge of the Galtees was not a safe place to be. Sunday was a
much better day, especially for the low level walk on Slievenamuck but
those who ventured onto the Galtees still had the wind and lying snow
to contend with. Despite the conditions the event was successful and
incident free and the total of 362 walkers who participated over the
two days had a genuine winter walking experience.
Thanks to Helen and all the team at Aherlow Failte for the great
organisation of the event, to Aherlow House for the hospitality, to
Hillwalking Radio for the essential communications, to Coillte and the
local landowners for access to their lands and, of course, all the
Galtee Walking club leaders and stewards who got everyone out and back
safely. (13 photos
On Sunday next the club A walk is to Carrauntoohil, meeting with Breda
Noonan at Daly’s garage, Killarney at 9:30am. Eddie McGrath’s B walk
meets at Christ The King Statue at 10:30am and Mary O'Dwyer meets the C
group at Bishop's Wood Car Park, Dundrum at 11am.
Group at the start of the C walk during the Glen of Aherlow Winter
Walking Festival, Saturday, February 1st, 2014. Walk leader Una Phelan.
Thanks to our three leaders, Breda Noonan, Eddie McGrath and John
O'Dwyer for our walks last Sunday. Breda was on the Macgillycuddy's
Reeks in Kerry and this is her own report on the walk.
Our party of three met at Daly’s garage and we headed for the new car
park at Breeblee, a little north-east of Lough Acoose. Beautiful
morning the sun was shining and the views were spectacular. We headed
up the hydro road from the car park to Coomloughta Glen with its 3
lakes, Lough Eighter, Cooloughra Lough and Lough Eagher.
We climbed Skregmore West
Top (747m), Skregmore (846), Skregmore East Top (851), Beenkeragh
(1010), Beenkeragh, meaning mountain/peak of the sheep. We had to
contend with strong winds and heavy snow/hail showers on the way, again
another weekend of experiencing winter walking. Icy conditions
prevented us reaching the summit of Beenkeragh, we decided to turn back
a few meters from the top, safety first. We descended
Beenkeragh and Skregmore East arriving at Lake Eagher, where a lengthy
break was enjoyed taking in the sights. Returned to the car park
following a walk around lakes Cooloughra and Eighter. A very enjoyable
day was had, spectacular views and good company.
Walk was 12Km, Ascent 950 Metres, and Completed in 5hours.
Eddie's B walk was on Slievenamuck where 19 people completed a very
enjoyable loop, starting from Christ the King
The C walkers got lucky when the day cleared up to provide dry
and sunny conditions for walking. Mary O’Dwyer's
walk in Dundrum Woods was led by her husband John, who
provided a lively 2 hour circular trek around this impressive stretch
of woodland. 15 people turned out to enjoy a welcome break in the
outdoors after recent stormy conditions. Spirits were high and the
company jovial as they stepped it out through the still and deserted
forest, past the International Scout Centre and stopping for a short
lunch break at the halfway point. With thanks to John for graciously
facilitating this and best wishes to Mary for a speedy
Next weeks walks: Sunday 16/02/14. Liz Breen will lead the A walk,
meeting at Cappawhite Church at 10am for 4 hours forest tracks around
Red Hill. The B walkers should meet Liam Doheny at 10am at Kilcash
Village for an extended climb of Slievenamon. Mo larkin will meet the C
walkers at 11am in Glengarra Woods car park.
Breda Noonan's A walk to Skregmore and Beenkeragh in the
Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Sunday February 9th, 2014. (4 photos
C walk in Dundrum woods, Sunday February 9th, 2014. Leader John
O'Dwyer. (larger photo
Liz Breen, Liam Doheny and Mo Larkin
provided the club walks last Sunday during a respite from the recent
turbulent weather conditions and we thank all three for their
Mo and the C group of 15 were in the lovely Glengarra
Woods, surprisingly calm and relatively undisturbed, except for some
fallen rhododendron branches and an extra busy Burncourt River. A two
hour loop of the river was achieved under threatening skies but all got
back dry and in good form.
Liam took the B group of 19 up onto a
foggy Slievenamon from the Kilcash side and then north to Sheegouna and
through the woods at Carrignagapple where the recent storm damage was
all too evident. A visit to the Mass Rock completed the 12.5km, 4 hour
Liz took the A walkers from Cappawhite through forest tracks to Red
Sunday next, February 23, the A and B walks meet at 10am at Clydagh
Bridge for walks in the Galtees with Paul Ryan and Pat Donovan. Liz
McNamara will meet the C walkers at the Mountain Road in Cahir at 11am
for a woodland walk.
Slievenamon on Liam Doheny's B walk, Sunday February 16th, 2014.
After a stormy Saturday night,
surprisingly benign conditions on Sunday allowed for some good
walking. Leading out from Mountain Road Cahir, Liz McNamara
most enjoyable three hours C walk for a dozen walkers through
Scarrough Woods, taking in a round of the Bane mountain foothills
overlooking Cahir, where sadly, many old Scottish pines lay stretched
across the forest floor and along the forest paths. Visibilty was good
and stretching south, the flooded fields were all too visible. All were
grateful for this spirited walk in the fresh mountain air and well done
Liz for her gracious and careful navigation.
Paul Ryan was also
out with a select group of A walkers in the Galtees, completing the
Cush Horseshoe in dry but windy conditions. They extend thanks to Pat
as pacemaker. The B group had a trip to lake Dineen with Pat Donovan.
Blown around a bit but got home dry. Roger and Brendan's help
Next weeks walks: The A walkers meet with Anthony
O’Brien at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel at 10am and Catherine Russell will meet
the B group at Rossadrehid Waterworks, also at 10am.
Above Cahir Town
on Liz McNamara's C walk, Sunday February 23rd, 2014 (3 photos)
Helen taking a break for lunch between the rocks on Pat Donovan's B
walk to Lake Diheen, Sunday February 23rd, 2014.
March 02, 2014
A band of heavy rain with an unfortunate
sense of timing coincided with the start of the two club walks on
Sunday last. It led to difficult conditions on both sides of the
Galtees for walk leaders, Anthony O’Brien and Catherine Russell.
Anthony’s A walk started from Kilcoran Hotel on the southern side,
while across the mountain, Catherine’s B walk began at Rossadrehid
waterworks. The other waterworks from the sky continued as the group of
17 headed for Lake Muskry on the track that had become a flowing stream
in many places. The river, which crosses the path near the lake, was in
such flood that Catherine decided to put the safety of the group first
and not attempt a crossing. On the way back the rain stopped and by the
end the sky was blue and the sun was shining. Our thanks to Catherine
and also to Anthony.
On Sunday next the A walk meets at 10am at
Melody's Bar, Ballymacarbery with Owen Ryan, the B walk meets at Rock
an Thorabh Car Park with Gerry Ryan also at 10am and Cecelia O'Heney
takes the C walk, meeting at the Lady Gregory Pub, Kilmoyler at 11am.
Enjoying the sunshine on Catherine Russell's B walk from
Rossadrehid Waterworks, Sunday March 2nd, 2014.
March 09, 2014
The promise of more settled weather
brought many of our walkers back onto the hills with over 50 people
out overall to enjoy mild and dry conditions. The C group, led by
Cecelia O’Heney, had 24 eager trekkers and they certainly got their
lagging fitness levels back on track after 3 hours on the Bane
foothills with plenty of fallen tree obstacles to navigate. Cecelia
navigated along and across the track levels, which offered relatively
clear circular views over the hinterlands of Cahir, Clonmel and Cashel.
A highly sociable outing with plenty of chat and mini breaks and always
a helping hand from Cecelia to get the group around or over the fallen
trees. Much appreciated.
Gerard Ryan had his inaugural walk as
leader with the club when he navigated 19 walkers across the
Slievenamuck Ridge from Rock an Thorabh car park to Lisvarinnane and
back. This was a fast paced B walk covering over 12kms in under three
hours. Some novel routes were taken in as they made their their way
past the Mass rock, up onto Slievenamuck, past the Shrough dolmen, down
into Lisvarinnane. A sociable break was had here and the
flavour of the
day was wine gums all round, courtesy of Gerard! Then back via
Ballinacourty and the long and challenging road end up to Aherlow
Ryan's A walk was in the Comeraghs. After meeting in Ballymacarbery the
group of 8 began the walk from the Nire car park in fresh, windy and
foggy conditions by following the waymarked route to the Gap. They made
the steep ascent to the plateau and the cairn over Crotty's Lake. Here
the visibility was down to 10 meters and getting worse requiring good
navigation skills. From the cairn the group headed in a south-westerly
direction taking in spot points of 743 and 751 and circled around the
cliff tops above Coumfea. They descended the ridge at Lyremountain to
the stepping stones and a Nire river crossing by the trailer bridge. In
all this was a demanding 18km loop with 835 metres of height gain
completed in under 6 hours. Owen would like to extend best wishes to
Noreen who suffered an accident during the walk and thanks to Diarmuid
O'Grady who provided assistance with his 4x4.
Notice: The committee met last week to agree the new
schedule of walks, now on this website. Preparations for the up coming
marathon on April 13th were also put in place. Helpers will be needed
for this event. Note too that a group from the club will be on their
way this weekend to complete the first three sections of the Beara-
Breifne Way from Dursey to Glengarrif. We wish them all the very best.
No local walks are scheduled for this weekend.
A walkers on the Comeragh Plateau on Owen Ryan's Nire loop, Sunday
March 9th, 2014. 2 photos
Taking a break in Lisvernane on Gerry Ryan's B walk on Slievenamuck,
Sunday March 9th, 2014. bigger photo
C walkers on a slippery slope during Cecelia O'Heney's
walk from the Lady Gregory on Sunday March 9th, 2014
March 17, 2014
The Beara Way
To O’Sullivan Beara I’ll scribble this verse
That I may march into Leitrim before my spin in the hearse
We traversed your rugged peninsula this Patrick’s weekend
Three wonderful days with my comrades I spent
To the guesthouse proprietors we’ll give ten out of ten
They became baggage handlers for our women and men
They brought some to the pub without even a moan
And well before dawn they ferried them home
Day one brought us from Dursey to Castletownbere
Amid vistas and scenery unequalled elsewhere
Next day we set out with great vigour and will
And battled the slopes of ould rough Hungary Hill
On the Sugarloaf Mountain above Adrigole
We planned to toast St.Patrick at the next watering hole
Sweet memories we have and always will cherish
As we ended our trek in lovely Glengarriff
Thanks to Mike from the glen who charted our course
Then swept for three days – you are a wonderful force
Go raibh maith agat Breda – the best bean an ti
Bring us all back again to the hills by the sea
Poem written by a Galtee Walking Club member who happens to be in the
Group of walkers
from Galtee Walking Club and Ballyhoura Bears in Adrigole at the start
of day three of the Beara-Breifne Way, St. Patrick's Day, 2014. (bigger photo
Gerard Sheehy's photos
March 23, 2014
wonderful St. Patrick’s weekend on the Beara Way in west Cork, which
even inspired one member to compose poetry, it was back to the regular
walks on Sunday last.
Rody Tierney’s A walk was on Slievenamuck in preparation for his
upcoming Marathon on April 13. In brilliant sunshine the large group of
23 covered the western section between Rock an Thorabh car park and
Moor Abbey, enjoying great views of the snow-capped Galtees. Underfoot
conditions were good despite the recent rainfall and it appears the
course is ready for the big day. After a lively pace around the course
all were back in time to see Tipperary achieve their long awaited win.
Peig McGrath was to lead the B walk, but due to a recent knee operation
her husband Eddie and sister Mary deputised for her taking a group of
13 on a loop around Devil’s Bit mountain, with a climb to the cross at
the top. This walk, which was new to many participants, had much to
offer including great scenery and 360 degree, long distance views with
added bonuses of paragliding and hang-gliding displays and refreshments
provided at The Ragg afterwards. Peig would like to thank Eddie and
Mary for leading the walk, she thanks the staff of the Ragg Lounge for
the lovely refreshments, and thanks Vinnie for the beautiful
cake and she hope to be back walking in the near future. And lovely to
meet newcomer Mary Rourke.
Breda Delahunty’s 14 C walkers enjoyed a wooded loop from the Lady
Gregory taking in St. Peacaun’s Church, well and cell and the Toureen
area west of Cahir. At times the forest road resembled an obstacle
course where old Scottish pines lay stretched across the track. The
cheerful band of walkers negotiated their way over some, under others
and around the remainder!! Well done, you are all now ready for
bootcamp! Visibility was good providing excellent views as far as the
Devil's Bit and beyond. Our thanks to all the walk leaders.
On Sunday next Rody continues the Marathon preparations meeting at Rock
an Thorabh car park at 10am while Pat Butler meets the B walkers in
Upperchurch at 11am.
There is also a Mountain Meitheal work day on the Curra stile track on
Saturday when new helpers are welcome at the meeting point of the Coach
Road Inn at 10:30am.
'A' walk on western half
of Marathon route, Sunday March 23rd, 2014. Leader Rody Tierney.
B walk to the Devil's Bit with Peig, Eddie and Mary, Sunday March 23rd,
2014. 7 photos video
March 30, 2014
walkers were back on the Marathon route last Sunday, this time covering
the eastern section to Bansha Woods. Here is walk leader and Marathon
organiser, Rody Tierney's own report.
Fifteen walkers turned out to Rock an Tarbh for this half marathon
trek. The early morning sun reflecting the splendour of the entire
Galtee range as we laced the boots but we were also careful to leave
our jackets in the bags. A lively pace brought us to Bansha
Woods car park where the force of recent storms was evident all around
us as we had lunch and more camera clicking.We circled back along the
track over Chapel road and around Bansha castle where Coillte workers
have cleared several heavy trees from the circuit. A big thank you to
Paul, Gerry and the boys!
Thanks to Goretti for the photography and best of luck to Rody for the
Marathon on April 13.
Pat Butler’s ‘B’ walk was a lovely 3 hour circuit through varied
terrain on Knockalough hill, south of Upperchurch where again the
bright sunlight and clear air allowed for great views of the rolling
countryside which surrounds the village, and the higher mountains
beyond. Thanks to Pat and also local walker, Tom Ryan for his guidance.
On Sunday next Rody is preparing for the Marathon again, meeting at
10am. Ann and Sheila meet the B walkers in Anglesboro at 10am for a
trip to Temple Hill and C walkers meet at Cappawhite School at 11am
with Patricia Butler.
Saturday, April 5 is clean-up day in the Galtees and Glen area and it
is hoped that as many members as possible will turn up at the Glen
Hotel at 10am to lend a hand. The more people who come the easier the
work will be for everyone and in any case it should take no longer than
a few hours. The Mountain Meitheal work day on the Curra track on
Saturday last saw people come from Wicklow, Cork and Limerick but was
sadly largely ignored by Galtee members even though the work was being
done in our own back yard. Hopefully the clean-up will not also be left
to visitors from outside the area.
'A' walk on eastern half
of Marathon route, Sunday March 30th, 2014. Leader Rody Tierney.
Pat Butler's B walk on Knockalough hill, south of Upperchurch, Sunday
March 30th. 2014. bigger photo
Galtee Clean-up Day, April 5, 2014
April 5th was litter
clean-up day in the Glen of Aherlow and parts of the Galtees and was
well supported by members of various clubs from around Munster,
including the Cork Backpackers, the Limerick Climbing Club, the
Ballyhoura Bears and the Galtee Walking Club. After meeting at the Glen
Hotel, groups went in different directions to cover areas such
Muskry, Cush and Rock an Thorabh car parks, the Millennium Stone and
Christ the King Statue. It was a case of many hands making light work
as the bags filled up quickly and at the end of two and a half hours
work several trailer loads had been collected. Afterwards there was tea
and refreshments for all at the Tourist Office. Thanks to Helen
Morrissey for looking after everyone and organising the event and
thanks to all who took part.
thanks at all goes to those thoughtless people who made the work
necessary by stupidly dumping their rubbish.
Club members who took part in the clean-up in the Glen of Aherlow on
Saturday April 5th, 2014. Missing from the photo are Helen,
Margaret and Sadie who also took part. Photo by Frank McMahon, Limerick
Climbing Club. 3
April 6, 2014
big club event of the year, The Slievenamuck Walking Marathon, takes
place next Sunday, April 13th. For those planning to
participate, please be at Rock an Thorabh car park for registration
from 8am. You can choose the full or half marathon, see the Marathon page
for details and
it would help if you can download the registration form and bring the
completed form along on the day. You need to be a well practiced walker
and have some strong walking boots. Organizer, Rody Tierney, has been
busy marking the route in the past few weeks and took the A walkers
along last Sunday to mark the westerly loop. We wish everyone happy and
safe trekking on the day.
Also out on Sunday were 25 C group walkers who had a lovely
two hour loop hike with Pat and Patricia Butler. It was the best kind
of day for walking, not too hot, not too cold, a breeze, blue skies and
cotton wool clouds. Their route took them up from Cappawhite to Red
Hill and to the highest point at 440metres, where that notable plane
went down in 1968. There were many new walkers who joined them and we
bid them cead mile failte. Lovely to see such enthusiasm and thank you
Pat and Patricia.
Taking on Temple Hill, Sheila Lenihan and Ann Donohoe took 10 B walkers
on a newly opened track up the Lisheen boreen from Anglesborough, via
Paradise Hill and The Pinnacle to enjoy amazing panoramic views and a
welcome lunch on the summit of Temple Hill. Well done to our two ace
facilitators for this special 4 hour exploration.
There are no scheduled walks for next Sunday as it’s Marathon day, but
the Wednesday evening walk on 9th April provides for a 2hr forest track
outing with Sadie, starting from Clydagh bridge at
C walk on Red Hill near Cappawhite on Sunday April 6th, 2014.with
Patricia and Pat Butler. bigger photo
April 13, 2014.
The Slievenamuck Marathon
weather conditions, the club’s annual Palm Sunday Marathon was a
resounding success with over 90 people from all over the country and of
all ages taking part in this 42km walk across the Slievenamuck Ridge.
Starting from Rock an Thorabh car park their route took them
west to Moor Abbey and then east to Bansha Woods, ending at the start
point at Rock an Thorabh. Meticulously planned by Rody Tierney and
fellow club members, and opened by club president, Danny Bailey, the
course enabled all to go at their own pace, whether running or walking
and this year a sizable group choose the former with the first runner
covering the entire route in three hours, forty six minutes, with
second and third not far behind. Quite an achievement. But the majority
walked, including chairman Owen, with some doing a half marathon and as
well as meeting their own individual challenges, most were out to enjoy
the beauty of the emerging spring in wood and pastureland. We thank all
who took part and congratulate them on their achievements. Thanks to
those club members too who manned the base camp at the Rock from early
morning and those who kept the checkpoints and refreshments, east and
west. Of course without the cooperation of the local farmers and the
work of Coillte in clearing storm damage, this event could not have
taken place. Helen and her Civil Defence team and Denny (who procured
the marathon clock) and the radio backup group also deserve a special
thank you. But the laurels must go to Rody, who not only completed his
first full marathon, but together with his comrades, gave their all to
provide a very special day for everyone.
Next weeks walks: Easter Sunday will have three walks. The A group meet
with Joe Brown at Galtee castle car park at 10am for a hike in the
Blackrock valley. Ann O’Donnell will meet the B group at 10am at
Mountain Road, Cahir for a forest path walk and Alec Lee will be at
Woodies car park, Clonmel at 11am to take the C group around the
Glenary area. Ray Coleman takes the Wednesday evening walk from Aherlow
House Hotel on April 16th, starting at 7pm.
Wednesday Evening Walks
The evening walks are now in full swing
with three having already taken place. Weather conditions have been
favourable for all three and numbers attending have been good.
Wednesday evening walk on April 23rd, 2014, at the entrance to Aherlow
Nature Park. Leader George Keogh.
April 20, 2014.
weekend offered a variety of walks by different clubs and organizations
and some of our members participated in The Mitchelstown
Festival and the National Pilgrim Path walks in
Kilcommon and St Declan's Way. At home, the club fielded three
walks, with a C walk in Clonmel, facilitated by Alec Lee. This novel
11km loop walk took in the Glenary Valley and Russelstown Wood, ending
with a most interesting and informative talk by Ben Guiry on the
history of Carey’s Castle and the Glenary area, accompanied by old
photographs and documents. Much appreciated by all. Anne O’Donnell was
out with the B walkers on the hills overlooking Cahir and Joe Browne
was with the A walkers in the Blackrock Valley.
The Wednesday evening walks are now well under way with growing
numbers turning out to enjoy the magic of those Spring
evenings. Walks start at 7pm and full details are on the Schedule page.
We thanks all the club members who are facilitating these
Next weeks walks: Sunday 27th April, Pat Ryan will meet the A group at
Grubbs Monument at 10am for a hike in the Knockmealdowns. The B group
will meet with Roger Lonergan at Clydagh Bridge at 10am and George
Keogh will lead the C group out from Christ the King at 11am
C walk in Russelstown Wood and the Glenary Valley, Easter
Sunday, April 20th, 2014. Leader Alec Lee.
April 27, 2014.
Club ranks were swelled by a visiting
group of walkers from Meath who joined the ever popular C walkers on
Sunday last for a 3hr traverse of Slievenamuck, from Christ the King to
Bansha Woods and back. This was a challenging C walk with over 40
people, but George accommodated all, giving the more energetic walkers
their head with Danny, while facilitating a more gentle pace for
others. Weather conditions were very favourable, with sunshine showing
off the pale sap greens of the spring foliage, the yellow gorse and the
shy unfurling ferns. But an unexpected shower towards the end saw some
stripped down participants scurry for shelter and reminded all that we
can never take nature for granted! An exhilarating day out with thanks
to George and helpers.
Roger Lonergan and 12 B walkers had a
perfect four hour climb of Galtymor which they ascended from Clydagh
Bridge. On the way up, a surprise birthday announcement was made on the
Grassy Knoll by Dr
Joe who is certainly not ready to hang his boots up
yet! Happy returns Joe from all of us. Roger would like to thank Pat
Donovan for his help on the day.
The A group were out in the Knockmealdowns with Pat Ryan.
are no club walks next week as there are two walking festivals nearby,
The Ballyhoura International Walking Festival all weekend and the
Knockmealdowns Crossing, organized by the Peaks Mountaineering Club on
Saturday. Next Wednesday evenings’ walk, May Day Eve, combines a visit
to the Apple Farm in Cahir with a tour of the surrounding area. For all
walks please see the schedule page.
A special club meeting will
take place on 8th May at 8pm at the Excel, Tipperary town, to plan for
the Aherlow Festival and the Galtee Challenge. Please come along, get
involved, we need all hands on board!
George Keogh's C walk at Bansha Woods car park, Sunday April 27th,
2014. 2 photos
Wednesday Evening Walk
Wednesday evening walk to Darby's Bed from Galbally, May 7th, 2014.
Leader Mary Ryan.
May 11, 2014.
Thanks to Tom Lyons for taking the A walk on Sunday last when a group
of 4 took on the Galtee Horseshoe in good dry conditions for walking.
17 people covered 17 kilometres on Goretti
Campbell's walk with a difference along the banks of the Shannon River
and through Medieval Limerick. Starting from the Univeresity, Goretti's
route began on the riverside towpath and looped around Corbally and
King's Island before arriving at the old heart of the city. Here the
group passed several historic sites including Thomond Bridge, the
Bishop's Palace, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral with
Goretti having a few informative words to say on each. Canal and
riverbank brought them back to the University again for a loop around
the campus. Many stayed on afterwards for lunch in the University
restaurant on the Clare side of the river. Thanks to Goretti for a
fantastic day out, the great information on everything to be seen along
the way and of course the sweets and cake.
Weeks Walks: Sunday 18th May, There will be a combined A/B walk in the
Galtees, starting from Clydagh Bridge at 10am. They will be joined by
the Midleton Walking Club and will be led by Brendan Sheils. The C
walk, led by Margaret Magner, will meet at Rock an Thorabh at 11am for
a ridge walk to the Shrough Dolmen.
River Shannon and Medieval Limerick B walk, Sunday May 11th, 2014.
Leader Goretti Campbell
, 11 photos
May 18, 2014.
Poor weather on Sunday last meant that
numbers walking were low for the two club events. On the Galtees
Brendan Sheils held a joint walk with the Midleton Walking Club
combining both A and B grades on a 14 km trek. The 12 strong group
started from Clydagh Bridge and took the old ice road to Lough Curra.
From there they headed up the rock strewn ascent to Slievecushnabinnia,
then followed the wall and onto Galtymore for lunch. The weather was
certainly not the best throughout - heavy rain in the morning and misty
conditions on the way up and down with views clearing only towards the
end of the walk. After lunch the group headed back down via the stoney
man cairn and the grassy knoll. Thanks to those who travelled from
Midleton and thanks to Pat Donovan who assisted on the walk and of
course thanks to Brendan. An enjoyable day despite the bad weather.
far away in the Glen, undeterred by the occasional shower, a further 12
people enjoyed Margaret Magner’s C walk to the Shrough Dolmen starting
from Rock an Thorabh car park and taking the track by the Mass Rock.
Many thanks to Margaret.
On Sunday next some members will travel
to Kerry for a climb Of Carrauntoohil while closer to home Paddy will
lead a walk to Lake Muskry, meeting in Rossadrehid at 11am.
with everyone in Tipperary and surrounding areas the Galtee Walking
Club extends its support to St Michael's FC in the FAI Junior Cup Final
which takes place in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday May 25.
Horseshoe Combined A and B joint walk with the Midleton Walking Club on
Sunday, May 18th, 2014. Leader Brendan Sheils. 2 photos
May 25, 2014.
The Glen of Aherlow will host hundreds of walkers next weekend for the
annual walking festival in the Galtees. Starting Saturday morning, 31st
May, through to Monday, Aherlow Failte and the Galtee Walking Club are
laying on nine walks over the three days. There are walks to suit all
levels, from challenging climbs to family nature strolls.
Entertainments are also laid on each evening including a barbeque on
Saturday. Registration is at Lisvernane Village each day. Club members
are needed to help out over
the weekend. Just turn up and volunteer.
Otherwise, the clubs walks have gone to schedule, though sometimes in
uncertain weather conditions. Sunday saw 11 walkers take an adventure
to Carrauntoohil led by Owen Ryan and organised by Pat Donovan. The
walkers enjoyed good weather conditions however there was no visibility
at the top. The return route took in the Heavenly Gates which proved a
challenging experience but worth it in the end. Many thanks to Owen and
Last Sunday's C walk, led by Paddy Bourke,
had 14 people tempting the weather to take the riverside path up to
Lake Muskry. We welcome the two Marys who made their first club
walk to the lake.
The Wednesday evening walks continue to draw large numbers of people
and we thank all our facilitators for their efforts.
Carrauntoohil climb on Sunday May 25th, 2014. Leader Owen Ryan,
organiser Pat Donovan. 5 photos
Paddy's C walk to Lake Muskry on Sunday, May 25th, 2014.
New Stiles near Bane Hill, May 29th, 2014
A joint effort of the Galtee Walking Club and Coillte completed a
project of constructing 3 stiles below the Bane area of the Eastern
Galtees. Thanks to Mary O'Brien, Rody, Thos & Owen for erecting
these stiles which should be of benefit to club facilitators &
walkers for future walks. 4 photos
Glen of Aherlow
Walking Festival, May 31st to June 2nd, 2014
The three day walking festival in the Glen of Aherlow kept the
Galtee Walking Club busy over the bank holiday weekend. Organized by
Failte and fielded by the club, the festival was a resounding success
with over 300 walkers of all ages from around the country and beyond,
enjoying glorious weather conditions and wonderful clear views.
The club led three walks each day, with early starts for the more
challenging A walks which started on Saturday with six hours
and four peaks on the southern slopes of the Galtees. This was
led by Thos O’Neill while Rody Tierney facilitated a south to north
crossing of the peaks on Sunday. The four hour B hikes took in Cush
mountain and lakes on Saturday, with leader, Tom Lyons, while Brendan
Sheils facilitated the Sunday crossing from south to north. The more
gentle C walks included a trip to Darby's Bed in Galbally on Saturday
and was led by David Stapleton while Una Phelan’s Sunday walk
took in the Dolmen Loop up from Lisvernane village. A nature
walk for families through the lovely nature park at Christ the King
rounded off the Sunday walks. Monday’s A and B walks headed
to Lake Curra and Galtymore under the expert guidance of Mike Moroney.
Our thanks to all who facilitated these walks.
Helen Morrisey from Aherlow Failte and her team of volunteers deserve
congratulations for all their effort with food and refreshments and for
the interesting and welcoming base camp in Lisverinane. This was
enlivened by an Impressive display of hillwalking gear by Mahers Sports
from Cork. Many too took advantage of the evenings’ entertainment with
barbeque, music and craic at Ballyglass hotel and at the Coach Road
pub. This was a big hit and we thank Noel Brown who met all
transport needs both day and night for walkers and revellers. Last but
not least were the backup services provided by Hillwalking Radio and SE
Mountain Rescue Association. Also out chatting to the walkers
was Mary McDonnell from Grey Heron Media who was making a
for local radio and who got some enthusiastic plaudits from our happy
walkers. Overall a great weekend and a welcome boost too for business
in the glen. Well done to all participants.
Group on the Festival C walk, Sunday June 1st, 2014. more photos
Group on the Festival B walk, Sunday June 1st, 2014. more photos
June 8, 2014.
Sunshine with the odd shower was the
order of the day for the club outings on Sunday last and we thank all
three facilitators, Liz, Paddy and Vincent, for providing excellent
walks. Liz Breen’s A walk took in the Red Hill area starting from
Cappawhite Village while Paddy Bourke brought the B walkers to visit
the waterfall on the Araglin River via the Avondhu and Knocknaclugga
ways, starting from Bay Lough car park, the Vee. Not too far away, the
large C group had a colourful 2.5 hour trek through the rhododendron
flowers between Clogheen and the lake, in the company of Vincent
Normoyle. Vinnie also arranged some food and refreshments in the
village afterwards, which was enjoyed by both groups.
club walk on Sunday next is a combined A and B outing in the company of
visiting walkers from the Dromore Club in Co. Down. Danny Bailey will
show them some of the best the Galtees have to offer on a horseshoe
circuit starting from Clydagh Bridge at 10am. The Wednesday evening
walks continue with a climb of Bane Hill led by Anne O’Donnell on June
11, meeting at Mountain Road, Cahir. Those who took part in Breda
Ryan's evening walk on the Dolmen Loop on Wednesday last were treated
to spectacular views of the Galtees which have rarely been as clear.
At the Waterfall on the Araglin River on Paddy Bourke's B walk on
Sunday, June 8th, 2014. 6
Vincent Normoyle's C walk through the rhododendrons at the Vee
on Sunday, June 8th, 2014.
Wednesday Evening Walk, June 11, 2014
Paddy and Eddie on Bane Hill on Anne O'Donnell's evening walk,
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014.
June 15, 2014.
Sunday last was a great day to be on the mountains and among the
large numbers on the Galtees were 10 club members taking on the high
horseshoe under the leadership of club president, Danny Bailey. The
high ground was reached by way of the gully at the back of Lake Curra
before following the wall to the highest point at Galtymore. Here the
excellent visibility provided many photo opportunities before moving on
to the second peak of the day, Galtybeag. The Geisha Steps brought them
down over sparkling Lake Borheen while an ascent and descent of Cush
finished off a wonderful 5 hour, 3 peak, 3 lake circuit. Thanks to
Danny and also to Brendan for helping with navigation and a welcome to
new walker, Tom O’Connor.
On Sunday next, June 22, the A walk is
in the Galtees with Breda Noonan meeting in Cush car park at 10am.
Eddie McGrath’s B walk meets at Christ the King statue at 10:30am while
the C walk is on the southern Galtee slopes, meeting in Kilbeheny at
11am. Evening walks continue with a climb of Temple Hill on Wednesday,
Wednesday Evening Walk, June 18, 2014
Temple Hill -
Wednesday evening walk 18/06/14. Leader Brendan Sheils.
Weekend Events, June 20 and 21, 2014
Start of the Moonlight Walk from Aherlow House on Friday, June 20th,
2014. 4 photos by Denny O'Dwyer
O'Donnell holding the rising sun in her hand at 4am on Mary Murphy's
Summer Solstice walk to Sliabh Riadh, Saturday June 21st, 2014. Photo
Morgan Murphy. 5 photos by Morgan Murphy
June 22, 2014.
As the Sunday walks draw to a close for the Summer months it's
time for the highlight of the Galtee Walking Club's year as the annual
Galtee Challenge and Crossing takes place on Sunday next. This year
marks the tenth running of the event which crosses the entire length of
the mountain range and we salute the small number of club members for
whom this will be their tenth time taking part. Congratulations to
Owen, Pat and Breda Ryan for their dedication and commitment to the
organisation of the event over the years and to everyone else whose
contribution made the whole thing possible. All we can hope for now is
good walking conditions on Sunday next as this year's participants take
to the hills.
On Sunday last Breda Noonan's 17.6km, 6 hour A walk
on the Galtees took in Carrignabinnia, Galtymore, Galtybeg and finished
with Cush. The sunshine and good company made the walk most enjoyable
for all 7 participants. Also enjoying the good conditions were the 6
members on Eddie McGrath's 14.5km B walk from Christ the King statue.
The highlight of this outing was a lovely visit to Aherlow Castle. The
10 people on the C walk from King’s Yard completed a loop taking in the
Black Road, the waterfalls on the Attychraan river and the old Famine
Village. Welcome to Bernie doing her first C walk with the club and
thanks to all walk facilitators.
The Wednesday evening walks
continue throughout the summer. This week's walk starts from Clydagh
Bridge when Paddy will lead a climb of Cush. Paddy is also taking a
group up to Galtybeag on Sunday next to meet the Crossing and any
member not doing the Challenge or Crossing is welcome to join him,
meeting at Cush car park at 10am.
Breda Noonan's A
walk on the Galtees, Sunday June 22nd, 2014. 4 photos
Group crossing the Attychraan River on the C walk on Sunday June 22nd,
2014 5 photos
Challenge/Crossing, June 29, 2014, Tenth Anniversary
The 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
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. Congratulations, 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
Sadie who completed her first Crossing with Vinny and
Alice 7 photos
Walk for Mary Lowe, RIP. July 1st, 2014
Members 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
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.
Wicklow Weekend, July 12 and 13, 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
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
Thank you Paddy for a great weekend.
by Goretti Campbell
On the way from Bray to Greystones on Paddy's weekend trip to Wicklow,
July 13th, 2014. 16 photos
Wednesday Evening Walk, July 30th, 2014
Evening walk from Kilcoran on July 30th, 2014. Photo by Francis
Fei Sheehy Challenge, August 1st, 2nd
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
Wednesday Evening Walk, August 6th, 2014
Approaching the top of Knockeenatoung on the Wednesday evening walk,
August 7th, 2014. Leader Tom Lyons.
Swimming at Tipperary Pool
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 any Tuesday evening. The cost of
a session is €5.50. More information from Danny on 085 1316995.
A New Season of Walks begins
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
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.
Galtee Walking Club
Trip to The Zillertal Alps, Austria, August 2014
This year’s Galtee Walking Club adventure was to The Zillertal Alps in
Austria. The Zillertal Alps are a mountain range of the Central Eastern
Alps on the border of Austria and Italy. The range is named after the
Zillertal (Ziller river valley) on its north.
the Austrian state of Tyrol was our base.
This Mecca for the outdoors
is located approximately an hour from the Tyrolean capital city
of Innsbruck and is situated near
the Hintertux glacier, which, at
3250m above sea level, is above the snowline. The town sits between
the Penken and the Ahorn mountains which provide ski
runs in the winter
and mountain biking, hiking and paragliding in the summer. The main
lifts. Ahorn, Penken and Finkenberg give great access to high level
The town provides an excellent base for walkers - there
are clearly marked walks suitable for everyone from beginners who can
walk along the vast network of paths in the Ziller valley to
experienced walkers (such as The Galtee Walking Club!) who can walk on
the mountains. There are also excellent bus and rail services both
along the valley and up into the mountains. A few of us found this out
when we were too busy scoffing ice cream and had to get the last cable
car to the next town. With typical Austrian efficiency we were able to
get out of the cable car, walk 50 metres to the bus stop and get a bus
3 minutes later.
This report covers Day 2. Hopefully some other
adventurers will write about other days and post a few of the 100’s of
Day 2 first stage of The
Berlin High Trail
Ryan led his band of budding Alpinists along the first stage of The
Berlin High Trail from the town of Mayrhofen to the mountain lodge
called Edel Hutte.
In the second half of the 19th century, the
scientific interest in making the Alps more accessible grew. Newly
founded Alpine associations began to build shelters along with the
necessary access paths to link them. These huts were located at very
high elevations and often they exploited already existing pathways that
had been used by hunters and smugglers.
In the Zillertal Alps,
the Berlin section of the German and Austrian Alpine Association was
especially active and constructed many of the huts and trails in the
area. As we made our way across the granite slabs of this trail, many
of which had to be worked by hand, we could grasp the tough work the
locals had to put into this project.
The start of the trail was
the top station of the Ahornbahn cablecar from Mayrhofen which dropped
us at a very convenient 1955 meters. The Ahorn Cable car, which is the
largest cable car in Austria (160 passengers) is situated at the
southern end of the town. We wondered why it had tables. The size of
the gondola means that it can also be used as a "floating cafe" when
the weather is bad.
From the station of the Ahornbahn we saw the
path to Edelhutte but a few people spotted an extra peak with a large
cross on it off to the side. Perhaps we were missing Galtymore, or
wanted to work off some of the copious slices of Apple Strudel, so what
could we do but climb it? The path climbed easily and we were soon well
away from the crowds with a rapidly improving view across the valleys,
thundering waterfalls and soaring mountain ridges of the area. Clear
blue skies made visibility excellent. After the initial steep climb,
the gradient eases for a while before a steeper final section up to the
summit of the Filzenkogel (2227m) with its large cross marking the
summit. Still mad for more hills, the crew continued southeast along
the ridge to the next un-named summit (2230m).
We retraced our
steps to the cablecar and then on the path to Edelhutte (2238m). There
was a lot of descending and then we started on a fairly steep zigzag
path. A very relaxing lunch was had in the glorious sunshine of the
Alps. Just one tip – if you order meatloaf it is actually a big slice
of Spam. It was necessary to drink some beer to get over the shock.
Well rested, we descended gradually through forests, roaring rivers and
bell ringing cows back down to Mayrhofen and a juicy steak.
was just one of six days of nonstop fun on this holiday. Activities
included walking, coffee drinking, cycling, via ferrata, more coffee
drinking, paragliding, dancing, sing songs, chilling out, bakery
reconnaissance missions, a trip to Innsbruck sprinkled with a bit of
shopping. Were we really away for only one week?
A huge thank you to Breda and Pat Ryan for the superb job that they did
in organising it.
Report by Helen Shanahan
Anne O'Donnell's photos
A week in Austria would drive you up the wall
Weekend 6 – 7 Sept 2014
tranche of this historic walk has been completed by a group of
members under the joint leadership of Breda and Mike.
trek started in the scenic village of Glengarriff. From here a short
boat trip brought some of our members to the beautiful Garnish island.
Others continued in the shadow of the Cabh Dudb mountain and over the
Coomhola River, then into the valley of An Coinigeor, with
the Shehy mountains to our right where we encountered a herd of
Highland cattle. The days walk ended with weary legs as we descended to
the glacier lake of Gougane Barra. We enjoyed our dinner in the views
of this ancient religious setting.
On Sunday morning we set out
for Ballyvourney where some of us put our cupla focail to good use.
Along this trail we came across many sites with standing stones and the
old church where Donal Cam O’Sullivan and his famous troops camped
rested . We continued by the Bun Shidh Lann river which we
two occasions and reached Ballyvourney in good time to see the match.
Report by Rody Tiereney
The club's Sunday
walks have started up again and we welcome all old and new members back
to an exciting new schedule of walks. Three of our groups were out last
Sunday to enjoy the exceptional weather conditions and the slow, quiet
turning of the leaves. Spectacular panoramic views south to the
Knockmealdowns and the Comeraghs were on display for the C walkers from
the foothills of the Galtees around Raheen way. This was a leisurely
circular walk, led by Liz McNamara, which ascended up from Mountain
Road through the beautiful Scarrough Woods overlooking Cahir. It was a
chance for many to get their legs back after the Summer and to renew
their passion for the hills.
A walkers were further up in the
Galtees with Pat Ryan, starting at Kilcoran Hotel, then up through
forest track on to open mountain. They followed a track along the
line to 541, (here Thomas had to squeeze water from his clothes after
taking a dip in a bog hole) !!! Then on to 597 where they enjoyed a
break before heading on to 631. They then made their way to Farbreaga
Greenane 802 and continued down to the lodge at 382, where another
was had before heading back to Kilcoran Hotel. Due to poor visibility,
navigation was essential, thanks to Pat and to Brendan for his
B walkers led by Danny set out at 10am from Aherlow house climbing the
avenue and crossed the main road to head on the track towards the Rock
an Thorabh. On a glorious September morning the walk continued through
the forest trails stopping at the millenium stone for a photograph and
briskly arrived at the Bansha woods picnic bench for a sociable lunch.
Continuing onwards along the marathon route the group climbed up the
laurels track and fast paced along the tracks towards Christ the king.
The walk ended back at Aherlow house via the nature trail after 4hrs
20mins and covered 22kms. A great day was had by all and guests Annette
from Sixmilebridge and Bosco from Tulla completed the walk by thanking
all for a most enjoyable day.
Please note that club membership for
the coming year is now open for new members who can take advantage of
this early bird offer to join the club before the new year begins in
October. We invite all to attend our AGM on October 23rd at the Excel
in Tipperary. See our website for all details.
Next Weeks walks:
Breda Noonan will meet the A walkers at 10am at Clydagh Bridge for a
hike in the Galtees. For a gentle climb of Galtee Mor, the B
group will meet with Paddy Bourke at 10am at Kings Yard.
B walkers at the Millennium Stone on Sunday September 14th, 2014.
Early morning fog on Sunday morning
last gave way to beautiful sunny conditions for the club’s two walks an
the Galtees. Pat Ryan’s A walk on the northern side of the mountain
started from Clydagh Bridge while over on the southern side Paddy
Bourke’s B walkers met at King’s Yard, a great facility for walkers in
that area. Paddy welcomed a group of visiting walkers from Galway and
the combined group of 33 headed for the wall via Knocknagalty and
Knockduff. The warm sunny conditions allowed for a leisurely lunch
break at the summit before descending the eastern side to meet the
Black Road. Departing the track at the plane crash monument, the group
descended to cross the Attychraan river and take the path through the
famine village back to King’s Yard.
On Sunday next Owen Ryan meets
the A walkers in Killarney at 10am for a climb of Carrauntoohil.
Goretti Campbell visits two lakes in the Galtees with the B walkers
meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 10am while at 11am in Clogheen, Denny
O’Dwyer takes the C group on the Knocknaclugga Loop. There is also an
environmental walk to Lake Curra on Saturday with Helen Lawless of
Paddy Bourke's B walk to Galtymore on Sunday September 21st, 2014.
5 photos 9 photos
On Sunday last there were three club walks on three different mountain
ranges. In the McGillicuddy reeks in Kerry Owen Ryan led a
climb of Carrauntoohil from Cronin's Yard. The upward route was via the
Hag's Glen and the
Devil's Ladder to a misty and damp summit after good visibility at
lower levels. The group of 7, three of whom were first-timers on the
mountain, descended by the safer but longer Zig Zag track to welcome
refreshments in the tea room at Cronin's. Thanks to Owen for getting
everyone up and down safely and congratulations to him on the great
achievement of climbing all the county high-points of Ireland in just
ten days recently.
Fifteen C walkers, under the leadership of Denny O'Dwyer, set
out on a new adventure to walk the Knockclugga Loop near Clogheen on
the Knockmealdowns. This new walk brought them on mountain track, turf
banks, wood and forestry track. Reaching 270 meters, they had some nice
panoramic landscapes with occasional views of Dungarvan Harbour nestled
between the curtains of cloud that teased them on and off as they
rested for a while, with the banter of Kilkenny and Tipperary members
replaying the All Ireland final. Denny being from Limerick tried to
stay neutral but got annoyed when the witch doctors from Waterford sent
a brief shower of rain down on top of them. Not to worry Denny said
‘’we’ll get our own back in the Munster Final next year’’. The trek
took three hours over eight kilometres. A treat at the end was
when they linked up with Andrew Fanning and his team from Cahir as they
displayed their new Ford Fiesta in preparation for next week’s Tarmac
Rally Championship. On behalf of the Club we wish Andrew every success.
Thanks also to Goretti Campbell for a four and a half hour, 14km B walk
in the Galtees,
visiting two of the lakes from a start at Clydagh Bridge. Some of the
group of 17 walkers were a little disappointed over the Tipperary
defeat but all was soon forgotten once they hit the trail. They made
their way up to the base of Cush and continued clockwise to Corrigeen
rock. After a small break they trekked to the col between Cush
and Galtybeg where it was a little tough under foot but they
managed not to lose anyone. They climbed to Lake Borheen where they had
a well deserved lunch break looking down on the lake, then traversed to
Lake Diheen and from there made their way to the Galtee stile and
forest track back to the cars. Well done Goretti and thanks also to
Sadie for her help.
Sunday next the two club walks are on the Galtees. Ann Donohoe Takes
the A walkers on the Galtee Horseshoe meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 10am
and over at Rossadrehid Waterworks at the same time the B group will
meet with Roger Lonergan for a four hour Lake Muskry High Loop.
Owen Ryan and some of his A group on the summit of Carrauntoohil on
Sunday September 28th, 2014.
B walk to Lakes
Borheen and Diheen on Sunday September 28th, 2014. Leader Goretti
Campbell. 2 photos
Denny O'Dwyer and his group of walkers meet Andrew Fanning with his
rally car during the C walk near Clogheen on Sunday, September 28th,
2014. bigger photo
October 5, 2014
Conditions for walking on Sunday last were reasonably good but it was
windy, with low cloud on high ground for the two club walks on the
Ann Donohoe led a group of A walkers on a Galtee Horseshoe from a start
at Clydagh Bridge. This is Ann's report:
of us set off from Clydagh Bridge in cloudy but dry conditions, the sky
showed promises of rain. We made our way up to lake Curra where we had
our mini break. Surprisingly the weather was very pleasant. We then
headed up to Galtee Mor where now we experienced fog and rain. This was
disappointing as we had a visitor all the way from County Down who came
especially to Tipperary to walk the Galtees. Being his first time on
Galtee Mor he was happy to go back home with some photos taken at the
cross in the fog. As we came down Galtee Beag the fog lifted and the
rain stopped, however the wind began and it helped us up Cush. A good
day was had by all walking, chatting and having the banter."
Roger Lonergan's B walk was a 12km high level loop around Lake Muskry.
Starting from the waterworks car park the group of 9 proceeded to the
mountain gate going left and crossing the river before climbing to
Farbeaga. Going on to Greenane and stopping for lunch at O'Loughlins
Castle they descended by the side of the lake and joined the lake road
back out to the car park. Early in the walk, walk leader Roger became
ill and Brendan Shields and Joe Browne took over leadership of the
walk. It is a great comfort to anyone leading a walk that such
experienced people are available to take over at a moments notice and
Roger would like to thank Brendan and Joe for their efforts. It was
good to see new club member Tim McCarthy on the walk and Roger would
like to say welcome to the club Tim and happy walking.
On Sunday next, October 10, the A and B groups will combine under the
leadership of Tom Lyons for a walk starting from Galtee Castle car park
at 10am. Sadie Ryan will take the C walkers on the Dolmen Loop meeting
in Lisvernane Village at 11am.
Crossing the Rossadrehid River on Roger Lonergan's B walk on Sunday
October 5th, 2014.
GWC Movie Stars
Some club members who took part in a film for an app to promote
hillwalking in the Glen of Aherlow
October 12, 2014
The summer-like weather of sunshine and clear blue skies lingered into
mid-autumn making it a pleasure to be out on the hills for last
Sunday’s two club walks. Tom Lyons took a combined A and B group of
seven on a five hour, 17.5km trek in the Galtees. This is Tom's report
on the walk.
The walk started in Galty Castle where we made our way to the junction
of the Blackrock valley and Pigeon Rock valley. The usual route for
this walk is the Blackrock valley but today we entered the Pigeon Rock
valley which lies between Temple Hill and Knocknatarrif. This valley is
seldom walked by the club and is a gem as you proceed though the valley
with steep cliffs on your left and right and the sound of the river is
beautiful. When we reached the top of the valley we headed for
Lyracappul where we stopped for some welcome refreshments. The view to
the valley below was like looking across the sea with the blanket of
fog. We could make out the actual sea in the distance. While at tea we
met two more groups, one from Cork Mountaineering club and a few from
the Ballyhouras. After some chat we followed the wall to Curra and
returned to the start by the Glounreagh valley where on one stop in the
valley we could see the turf banks where turf was taken out to keep
Mitchelstown creameries running during the war. On our way out we also
passed some walkers of the future with their small wellies on. It was
great to see. Thanks to everyone who tuned up on the walk, it was most
An excellent attendance of 38 people enjoyed Sadie Ryan’s C walk on the
Dolmen Loop from Lisvernane Village. Sadie was joined by some of her
colleagues from the Hillwalking Radio Group who took the opportunity to
get in some practice with the radios, although it has to be said that
the conversations did not always follow strict protocol. Thanks for a
lovely walk to Sadie and Helen.
Next Sunday’s A walk is a loop on the Galtees with Thos O’Neill,
meeting at Ballydavid Hostel at 10am while the B walk is on the
Comeraghs with David Stapleton, Meeting at Woodies, Clonmel, also at
Group photo in the sunshine at the Dolmen on Sadie Ryan's C walk on
October 12th, 2014.
October 19, 2014
The Galtee Walking Club Annual General
Meeting takes place in the Excel Centre on Thursday next, October 23,
starting at 8pm. All members are welcome to come along and have their
say on the running of the club.
Two walks took place on Sunday
last. Despite a yellow weather warning a group of seasoned and new
walkers gathered at Ballydavid youth hostel for an A walk on the
eastern slopes of the Galtees with leader Thos O'Neill. The group made
their way to the mast admiring the autumnal foliage on the way and also
took time to examine deer rutting sites. Then on to open mountain first
visiting Sturakeen then 541. They lunched at Sliabhanard. From there on
to the Bane and back to the hostel. Last February's storm damage was
still evident on the tracks with lots of fallen trees to be avoided.
The weather was very good with only occasional light rain. Overall a
very enjoyable 18km walk. Thanks to Thos.
David Stapleton’s B walk
was in the Comeraghs near Clonmel. The 12.5km loop took in the Holy
Year Cross, Long Hill, the Glenary River and Carey’s Castle.
Sunday next, October 26, Danny Bailey leads an ‘A’ loop walk from Rock
an Thorabh car park, meeting at 10am. Down the road at Christ the King
statue Brendan Sheils meets the B walkers, also at 10am, for a 4 hour
walk. Breda Delahunty will take the C group on the Millennium Trail in
Glengarra Woods, meeting at 11am.
Group at the Holy Year Cross above Clonmel on the B walk on Sunday,
October 19th, 2014. 5 photos
October 26, 2014
Thanks to Danny Bailey, Brendan Sheils and Breda Delahunty for
providing the three club walks in typical autumnal conditions on Sunday
last. Danny’s A walk and Brendan’s B walk took place in close proximity
on Slievenamuck. Led by Danny, a fast paced A walk took off
along the 21km marathon route from Rock an Thorabh carpark down to
Aherlow House and along the nature park trail via Christ the King to
Kilshane with an energised group on a unseasonably mild Sunday morning.
Thanks to Gerry for the photo who had to divert for a Camino de
Santiago Mass in Limerick and the group continued fully energised after
a short lunch break at the Kilshane carpark and arrived back to base
after a fast paced A walk expedition.
Brendan's 15 B walkers started from
Christ the King and completed a four hour loop taking in the Ballagh
Road, Bansha Woods car park for a leisurely lunch and the Millennium
Stone for some photos. Then it was on to the Steeple, Rock an Thorabh,
out to the road and through
the Nature Park back to the cars.
In Glengarra Woods on the southern slopes of the Galtees, Breda’s 18
strong C group followed the Millennium Trail through the woods enjoying
the colours of the season including the red berried holly in more
abundance than has been seen for many a year. It was great to see Mary
and Peig back walking again after being out of action for some time.
On Sunday next, November 2, Rody Tierney continues to follow the
Marathon route on an A walk starting from Rock an Thorabh car park at
10am while Anne O’Donnell’s B group visits the Blackrock Valley,
meeting in Galtee Castle car park at 10am.
C walkers at Glengarra Hostel on Breda Delahunty's Millennium Trail
walk on Sunday, October 26th, 2014.
Danny Bailey's A walk from Rock an Thorabh car park on Sunday, October
Brendan Sheils' B walk from Christ the King on Sunday, October
26th, 2014. 5 photos
November 2, 2014
The two club walks on Sunday last took
place in beautiful autumnal conditions. Rody Tierney’s A walk followed
the western half of the Marathon course from Rock an Thorabh car park.
This is Rody's report.
"On the first Sunday of November a group of
hardy A walkers went on a westerly trek along the Lisvarrinane side of
Slievenamuck. The splendid weather conditions could be mistaken for mid
summer - the autumnal foliage being the only giveaway.
A lot of
the conversation today was in our native tongue – thanks to the fluency
of two new members from the rebel county. Failte Paidrigin agus Tomas!
The magnificent Galtees were in full view on the outward and return
journey. Wildlife encounters included a pair of herons rising from the
Aherlow River. On the opposite bank was a rare sighting of a flock of
goldfinches feeding on ragwort seed.
This half marathon walk was
completed in around four hours - pace set by Danny. Good company and
weather made this a memorable day.
I was pleased to observe the
recent upgrading of the forest track close to the dolmen. This should
improve conditions for next year’s marathon on March 29 (Palm Sunday)."
O’Donnell’s B walkers were in the Blackrock and Glounreagh valleys on
the southern side of the Galtees and this is Anne's report.
leaving Galtee Castle carpark we headed in the direction of
Blackrock/Pigeonrock Valley. On reaching the point where the 2 rivers
Blackrock & Pigeonrock meet we picked up the wall and followed
out into the valley. Lunchtime was had nested near some
with views of Lyracappul, Bengower & Galteemor peeping out in
distance. We made our way down the valley crossing the
river. We then took the zig zag track up to the saddle down
Glounreagh valley, crossing the new bridge back through Kings yard to
the cars. The weather was kind & we had fantastic
views all day.
Thanks to Brendan for his help."
On Sunday next, November 9, A
walkers meet at Glengarra Woods car park at 10am with Tom Lyons, Sheila
Lenihan takes the B walkers up Temple Hill, meeting in Anglesboro
Village at 10am and Cecelia O'Heney leads the C group from the Lady
Gregory Pub, Kilmoyler, at 11am. All members are reminded that
membership fees for the coming year are now due to be paid.
Rody Tierney's A
walk on Marathon route, Sunday November 2nd, 2014. 3 photos
Anne O'Donnell's B group in the Blackrock Valley on Sunday, November
2nd, 2014. 13 photos
November 9, 2014
The C walk on Sunday last was the best attended of the three club
outings with 24 people, led by Cecelia O’Heney, completing a three hour
loop through forest tracks on the Galtee slopes between Cahir and the
starting point at the Lady Gregory pub. Red berried holly and the
autumn leaves made this a colourful event, so many thanks to Cecelia
for this enjoyable day out.
Ann Donohoe stood in for Shelia to take the B group up the steep
slopes of Temple Hill. This is Ann's report.
B walk left Anglesboro village in mild dry weather conditions. The 9 of
us enjoyed this nice weather and nice views until we nearly reached
Temple hill. Here we had fog and mist. The weather here did not
interfere with us enjoying our lunch and a friendly chat to other
walkers who were also dining out. On our way down the fog and mist
lifted giving us again nice weather and off came our coats. We arrived
back in Anglesboro having had 4 hours of good walking, good company and
plenty of chat."
Thanks also to Tom Lyons for the A walk on the southern side
of the Galtees.
We take a break from the Galtees next Sunday when Liz Breen leads an A
walk on Red Hill, meeting at Cappawhite Church at 10am and Breda Ryan
does a 4 hour Lisvernane Loop, meeting in the village, also at 10am.
If anyone is on the Galtees over the next few days please keep a look
out for a missing springer spaniel dog and phone 087 1215016 if you see
Cecelia O'Heney's C walk from the Lady Gregory on Sunday, November 9th,
2014. 3 photos
There’s a busy weekend ahead for the Galtee Walking Club with events on
both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday members will take part in a
litter clean-up in the Aherlow area meeting at the Coach Road Inn at
10am. It is hoped that as many people as possible will attend to spread
the workload and make things easier for everyone. On the same day
Mountain Meitheal are finishing their work on the Curra Track and they
are also looking for volunteers. On the following day, Sunday 23rd,
there is a full schedule of club walks with Gerard Sheehy taking the A
walk on the Comeraghs from Carey’s Castle at 10am, Pat Donovan taking
the B walk on the Galtees from Clydagh Bridge at 10am and Denny O’Dwyer
meeting the C group in Ballylanders at 11am.
We are grateful to Liz Breen and Breda Ryan for the two walks on Sunday
last. Liz was on her home ground near Cappawhite, taking in Red Hill
north of the town. Breda’s B walk was on Slievenamuck, starting from
Lisvernane. The group of 24 completed an extended Dolmen Loop,
travelling as far as the Rock an Thorabh car park and covering over
20km in 4.5 hours. The weather was foggy to start but the sun came out
for the second half of the walk making it feel positively warm. Only
for the low sun, the golden leaves and the red holly berries it could
have been summer. At the lunch break on the farthest point of the walk
there was a pleasant surprise when Breda produced home made buns and
slices of apple tart for everyone. The extra calories were well walked
off by the time the group reached Lisvernane again.
Breda Ryan's B walk from Lisvernane, Sunday November 16th, 2014. bigger photo
Clean-up on the
Ballagh Road, 22 November, 2014
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
by legitimate means. Thanks to all who took part in the clean-up and
thanks to Helen for the tea and biscuits afterwards.
Club members who took part in the clean-up on the Ballagh Road. Missing
from the photo is Liz Breen who also took part.
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
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. bigger photo
Denny O'Dwyer's C walk on Slievereagh on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014. 4 photos
, 6 photos
Report on SEMRA "Walk
the Long Way Round", November 29th, 2014
There was a lot of support from The Galtee Walking Club for South East
Mountain Rescue’s “Walk The Long Way Round” inaugural walk. Held on
Saturday Nov 29th, it was an imaginative concept to run a 15km walk/run
in the Comeraghs in the dark. The organisation was flawless in every
way, with lots of choices for pace and whether you wanted to do it in
your own group, or as part of a led group. We were blessed with the
weather; dry, clear and mild for the time of year.
“Walk The Long Way Round”
Starting in Clonmel, at the new SEMRA base in the fire station in
Haywood Road, we went downhill to the glass bridge and then along the
Dungarvan road. There were a few bemused looks from some of the
Saturday night pub goers! We took a left up a little byroad to bring us
on to Kilmacomma Cross where we entered the wood and contoured along
the side of Cannon Hill. We then dropped down to the East Munster way
track, which we followed into Glenabby car park and on to Russellstown
wood. We followed the bank of the river to the concrete bridge, and
then proceeded uphill beside the Rhododendron tunnel to the col,
followed by a traverse over to the Holy Year Cross. The view from the
Cross was breath-taking. Clonmel was lit up and laid out in a
magnificent carpet of light beneath our feet.
Masters of All They Survey
We dropped downhill to the East Munster track again and
followed this back to the town where we crossed the glass bridge again
and retraced our steps back to the base for refreshments. People
started to speed up when they knew that tea, soup and cakes were on
offer. The route was extremely well marked and lit. In fact the lights
gave the impression that you were entering a sort of magical fairy
glen. It gave us an appreciation of mountain rescue volunteers going
out at night (even if they don't have lights to guide them). Having
walked these mountains many times, it gave a different perspective to
see the lights of Clonmel from the Holy Year and the mountains looming
in the half light.
The event at the finish had a great buzz and the SEMRA mugs, (now a
prized possession), and miniatures were a nice touch. Approximately 300
people took part from all over and many hoped it would be a yearly
event which speaks for itself.
walkers, we adore the wilderness of the Irish mountains. We get so much
joy from the time we spend there. But there are also risks. Unlike
other parts of Europe for example, we do not have many clearly defined
tracks. Walking on indistinct, rough ground means that anyone can have
an injury or get lost. One day you, or one of your friends or
family, may owe your lives to the brave women and men
South East Mountain Rescue. They give their time as volunteers to keep
us safe. Taking part in the “Walk The Long Way Round” event was a fun
way to support them. We owe them a huge thank you for the time and
effort that they put in to assist those who get into difficulty on the
hills. So let’s put next years walk (I hope) on the list of “Things I
Must Do in 2015”.
Report by Helen Shanahan
Sunday was an amazing day to be in the mountains with clear blue skies
overhead and fog covered valleys below. Both club walks were in the
Galtees and this is Mike Moroney's report of his A walk.
The A walk commenced from
Cush car park in beautiful weather taking in Knockmoyle and Cush at a
lively pace. It was then onto Borheen Lough and along the valley on the
450 contour line rising gradually in the direction of the col between
Knockastakeen and spot height 786, then turning back traversing the
Balcony on the 600 to 650 contour lines. After tea break we climbed
Galtybeg, Galtymore, Slievecushnabinna and back to the cars by the
stone man having climbed 1190 meters and 17Km. Thanks to all 14 walkers
for a great day’s walk.
Thos O’Neill had 21 B walkers on his 14 km loop from the Lady Gregory.
They climbed to Bane Hill above Cahir where the fantastic views of the
other local mountain ranges rising from the fog filled valleys were
much admired and photographed. On the way up the group met
with fellow walkers from the visiting Bishopstown club and
climbed to the top with them. Added bonuses on the return journey were
visits to the Toureen waterfall and St. Pecaun’s Well.
At least ten club members took part in the Mountain Rescue fundraising
nigh walk from Clonmel on Saturday night. It was a very successful
event, superbly organised and very well attended with over 250 people
The A walk on Sunday next is a joint outing with the Ballyhoura Bears
club. Meeting at Cush car park at 10am, Owen Ryan and Pat Lombard have
a 5-hour Galtee walk planned. George Keogh’s B walkers will meet nearby
at Clydagh Bridge for a 4 hour Cush loop, also at 10am. At 11am in
Bansha Woods car park the C walkers will gather for Amelia Ryan’s trip
to the statue of Christ the King in the Glen.
Mike Moroney's A walk on the Cush Horseshoe via Balcony on Sunday,
November 30th, 2014.
Members of the Galtee Walking Club and Hillwalking Radio Group before
the fundraising walk for Mountain Rescue in Clonmel on Saturday,
Twenty-two members enjoyed the good
food and company at the Club Christmas Party in Ballyglass House Hotel
on Saturday night last. Thanks to the hotel for the hospitality and
thanks also to Breda Noonan and Mike Moroney for organising the event.
Despite the late night, many present were out again on Sunday morning
for the three club walks.
The A walk was a joint outing with the
Ballyhoura Bears led by Owen Ryan and Pat Lombard. The group of 22
spent 5 hours on the Galtees starting with a climb of Cush and a visit
to Lake Borheen before following the contour lines east to the shelf
above Lake Muskry and back by Knockastackeen.
George Keogh’s B
group started out in the company of the A walkers but parted ways at
the base of Galtybeg before a trip to the lake.
Amelia Ryan had 30
on her C walk in Bansha Woods, visiting the Millenniun Stone after
coming through some of the wilder and seldom visited parts of the
On Sunday next the A walk meets at Cush Car Park at 9:30am
with leader Willie Cummins. Helen Gleeson’s B group meets at Clydagh
Bridge at 10am and David Stapleton’s C walkers meet at Woodie’s,
Clonmel at 11am.
Walking through Bansha Woods on Amelia Ryan's C walk on Sunday,
December 7th, 2014.
It’s always great to see new people
leading walks for the club and so last Sunday was a special day when
not just one, but two first-time leaders successfully brought their
respective groups on separate hikes on the Galtees. Willie
with his A group completed a linear, high level trek from Anglesborough
to Cush car park, taking in Temple Hill and Lyracappul before
descending by Slievecushnabinnia and the Stoney Man. The weather was
fair to start but cloud level was at around 500 meters and they
experieced a heavy shower and strong winds on the ascent of Lyracappul.
They met up with a group of walkers from the Peaks club in Clonmel
while heading along the ridge and walked with them as far the top of
the gully at Lough Curra before parting company
choice of route for her B walkers was a 17km open ground and forest
track loop on the northern slopes of Cush Mountain, travelling almost
as far as the Waterworks at Rossadrehid from the start at Clydagh
Bridge. On the return journey along the Cush top track, given the time
of year, some time was taken to collect some lovely berried
Despite this diversion the walk was completed in 4 hours at a
pace. Thanks to all for a great day's walking and well done to both
Helen and Willie.
Over in Clonmel the C walkers also managed to
collect some red berried Christmas decorations along the way and
survived the occasional watery challenge to complete David Stapleton’s
circuit of the Holy Year Cross and the Glenary Valley which started and
ended at Carey's Castle car park..
On Sunday next Eddie McGrath
leads the only club outing, which is a B walk from Christ The King
Statue, starting at 10am. Later that evening, at 7:30pm, there is a
winter solstice night walk to Slievereagh, meeting at Glenbrohane
Church. To round off the year there will be the traditional 2.5 hour
walk on Christmas Morning with Ray Coleman, meeting
at Christ The King
Statue at 10am and a longer 4 hour walk on St. Stephen’s Day with Danny
Bailey from Bansha Woods car park, meeting at 11:30am.
Helen Gleeson's B group at the ford near the Waterworks on
December 14th, 2014. 10 photos
Taking shelter from the mist at the Holy Year Cross on David
Stapleton's C walk above Clonmel on Sunday,
December 14th, 2014.
December 21, 2014
Thanks to Eddie McGrath for the B
walk from Christ the King on Sunday last in excellent weather for
walking the forest tracks of Slievenamuck. Later on Sunday evening
several club members attended the annual Winter Solstice climb of
Slievereagh from Glenbrohane. Well done to Mary and Morgan, the
Hillwalking Radio Group, the Red Cross, the Glenbrohane community and
all others who contributed
to this well organised event.
To round off the year there will be the traditional 2.5 hour
walk on Christmas Morning with Ray Coleman, meeting
at Christ The King
Statue at 10am and a longer 4 hour walk on St. Stephen’s Day with Danny
Bailey from Bansha Woods car park, meeting at 11:30am.
B walk on Slievenamuck on Sunday, December 21st, 2014.
ans Sadie after the Winter Solstice climb of Slievereagh with the
Limerick Senior County Football cup which was won by Ballylanders in
Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day Walks, 2014
Photo of Ray Coleman's Christmas Day walk taken by Helena Nugent on her
first day out with the club.
walk from Bansha Woods on St.Stephen's Day, December 26th, 2014. Photo,