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Friday 16 August 2019

A Feast of Sunday Walk Photos

Sunday 11 August was a busy day for the club's keen photographers, and in this blog post, we feature six of the best, three from the B walk, three from the C walk.

Patricia Hurley led the C walkers on a picturesque wooded walk at The Vee. She captured the beauty of the walk in her pictures.



Meanwhile, the B walkers scaled the Knockmealdowns, and Goska Korejwo was on hand to capture their journey. They found some equine companions along the way.






Friday 9 August 2019

Our B walk to the Nire Lakes on Sunday 4 August last was misty but marvellous. Michael Daly was on hand to capture the beauty of the lakes.






Friday 2 August 2019

Club Newsletter August 2019


August 2019 Newsletter

Highly Successful Comeragh Crossing: By Richard Dykes

Dungarvan Hill Walking Club is delighted to say that this year’s Comeragh Crossing, held on Saturday 6 July, was a great success. The walkers were tested by thick fog, but they all made it back to the base at Kilgobinet Sports Centre. In total, 139 walkers took part, and raised funds for the club’s three nominated charities, Dungarvan Lions Club, South-East Mountain Rescue and West Waterford Hospice. Dungarvan Hillwalking Club would like to thank all who help make the Comeragh Crossing a unique event in Ireland’s walking calendar.

Excitement Builds for Cunnigar Crossing

Now that the Comeragh Crossing is behind us, all eyes will be on our next big walk, the Cunnigar Crossing. It’s happening on Sunday 1 September this year and meets at Garvey’s Supervalu in Dungarvan at 1pm. The walkers will then head for the walk start point, which is next to Cunnigar Pitch and Putt Club.

At 1.30pm, the walkers will start their wade across the Cunnigar and head across Baile na nGall beach to Ring, in a walk lasting around 1.5 hours. There’ll be a collection for our chosen charities, the Lions Club, Mountain Rescue and the Hospice. Buses will be available to bring the walkers back to Dungarvan afterwards.

Walk Report, Brownstown Head, 14 July 2019. Leader, Norman Graham

This walk was held post club-barbecue, so the crowd that headed to Tramore for this joint B and C walk was small but perfectly appointed. There was a total of five walkers, who flew around Brownstown Head in record time, knocking fifteen minutes off the usual walk time of three hours. The walkers just beat the tide to clamber up onto Brownstown Head via a convenient flat rock. Also, there were no bulls in the fields on Brownstown Head, making this a stress-free walk in blazing sunshine.

Walk Report, Thursday C Walk in Annestown, 18 July

Thanks to Bob for stepping into the breach to lead this Thursday C walk. He chose the Anne Valley Walk, between Annestown and Dunhill, for his walk. This walk is growing in popularity since it was extended and it now takes 2.5-3 hours to do the circuit. The far-flung eastern location didn’t put off the walkers and there were over 20 people on the walk. The walkers enjoyed a windblown picnic in Annestown Carpark afterwards.

If you have a walk report or any news that you’d like included in the newsletter, contact Derbhile at dungarvanhillwalking@gmail.com.

Friday 19 July 2019

Two Walks With Sea Views

The Sunday joint B and C walk at Brownstown Head on Sunday 14 July and the Thursday C walk to Annestown on Thursday 18 July were both coastal walks with ex cellent C views. A few photos capture the stunning beauty of the East Waterford coastline.


This picture from Brownstown Head was taken by Patricia Hurley.


And this was taken by Derbhile Graham.

The weather was a little more changeable for the Thursday C walk in Annestown. Byt he time we returned to Annestown Carpark for our picnic, the place was looking a little windblown. But the views were still good - and so was the food. These two pictures were taken by John Power.



Friday 12 July 2019

Highly Successful Comeragh Crossing 2019



Dungarvan Hillwalking Club Hosts Highly Successful Comeragh Crossing

By Richard Dykes, Chairperson, Comeragh Crossing Committee

Dungarvan Hill Walking Club is delighted to say that this year’s Comeragh Crossing, held on Saturday 6 July, was a great success. The walkers were tested by thick fog, but they all made it back to the base at Kilgobinet Sports Centre.

In total, 139 walkers took part, and raised funds for the club’s three nominated charities, Dungarvan Lions Club, South-East Mountain Rescue and West Waterford Hospice.

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club would like to thank all those people that helped in the running of its main walking event of 2019. This includes all the walk leaders and sweepers, checkpoint marshals, catering team and the start registration team, who all played a major part in the event.

Also, a big thanks to the non-club helpers, Kilmacthomas Walking Club and Kilgobinet Sports Centre, without whom the Comeragh Crossing would not run.

The club would like to acknowledge its sponsors, who provide transport, land access, food and water, making the Comeragh Crossing a unique event in Ireland’s walking calendar.

These include Flahavans, Abbeyside Eurospar, Civil Defence, Country Store, McGrath Newsagents, Joe O’Hanlon, Garvey’s Supervalu, Willie Kiely and Barron’s Bakery.

And here are a few pics that tell the story of the Crossing:



Ann Mangan and Helen Byrne keeping an eye on Seefin Checkpoint at the 2019 Comeragh Crossing (Ann Mangan)



Comedian Jason Byrne completed the Comeragh Challenge with his crew. (Photo credit: Michael Daly).



Catherine and Mary Rose peel oranges in advance of the hordes arriving (Photo Credit: Michael Daly)



Goska Korejwo completing the Comeragh Challenge 2019 with her companions (Michael Daly)



You need lots of food to ensure a successful crossing. (Photo Credit: Michael Daly)


Saturday 6 July 2019

July 2019 Newsletter


July 2019 Newsletter

Club Barbecue, Saturday 13 July

One week after the excitement of the Comeragh Crossing, we’re fundraising again for our three charities: Dungarvan Lions Club, West Waterford Hospice and South-East Mountain Rescue. But this time the event will be a lot more relaxing – a club barbecue with generous hosts Linda and Colm Humphreys. You’re asked to bring your own meat and beverages, but there will be salads and desserts available. Tickets are €5 and are available from Linda Humphreys on 086 6490688

Cunnigar Crossing

Now that the Comeragh Crossing is behind us, all eyes will be on our next big walk, the Cunnigar Crossing. Enquiries are already coming into the club’s Facebook page for this hugely popular family event, which is happening on Sunday 1 September this year. We’ll have more information about it in our next newsletter. And again, it raises money for our three chosen charities.

Venue for Christmas Party

At long last, after much debate which culminated in a vote being carried out during our Sligo weekend away, the venue for our Christmas party has been chosen. It was a close-run competition between the Tennis Club, the Park Hotel party nights and Merries Restaurant. Merries won out in the end. Ronagh Baumann had already provisionally booked Merries and that booking has now been confirmed for Saturday 7 December. Thanks to Ronagh for her efforts and patience in organising this, and to Mary Murphy for conducting the vote in Sligo. One could say it’s never too early to plan – or too late, depending on your viewpoint.

Successful Physiotherapist Meeting

Physiotherapist John Phelan attracted a large crowd to our club meeting on Tuesday 4 June last. He specialises in physiotherapy and nutritional health for older people, and gave a lot of valuable advice about how to build muscle strength and how to deal with common complaints like plantar fasciitis and arthritis. He also advised on what foods give you energy for walks – it’s out with bread and in with protein-based foods.

Friday 21 June 2019

Glorious Galtys Walk

On Sunday 16 June 2019, the B walkers scaled the Galtys under the leadership of Kevin Moore. Goska Korejwo captured the stunning views.





Friday 14 June 2019

Vaulting Walkers - Sunday and Thursday C Walkers

The Thursday C walkers love looking for an opportunity to vault, as evidenced by this picture from Eibhlin Power. It was taken on Norma O'Meara's Thrusday C walk on 13 June to Upper Colligan.



Then the Sunday C walkers did some vaulting of their own, as they scaled the heights of Coumsingaun. This was on Neil Fitzgerald's C walk on Sunday 9 June, and the photo was taken by David Haworth.




Monday 3 June 2019

June Newsletter



Report on Sligo Weekend

What a stupendous weekend the club had in Sligo on 17-19 May. Just over forty members enjoyed splendid walking and wonderful hospitality at the Sligo Southern Hotel. There was a great variety of walks available, and the weather remained fine enough for the club to enjoy five different walks. For the B walkers, there was the chance to scale Ben Bulben and other impressive mountains. For the Cs, there were gentler walks up Knocknarea and the attractive Ben Bulben Forest Walk.

We would like to thank Mary Murphy for coordinating the bookings with the Sligo Southern Hotel and arranging our delicious dinner on the Saturday. We would also like to thank our dedicated walk leaders, Peter Mangan, Patrick Murray and Dave Byrne. Finally, we want to thank Richard Dykes and Colm Humphries, who joined the recce that took place a few weeks before the Sligo weekend. Without the help of these committed club members, this weekend would not have happened.

Walk Report: Glenbower Woods, Thursday C Walk, 23 May

On Thursday 23 May, the Thursday C walkers crossed the county bounds into East Cork, for a walk in the beautiful Glenbower Woods in Killeagh. This walk was led by Helen Wade and it took two hours, 20 minutes. There were fourteen people on the walk. We stopped at a meditation spot along the way, but in true Thursday style, the walkers took the opportunity to chat and catch up, which some would see as its own form of meditation. There was also a meal for anyone who wanted it in the Thatch Bar, conveniently located at base camp for the walk.

Dates for Your Diary

Tuesday 2 July: Next Club Meeting, 8pm, Tudor House Pub.

Saturday 6 July: Comeragh Crossing

Saturday 13 July: Club Barbecue. Tickets €5 available from Linda Humphries.

Sunday 1 September: Cunnigar Crossing.

If you have any news you think you’d like the club to hear about, please contact PRO Derbhile Graham, derbhile.graham@gmail.com.




Friday 31 May 2019

Guest Speaker Featuring At Next Club Meeting

At our next club meeting on Tuesday 4 June, physio John Phelan will share his wisdom on preparation and recovery exercises and other tips for hillwalkers. If you'd like to find out how to keep your body in shape for the hills, come along to the meeting, Tuesday 4 June, 8pm, the Tudor House pub.