Saturday 28 February 2015

March News Letter


On the 3rd February 2015, a special Club meeting was held in the Tudor House as part of the celebrations to mark the formation of the Club in 1995. The present Committee sent out invitations to both the founders and past club members to attend the meeting. Almost 40 people turned up on the night, past and present members coming together to reminisce about the past 20 years. Richard Dykes, the present Chairman had organised a slide show of past walks, meetings,and holidays, to entertain those present. What about those hairdos!!
 FIRST WALK. February 1995
 The first walkers met outside Lawlors Hotel at 2.30 pm sharp, and Colligan woods was the location for a walk of 6 miles in length. Leaflets of several pages were produced for individual walks.
Back in 1995, the Club offered Fitness, Friendship Fun and that has not changed in this year of 2015. Following the presentation by Richard, a delicious celebratory cake was cut and along with tea, coffee and mouth-watering buns made by the Club Secretary, Catherine Hayes, a great time was had by all.
7th April Club night has a wildlife and mountain photographic presentation with Mario Mac Rory from Muddy Boots Trekking.

The annual April weekend trip is to be held in Killarney from the 17th-19th April, staying at the Castlerosse Hotel. For those interested please contact Richard Dykes or Peter Mangan. Payment must be made in full by the 6th March. 
Please come along to the Tudor House on the 6th March at 8pm and support this fantastic organisation, by taking part in this fun quiz. Norman Graham will be our Quiz Master. More Information at
The dates for the September Holiday to the Lake District have yet to be finalised. It will be either the 6-13th or 13th -20th Waiting for flight information to appear. The flights will be from Cork to Manchester. We will keep you posted,

Meeting at 1pm by the Park Hotel, Du ngarvan and in Supervalue Car Park, CARRICK-ON-SUIR at 1.40pm. Following the walk, we will gather at Kilcash castle for a picnic (weather permitting) and later to the pub for further refreshments!!. 
Dungarvan Hill Walking Club promises FITNESS, FRIENDSHIP and FUN.
Visit for more info.
If you wish to submit a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to PRO. Marie Jennings at Thanks also to all who send reports and photographs. Keep them coming

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Killarney April 17th - 19th


Can any members wanting to go to Killarney please arrange for payment to reach me or Peter by the 6th March. Club night on 3rd or Quiz on 6th is good for payment. I have to confirm rooms very soon.
086 2411287


Comeragh Crossing and Comeragh Challenge 4th July 2015

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club is delighted to host this annual event, with four different levels of walking, as follows:
Comeragh Crossing, Comeragh Challenge, Nire Valley Walk and Kilbrien Walk All starting and finishing at Bridgie Terries Bar and Restaurant, Killineen, 5km east of Dungarvan. Map reference X 301/970 All four walks take participants to the top of Cruachán with its beautiful views of Dungarvan and the bay. The area of the walks is on O.S. sheets 75 and 82.
By participating, you are making a contribution to the West Waterford Hospice.
Walking boots are mandatory for all walks.
WALK 1. The Comeragh Crossing. Clonmel suburbs to Bridgie Terries.
Bus leaves at 07.30 hrs.
This walk is 35km and takes 8-10 hrs to complete via Long Hill, Punch Bowl and Knockanaffrin slopes to the Nire Valley, then Coumfea, Seefin, Treenearla Commons, Mauma Rd. and Cruachán, mainly on mountain terrain with 1,250m ascent  (approx.). Club marshals and sweepers will be on the route.
WALK 2. The Comeragh Challenge. Clonmel suburbs to Bridgie Terries:           
Bus leaves at 07.00 hrs.
This self-navigated walk is further (45Km), has an ascent of 2,000m (approx.) and is aimed at the very experienced and fit walker with navigation skills. It takes walkers via Lachtnafrankee and Knockanaffrin Ridge to The Nire Valley; then via The Gap, Carrignagour, Boola Cairn to Coumfea, Seefin, Farbreaga and Cruachán.

WALK 3. The Nire Valley Walk. Nire valley car park to Bridgie Terries.
Bus leaves at 10.00 hrs.
This walk is 22Km’s and has 900m ascent (approx.) and takes 5-6 hours to complete. Club marshals and sweepers will be on the route.
WALK 4: The Kilbrien Walk. Kilbrien to Bridgie Terries.
Bus leaves at 13:00hrs

This walk is 10km and has 350m ascent (approx.) and takes 3 hours to complete.
Club marshals and sweepers will be on the route.
Registration from 06:30hrs at Bridgie Terries. Entry Fee is €25 for Walks 1, 2 and 3, and €20 for walk 4 Please allow 30mins to register before bus departure. 
This covers bus transport, refreshments at The Nire Valley and Mauma Road, a hot plate on completion and a contribution to West Waterford Hospice. 

 This walking event is the first to go green.      Leaving no trace.      Taking your litter Home.
Reducing CO2 emissions. Reusing signs. Recycling waste.


Waterford City and County Council encourages you to Be Green at the Comeragh Crossing
“Going Green” is a phenomenon sweeping across a host of events such as festivals, fleadhs, and basically where there is a large gathering of people. The Comeragh Crossing is an annual event organised by the Dungarvan Hill Walking Club. Each year up to 200 walkers participate in this event.
The Comeragh Crossing Committee is working with Waterford City and County Council Environment Department to encourage all walkers to be Green Aware, and not rubbish our lovely Déise. This entails asking all participants to make a commitment to adopt the principles of reducing, reusing and recycling. By carrying their litter with them, until they find a bin or take it home, To conserve energy and water.

Tuesday 3 February 2015

February News Letter


The Club have chosen Killarney as the venue for this year’s April walking weekend. The dates are from 17th -19th at the Castlerosse Hotel. You can choose to stay for 3 nights with 2 evening meals for Euro 169 or 2 nights plus 1 evening meal for Euro 115. Money to be paid in full by March 6th.The original date was changed as the Dungarvan Food Festival is being held the weekend before. A Festival not to be missed. See Richard or Peter to book.


The dates for the Lake District holiday have yet to be confirmed as we wait for flight information to be confirmed. The dates will be either SEPTEMBER 6-13th or 13th-20th. The flights will be from Cork to Manchester. Tony Fitzgerald is organising the holiday.


A BBQ is being held in Marie Jennings house on SATURDAY 18th July as part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations of the foundation of the Club. Please bring your own food and drink.


A quiz night to raise fund for SEMRA will be held on the 6th March at 8pm in the Tudor House Dungarvan. Norman Graham will be the Quiz Master for the night. More info on Mountain Rescue at

At the recent committee meeting, Richard read a letter from the Dungarvan Lions Club thanking everyone for all their hard work fund raising for the Club.


All leaders to return sign-in sheets to Richard Dykes for archiving. If a member decides to leave a walk, they must sign out with initials. If you want a particular activity, type of walk or have ideas for a club night, let us know. REMEMBER. NO BOOTS NO WALK.


The Club are looking for people to play an organising role in the Comeragh Crossing. Ideas on a possible restructuring are also welcome. Contact Richard Dykes. 0862411287.

It is hoped to hold a basic navigation course this year. We will keep you informed when the arrangements are finalised.

If you wish to submit a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to PRO. Marie Jennings at Thanks also to all who send reports and photographs. Keep them coming,

Friday 30 January 2015


Please support our Annual quiz to raise funds for 

It is on Friday 6th March at 20:00 in the Tudor House, Mary Street, Dungarvan. 

Facts About S.E.M.R.A. & Mountain Rescue In IrelandSouth East Mountain Rescue Ireland
  • The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (Registered Charity number CHY17543) is a voluntary, non profit organisation affiliated to the Irish Mountain Rescue Association.
  • All members are volunteers
  • Team members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • MR can only be called out using 999/112.
  • We attend to between 15 and 20 callouts annually.
  • Approximate annual running costs for the S.E.M.R.A. - €35-40k. Approximately €10K of this is supplied by government. Shortfall made up from donations & fundraising.
  • Approximately 50 team members in S.E.M.R.A. Team members come from all walks of life including carpenters, engineers, scientists, doctors, shopkeepers, civil servants etc.
  • All members live the South East.
  • Mountain Rescue is free in Ireland.
  • Members receive no payment for mountain rescue.
  • Members receive no expenses for gear, petrol etc.
  • All team members have to provide most of their own personal equipment (Some personal equipment is provided).
  • Mountain Rescue work closely with other agencies such as the Gardai, Search & Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA), The Irish Coastguard etc
  • S.E.M.R.A. works closely with other teams, Dublin/ Wicklow, Glen of Imaal and Kerry MRT’s.
  • There are 12 mountain rescue teams in the country. All 12 teams are affiliated to IMRA. The Irish Mountain Rescue Association.
  • All Members are medically trained in the R.E.C. system (Rescue Emergency Care).
  • The most common injury is a lower leg injury.

Friday 16 January 2015


Please note a change of date for the Killarney weekend.

Now from 17th  to 19th April.  ( Following Weekend )

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Killarney Weekend

April Killarney
Friday April 17th to Sunday 19th April 2015.
We are staying at the Castlerosse hotel on the shore of Killarney lake 2Km from the town centre.
More info from looks good.
Rates are:
€115 per person sharing, includes 2 nights Bed & Breakfast & Dinner on 1 evening.
€169 per person sharing, includes 3 nights Bed & Breakfast & Dinner on 2 evenings.
There is a single supplement of €25 per night.
Plenty of walking at all levels.
Booking with Richard Dykes.
086 2411287
On February & March club nights at the Tudor House.

Club Holiday 2015

September Lake District
Any club member showing an interest in going to the Lake District on the first or second week in September is asked to contact Tony Fitzgerald on 087 2588171  or 
This is to give us a rough idea of numbers for what promises to be an excellent location and holiday.

Tuesday 6 January 2015

January News Letter


Wishing members a Happy and Healthy new year

The annual Christmas party held in the Dungarvan Tennis Club on the 20th December was a great success. Many thanks to everyone who made it such a fun filled night.
Despite a late night for some following the Christmas Party the night before, a great crowd turned out on the day to make this a most enjoyable event. The club raised over 400 Euros for the Dungarvan Lions Club which was presented to Mr Shay O' Connor, President of the Dungarvan Lions Club. Mr O' Connor thanked the club for their generosity.
As we gathered around to enjoy our mulled wine and mince pies after our walk, an eerie sound was heard in the distance. Then from the mist, a tall figure emerged, dressed splendidly in full regalia playing a glorious set of bag pipes. David Byrne entertained us all with some traditional Christmas Carols. Thus ending a most enjoyable day for us all. Many thanks to all those who organised the event, those who brought mulled wine, mince pies, cakes, teas and coffees etc.Thanks also to John Brown who lead the walk.

DECEMBER 28th Walk.
Following the walks, both B and C walkers gathered in the Tudor House Bar to enjoy a well earned bowl of soup and bread rolls. Many thanks to the owner, Mr. Declan Ahearne for looking after us all so well.

Despite the dreadful weather conditions on the day, a brave group of 9, led by John Brown, ventured forth to the beautiful are of Glenshelane to enjoy the first walk of 2015. John told me that it was overcast with some drizzle, but this did not spoil the day. Well done to all.

·         On the club night in February we are inviting founder members along to celebrate 20 years of the club. Past and present members welcome.
·         We are looking for people to play an organising role in the Comeragh Crossing, Ideas on a possible restructuring are also welcome. Contact Richard Dykes. 086 2411287
·         It is hoped to hold a basic navigation course in 2015. We will keep you informed when the arrangements are finalised.

Barrows, stone circles and Fulachtal Fia around Araglin Valley. Not a demanding a walk, but more of a recognising and finding Stone/Bronze age features.

A weekend in Killarney is being organised as part of the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the club. The provisional date is 10th to 12th April. (Weekend after Easter.)

As PRO, I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. Please keep your walk reports and photos coming to me at. Marie Jennings.