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Tuesday 16 September 2014

C Walk, September 14th, 2014



C Walk, Carrick to Kilsheelan, Sunday September 14th. Report by Clare Grace

Report by Clare Grace


The ‘C’ walk on Sunday September 14th was a real pleasure. A local mini bus transported us from Carrick on Suir to Kilsheelan. On arrival there, our Kilsheelan member brought us for a tour through his late summer garden pointing out interesting plants and imparting green-finger tips. Thank you James!
We then headed towards river bank and began our trek of approximately 12kms. There were about twenty of us in all, some regulars, some not so regular, plus a couple of guests. Ronagh was leading and many of the walkers had recently returned from the club holiday to Switzerland, so recounting stories and reminiscence was the order of the day.
The old barge towpath was in excellent order; not a muddy bit in sight! The weather was perfect for walking and as we ambled along, we met several fishermen along the way. We passed the recently erected monument Elm Ditch Well, a voluntary undertaking by local fishermen as a fitting legacy to the memory of their predecessors now passed on.
This was a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon.




 

Monday 8 September 2014

NEWS

WE NEED YOUR HELP
 
Please consider being a club officer or committee member for the forthcoming year, the club needs these people for the walking and social events during the year. If interested please contact any committee member.
Thanks.
 
Club badges will be on sale at the AGM.
Only €5

XMAS 2014

Club celebrations, meal and entertainment at the Tennis Club
20th December

AGM

Dear Members

Notice is hereby given of the Dungarvan Hillwalking Club AGM, which will be held on Tuesday 7th October 2014 at the Park Hotel, Dungarvan, at 8pm. All members are cordially invited to attend and new members are most welcome.

Hospice Cheque Presentation pre AGM
The Agenda for the AGM is as follows.

1. Apologies

2. Approval of Minutes of AGM 8th October 2013.

3. Chairperson's Address

4. Secretary's Report

5. Treasurer's Report

6. Membership Secretary's Report

7. Election of Officers
The following officers will be elected at the AGM.
Chairperson
Vice Chairperson
Secretary
Membership Secretary
PRO
Children's Officer
Environmental Officer
Walks Coordinators, A, B and C.
Website Coordinator
Comeragh Crossing Committee
8. Holidays 2015 - Lake District
9. October Walks
10. AOB
We hope that you will be able to attend and look forward to seeing you on the night. 

Monday 1 September 2014

September News letter


Hillwalking Newsletter

 Donation from Comeragh Crossing

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club will donate €810 to West Waterford Hospice following the very Comeragh Crossing on July 5th. The club pledged to donate €5 from the entry fees of each participant, and 162 people took part in total.

 
Thursday Walk: Carrigavantry Lake, August 28th

 Despite heavy clouds, it turned out to be a perfect day for walking as the John Browne Division of the Thursday walking set ventured to the Eastern half of the county for a walk by the Carrigavantry Reservoir. 13 walkers set off from Fenor carpark and the combination of warm sunshine and a fresh breeze created ideal walking conditions.

 The walk took approximately two and a half hours and the walkers strolled down laneways with bushes that were filled with blackberries. Needless to say, the walkers gorged on the plump black fruit. They stopped to let horses pass and then jumped over puddles created after the horses churned up the ground. Afterwards, the Dungarvan Baking Committee were in full force and the walkers munched tart made with forest fruits and Madeira cake, washed down with tea.

 Tuesday 7th October at 20:00 Club AGM at Park Hotel

 
If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to derbhile.graham@gmail.com

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Comeragh Mountain B Walk, 17 August 2014

Walk Report - Noel Brennan



Noel led a group of seven for a very enjoyable 4hr 45 min walk, on a lovely sunny day only slightly tainted by a couple of squally showers. They left Kilclooney Wood and headed for the Lackaduff Commons, taking a direct route to cross Uisce Solais. Nancy, Rhona, Bridget, Michael, Michael and Noel were joined by the very welcome Mattias from Switzerland, who was delighted to be walking on open terrain without way-marked ways.

Noel reminded the group to check for tics afterwards, especially as they spent some time walking through mature ferns. As they wended their way towards spot-height 494m, they swopped items of ‘useless information’ on place names and the local landscape, much to visitor Mattias’ amusement – not least the link between Uisce Solais, Uisce Beatha and the Irish ‘invention’ of whiskey! Following a series of sheep tracks, they reached the foot of Crotty’s Rock just in time to have the first cold and windy shower of rain. Up they went and proceeded along the ridge, capturing all the nice views of Crotty’s lake, before heading for Boola Cairn and on to the track above Coumsingean to find a sheltered spot for a welcome cup of tea and a chance to rest some weary legs.

After lunch the group headed back along the top, then some steep downhill walking to cross Uisce Solais at ‘The Bush’ between the various falls; they then took a very well defined track back to Coumsingean Lake. After a short break and more butterscotch sweets (all part of the service!) they went along the track to Lady’s Rock and then took their time on the final steep downhill, finishing just after 3 p.m. The consensus was that it was a very enjoyable B walk, tiring but enjoyable and all went home happy to see the hurling game on the television.



Picture shows (L to R) Michael, Bridget, Mattias, Nancy, Noel, Michael and Rhona with backpacks off at lunchtime.
 

Monday 4 August 2014

August News Letter


Dungarvan Hillwalking Club August Newsletter

Highly Successful Comeragh Crossing 

162 people successfully completed the annual Comeragh Crossing on Saturday 5th July and the event went very smoothly. 32 brave souls completed the Comeragh Challenge. It’s not yet known how much was raised for West Waterford Hospice, but we will have news on that next month. 

The club would like to thank the members of the Comeragh Crossing Committee, who worked hard to ensure that everything worked like clockwork and that all the walkers got a hot meal when they returned from their long trek. The club would also like to thank the catering team, all the helpers at the checkpoints and at the sign in and sign out desks, the car park attendants, the bus drivers who ensured everyone got to the starting point on time, and most of all the soccer club for giving us a base. 

Wading in Glory at the Cunnigar Crossing

Eight days later, on Sunday 13th July, we held our annual Cunnigar Crossing, which in case there’s any confusion involves water instead of mountains. Richard Dykes’s trusty clicker machine informed us that 234 people turned out for the walk, including a healthy number of children, which was great to see. 
The walkers waded across the Cunnigar sandbar at low tide and then streamed across Baile na nGall beach under the able leadership of John Browne. A photographer from the local papers turned up to take our picture – always nice to get the 15 minutes of fame. They were then treated to refreshments at Tig an Cheoil pub, where there was a collection for the Lions’ Club which raised €901. The club would like to thank Tig an Cheoil, Peter Mangan, John Browne and all the stewards for their hard work, as well as Erich Baumann for designing a poster that helped raise publicity. 

Thursday Walk Day Out

The Thursday walkers chose the only day in June when it rained for their annual day out in the Glen of Aherlow, which took place on June 26th. The walkers did an 11km loop in torrential rain, which obscured the stunning scenery. Nonetheless, they remained in good spirits, and soon dried out in the cosy pub at the Aherlow House Hotel. They enjoyed a delicious meal, which put body and soul back together. More than a dozen walkers made the journey to the North Tipp beauty spot, so the experiment is likely to be repeated next year in better weather. 

SEMRA Flag Day 

South East Mountain Rescue Assocciation will hold a flag day in Dungarvan on Friday 29th August, so if you can help collect, or you’re in town that day, have a look out for the people with the buckets and drop in a few euro if you can. They do sterling work in keeping us all safe on the mountainside.

If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to derbhile.graham@gmail.com.

Thursday 10 July 2014

Comeragh Crossing Pics

What would a walk be without pictures. At the very least, they provide evidence that you actually did it.

These are pics from Stage 3 of the Comeragh Crossing, from the Carrigs to the soccer club. The walkers picked their way through high ferns...

And managed to avoid the looming squalls.

 Pics taken by Norman Graham.

Monday 7 July 2014

Comeragh Crossing

A big thanks to every one who helped to make the 2014 Comeragh Crossing a great success.

We had over 160 walkers on the mountains with good weather and visibility and most importantly, they all returned safely.

A great day, and hope to see you all out next year.

Jim Holmes has a walk report on


We have a black and blue rucksack with contents and a hat left behind in the Soccer club, if it is yours let us know and we can return it.

Thanks

Richard

Monday 30 June 2014

July News Letter


Dungarvan Hillwalking Club June Newsletter

Comeragh Crossing, Saturday 5th July

The Comeragh crossing is finally upon us and will take place on Saturday, July 5th. At 7am, the Challenge walkers will set off on their arduous trek. Then at 7.30, the hardy walkers who plan to do all three stages of the Crossing, or the first section, will set off on the bus to Clonmel. Those beginning the walk in the Nire will take the bus at 10am and those beginning at the Carraigs will take it at 1pm.  

All buses leave from the soccer club, where the walkers will return for some delicious grub after they’ve finished the walk. Funds will be raised for the West Waterford Hospice and the registration fee is €25. Registration takes place on the day. Don’t forget your boots. For more information or to volunteer, contact Tony Fitzgerald on: 0872599171 

C Walk: Brownstown Head, Sunday June 22nd 

This walk was revenge for the rain-drenched Dunmore East walk two years ago, which some members may remember. On that occasion, we were chased by a cloudburst. This time, we walked in golden sunshine. Owing to the Dunmore East food festival, we did not take our usual route, but began on the Saleens, opposite Tramore beach. We walked along the beach, and then all along headland to the two pillars which acted as signals for ships in the days before GPS. We then trekked along trails which were jungle like in their greenery. Leader Norman Graham introduced his troop of seven other walkers to some new sports, including cliff scrambling and wire-wiggling, a form of limbo dancing under wires. They rose to the challenge beautifully.

Cunnigar Crossing: Sunday 13th July 

Time and tide waits for no man, and as soon as the excitement of the Comeragh Crossing has died down, it’s time to prepare for another crossing, the Cunnigar Crossing. This will take place on Sunday 13th July, at 12.30 sharp, meeting at TSB car park. It’s essential to be in time so we can beat the tide. This event is hugely popular and walkers enjoy the novelty of wading across the Cunnigar sandbar. We will then walk along the beach, clamber up some rocks and arrive at Tig an Cheoil pub for some delicious grub. Funds will be raised for the Lions Club. The minibus from Tig an Cheoil costs €3.  

C Walk, Milk Hill, Sunday 15th June 

11 walkers took a hike up to the top of this dairy-themed hill in deliciously warm weather. They had to dodge cows at the start and finish of the walk, but the farmer was incredibly accommodating and we would like to thank him. Erich Baumann took us to the top of the hill, but we couldn’t rest yet. We had to walk along the wide, flat summit to the cross, where we had lunch. We were able to admire a stunning view, of all our major mountain landmarks, spread across four counties. 
 
If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to derbhile.graham@gmail.com

Wednesday 4 June 2014

June News Letter


Hillwalking Newsletter

Countdown to Comeragh Crossing

The countdown to the Comeragh Crossing is well and truly underway. The action will take place on Saturday July 5th, when hordes of walkers descend on the Comeragh Mountains and trek a route between Clonmel and Dungarvan. As in other years, you can do the whole crossing or a section, and volunteers will be there at every checkpoint to help you out and give you sustenance. Afterwards, there’ll be a slap up feed in the soccer club. There will be souvenirs, but Richard Dykes says that they’re top secret. For more information or to volunteer, contact Tony Fitzgerald on: 0872599171 

New Patches Available

It’s the must have walking accessory of the season. It’s the brand-new Dungarvan Hillwalking Club patch. It’s a handsome shade of blue, and it features the new Dungarvan Hillwalking Club logo. You can buy them for €5 from members of the committee. You can sew or Velcro them to your coat or hang them from your rucksack to make a splash. 

Cunnigar Crossing: Sunday 13th July 

Time and tide waits for no man, and as soon as the excitement of the Comeragh Crossing has died down, it’s time to prepare for another crossing, the Cunnigar Crossing. This will take place on Sunday 13th July, time to be confirmed. This event is hugely popular and walkers enjoy the novelty of wading across the Cunnigar sandbar, onto the beach and up to Tig an Cheoil pub for some delicious grub. Funds will be raised for the Lions Club. The minibus from Tig an Cheoil costs €3. 

Thursday Walk: Carrigavantry Reservoir 

A group of 10 intrepid walkers ventured to the east of the county for a walk around Carrigavantry Reservoir, near Tramore. It was a steady walk of just under three hours, in glorious sunshine. After the walk, in true Thursday style, the walkers gorged on various cakes. The walk was led by the ever-capable John Brown.  

Thursday Walk Outing

Jack Clancy’s mystery walks were always a favourite with Thursday walkers in particular and the tradition of a day out will be revived with a trip to the Glen of Aherlow on Thursday 26th June. We will leave Dungarvan at approximately 10am and walk one of three gentle loops in the famous Glen of Aherlow, followed by refreshments in the Aherlow Hotel. You can expect cake to make an appearance at some stage. 

18th May Knockmealdown Walk report. 

Starting from Mountmelleray in the grey mist and drizzle eleven walkers set off for Knocknafallia, Knocknagnauv and Knockmealdown peaks. We played host to five guest walkers from Kerry hoping to show them the beauty of our local mountains, but unfortunately the mist and rain did not relent. From the flat summit of Knocknafallia at 668m we traversed the coll to Knocknagnauv at 655m and picked up the county boundary wall and followed it to the south west and sheltered behind it for lunch. On reaching the next coll we made a group decision to head for clearer lower ground and headed to Bulls well to follow the uphill flowing stream !!!  We returned to the Abbey via the reservoir and finished with refreshments at the Cats public house. Richard Dykes.
If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to derbhile.graham@gmail.com