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Friday 29 November 2019

December 2019 Newsletter


December 2019 Newsletter

Club Weekend Away 2019

For our 2020 weekend away, we are crossing the border into Northern Ireland, for a weekend in Kilkeel, Co. Down. This location will give us close proximity to the beautiful Sieve Donard area for walks. The weekend is priced at €170 for two nights’ B&B and an evening meal at the Kilmorey Arms Hotel. If you’d like to come, please pay a €50 deposit to Mary Murphy by the 7 January meeting, and the balance of €120 by 3 March. For more info and to give in your name, contact Mary Murphy on 087 2273825. Thanks to Mary for her hard work in organising the holiday.

Mulled Wine Walk

Before that, we have all the festive fun of the Mulled Wine Walk on the Ardmore Cliffs, happening this year on Sunday 15 December. It’ll be for our three charities again: Dungarvan Lions Club, West Waterford Hospice and South-East Mountain Rescue. It leaves Scanlon’s Yard in Dungarvan at 1.30pm and leaves from the main carpark in Ardmore at 2pm. Please bear in mind that there are works being done on this walk, to make the road more secure. Afterwards, there’ll be mulled wine, mince pies and much more. People are encouraged to bring along a flask of hot water for the refreshments afterwards.

Club Christmas Party

Last chance to get your names down for the club Christmas party, happening on Saturday 7 December at 7pm in Merries Restaurant, Dungarvan. We will have the upstairs area to ourselves this year, with space for 40 people. There’s a new price for the meal of €30 per person for three courses and a glass of wine. you can contact Ronagh on 087 7986753 for last-minute tickets.

Walk Report: Thursday C Walk in Carrigavantry, 24 October. Leaders, Norman and Derbhile Graham

This walk was at the end of October, but there was so much happening last month that the report was held over. This walk required the walkers to venture east to Carrigavantry Lake near the village of Fenor. Luckily, more than 20 walkers were adventurous enough to make the journey for the walk. This was led by Norman Graham, with a decorative role played by Derbhile Graham. Though Halloween feels long ago now, Derbhile is still feasting on the memory of picking up the ring in the barm brack. Though a good day was promised, rain did fall during the walk, but the woods provided shelter. The walkers also enjoyed stunning views of three counties from a hilltop.

If you have any news or walk reports you’d like included in the club newsletter, please contact club PRO Derbhile Graham, derbhile.graham@gmail.com.



Saturday 23 November 2019

A Snowy Mahon Falls

The weather has been very eventful of late, and last weekend, the mountains were covered with snow. Those mountains are covered with rain now, but here's a reminder of when our walkers walked through snow, as captured by Patricia Hurley. She was one of the walkers on a walk in the Mahon Falls area of the Comeraghs.





Friday 15 November 2019

Two Contrasting Thursday Walks

On Thursday 14 November, our Thursday C walkers enjoyed brilliant sunshine in Ardmore, as captured in this pic by new member Sarah Northey.


Meanwhile, the Thursday B walkers trudged through snow near Melleray in the Knockmealdowns.


And though it didn't happen on a Thursday walk, I can't resist slipping in this picture of a fox spotted by C walkers in the Nire last Sunday. It's straight out of a Disney movie. Pic by Mary O'Shea. 



Friday 8 November 2019

Club Weekend Away in Co Down - May 2020

Here's the word on the street about Dungarvan Hillwalking Club weekend away, on the May Bank Holiday weekend next year.

DHWC – Club weekend away May 1st and 2nd. 2020
Accommodation – Kilmorey Arms Hotel, Kilkeel, Newry, Co. Down.
2 nights B & B & 1 evening meal €170 PPS.
Extra Night + breakfast €50 PPS.
NO single rooms available, Rooms Allocated on first come basis.
Total of 7 triple rooms, (please arrange your own sharing).
Deposit of €50 PP by January 7th (club meeting).
Balance by March 3rd

Lots of good walks for all levels will be arranged.

Saturday 2 November 2019

November 2019 Newsletter


November 2019 Newsletter

Club AGM Happenings

We’re delighted to say that we were able to present cheques for €1,700 each to our three chosen charities at our AGM, which was held on Tuesday 1 October in the Park Hotel. We presented them to John Moran of West Waterford Hospice, Erich Baumann, representing Dungarvan Lions Club and Richard Dykes, represented SEMRA. We’d like to thank John Moran for coming to the meeting to collect his cheque.

A few committee changes were also announced. Tony Fitzgerald stepped down as chairman of the club at the AGM, and we’d like to thank him for his commitment and thoroughness over the last three years. He was replaced by Neil Fitzgerald. Marcus O’Halloran is our new website coordinator and Michael Daly is our new B walk coordinator. The others are remaining in their roles, and we wish our new committee the best of luck.

Club Fees Increase

Technically, our fees are not increasing, but we have removed our early payment discount and our couples discount. That means all members will now pay €40 each per year, regardless of when they pay or whether their partner is in the club too. The increase is happening because Mountaineering Ireland are increasing their fees for membership and they supply our insurance.

Club Christmas Party

Ronagh Baumann is now taking names for the club Christmas party, happening on Saturday 7 December at 7pm in Merries Restaurant, Dungarvan. We will have the upstairs area to ourselves this year, with space for 40 people. The price is €31.50 for a three-course meal and €26.50 for two courses. You can pick up tickets at the November club meeting on Tuesday 5 November or you can contact Ronagh on 087 7986753.

Spring Weekend Away

On the May Bank Holiday Weekend in 2020, the club will be heading to Kilkeele in Co. Down, close to the beautiful Sliabh Donard area, where we will be able to enjoy lots of beautiful walks. We will be staying in a place called Kilmurray Lodge. Mary Murphy will be revealing more details in the coming weeks.

Dates For Your Diary

SEMRA Long Way Round Walk, Saturday 23 November, Clonmel
Mulled Wine Christmas Walk, Sunday 15 December, Ardmore

If you have any news or walk reports you’d like included in the club newsletter, please contact club PRO Derbhile Graham, derbhile.graham@gmail.com.



Saturday 26 October 2019

Thursday Walk in Carrigavantry, Fenor, 24 October 2019

The Thursday C walkers ventured east for a walk around Carrigavantry Lake, Fenor, on Thursday 24 April. The walk was led by Norman and Derbhile Graham. The weather was mixed but the views were stunning. Photos taken by Derbhile Graham.




Friday 18 October 2019

Sunday B and C Walk

Last Sunday, 13 October, the C walkers had a challenging C plus with John Power, which saw them ascend the Sugar Loaf. Veteran photographer Patricia Hurley was on hand to catch the action.



And the B walkers went on a moisture laden walk up Mahon Falls with Richard Dykes. Another veteran photographer, Michael Daly, took stunning pictures of waterfalls, amongst other views. 




Friday 11 October 2019

Hillwalking Club Holiday in Croatia

Every year, our club takes a holiday abroad, and it's always an epic occasion. This year, 22 club members went to Croatia on a trip organised by The Travel Department. Club Secretary Ronagh Baumann organised the trip, for which much thanks. She also took some photos that capture the stunning scenery the walkers enjoyed. They returned home on Friday 11 October after a week away.

Here are Ronagh's luscious pictures.





Friday 4 October 2019

Local Charities Presented with Cheques at AGM

We were delighted to present cheques to representatives of our three chosen charities at the club AGM on Tuesday 1 October. The cheques were for €1,7000 each and came from our events during the year, like the Mulled Wine Walk and the Comeragh Crossing.

Here's John Moran of West Waterford Hospice receiving their cheque. Outgoing chairman Tony Fitzgerald did the honours.


Erich Baumann accepted the cheque on behalf of Dungarvan Lions Club. 


And Richard Dykes accepted the cheque on behalf of South-East Mountain Rescue (SEMRA).



Photo credits: Peter Mangan

Friday 13 September 2019

Wonderful Walk Photos

Changing skies were a feature of the Thursday C walk on 12 September last, and they were captured by Eibhlin Power. It was to Ballinard and it was led by John Power.




And here's a pic from Michael Daly's Sunday B walk to Knockshanahullion, taken by the man himself.