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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.

Friday 24 May 2019

Sligo Weekend May 2019

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club had a fabulously successful weekend in Sligo on the weekend of 17-19 May 2019. Over forty members signed up for the weekend, and there was a wide range of walks on offer. Here are a few pics taken on Knocknarea Mountain, rumoured to be the burial place of Queen Maeve.

Three of the pics are from Derbhile Graham …



… and this pic came from Ann Mangan



Friday 10 May 2019

A Tale of Two Thursday Walks - In Two Photos

On Thursday 9 May, two of our veteran photographers attended each of our two Thursday walks.

Michael Daly thoroughly enjoyed Peter Mangan's B walk, a looped walk which took in Crotty's Lake. Here's his stunning pic.


Then Eibhlin Power captured the merriment of the Thursday C walkers, who headed for Killineen Ridge under the leadership of Carmel. 


Monday 6 May 2019

May Newsletter







Update on Sligo Weekend



The club expects to have a magnificent weekend in Sligo on 17 and 18 May. We’ll be staying at the Sligo Southern Hotel, where we’ll no doubt enjoy great food and hospitality. But above all, we’ll be enjoying some varied and interesting walks, thanks to the hard work of Dave Byrne and his recce team, who have checked out the walks for us.



The Saturday B walk is expected to be on the mighty Ben Bulben, clocking in at 15.5km. The C walk is expected to be to Knocknaree Mountain and the grave of the legendary Queen Maeve. Also, the car pool fee is €30 for those who are sharing the driving.





Walk Report: Anne Valley Sunday C Walk, 31 March



A tidy handful of walkers ventured east to try out the extended Anne Valley walk under the leadership of Elizabeth Twohig. Nine walkers in all sampled the new route, which takes you along the Anne River. The walkers had a chance to see lots of wildlife, and the walkers were delighted to come upon a swan’s nest.



Unfortunately, we missed a chance to see an egret that had been popping up in recent days, but we were content to chat and explore the route, which was new to some of the walkers. The walk lasted just under three hours and the cloud cover never quite lifted, though it stayed dry.





Dates For Your Diary:



Saturday 6 July: Comeragh Crossing



Saturday 13 July: Club Barbecue, kindly hosted by Colm and Linda Humphries



Sunday 1 September: Cunnigar Crossing





Next Club Meeting: The next club meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 June at the Tudor House at 8pm.





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 26 April 2019

Highlights from Easter Walks

On Easter Sunday, 21 April, the B walkers went on an expedition to the Galtys and Patrick Murray captured the views




The pilgrimage vibe continued when the Thursday C walkers went to Aglish Cross on 25 April and took in park of St Declan's Way. Eibhlin Power was on hand with her trusty camera.





Friday 12 April 2019

Jeep Wanted for Comeragh Crossing

Calling all jeep owners. Richard Dykes, organiser of the Comeragh Crossing on 6 July 2019, is looking for a club member with a 4x4 jeep, or who knows someone with a jeep, who would be available to bring water supplies up Seefin during the crossing. This water is very necessary for walkers to keep hydrated during the crossing, and our usual jeep driver is not available.

If you think you might be able to help, please contact Richard via dungarvanhillwalking@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your help.

Sunday 31 March 2019

April 2019 Newsletter





Register on the Day for Kilbrien Comeragh Crossing Walk



Following on from last month’s newsletter item about registering for the Comeragh Crossing, we just want to clarify that you don’t need to register online for the Kilbrien section of the Comeragh Crossing, the 10km walk. You can register for it on the day and the cost is €20. Of course, if you do want to register for it online, you are welcome to do so. Just drop in to

www.dungarvanhillwalking.ie and choosing Comeragh Crossing from the menu on the left-hand side of the page. You can also register online for all the other Comeragh Crossing walks there.



Walk Report: St Patrick’s Day Walk



We were delighted to be able to run our St Patrick’s Day walk again after snow scuppered the walk last year. Brian Wickham led approximately 25 walkers up Slievenamon and back down again, in a walk that took just under three hours. Showers threatened but thankfully stayed away as we climbed, though it was far too cold for our annual Slievenamon sing-song at the top. However, as we were leaving, an unmerciful shower of hailstones descended from the sky. St Patrick’s wrath, perhaps?



With a tough climb and a slippery descent, this walk had a definite air of penance about it, but after that penance, there was the reward of cakes and many other goodies at Kilcash Castle. Thanks to all who contributed goodies, and thanks to Brian Wickham for leadership and for boozy cake.



Food Festival Walk



Dungarvan Hillwalking Club is running a hillwalk again for the West Waterford Food Festival. The walk will take place on Saturday 27 April, and it will be in the Comeraghs. The walk meets at the Park Hotel at 10am and then you drive to the starting point. The walk will cover a 6km route and will last four hours. Tickets are €10 and you can buy them from the West Waterford Festival of Food website. https://www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com. Go to events, then Trails and Tours, and you’ll find Hillwalking in the Comeraghs, where you can register for the walk. You can also drop into Dungarvan Tourist Office.



Next Club Meeting: The next club meeting will take place on Tuesday 7 May at the Tudor House at 8pm.



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 29 March 2019

Thursday Walkers Walk on Water

The Thursday C walk on 28 March took the walkers to Mount Stuart, where they encountered an unexpected obstacle. Being an intrepid, cheerful bunch, they found inventive ways around it, and they helped each other true with typical generous spirit. Their struggle and triumph was captured by walk leader and enthusiastic photographer Eibhlin Power.