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
ARDMORE MULLED WINE & MINCE PIE WALK. December
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.
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.
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.
NEW YEARS DAY WALK
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.
SOME MORE NEWS.
club night in February we are inviting founder members along to celebrate 20
years of the club. Past and present members welcome.
looking for people to play an organising role in the Comeragh Crossing, Ideas
on a possible restructuring are also welcome. Contact Richard Dykes. 086
hoped to hold a basic navigation course in 2015. We will keep you informed when
the arrangements are finalised.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL C WALK.25th January.
stone circles and Fulachtal Fia around Araglin Valley. Not a demanding a walk,
but more of a recognising and finding Stone/Bronze age features.
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.
Moore led 23 of us to visit the Comeragh Lakes. On arrival, he decided to alter
course, as underfoot conditions were not to his satisfaction, and headed
instead to the Sgilloges.
our way in orderly fashion towards the lake, receiving a few short breaks, and
arrived to beautiful sunshine. During coffee break, Kevin explained the history
of the area, including the Seanbhean agus an Píoba (all understood except brit
back and Kevin was worried as daylight was fading. Tom Murphy, sweeping, asked
some ladies to ease up on the talk, but to no avail, but amazingly, the talk
increased but so did speed of walk. Tom suggested we change the name of the
club to The Talking Club but no takers. Needless to say, we arrived back
safely, and seriously, a great days exercise was had by all, and good to see a
few new members present also. Buíochas to Kevin. Donal
November Night Walk A brave group of 6 ventured onto the mountain at
18:00 on a dark cold and very wet under foot walk. The idea was to experience
walking on mountainous terrain in the dark and to see how different everything
looks at night. At the Carraigaline mast we turned off our torches and
experienced the eerie calm and blackness, with only the distant lights of the
surrounding villages to give us any orientation. A short walk but a great
experience, which will be repeated next year. Richard
SEMRA Congratulations to all club members who supported and completed the Long Way Round night walk on the 29th. A great night was had by all.
A dozen set off last
Sunday, rucksacks bursting with gear, hot drinks and tucker, for a day that
started off at minus 2 degrees. We were in for a pleasant surprise though; it
was pleasantly warm with clear blue skies and barely a breeze in it. Some were
heard complaining about how the bright sun was impeding their vision…isn’t that
a great complaint for late November.We started off not
far from Mountmellary and proceeded to the Liam Lynch Memorial where we sat on
the low wall in front of a sculpture of cast bronze Irish Wolfhounds. We ate our lunch and
as always dining al fresco is wonderful. We then progressed by climbing up to
Cruachan West stopping to take in the views. Tom then lead us on to Knockmeal
and it was from there we began our trek downwards and back to the cars for five
minutes, before the obligatory stop-off at the Cats Bar. What a lovely end to a
great day. Thank you Tom.
“A Walk For All The Seasons” Sgilloge
Loughs-Coum Lara Horseshoe Walk.
Oct saw our intrepid “C” walkers back in the Comeraghs to
walk the 11Km. Sgilloges/Coum Lara circuit. Our walk started in the beautiful,
incomparable Nire Valley, where it is said, “it is easier to walk than not to
walk”. A valley that is serenaded night and day by the tall cliffs and many
streams that flow into the Nire river. We followed the pathway that leads from
Whelan’s farm and out onto the open bogland and the townsland of Carrigeen.
This is an area rich in archeological history, with up to 15 sites of interest,
with old huts, earthworks, fulacht fiadh and the Carrigeen Standing Stone,
considered to be one of the finest examples of its type in Munster. From here
we walked the waymarkedpathway into the
upper lake of the Sgilloges in glorious sunshine, with the Sean Bean stream,
which flows down from the steep cliffs of the sandstone rock of the ridge,
forming a perfect backdrop. The heavy rainfall of the previous 3 days, and the
northerly winds made it an impressive sight, whipping the water upwards onto
the platue above. After a short break we climbed the gentle slopes out over the
shoulder to the east of the lake, and contoured into Coum Lara, crossing the
fast flowing stream that flows out of the Coum. From there, we crossed over
open bogland and heather covered boulders to arrive at The Gap and join up with
Boreen an Socraid/The Funeral Path. To the northwest, Knockanaffrin Ridge rises
majestically, and away in the distance we had a clear view of Slievenamon,
whilst to the south, the steep climb onto Carrigshaneun looked imposing.
Throughout the 19th century, and indeed into the early part of the 20th. century,
the Boreen an Socraid path provided families who lived on both sides of the
valley with safe and easy passage, and in 1930, locals witnessed the last
funeral procession to cross the mountain track with the remains being taken
from Rathgormack to the Nire. As daylight began to fade, the group headed back
the pathway, to arrive back at the Nire Carpark in glorious winter sunset. A
pleasing feature of the walk was the number of walkers who crossed the route
for the first time, and it was great to see new members out in the mountain in such
high numbers, so why not encourage a friend to join the club and experience for
themselves the beauty of the Comeraghs.
C Walk Thirteen C walkers, led by Elizabeth Twohig, explored the Anne Valley on
Sunday 12 October, in perfect weather, a circuit of c. 8-9 km. Starting at
Dunhill Castle, we trekked northwards on the laneway which runs along the
shoulder of the valley towards the GAA pitch. Then, with the kind permission of
the landowner, we crossed through a sheep farm down to the river valley, where
we turned south and walked the delightfully un-reclaimed riverside route back
to the bridge below Dunhill village. Here we met the buggy/wheelchair-friendly
track way which runs alongside the integrated constructed wetlands, and leads back
to the Castle car-park. Since we did this section of the route last year an
angling base has been opened, and there are even more useful signs and
information boards, including one at Dunhill Castle itself.
Dunhill sign unvieling
A tidy party of three headed out to the nire valley car
park, under an overcast sky. Forecast suggested a few light showers might occur
at around 1pm with heavier showers scheduled for 4pm. An initial climb of 340
meters from the car park brought us to the top of the ridge overlooking
Coumduala Lough and after a short cliff top walk we descended again down to the
Gap. From there we contoured around to the Sgilloges where we stopped for
lunch, with those forecasted light showers making their appearance. After lunch
we preceded onto the Coumalocha lakes and from there a small climb up to Lough
Coumfea, the highest lake in the Comeraghs. Following a second quick break
while enjoying the view from the lakeside we headed down the valley towards the
stepping stones river crossing and onto the road to return to the car park. A
total round trip of 14km and a height gain of 700 meters, we returned to the
car park just in time to avoid the heavy showers promised by the forecast.
November.18:00 Top of
December.Supporting Dungarvan Lions Club SEMRA Fund
Raising Event. 15Km Night walk/Run. Saturday 29th November More Info
Reminder. 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.
September 2015 Lake District Holiday.
Fitzgerald is organizing the holiday to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the
founding of the club. The exact dates to be decided shortly.
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 Marie
Jennings. Email address. firstname.lastname@example.org