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Tuesday 9 February 2016

Walk Report

B Walk Report.                  17th January 2016.           Knockanaffrin Ridge.

One of the things about leading a walk is that you have to turn up at the TSB car park, regardless of any bad weather just in case someone turns up. Most Leaders have a sixth sense and can usually judge when there will be no takers for the days walk.
How wrong can you be, a low cloud base, drizzle with a fair breeze and rain forecast for later on in the day, 12 walkers arrived eager to do battle with the elements.
Starting from the Nire car park we headed north to the Glennanore horseshoe valley and slowly climbed to about 500metres contouring around the valley to maintain our height.
Visibility was getting worse as we approached Knocksheegowna at 678metres, but we managed to find a bit of shelter on the lee side and had a quick lunch break, it was good to see 3 other walkers also braving the weather.
The plan was now to turn southwards and follow the ridge to Knockanaffrin at 755metres, on to the gap and then return to the Nire. The weather now got wet, foggy and windy but we battled on to the view point above Coumduala where we cut down the Carrigeen ridge to the car park, shortening the walk to 12 kilometres.
The walk was quite demanding but we all made it safely off the mountain and into Doocey’s bar for refreshments and a warm around the stove, well done to all.
I think it does us all good to endure bad weather every now and then to test ourselves, our equipment, and to remind us how harsh the mountain environment can be, and not to take any chances.
Safe walking

Richard

February News letter


Thanks

Before I begin, I would like to thank Derbhile Graham who very kindly took over the role of PRO while I was away for a few weeks over Christmas and New Year. She did an excellent job. Well done Derbhile.

Ballyhoura Day trip.

We intend to have a day out to the Ballyhoura mountains on Thursday 25th February.
Starting at 10:00 from the Park hotel, we shall car share to the venue and choose from 2 different length walks. And we can stop for some dinner on the way back in Cahir.

Wicklow

Money is now due for our Wicklow trip, please arrange payment of €130 via Richard, Erich or Ann.

Austria
  • We shall arrange for a coach to and from Dublin Airport
  • We can also take money for the Austrian trip.
  • Insurance is available from Topflight if required, more details later.


Take care when out walking this time of year, it is exceptionally slippery and wet under foot at the moment and also with high winds, it makes the easiest walk quite a bit harder.


If you’ve got a walk report or piece of news the club should know about, drop an email to Marie Jennings on bishopsnest33129@gmail.com


Comeragh Crossing


This year’s crossing is on Saturday 2nd July. It will soon be time to give some thought to the design of the event. Any ideas welcome.

Chairperson.                                           Richard Dykes.                                         086 241 1287
Secretary.                                                Ann Mangan.                                          087 765 7794
Membership Secretary                          Mary Murphy.                                               058 41770
Public Relations                                     Marie Jennings             bishopsnest33129@gmail.com

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Ardmore Walk 2015 Pictures

Ardmore Walk 2015


Walkers ready for the off


Just quietly passing the Cliff House Hotel
In the Sunshine
On the Cliffs
Pictures courtesy of Patricia Hurley

January News Letter

Hillwalking Newsletter 
Christmas Party a Swinging Success 
Thanks to the committee for giving us members a swinging night at the Tennis Club for our Christmas party on 12 December. More than 40 souls braved the bad weather and enjoyed festive fare, followed by several hours of dancing, singing and carousing. Sausages and chips made a welcome appearance just after midnight. We all appreciate the dedication of the committee for organising the caterers and DJ, making the room festive and clearing it up afterwards. A special shout out to those who provided delicious deserts on the night – we savoured every morsel. 
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies in Ardmore 
The festive fun didn’t stop at the Christmas party. On 20 December, we made our annual trip to Ardmore for the Mulled Wine and Mince Pies walk. The weather gods gave us respite from the relentless rain and we walked along the cliffs in brilliant sunshine. There was a celebrity wedding en route which we stopped to gawk at. There were valiant, enthusiastic attempts to sing carols. Santa hats were worn by some. Thanks to all who made mulled wine, mince pies and other treats, which were sampled with gusto. 40 walkers took part and they raised €219 for the Lions Club when a bucket was passed around after the walk. 
Club Holidays and Outings 
Ireland is full of fabulous walks and we’ll be exploring some of them in Wicklow, for the annual club weekend away from 22-24 April. We’ll be staying at Lynam’s of Laragh, and the price for two nights B&B and an evening mean is €130. Book your place with any member of the committee, as that trip is a hot ticket.   
Update to Facebook Page
For those who have embraced the 21st century, Dungarvan Hillwalking Club has a healthy presence on Facebook. There is a page for the general public called Dungarvan Hillwalking Club, and a group for members and prospective members called Members of Dungarvan Hillwalking Club. The Official Dungarvan Hillwalking Club and Supporters of Comeragh Crossing Facebook pages have now been deleted, but those who were on the previous pages are welcome to join the new ones. You'll find them by typing their names into the search box on Facebook.

If you’ve got a walk report or piece of news the club should know about, drop an email to Marie Jennings on bishopsnest33129@gmail.com
  
Walks are usually 4 to 6 hours. C Walks are about 3 hours. Inclement weather is likely to extend the time of all walks. Hillwalking is an adventure sport and not devoid of an element of risk. To minimize risk, be prepared: waterproof boots, rucksack, waterproofs, a packed lunch, hot drink, warm hat, gloves etc.  Mountaineering Ireland (MI) recognizes that participants in Hillwalking should be aware of and accept any risk and be responsible for their own actions and involvement                                    REMEMBER NO BOOTS, NO WALK


 A & B Walks cordinator.               Tony Fitzgerald.               087 258 8171
C Walks cordinator.                        Eddy Hill.                            083 181 8913
Thursday Walking. Contact:  Peter Mangan 087 230 8857  /  Reenie Palmer 087 122 4040

Chairperson.                                           Richard Dykes.                                         086 241 1287
Secretary.                                                Ann Mangan.                                          087 765 7794
Membership Secretary                          Mary Murphy.                                               058 41770
Public Relations                                     Marie Jennings             bishopsnest33129@gmail.com

Wednesday 16 December 2015

AUSTRIAN HOLIDAY DATE CHANGE

Due to the hotel becoming fully booked, the new date is 

4th September 2016



Austrian Tyrol.           Ehrwald.            September 4th to 11th.          Sonnenburg Hotel.     .
·        Package Holiday provided by topflight.ie
·        €659 per person sharing. 7 nights. Flights Transfers. Half board.
·        €150  deposit to DHWC required by 5th Jan 2016 or sooner.
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Contact
·        Richard Dykes                       086 241 1287              richard.dykes1@gmail.com



Tuesday 1 December 2015

December News Letter

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS.
After the Melleray Walk  on the 3rd, a visit to the “CATS” for refreshments and  then Santa has agreed at 1830hrs to let us visit his Grotto  at the “Melleray Winter Wonderland” for tea & cakes in the Marquee (donation req’d) Please note: This is only for Members  who have been good all year ! “Christmas Hats Essential” 
THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY for club members will be held on the 12th December in the Dungarvan Tennis & Bowls Club. Please contact a committee member if you want to buy a ticket for this fun event.Good Food, Good Entertainment, Good Company.
 ARDMORE MULLED WINE AND MINCE PIE WALK.                       C Style Walk.
The annual Ardmore Walk will be held on the 20th December at 1400 hrs meeting at the Park Hotel. This is a fund raising event for the Dungarvan Lions Club and we hope to see as many people as possible come along to make this event a great success again this year. Don't forget to bring along your Euros, a funny Christmas Hat and very warm clothes. 
Don’t Forget.              After the Sunday walks a bit of a gathering usually takes place in the Tudor House, to discuss the finer points of the day’s walking. Everyone welcome from 4pm.
Congratulations & thanks to members who completed the Long Way Round Fund Raiser for SEMRA
WICKLOW 2016
Friday April 22nd to Sunday 24th April 2016. Lynhams Hotel.
·        http://www.lynhamsoflaragh.ie/  3 Star hotel in village of Laragh
·        1Km from Glendalough in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains
·        €130 per person sharing, Includes 2 Nights B & B 1 Dinner
·        Richard Dykes  086 241 1287  richard.dykes1@gmail.com
·        Anne Mangan   087 765 7794  d4mangans@gmail.com
Pay asap. Cheques made payable to Dungarvan Hillwalking Club

Austrian Tyrol.           Ehrald.            September 11th to 18th.          Sonnenburg Hotel.     .
·        Package Holiday provided by topflight.ie
·        €659 per person sharing. 7 nights. Flights Transfers. Half board.
·        €150 returnable deposit to DHWC required by 5th Jan 2016.
·        When booked with topflight deposit becomes non refundable.

·        Richard Dykes                       086 241 1287              richard.dykes1@gmail.com

Friday 27 November 2015

Walk Report. 1st November

"PURE MAGIC" a Walk in the Comeragh Mountains.

The fog was down to the water’s edge in Dungarvan harbour when 6 brave hill walkers gathered, expecting a foggy walk with no visibility. We drove to the Nire Car Park and started walking the track towards the Gap in a complete blanket of fog. As we approached the Gap, the fog started to clear and we could see, higher up on Carrignagower, that it was blue sky and sunshine peeking out through the fog. We climbed through the fog and within 5 minutes we broke out into the bluest sky and sunshine. The clearest day of sunshine so far.

Off in the distance, we could see nothing but the " Shaving Foam Clouds"all the way until they were interrupted by the "Knockmealdowns"to the West, "Galteemore" further West," Silvermines" North West," Slievenamon" to the North and" Mount Leinster to the North East. (50 Kms away!!) It was like flying over the Alps in a plane except we were in the Comeraghs!! We continued onto the Boole Cairn and stopped for lunch dining in T-Shirts and sunglasses- a warm breeze gently blowing. We then continued to the top of Coumshingaun. But looking in, we saw nothing but a Coum full of fog/cloud -Shaving Foam!! From there we crossed the black bog and as we dropped into the fog, it retreated back down to the falls as the hot sun burnt off the fog. As we cleared the the black bog, the fog again crept its way back up the valley, covering the area we had just crossed "PURE MAGIC". We then dropped back down into the Scilloges, into the fog, with visibility back down to 5 meters and back to using compass, GPS and maps all the way to the Nire Car Park.!!              ONE MAGICAL DAY OF HILL WALKING.       Donal O' Mahoney

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Milk Hill "B" Walk

Sunday 22nd Milk Hill "B" Walk route

Ten walkers faced milk hill in the Monavullagh mountains on Sunday.
Just over 12Kms and a maximum height of 600m.
Great views of the Nire valley, Seefin and down towards Dungarvan.






Monday 9 November 2015

The Long Way Round

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association 

FUND RAISER

SATURDAY NOV. 28th.

15Km Night Walk and Run (not Chipped) 

Start and Finish at Mountain Rescue Base   Clonmel Fire Station


Registration Open from 17.00 - 18.30hrs.


For more info and Entry Pack see our Web Site      www.semra.ie/longwayround


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Thursday 5 November 2015

C Walk schedule amendment

The C walk schedule on the web page is correct.

15th November.       Broe Mountain.
22nd November.      Kilmacthomas.

Earlier printed versions were reversed.
Sorry for any inconvenience.