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Tuesday 15 November 2016

Dolomites Holiday Date Change

The new date is the 9th to 16th September 2017

Unfortunately the previous week became fully booked, very quickly.
Just one €200 deposit required asap.
Contact Tony 
087 258 8171

Wednesday 9 November 2016

6th November Nire Walk


30km/hr northerly breeze dry sunny and very cold, it had been the driest October in many a year. The planned walk, a visit to all the nire valley lakes, warm clothes thick hats, thick gloves and keep moving was the order of the day. We left the nire carpark and were blown up the ridge to Coumfea lake and a little shelter from the biting wind. Then moving on to the Coumalocha lakes we stopped between the two lakes for a cold quick bit to eat in the November sunshine.

We climbed over the next ridge and dropped down into the lower sgilloge lake and were greeted and entertained by “sionnach rua”playing and posing for pictures like a model. We then continue up to the next sgilloge and again our friend reappeared blocking our way across the little bridge until we paid a little fee. A sight which none of us had ever experience before and most likely never to forget for a long time, we then continued the walk back down to the nire car park.  Another glorious day on the hills!      
   “A Hillwalker”.



Ardmore Mulled Wine Walk

The Dungarvan meeting point is the Park Hotel at 14:00. 

Or the Curragh at 14:30.

Please bring a cake if you can.

Wednesday 2 November 2016

November News Letter

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER.               MEMBERSHIP NOW DUE
SEMRA. Long way round 15km night walk. 26th November.     semra.ie

T Shirts for Sale      €25     See Erich Baumann

CHRISTMAS MULLED WINE WALK.
Sunday 11th December. 14:00 outside the Park Hotel or 14:30 at the Curragh Ardmore.
Mulled Wine.         
                                         Mince Pies.                                          Cakes.

CHRISTMAS PARTY.

The annual Christmas party will be in the Dungarvan Tennis Club on Saturday the 17th December. This is a great fun filled night with live music in the beautiful tennis club. So hope to see you there.               2 Course Dinner with club members providing dessert
Tickets available from committee members. €30

LEENAUN MAY 2017

Our annual weekend away next year will be in the Leenaun Hotel. The proposed date is Friday May 12th / Saturday 13th at a cost of €110 per person for two nights B & B, one evening meal & 1 sandwich. One extra night is €35 (B&B) and one extra meal at €20. Single supplement is €12:500 per night.  Names to Peter who is coordinating.

AGM

49 Members attended this years AGM where refreshments and a slide of our recent Austrian holiday were displayed.        A light hearted awards ceremony also took place.

·         With regard to discussion at the AGM about the size of donation to be made from the Comeragh Crossing to a chosen charity, no EGM minutes can be located, and there are no specifics in the Club Constitution. Following further discussion by the Committee, the amount of donation will be decided by the Comeragh Crossing Committee depending on the profits made.

COMERAGH CROSSING

Richard Dykes has agreed to be chairman of the crossing committee and is actively seeking a management team to put on a first class walking event on the 1st July 2017. All positions must be filled to facilitate the running of the event.
More details next year.
SUMMER HOLIDAY

The possibility of a “Topflight” walking holiday to Italy in September is being investigated, details will be made available when available.

If you have walk reports, news or adverts please forward them on to Anne at

annedykes241@gmail.com

Dolomites Summer 2017


See Tony Fitzgerald for details 

Thursday 20 October 2016

Membership

Membership

To get the €10 discount on the membership fees you must pay by 31st October

Membership Fees 2016 / 2017
Member: €40.00             Family Member (same address): €35.00         Member of other MI Club: €15.00

Membership forms are available on the web site.

Membership Secretary
David Byrne
37 Ballyrandle Drive
Ballinroad
Dungarvan
County Waterford

davidbyrne999@eircom.net

087 797 1697

Monday 3 October 2016

Austrian Holiday

SEPTEMBER AUSTRIAN HOLIDAY.
Sunday, September 4th saw a significant proportion of the DHWC departing form Dublin airport with Topflight, clutching boots, bags and sticks: destination-The Tyrolean province of Austria. Our chairman, Richard had been researching and planning over many months and what a fine job he did.
It was a delight to arrive in Ehrwald, such a beautiful alpine village and more especially to the Hotel Sonnenburg where Danielle and her staff welcomed us and indulged us to an exceptionally high standard over the next 7 days.
The week began by us being gently seduced into the sounds of the mountains: the rustling of the soaring conifers, the fragrance exuded from the pines and meadows, not forgetting the comforting chimes of cowbells. Our Austrian walking guides greatly enhanced our holiday. They catered for all in our 39 strong group and were an invaluable source of information and so knowledgeable of the history of the area. They promoted the "Alpine Pace" which meant everyone reached their own heights whilst appreciating the scenery along the way.
On our first walk of the week, we went to the Seebenbach Waterfalls, which thrust forth from the Sonnenspitze Cliffs. This was a leisurely walk and helped us to absorb our new surroundings. The cross at the top of Hollfopf 2.194 m was our destination midweek: it was Eileen's birthday and after singing our greetings to her at breakfast, we headed off on an amazing day. We took the cable car first and then transferred to the 2 seater chair lifts which swiftly and silently glided us to the next ski station. We then proceeded to walk to the summit of Hollkopf. The air was quite thin but it was a beautiful day and we were blessed and elated when we arrived at the Plateau above. We picnicked, rested, recharged and descended. As if that was not enough excitement for one day, many opted for the alternative downhill transport- The Biberweir Summer toboggan run- round and round until we reached the bottom. What a thrill that was. Childhood revisited.s
The fitter among us, mostly men but with a couple of courageous individuals representing the fairer sex conquered the slopes of the Zugspitze glacier. They began from a 1500 m starting point and ascended to a height of 2570 m- a distance of 12 kms-climbing throughout. That was a very tough 6 hour climb. Those intrepid souls were welcomed back at the hotel to rapturous applause: all looking content, relaxed and healthy.
The walk to Lake Seebensee was beautiful, walkers frequently having one foot in Austria, the other in Germany. The guide explaining how it would originally have been Tyrolean and Bavarian independent territory. The lake water was very cold but good for tired feet and those that were tempted to paddle were very glad they had done so.
The summit of Zugspitze 2062 m is Germany's highest point. We visited the museum and the glacier below. It was very busy with tourists-we were lucky to see the views as the top was obscured by fog soon after we reached lower ground.
On Saturday when the organised excursions were over, we all spent the day in various ways- some took the little red train to the town of Garmisch- others to the lake Heiterwanger See for a leisurely 2 hour boat trip. Two members cycled there- Other s visited the city of Innsbruch to immerse themselves in the culture and sights
There was a brass band playing in the village one night but most evenings were spent in the hotel where our own musicians played and singing and dancing prevailed. Friday night was Quiz night- a big thank you to Ronagh for organizing that. Thanks to Erich and Brendan for helping .
This is the time of year when the farmers of Ehrwald bring their livestock down from the mountains to lower ground for the winter. On our last day, the group got to witness the descent of the sheep and shearing at first hand. The cattle donning garlands of flowers- it was a spectacle to behold. Villagers with stalls displaying their arts and crafts dotted about in the sun made our final view of Ehrwald a lasting and arresting memory.

The beauty of a holiday like this is that it gives us a chance to do what may be impossible to do alone, but there is always a chance to be alone. Nothing is compulsory. If you are considering joining a club, do consider ours. If you are an ex member or an inactive member, perhaps you will try again, Walking is so very conducive to good physical and mental health. Our club motto is "Fitness, Friendship and Fun " Why not give it a go.
Thanks again to Richard , it was a wonderful holiday. Here's to next time.

REPORT BY CLARE GRACE.

Wednesday 31 August 2016

September News Letter

September Hillwalking Newsletter

T Shirts for Sale      €25     See Ann
Vacancies and job descriptions
Chairperson                          Overseeing Club Meeting. Could it be time for a female Chair person ?
Secretary                               Preparing and printing walk sheets, making notes at club and committee meetings.
Membership Secretary                    Collecting fees & updating records.
B & C Walk Coordinators               Finding leaders for weekend walks

Please consider taking on a committee position.
Walk report

SUNDAY AUGUST 7th.                              FEARBREAGA WALK.
20 enthusiastic walkers turned up, including 3 visitors (most welcome). We started from the Mauma road and headed for Carrigaline Mast. Of course this was a huge surprise to our visitors. "What on earth is that".
Photos at the standing stone were followed by lunch in the shelter of the stone circle sheltering us from the wind. But the sun shone and the views were terrific.
It takes time to get 20 bodies across wire fencing and gullies, but the “cute" ones went first and took the opportunity to lie in the long grass soaking up the sunshine..... Obviously I had total control over the group!!!
The Waterford v Kilkenny Hurling match was on the radio and as we debooted, we HAD to go to the Tudor Bar in Dungarvan to console ourselves. What's new!!!
The GAA and the DHWC are very similar-we will do it all again next week folks-same time, same venue.
Walk leader and report by Ann Mangan.

Thanks to walk leaders and those that sent in reports. Keep 'em coming.

UPCOMING EVENTS.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. OCTOBER 4th. 8pm
The Club will hold its annual AGM in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan on the 4th October at 8pm. We hope to see as many of our members as possible at the meeting.
Refreshments provided.

CHRISTMAS PARTY.
The annual Christmas party will be in the Dungarvan Tennis Club on Saturday the 17th December. More information about it in the coming months. But save the date! This is a great fun filled night in the beautiful tennis club. So hope to see you there.

ARDMORE MULLED WINE WALK

Our annual Xmas walk is on Sunday 11th December. More details later.


If you have any walk reports, news or adverts please forward them on to Marie by email at                       bishopsnest33129@gmail.com

Friday 12 August 2016

August News Letter

August Hillwalking Newsletter

T Shirts for Sale      €25     See Ann
September Club Night

There will be no Club Night on Tuesday 6th September due to our Austrian Holiday. We will meet the previous week on Tuesday 30th August instead.

Events

Summer BBQ          Saturday 16th July    We had a great night in Marie's house at the summer BBQ. The weather forecast was not good but on the night it was warm and pleasant. Thanks to all those who came along and helped to make it a success.

AGM                                                   Tuesday 4th October 8pm Park Hotel

Vacancies and job descriptions
Chairperson                          Overseeing Club Meeting. Could it be time for a female Chair person ?
Secretary                               Preparing and printing walk sheets, Making notes at club and committee meetings.
Membership Secretary                    Collecting fees & updating records.
B & C Walk Coordinators               Finding leaders for weekend walks


Please consider taking on a committee position.

Walk report              A whopping 24 walkers turned up for Reenie Palmer's Thursday C walk in Cutteen on 14 July. The walk was split in two, with Geoff leading 10 walkers on a scramble which involved Tarzan-like swinging out of trees. Reenie led the rest of the remaining walkers. The walk took three hours and in spite of the heavy clouds, the rain didn't come until after the cake was eaten. Best of all, there was enough cake to go round.

Xmas DinnerDate
Saturday 17th December at the Tennis Club

Comeragh Crossing.
Ríoghnach was the young girl who provided refreshments in Bohadoon South, she has been located and has been awarded a certificate and a voucher for her efforts.

If you have any walk reports, news or adverts please forward them on to Marie by email at

Thursday 7 July 2016

July News Letter

July Hillwalking Newsletter

T Shirts for Sale      €25     See Ann
Austrian Holiday

                                    Still collecting bus Money €35 euro return.

Events
Summer BBQ          Saturday 16th July    6:30 pm          Maries House           Tickets €5
Brink your own Food & Drink

AGM                                                   Tuesday 4th October 8pm Park Hotel
Please consider taking on a committee position as some key members are standing down.

Comeragh Crossing
A total of 167 walkers.
Challenge. 30.          Crossing Walk. 65.              Nire Walk. 59.           Kilbrien Walk 13.
First person back at 15:07              Last person back at 19:52               5 Retired
Well done to all entrants. And a big thank you to everyone who helped on the day and to the pre event organisation team.

Walk report              29th May 16
A group of 13 B walkers including 4 guests from Fingal Walking Club started in the High Car Park at Mahon Falls             From there we climbed Comeragh Mt. to spot height 668m and followed the ridge overlooking Coumtay and the 7 Sisters on left.    We crossed Coumfea to a beautiful view overlooking Lough Coumfee /Coumalocha. Countinuing on to 730 and again fantastic scenery of Nire Valley /Squilloges Lakes with Knockanaifreann in the distance. We stopped for lunch at a small stream where more suncream was needed. From here up to 750 and across to The Boola Cairn and then crossed an almost dry Uisce Solas on the way back to Coumshingaun Lake before continuing on to 792 . Crossed Mahon Falls on top and handrailed round overlooking pathway into Falls before finally descending Comeragh Mt. and back to cars.
A fantastic clear day to be able to showcase our beautiful Comeragh Mts. and Lakes To the Dubs.                       Michael Daly
Tom Crean Walk. 12 walkers from Club went to Anascaul for the annual Tom Crean walk. All started great and then the rain fell all day. After we reached the top of Mount Brandon, we could see nothing until the finish but it was a great weekend and enjoyed by all there.

Trip to Tip. Dick and Helen Wade led a tip-top day out in Tipp on Thursday 16 June. 15 walkers took part in the 11km walk around the Dolmen Loop in the Galtys. We stopped for a picnic at Shrough Dolmen, where Elizabeth Twohig spoke about the history of this ancient structure. The walk took 3.5 hours and the weather held up. Afterwards, the walkers enjoyed a well-earned meal in Cahir House Hotel and dessert was a dolmen-shaped cake, made by Elizabeth Twohig.
If you have any walk reports, news or adverts please forward them on to Marie by email at