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Friday 16 January 2015

KILLARNEY DATE CHANGE

Please note a change of date for the Killarney weekend.

Now from 17th  to 19th April.  ( Following Weekend )

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Killarney Weekend

April Killarney
Friday April 17th to Sunday 19th April 2015.
We are staying at the Castlerosse hotel on the shore of Killarney lake 2Km from the town centre.
More info from http://www.castlerosse.ie/ looks good.
Rates are:
€115 per person sharing, includes 2 nights Bed & Breakfast & Dinner on 1 evening.
€169 per person sharing, includes 3 nights Bed & Breakfast & Dinner on 2 evenings.
There is a single supplement of €25 per night.
Plenty of walking at all levels.
Booking with Richard Dykes.
086 2411287
On February & March club nights at the Tudor House.

Club Holiday 2015

September Lake District
 
 
Any club member showing an interest in going to the Lake District on the first or second week in September is asked to contact Tony Fitzgerald on 087 2588171  or    tonyfitz2752@hotmail.com 
This is to give us a rough idea of numbers for what promises to be an excellent location and holiday.
 
 

Tuesday 6 January 2015

January News Letter

DUNGARVAN HILLWALKING CLUB JANUARY NEWS LETTER

Wishing members a Happy and Healthy new year

CHRISTMAS PARTY.
The 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 night.
ARDMORE MULLED WINE & MINCE PIE WALK. December 21st.
Despite a 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.
As we 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.
Following 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
Despite 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.
·         On the club night in February we are inviting founder members along to celebrate 20 years of the club. Past and present members welcome.
·         We are looking for people to play an organising role in the Comeragh Crossing, Ideas on a possible restructuring are also welcome. Contact Richard Dykes. 086 2411287
·         It is hoped to hold a basic navigation course in 2015. We will keep you informed when the arrangements are finalised.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL C WALK.25th January.
Barrows, stone circles and Fulachtal Fia around Araglin Valley. Not a demanding a walk, but more of a recognising and finding Stone/Bronze age features.

KILLARNEY TRIP.
A weekend 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.

Monday 1 December 2014

Recent Pictures



November News Letter


Dungarvan Hillwalking Club. November News Letter.

C walk Sunday 9th November.
Kevin 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.
We made 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 Caitriona)
We headed 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 McGovern.

14th 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.

Sunday 30th November
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.
Clare Grace
“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 waymarked  pathway 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.

Rita Moore

Monday 3 November 2014

October News letter


October 12th 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
October 19th B Walk
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.
Events.            Night Hike.      Friday 14th November.                   18:00 Top of Mauma Road.

                          Christmas Dinner.            €25         Live Music.          20th December. Tom Daly Catering.
                          Ardmore Christmas Walk.            21st December.      Supporting Dungarvan Lions Club
SEMRA
Fund Raising Event. 15Km Night walk/Run. Saturday 29th November
More Info at www.semra.ie

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.
Tony 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. bishopsnest33129@gmail.com

Monday 6 October 2014

Membership

Your hillwalking club membership is now due for renewal.
 
Membership Fees.
 
Early Payment discount up to 31/10/2014.    €30.
Normal member from 01/11/2014.                 €40.
Family member (same address).                   €35.
Member of other MI club.                               €15.
 
Forms available on line and membership secretary. 
Mary Murphy
Knockateemore
Abbeyside
058 41770
087 2273825
 
See you on the hill.                                           Happy Walking

MOUNTAIN RESCUE FUND RAISER

The South Eastern Mountain Rescue is holding a fund raising event on 29th November 2014.

A 15Km Night Walk or Run starting in Clonmel.

More Details from  www.semra.ie