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Thursday 10 July 2014

Comeragh Crossing Pics

What would a walk be without pictures. At the very least, they provide evidence that you actually did it.

These are pics from Stage 3 of the Comeragh Crossing, from the Carrigs to the soccer club. The walkers picked their way through high ferns...

And managed to avoid the looming squalls.

 Pics taken by Norman Graham.

Monday 7 July 2014

Comeragh Crossing

A big thanks to every one who helped to make the 2014 Comeragh Crossing a great success.

We had over 160 walkers on the mountains with good weather and visibility and most importantly, they all returned safely.

A great day, and hope to see you all out next year.

Jim Holmes has a walk report on


We have a black and blue rucksack with contents and a hat left behind in the Soccer club, if it is yours let us know and we can return it.

Thanks

Richard

Monday 30 June 2014

July News Letter


Dungarvan Hillwalking Club June Newsletter

Comeragh Crossing, Saturday 5th July

The Comeragh crossing is finally upon us and will take place on Saturday, July 5th. At 7am, the Challenge walkers will set off on their arduous trek. Then at 7.30, the hardy walkers who plan to do all three stages of the Crossing, or the first section, will set off on the bus to Clonmel. Those beginning the walk in the Nire will take the bus at 10am and those beginning at the Carraigs will take it at 1pm.  

All buses leave from the soccer club, where the walkers will return for some delicious grub after they’ve finished the walk. Funds will be raised for the West Waterford Hospice and the registration fee is €25. Registration takes place on the day. Don’t forget your boots. For more information or to volunteer, contact Tony Fitzgerald on: 0872599171 

C Walk: Brownstown Head, Sunday June 22nd 

This walk was revenge for the rain-drenched Dunmore East walk two years ago, which some members may remember. On that occasion, we were chased by a cloudburst. This time, we walked in golden sunshine. Owing to the Dunmore East food festival, we did not take our usual route, but began on the Saleens, opposite Tramore beach. We walked along the beach, and then all along headland to the two pillars which acted as signals for ships in the days before GPS. We then trekked along trails which were jungle like in their greenery. Leader Norman Graham introduced his troop of seven other walkers to some new sports, including cliff scrambling and wire-wiggling, a form of limbo dancing under wires. They rose to the challenge beautifully.

Cunnigar Crossing: Sunday 13th July 

Time and tide waits for no man, and as soon as the excitement of the Comeragh Crossing has died down, it’s time to prepare for another crossing, the Cunnigar Crossing. This will take place on Sunday 13th July, at 12.30 sharp, meeting at TSB car park. It’s essential to be in time so we can beat the tide. This event is hugely popular and walkers enjoy the novelty of wading across the Cunnigar sandbar. We will then walk along the beach, clamber up some rocks and arrive at Tig an Cheoil pub for some delicious grub. Funds will be raised for the Lions Club. The minibus from Tig an Cheoil costs €3.  

C Walk, Milk Hill, Sunday 15th June 

11 walkers took a hike up to the top of this dairy-themed hill in deliciously warm weather. They had to dodge cows at the start and finish of the walk, but the farmer was incredibly accommodating and we would like to thank him. Erich Baumann took us to the top of the hill, but we couldn’t rest yet. We had to walk along the wide, flat summit to the cross, where we had lunch. We were able to admire a stunning view, of all our major mountain landmarks, spread across four counties. 
 
If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to derbhile.graham@gmail.com

Wednesday 4 June 2014

June News Letter


Hillwalking Newsletter

Countdown to Comeragh Crossing

The countdown to the Comeragh Crossing is well and truly underway. The action will take place on Saturday July 5th, when hordes of walkers descend on the Comeragh Mountains and trek a route between Clonmel and Dungarvan. As in other years, you can do the whole crossing or a section, and volunteers will be there at every checkpoint to help you out and give you sustenance. Afterwards, there’ll be a slap up feed in the soccer club. There will be souvenirs, but Richard Dykes says that they’re top secret. For more information or to volunteer, contact Tony Fitzgerald on: 0872599171 

New Patches Available

It’s the must have walking accessory of the season. It’s the brand-new Dungarvan Hillwalking Club patch. It’s a handsome shade of blue, and it features the new Dungarvan Hillwalking Club logo. You can buy them for €5 from members of the committee. You can sew or Velcro them to your coat or hang them from your rucksack to make a splash. 

Cunnigar Crossing: Sunday 13th July 

Time and tide waits for no man, and as soon as the excitement of the Comeragh Crossing has died down, it’s time to prepare for another crossing, the Cunnigar Crossing. This will take place on Sunday 13th July, time to be confirmed. This event is hugely popular and walkers enjoy the novelty of wading across the Cunnigar sandbar, onto the beach and up to Tig an Cheoil pub for some delicious grub. Funds will be raised for the Lions Club. The minibus from Tig an Cheoil costs €3. 

Thursday Walk: Carrigavantry Reservoir 

A group of 10 intrepid walkers ventured to the east of the county for a walk around Carrigavantry Reservoir, near Tramore. It was a steady walk of just under three hours, in glorious sunshine. After the walk, in true Thursday style, the walkers gorged on various cakes. The walk was led by the ever-capable John Brown.  

Thursday Walk Outing

Jack Clancy’s mystery walks were always a favourite with Thursday walkers in particular and the tradition of a day out will be revived with a trip to the Glen of Aherlow on Thursday 26th June. We will leave Dungarvan at approximately 10am and walk one of three gentle loops in the famous Glen of Aherlow, followed by refreshments in the Aherlow Hotel. You can expect cake to make an appearance at some stage. 

18th May Knockmealdown Walk report. 

Starting from Mountmelleray in the grey mist and drizzle eleven walkers set off for Knocknafallia, Knocknagnauv and Knockmealdown peaks. We played host to five guest walkers from Kerry hoping to show them the beauty of our local mountains, but unfortunately the mist and rain did not relent. From the flat summit of Knocknafallia at 668m we traversed the coll to Knocknagnauv at 655m and picked up the county boundary wall and followed it to the south west and sheltered behind it for lunch. On reaching the next coll we made a group decision to head for clearer lower ground and headed to Bulls well to follow the uphill flowing stream !!!  We returned to the Abbey via the reservoir and finished with refreshments at the Cats public house. Richard Dykes.
If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to derbhile.graham@gmail.com

Tuesday 20 May 2014

COMERAGH CROSSING. SATURDAY 5th JULY 2014


COMERAGH CROSSING & CHALLENGE

SATURDAY 5th JULY 2014

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club are delighted to host their annual Event of the year and the details are as follows.
Comeragh Crossing Walks. Beautiful scenery on a good day, but has proved difficult on an inclement day.
There are
Four Walks to choose from on the day depending on your ability and fitness.

WALK 1.  CLONMEL TO WHITES CROSS

This walk is approx 35Km long on Mountain terrain with approx.
1250m ascent with marshy ground on summit plains. Bus leaves Dungarvan 7.30a.m. In this walk you can avail of joining a group with Leaders or do it unled as an individual or with friends. Walking time for this walk is approx l0hrs.

WALK 2.  NIRE VALLEY TO WHITES CROSS

Mountain terrain with approx. 900m ascent with marshy ground on summit plains. Bus leaves Dungarvan at 10.00a.m. Leaders are provided for this walk but you can participate on your own or as a group. Walking time for this walk is approx 6 hours.

WALK 3.   CARRAIGS TO WHITES CROSS

Open mountain and forest tracks. Boots are now required for this section. Bus leaves Dungarvan at 13.00hrs. This walk has a group leader and is for walkers who prefer a less strenuous day on the mountain.

WALK 4.   THE COMERAGH CROSSING CHALLENGE

The Challenge is approx. 45Km. with about 2000m ascent.
Bus leaves Dungarvan at 7.00am SHARP

It is advisable that participants should have completed other long distance walks with at least 1500m ascent or more. This is a Challenge Walk for the very experienced walker with a high level of fitness required .The average walking time is about 10 hours. Apart from the physical challenge, it is a test of navigation
and route finding especially in poor weather conditions.

We advise ALL grades of walkers that the closing time
for the Mauma Rd Checkpoint will be strictly adhered to. i.e. 18.30hrs.

Registration All participants MUST register at Dungarvan Soccer Club
Note : it is NOT possible to register
at Walk Start Point
Registration fee is €25,
other than Walks 3 which will be €20.
€5 will be donated to West Waterford Hospice from all entries.

Transport is provided from Dungarvan Soccer Club to the start points.
Participants are advised that transport is NOT provided back to start point or other start points later in the day.
At walk finish, transport will only be provided from Whites Cross to Dungarvan Soccer Club.

Comeragh Crossing Challenge
Bus departs Dungarvan Soccer Club at 07.00hrs.

Comeragh Crossing Walk
Bus departs Dungarvan Soccer Club at 07.30hrs.

To join at Walk 2 or Walk 3 Buses depart Dungarvan Soccer Club at lO.OOhrs. and 13.00hrs respectively.
Free Parking is available near the Soccer Club in Dungarvan.

Food and Drink As the walk will take up to 10 hours to complete, participants should carry enough food and liquids with them. In addition light refreshments will be available at the Nire Car Park, Seefin and the Mauma Rd. and a more substantial meal will be provided at Dungarvan Soccer Club after final check-in.

Leaving the Comeragh Crossing
If, on the day, it becomes impossible for a walker to complete the course, he/she should try to finish at a manned checkpoint and hand in their control card there. A steward will advise as to transport to Dungarvan etc.
In circumstances where this is not possible, the emergency phone number on the control card should be contacted A.S.A.P. so that help can be arranged.

Organiser's decisions
In any matter arising in connection with the Crossing, the organiser's decision is final. Every precaution is taken to safeguard the walkers, but those taking part do so at their own risk.

For further details please contact : Richard Dykes

Phone 086 2411287

Tuesday 6 May 2014

May News Letter


Dungarvan Hillwalking Club May Newsletter

A Slightly Debauched Weekend in Leenane.

A horde of Dungarvan hillwalkers descended on the hills of Connemara, or should that be ascended, on the weekend of April 25th. They stayed as always in the extremely comfortable and homely Leenane Hotel. The weather wobbled somewhat, but luckily the weekend wasn’t a complete washout. 
Early arrivals on Friday 25th were able to avail of a scenic fjord walk led by Sean and Bernie Rush. Five people went on this relaxing walk. The next day was the big walking day. The C walkers headed for Diamond Hill, where the weather held out until the last leg of the journey. The group dried off with cups of tea at the local tea rooms, but were then soaked again on the way to the cars.
The eight B Walkers headed for the Maumturks, under the expert guidance of Angela, an experienced local walk leader from the local Beanna Beola walking club. A tough six hour walk but with excellent vistas, well worth the effort. Thanks go to Noel for arranging the contact.
Sunday was a free day, and some of the group took to their bikes for a 28km cycle on the Westport Greenway, while others braved Croagh Patrick. We would like to thank Richard Dykes and Peter Mangan for their help in organising the weekend and the local walk leader Angela for her expertise on Saturday.  

Walk Report, Glenpatrick, April 6th, Leader, Carmel Ryan 

The forecast was very bad for this walk, but luck smiled on leader Carmel Ryan and she led a group of approximately 12 walkers around the woods near Glenpatrick in glorious sunshine. Carmel took the walkers on a loop that encompassed a few challenging hills, and the walkers enjoyed lunch at a bridge, listening to the swooshing sound of the water. Most of the walk was on a woodland track, with some road at the end. The carpark had large stones that were at a convenient height for disrobing and rerobing after the walk.  

Comeragh Crossing Quiz

The annual fundraising quiz in aid of the Comeragh Crossing will take place on Friday May 16th at 8pm in the soccer club.  The price is €20 for a table of four. We will have a new quiz master on the night, Ronagh Baumann. Best of luck to Ronagh and thanks to her for putting herself forward. 
 
Walk Report, Colligan Upper, March 30th, Leader, Paul Vart 

One side effect of the massive storms in January and February is that many walk routes have become impossible to navigate, as trees have fallen along the path. This was the case for Paul Vart’s walk in Colligan Upper. Thankfully, Paul found a way around the problem and took the group along the side of the forest, where branches made a satisfying crackling sound as the walkers stepped on them. The walkers then crossed a field and then made their way home by road, in a walk that took just under three hours. Unfortunately, the heavy cloud cover failed to lift, but this didn’t dampen the walkers’ spirits.  

And finally ... Ted Dipple is still looking for stewards for the Darkness into Light walk at 4am on Saturday May 10th. If you’re interested, contact him on 058 20790.
 
If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to
derbhile.graham@gmail.com. 

Monday 31 March 2014

April News Letter


Hillwalking Newsletter

Darkness Into Light Walk for Pieta House

The annual Darkness Into Light Walk which fundraises for the mental health charity Pieta House, will take place in the early hours of Saturday May 10th. Again, the organisers are looking for members of Dungarvan Hillwalking Club to be marshals. The route is different this year. It begins at St Augustine’s College and heads for Crotty’s Corner, before looping back to the college via the metal bridge. If you’re interested in doing point duty along the route, contact Ted Dipple on 058 20790.
 
Walk Report: B Walk to Coumshingaun, Sunday 16th February. Donal O’Mahoney
 
We started walking at approximately 10:40 and went up the left side of Coumshingaun, into a cold, finger numbing wind. Visibility was poor for the first few hours but spirits were high. We reached the top of the Coum at about 12:30 and there we were met with ice and snow. After a quick lunch at Richard Dykes’s special lunching spot, we headed for Crotty’s Lake. Visibility was so poor that we almost missed it. On the way home, we crossed Uisca Solus and Coumshingaun Lake for good measure. We finished the day in sunshine.  

A Splendid St. Patrick’s Weekend. 

The Dungarvan Hillwalkers were in full song for St. Patrick’s Weekend, with a raucous sing-song in Leneghan’s of Newtown after the dogs’ night on Saturday 15th and a rendition of Slievenamon in the biting cold on the big day itself. 14 people went to the dogs’ night and experienced varying fortunes. 24 brave troopers headed to the top of Slievenamon, ably led by Brian Wickham, and rewarded themselves with a ridiculous amount of cake.  

A Tale of Two Walks – C Walk Report by Derbhile Graham 

On Sunday 9th March, a group of approximately 19 C walkers braved fog to walk to the Bull’s Well near Melleray, via the cross. Leader Michael Hanrahan successfully steered the group home. Two weeks later, in gloriously warm weather, Reenie Palmer led a similar-sized group of walkers along Ballyquin beach in Ardmore, and then along the Ardmore cliffs, where they picnicked in the sun with a friendly seal for company.  

B Walk Schedule: 

The B walk coordinators have confirmed that the first B walk of every month will be on a Saturday from now on, at 9am  starting from the motor tax office car park, opposite Glanbia. All other B walks will take place at 10am on Sunday, as normal.

 

Comeragh Crossing Quiz 16th May.  More details later.

 

And finally...For those of you heading for Leenane on April 25th, the carpooling fee will be €20.

 
If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to derbhile.graham@gmail.com

Descending Sleivenamon


Entertainment at Leneghan's pub after the Dogs night.

Monday 3 March 2014

March News Letter


Dungarvan Hillwalking Club March Newsletter
Dogs Night

The annual Dogs’ Night will take place on Saturday 15th March at Kilcohan Greyhound Stadium in Waterford City. It’s a bargain at €17 for the entrance fee and a three-course dinner, and if you win on the dogs, the night might pay for itself.. Afterwards, there’ll be a sing song in an as yet, unnamed hostelry.  

Healthy Sum Raised for SEMRA
 
Given the horrific weather and the fact that we were unable to hold our club meeting on February 4th, to spread the word, a very respectable €205 was raised for SEMRA at the Valentine’s Day Table Quiz in the Soccer Club. Richard Dykes, representing SEMRA, thanked the club for their efforts.  

Eight teams competed for glory and Erich Baumann’s team completed a Valentine’s Day Massacre to grab first place. A few nails where bitten when two more teams slugged it out for second place. Well done to the Smurfs and the Tasmanians, who took second and third place respectively. The club is going to make its own donation and with the club donation and the quiz proceeds, SEMRA will receive €500.

Walk Report from Derbhile Graham, Portlaw Woods, 16th February, C Walk

A rather violent shower of rain failed to dampen the spirits of the 16 walkers who set out for Portlaw Woods under the leadership of Norman Graham. He set a little obstacle course for the walkers as they clambered over fallen trees. Mercifully there were only a couple of those, but the walkers showed great agility in negotiating them. The walkers took a loop around the woods, culminating in a climb to the cross, where they surveyed the sodden landscape. After that first shower, the weather stayed dry and the sun even made the occasional appearance. The walk took a little over three hours.

1st April Deadline for Leenane 

There’s a healthy interest building for the Leenane trip, so if you’re interested in going, you need to have booked with Richard Dykes and paid by April 1st. You can contact him by phone on 086 2411287 and by email on Richard.dykes1@gmail.com. It’s €99 for two nights, €144 for three nights and €189 for four nights, with a €10 single supplement.  

If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to derbhile.graham@gmail.com.

Monday 3 February 2014

February News Letter



Dungarvan Hillwalking Club Newsletter
 
B Walk Schedule Change for February
 
The B walkers are conducting a little experiment for February, in order to boost their numbers. Two of their February Walks will take place on Saturdays, February 8th and 22nd. They’ll take off at 09 am from the Tax Office Car park opposite Glanbia. The other B walks will take place on Sunday February 2nd and 16th at 10 am from the TSB car park as usual. C walks will be unaffected by this schedule change. If the experiment is successful, the Saturday walks may become a regular feature.
 
Quiz for SEMRA 

The annual table quiz in aid of SEMRA will take place on an auspicious date, Friday February 14th. Some of you may be grateful to escape the annual Valentine’s love-in, though quizmaster Norman Graham does promise some romantic themed questions, It’ll take place in the soccer club at 8pm and the price is €20 for a table of four. Non members are more than welcome.

PS. In further exciting social news, the Dogs’ Night will take place on Saturday March 15th.

Walk Report from Pat Moloney, Knockmealdowns-19th January Easy B

A group of ten walkers met at the hairpin bend on The Vee. The morning was cold and overcast but thankfully dry. We began our walk following the Glenmoylan River in a southerly direction through the beautiful glen for approx 2.5km. We gradually gained height until met the county boundary wall halfway between Sugarloaf and Knockmealdown.

Visibility had deteriorated as we made our way to the top of Knockmealdown. About 1km from the top we encountered snow underfoot which was a welcome sight and added to the enjoyment of the walk. We had lunch at the top and soon after we started our descent, retracing our steps for approx 1km.

From here we picked up a track to Knockmoylan then walked North to Knockshane and back down into Glenmoylan, where we crossed the river. Having successfully crossed the river we began climbing again following a track under the Sugarloaf back to the cars.
 
The walk took 4 ½ hours, covering a distance of 12km, with a climb of 700 metres.

Other Bits and Bobs 

A reminder that if you’re interested in going to Leenane on 25th April, you can contact Richard Dykes. on  086 2411287 richard.dykes1@gmail.com  It’s €99 for two nights, €144 for three nights and €189 for four nights.  

The Lions’ Club sent a thank you note to Dungarvan Hillwalking Club for the €260 they raised at the Mulled Wine Walk.  

A reminder for the tech savvy that Dungarvan Hillwalking Club has a new Facebook page, www.facebook.com/dungarvanhillwalking. There’s a healthy interest already and thanks to all the members and friends who’ve liked it so farm.
 
If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to derbhile.graham@gmail.com.

Monday 6 January 2014

January News Letter


Dungarvan Hillwalking Club January Newsletter


€260 Raised for Lions Club


The Lions Club expressed their gratitude to Dungarvan Hillwalking Club when they were presented with €260 at the Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Walk in Ardmore on December 22nd. As members munched their mince pies and slugged mulled wine and tea, they generously dipped into their purses and dropped money into a collection bucket. The proceeds were then handed over to a representative of the Lions Club.
 

Christmas Party a Roaring Success

 
50 members of Dungarvan Hillwalking Club donned their glad rags and rocked the night away at their Christmas party in Causeway Tennis Club. The Chairman and the party organisers would like to thank the following:
The “Ladies Committee” for their sterling work in decorating the room and ensuring it was cleaned afterwards.
Robbie’s Catering for scrumptious grub.
David for his floor filling tunes and Claire Grace for putting us onto him.

 
Walking Weekend in Leenane, 25th April

 
At this dreary time of year, we look forward to holidays and the first big one for Dungarvan Hillwalking Club will be in Leenane, Co. Galway, on the weekend of 25th April 2014. The fun will start on Friday 25th April and you can choose to stay at the Leenane Hotel for two, three or four nights. Packages are as follows:-

 

2 Nights Bed & Breakfast and One evening meal                 €99     Per Person Sharing.

3 Nights Bed & Breakfast and Two evening meals                €144    Per Person Sharing.

4 Nights Bed & Breakfast and Three evening meals             €189    Per Person Sharing.

 
Extra meals cost €15 each. Single supplement €10 per night.

 
Booking through Richard Dykes. 0862 411287. richard.dykes1@gmail.com


More details will follow in the months to come.
 

New Facebook Page for Dungarvan Hillwalking Club

 
Dungarvan Hillwalking Club has entered the 21st century with a brand new Facebook Page. While Facebook may be a brand new world for many members, it is a good way of spreading the word, particularly to younger people. If you’re on Facebook, or want to spread the word to your tech savvy relationships, they can type www.facebook.com/dungarvanhillwalking, or type Dungarvan Hillwalking Club into the search box at the top of the page.

 
If you’ve got a walk report or a piece of news you think the club should be aware of, please send it to derbhile.graham@gmail.com.