Saturday 4 November 2017

November Newsletter & Photographs

Remembering Clare O’Neill
Dungarvan Hillwalking Club would like to pay tribute to former member Clare O’Neill, who lost her life during Storm Ophelia. Clare was a member of the club for several years and she and her daughter Rosie were regulars on our Sunday walks. Clare also led walks for the club, and took part in the club trip to Ben Nevis in 2008. She will be remembered for her warmth, kindness and empathy, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Club Decides on Charity Donations
At the recent club AGM, a proposal was put forward by Brian Wickham that proceeds from club events like the Comeragh Crossing, Cunnigar Crossing and Mulled Wine walk be split three ways. The benefitting charities will be Waterford Hospice, Dungarvan Lions’ Club and a charity of the club’s choosing. This proposal was accepted at the AGM.

Winter C Walk Schedule
At the AGM, it was also decided that the times for winter C walks (up to March) will be at the leader’s discretion. The majority of walks will be at 12pm, but if a walk has a shorter duration, the leader can decide to schedule it for 1pm. Times will be given on the walk sheets, which are available on the club website and at club meetings. If you’re on Facebook, you’ll also see the times posted up there.

Long Way Round Walk
South-East Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) is holding its annual walk/run in the dark to raise funds for its valuable work in Clonmel on Saturday 25th November. The HQ for this year’s walk is the Central Technical Institute at the Mall in Clonmel and you can check in between 5pm and 7pm. Walkers will leave in groups from 6.30pm onwards.

Christmas Party
It may feel a little early to mention the C word, but the club Christmas party is always an event to look forward to. It takes place on Saturday 16 December at the tennis club. There’ll be a meal, a DJ and mighty crack.

Sneem Weekend Away
Next year’s club weekend away is to Sneem, Co. Kerry on 11-12 May 2018. We’ll be staying in The Sneem Hotel and the price is €149 per person for two nights’ B&B and an evening meal. If you want to express your interest, give Dave Byrne a buzz or text on 087 7971697.

Your New Committee
Tony Fitzgerald is remaining as Chairperson, Erich is Treasurer, Linda Humphries is Secretary and Dave Byrne is Membership Officer. We have a new vice-Chairperson, John Lucey, and Derbhile Graham is taking over from Anne Dykes in the role of PRO.

If you have any walk reports or snippets of interest to members, please email them in to club PRO Derbhile Graham on


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