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Friday 10 August 2018

Crotty's Lake Walk and Dip - 5 August

On Sunday 5 August, Sean Rush led a walk in the Comeraghs which included a dip in Crotty's Lake. A few members were happy to embrace the cold, and the temperature of the lake was actually warmer than it looked. These pics from Pat Murray give a flavour of the beautiful scenery on offer - both mountains and humans!








Friday 3 August 2018

Standing Stone B and C Walk, 29 July 2018

On Sunday 29 July, the B and C walkers joined forces for a walk to the White Standing Stone, led by Valentine Kenneally. David Haworth took some pics of the walk. 







Wednesday 1 August 2018

August Newsletter


August Newsletter



Another Brilliant Comeragh Crossing. Report, Richard Dykes



A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the Comeragh Crossing such a great success. Over 180 people were out on the hill and all returned safely. We are unique in the walking calendar and are the only club nationwide to offer four walks on the same day, and our hospitality is second to none. Well done to all club and non-club members for a job well done. We were delighted to receive some very positive feedback from the walkers who took part. €1,800 was given from the proceeds to charity. Our three chosen charities, Dungarvan Lions Club, South-East Mountain Rescue and West Waterford Hospice, received €600 each.



Cunnigar Crossing A Roaring Success



A whopping 359 people took part in this year’s Cunnigar Crossing on Sunday 18 July, despite it being the only drizzly day in many, many weeks. In a first for the club, a drone was used to gather footage of the walk. The drone was supplied by Louis Ryan. A highly impressive €1,960.89 was raised for Dungarvan Lions Club, West Waterford Hospice and South East Mountain Rescue. Again, the money will be split three ways. Also, well done to Ann Mangan, who served over 350 teas and coffees almost single-handed, and even did a stint behind the bar at Tig an Cheoil afterwards.



Walk Report: Fenor Lakes, 8 July. Leader, Elizabeth Twohig



The day after the Comeragh Crossing, eight walkers braved the heat for a walk around Fenor’s lakes and woods with Elizabeth Twohig. We walked to the top of a small but steep hill, where we feasted on magnificent views that stretched from Helvick to Wexford. We walked through the woods and exchanged royal gossip while enjoying a water break on a log. After a brief stop at the lake, we walked on a second loop which took us through shrubby woods. The walk took two hours in total.



Walk Report: Brownstown Head, 22 July. Leaders, Norman and Derbhile Graham



On 22 July, the hillwalking club once again ventured east for a walk around Brownstown Head, which overlooks Tramore Bay. The 14 walkers set out from the Saleens carpark and made their way along the beach. The tide was too high to access Brownstown Head from the rocks, but the farmer who owns the land around Brownstown Head kindly let us use a gate into his fields. There was a lot of fence climbing, but the walkers proved just as adept at limbo dancing as they are at walking. The walk took just under three hours and the sun blazed all the way.



Goska Scales the Heights



Congratulations to club member Goska Korewo, who made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro this month. We’re proud to have such an accomplished club member in our ranks.



If you have a walk report or any other news you think the club members should know, please contact club PRO Derbhile Graham, derbhile.graham@gmail.com.


Thursday 26 July 2018

From Mountains to Sea, from B to C

Our club members enjoyed some fabulous sunny walks on Sunday 22 July last. Here are two pics taken by Valentine Kenneally from the B walk to Knockshanabullion, led by Richard Dykes.



And here are two from Derbhile Graham, taken on the C walk in Brownstown Head, Tramore, where she assisted her husband Norman Graham in leading the walk. 









Thursday 19 July 2018

Highly Successful Cunnigar Crossing Walk

This year's Cunnigar Crossing on 18 July saw a whopping 359 people take part, and €1961 was raised for the Lions Club, Mountain Rescue and West Waterford Hospice. Michael Daly's pics show that the drizzle did nothing to dampen anyone's spirits. 






Friday 13 July 2018

Pics of the Comeragh Crossing

We reckon these pics of the Comeragh Crossing on Saturday 7 July by Michael Daly capture the atmosphere of the event, which despite the strenuous walking was fun and relaxing. 


Caption 1: Noel and Michael Brennan having a well-earned cuppa at Mauma Rd food stop after sweeping The Comeragh Challenge walk 2018


Caption 2: Comeragh Challenge walkers enjoy a food stop.


Caption 3: Hardy walkers stopping for a well-deserved break.

Caption 4: Food stop crew at the Mauma Road wait for the last seven walkers.


Caption 5: Hillwalkers bask in the success of Comeragh Crossing 2018.




Wednesday 11 July 2018

COMERAGH CROSSING

A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the Comeragh Crossing a such great success.
Over 180 people were out on the hill and all returned safely. We are unique in the walking calendar and are the only club nationwide to offer 4 walks on the same day, and hospitality second to none.
Well done to all club and non club members for a job well done.
Below is some comments from the walkers.

Hi, 

I completed my first Comeragh Crossing today, the Nire Valley Walk. The day was absolutely amazing and so well organized with plenty water and food provided a long the way I was very impressed with the work and thought put into the day by all your members. So a big big thank you for a wonderful days hiking and hopefully see you again next year. 

Kind regards 

Niall 


hi Richard
                   another comeragh crossing come to an end , well organized,plenty of water and food and the weather was great maybe a little too hot for coumfea. thanks to you and all involved in this great event looking forward to next year already.

pat

Hi Richard 
Just wanted to drop you an e-mail to compliment the club on the Comeragh crossing event.
The whole event was just excellent from the initial registration, signage on the course through to the water stations and signing in at the finish, totally professional but still with a club atmosphere.
It's a great challenge walk and I am hoping to be back next year (see can I improve my time!)

Best 
Darren 

Clonakilty Hillwalkers  

Friday 29 June 2018

July Newsletter ... and pic

Here's your July newsletter, but before we start, feast your eyes on this pic, taken by Valentine Kenneally, who took part in the B walk last Sunday. Richard Dykes led the walkers through the Nire to Bohadoon section of the Comeragh Crossing.


And now for the newsletter.

Comeragh Crossing Entries Open



The date of our Comeragh Crossing is getting closer – it’s on Saturday 7 July. If you’re reading this newsletter before then, this is just a reminder that you can register for it on the website. We’ll have all your favourites – the Comeragh Challenge, Comeragh Crossing from Dungarvan to Clonmel, the Nire Walk and the Kilbrien Walk. The Kilbrien walk costs €20 and the other walks all cost €35. And don’t forget that part of your registration fee will go to three great charities: West Waterford Hospice, South-East Mountain Rescue and Dungarvan Lion’s Club. You can go to www.dungarvanhillwalking.org and click on Comeragh Crossing to register.



Cunnigar Crossing Comes Into Town



Hot on the heels of the Comeragh Crossing, you’ll have the Cunnigar Crossing walk and splash. This event has become a roaring success in recent years, thanks to the organisational skills of people like John Browne and Peter Mangan. This year, it’s a later start time of 2pm, and it will leave Garvey’s SuperValu at that time.  You can also meet the walk at the starting point of the walk, by the pitch and putt course. Once again, there’ll be refreshments in Tig an Cheoil afterwards. Buses will be available to bring you from Tig an Cheoil back to your cars at a cost of approx. €4. And like the Comeragh Crossing, this walk will raise money for the Lions Club, the Hospice and Mountain Rescue.



Club BBQ Brings a Sizzling End to July



Our final fundraising event for the three charities is the club barbecue, kindly hosted by Linda and Colm Humphreys. It’ll take place on Saturday 28 July, because the RNLI swim is the weekend before, and it’s hoped that some club members will change disciplines for that. Tickets are €5 and you can get your tickets from Linda or Colm, at the club meetings or wherever you happen to run into them. As usual, it’s bring your own meat and drink, and musical entertainment is promised on the night.



Austria Holiday



After all that July excitement, you’ll have the annual trip abroad, from 1-8 September in Austria. 28 souls have booked onto this trip, but one woman has pulled out, so if you want to avail of that place, you can contact club chairman Tony Fitzgerald. Ronagh is also endeavouring to source a bus.



If you have a walk report or any other news you think the club members should know, please contact club PRO Derbhile Graham, derbhile.graham@gmail.com.


Thursday 21 June 2018

A Walk in the Nire Gap 17 June 2018

The C walk on Sunday 22 June took the walkers to the Nire Gap, under the leadership of Tom Fitzgerald. Michael Daly was on hand to take pictures, and here's a selection.





Friday 8 June 2018

A Sunny Weekend of Walking

The brilliant sunshine on the June Bank Holiday weekend inspired our club photographers. Here are five of the best from Sunday 3 June. First up, we have two from Ronagh Baumann, taken on the C walk up the Vee, which was led by Patricia Hurley.




Next up, we have a choice couple from Valentine Kenneally, taken on the B walk in the Galtys, which was led by Pat Moloney. 



And finally, we have one from Lilian Comerford, who was also on the Galtys walk. 







Friday 1 June 2018

June Newsletter


June Newsletter



Comeragh Crossing Entries Open



The date of our Comeragh Crossing is getting closer – it’s on Saturday 7 July, so just a reminder that you can register for it on the website. We’ll have all your favourites – the Comeragh Challenge, Comeragh Crossing from Dungarvan to Clonmel, the Nire Walk and the Kilbrien Walk. The Kilbrien walk costs €20 and the other walks all cost €35. You can go to www.dungarvanhillwalking.org and click on Comeragh Crossing to register.



Comeraghs Walk 22 April, Walk Report, Patricia Hurley.



Nine walkers took part in Bernie Rush’s walk to the Comeraghs on Sunday 22 April. The walkers set off from the Mauma Road and walked to the Standing Stone and back. The walk took two hours in total.



Sneem Weekend – May 2018



From 11-13 May, 44 club members descended on Sneem, Co. Kerry, for a feast of walking. On Friday, the early starters did a 7-8km looped walk. On Saturday, the B and C walkers both set off at 10am. The B walk was a 15km walk called The Four Peaks, and lasted for six hours. The C walk was a linear walk along the Kerry Way, lasting four hours. On Sunday, those who had energy did a walk in Derrynane. Despite dire forecasts, the weather gods smiled on us all weekend.



Thanks to Dave Byrne for organising the weekend, Erich for organising the payments and Patrick Murray and Richard Dykes. for leading the C and B walks. After the walks, there was entertainment to suit all tastes, with a rugby match for the sports fans, and the Eurovision for those who love musical cheese. And also thanks to the Sneem Hotel for excellent hospitality and a delicious meal on the Saturday night.



July Walking Bonanza



July is packed with walking events. As well as the Comeragh Crossing on 7 July, you’ll have the Cunnigar Crossing on Sunday 15 July and the club barbecue on Saturday 28 July, hosted by Linda and Colm Humphries. All three of these events are raising funds for Dungarvan Lions Club, West Waterford Hospice and South-East Mountain Rescue, so let’s all give our support in any way you can. Just a note that the Cunnigar Crossing leaves at the later time of 2pm – we’ll have more about it in the next newsletter.



If you have a walk report or any other news you think the club members should know, please contact club PRO Derbhile Graham, derbhile.graham@gmail.com.


Friday 4 May 2018

Thursday Bluebell Walk - 3 May 2018

Reenie Palmer led her famed Bluebell walk on Thursday 3 May. Eibhlin Power took these photos while they were exploring the woods.





A Tale of Two Comeragh Walks


In the last two weeks of April, there were two walks in the Comeraghs. The first was on 22 April with Bernie Rush and the second one on 29 April with Neil Fitzgerald. Here's some pics taken of the Bernie Rusht walk by Valentine Kenneally ...



... and some pics of the Neil Fitzgerald walk from Dave Haworth.




Sunday 29 April 2018

May Newsletter


April Newsletter



Comeragh Crossing Entries Open



The date of our Comeragh Crossing is getting closer – it’s on Saturday 7 July, so just a reminder that you can register on the website. We’ll have all your favourites – the Comeragh Challenge, Comeragh Crossing from Dungarvan to Clonmel, the Nire Walk and the Kilbrien Walk. The Kilbrien walk costs €20 and the other walks are all €35. You can go to www.dungarvanhillwalking.org and click on Comeragh Crossing to register.



West Waterford Food Festival Walk



Dungarvan Hillwalking Club led its annual walk for the West Waterford Festival of Food n Saturday 21 April. The walk met at the Park Hotel at 10am and took the walkers on a 7km route in the Comeraghs. Walkers had to be over fourteen to take part. The walk lasted around four hours, and was a good way for people to burn those food festival calories.



Foggy Walk to Carrigaline Mast. Walk Report: Patricia Hurley



Brian Reardon led a group of intrepid C walkers through fog on Sunday 8 April. The walk was listed as the Comeraghs and the walkers went up to Carrigaline Mast and to the standing stone, before they made their way back to the Mauma Road. This 12km walk lasted 3.5 hours.



Sneem Weekend – May 2018



In May, the club will be heading to Sneem in Co. Kerry for our weekend away. The weekend runs from 11-13 May and we’ll be staying at the Sneem Hotel. There will be B and C walks on the Saturday, and walks on Friday and on Sunday for anyone who wants to stretch their legs further.



Thursday Walk in Woodstown



Eleven brave souls ventured east to Woodstown, near Dunmore East, for a walk led by Neil Fitzgerald. We walked along Woodstown Beach, clambered over rocks and ended up on Creadon Beach, escaping the tide just on time. After a break there, and some enthusiastic photograph taking, we made our way along the lanes and back to our meeting point at the Saratoga Pub. The walk lasted two hours. Mist remained with us the whole time, but our bright spirits banished any gloom.





If you have a walk report or any other news you think the club members should know, please contact club PRO Derbhile Graham, derbhile.graham@gmail.com.


Friday 20 April 2018

Thursday Walk in Woodstown 19 April 2018

I actually managed to make a Thursday walk this week (19 April), as it was on my side of the county. It was in Woodstown and it was led by Neil Fitzgerald. Here's a pic to give you a flavour of the walk - and of the breaktime fun. 




Friday 13 April 2018

Thursday Walk in Kilrossanty

Eibhlin Power, one of the Thursday C walkers' resident photographers, took these stunning snaps from a walk in Kilrossanty on Thursday 12 April 2018, led by Geoff Palmer.





Friday 6 April 2018

Thursday Walk in Whiting Bay

The Thursday walkers enjoyed a beach walk in Whiting Bay near Ardmore, on one of the few fine days we have enjoyed this year, Thursday 5 April. This pic was taken by Eibhlin Power.



Friday 16 March 2018

Walk to Carrigaline Mast

On Sunday 11 March 2018, David Haworth took the C walkers up to Carrigaline Mast. Ronagh Baumann took these pictures, which show off the impressive structure to its advantage.




Friday 9 March 2018

Snowy Thursday Walk

Michael Daly took these gorgeous snaps in the Comeraghs during the Thursday B walk on 8 March. Rescue 117 kept watch over the group as they walked through the snow.