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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.




Saturday 3 March 2018

Photos from Sunday B Walk 25 February 2018

On a cold bright day, just before the Beast from the East hit, our B walkers enjoyed a walk in the Comeraghs, taking in Knockanaifreann Ridge. The walk was led by Colm Humphries. Pics courtesy of Michael Daly.





March Newsletter


March Newsletter



St Patrick’s Day Walk

This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday. It also falls on the day that Ireland plays in the Six Nations. Therefore, in his wisdom, leader and ardent rugby fan Brian Wickham has decided to reschedule the traditional Slievenamon walk for Sunday 18 March. Details to follow.



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. The cost of this weekend is €149 per person, including two nights B&B and an evening meal. There will be a walk on the Friday afternoon, two walks on the Saturday, and possibly a walk on the Sunday.



Walk Report: C Walk to Red Bank, 18 February. Leaders: John Browne



Eighteen C walkers headed west to Red Bank for a delightful forest walk. Despite mist and clouds that never quite lifted, spirits were high as they made their way along the trail. The trees provided ample shelter. There was a certain Indiana Jones quality to it, but most of the mud was concentrated on the space where the cars were parked. The walk lasted 2.5 hours.



Dates For Your Diary



11-13 May – Trip to Sneem

7 July – Comeragh Crossing

21 July – Club Barbecue

1-8 September – Club Holiday to Austria



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.


Saturday 24 February 2018

Sunday Scramble on Comeraghs - 18 February

Here's a sample of pics from a misty Comeragh walk on Sunday 18 February 2018, led by Tony Fitzgerald. It came complete with scrambling. First three photos from Michael Daly and the fourth from Onra Power.






Friday 16 February 2018

Snowy Walk in Melleray - 11 February 2019

Here are a few pics from Tom Walsh's Melleray walk, which looked positively alpine that day. Photos courtesy of Patricia Hurley.





Saturday 3 February 2018

Photos from Thursday B and C Walks - 1 February 2018

Here's a selection of pics from the B and C walks on Thursday, 1 February, a glorious day. Though it was the first day of spring, there was a chill in the air, but everyone wrapped up warm and enjoyed the sunshine.

The first three pictures are from the B walk in the Comeraghs. Thanks to Michael Daly for these. And the second set of three is from the C walk in Ardmore. Thanks to Eibhlin Power for these. It's great to have such dedicated photographers in the club.


Friday 26 January 2018

Photos from Colligan Woods Walk

Some snaps taken by enthusiastic Thursday C walker Eibhlin Power at Colligan Woods on 25 January, 2018




February Newsletter


February Newsletter


New Year’s Eve Walk to Glenshelane


Fifteen hardy souls decided to shake off the Christmas cobwebs and brave the elements in Glenshelane Woods. We negotiated slippery bridges and limbo-danced under a tree. At the halfway point, leader Norman Graham made the decision to turn back and we went back the way we came. Despite almost incessant rain, the mood was bright, and we all agreed that the walk was a great way to start the New Year.


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. The cost of this weekend is €149 per person, including two nights B&B and an evening meal. There will be a walk on the Friday afternoon, two walks on the Saturday, and possibly a walk on the Sunday.


Dungarvan Walkers Head for the Beach


The C walk on Sunday 7 January brought the Dungarvan walkers east, to the sandhills of Tramore. The walk was to be led by Elizabeth Twohig, but she was unavailable, so Eileen Barrett ably stepped into the breach. There were fifteen walkers and the walk lasted 2.5 hours. We walked along the Burrows to the Sandhills, and members got a chance to see the Backstrand, one of the hidden jewels of the East Waterford Coast. The weather was cold and crisp, and the walk was an invigorating experience for all. 


Sympathies to Tom Fitzgerald


Dungarvan Hillwalking Club would like to extend its sympathies to Tom Fitzgerald and his family on the sad loss of his wife, Anne. Anne gave great service to the club over the years. She helped with the catering in the early years of the Comeragh Crossing and also manned checkpoints on the Pieta House Darkness Into Light walk She also went on a number of club holidays, so she was well known to the members of the club. May she rest in peace.



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.


Saturday 20 January 2018

CANCELLED: Sunday B and C Walks for 21 January

Just to let you know that the B and C walks for Sunday 21 January are both cancelled, as we have received the sad news that Tom Fitzgerald's wife, Anne, has died. Our sympathies go to Tom and his family. Anne was known to the members of the club, as she came on several club holidays. The walks have been cancelled as a mark of respect to Tom, Anne and their family. 

Monday 1 January 2018

January Newsletter


January Newsletter



New Year’s Eve Walk to Glenshelane



Fifteen hardy souls decided to shake off the Christmas cobwebs and brave the elements in Glenshelane Woods. We negotiated slippery bridges and limbo-danced under a tree. At the halfway point, leader Norman Graham made the decision to turn back and we went back the way we came. Despite almost incessant rain, the mood was bright, and we all agreed that the walk was a great way to start the New Year



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. The cost of this weekend is €149 per person, including two nights B&B and an evening meal. If you’d like to come on this weekend, contact Dave Byrne on 087 7971697, and have your money paid by the night of the club meeting on 6 February.



Mulled Wine Walk. Walk Report, Richard Dykes



There was an impressive turnout of 45 revellers for the annual Mulled Wine Walk on 17 December. After the walk along the Ardmore Cliffs, they enjoyed great cakes and mince pies made by Ronagh Baumann. Erich Baumann excelled again with his delicious mulled wine. There was also lots of hearty singing to go along with the treats. Thanks to Erich and Ronagh for their time and great work.



Things to Look Forward To



January can be a gloomy time, but when you’re a member of Dungarvan Hillwalking Club, there’s always something around the corner. Here are a few dates to look forward to.



11-12 May – Club Weekend in Sneem

June/July 2017 – Cunnigar Crossing (date to be decided)

7 July – Comeragh Crossing

21 July – Club BBQ, hosted by Colm and Linda Humphries

1-8 September – Austria Holiday



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