Sunday 30 September 2018

Topflight Comes Up Trumps - Austrian Holiday Report

This is an article about the club's annual holiday to Austria by Marie Jennings. 

Don’t worry, this article is not about a certain President, just a few words about the club's recent holiday in Austria. Twenty eight members thoroughly enjoyed a variety of walks in the beautifully scenic Austrian Alps. Some did some challenging B style walks lead by our guides Rene and Koki. Others did more gentle rambles lead by Erich whilst all meeting up in the wonderful huts high up in the mountains to enjoy a delicious lunch and beverages

A dumpling festival held in the picturesque village of Maria Alm intrigued us all and following our walk on Tuesday, we sat amongst the locals, enjoying both sweet and savory dumplings- a traditional dish in Austria. We washed them down with local beer and listened to the music played by a local band all dressed up in Lederhosen. 

Mid week was a sos (break) day. Ronagh and Erich organized a bus to take all 28 of us to the beautiful city of Salzburg. A great day.
Heiro, our hotel owners' dog proved to be a great hit with everyone. All he wanted to do was play and he had plenty of dog lovers to assist.
May we say a huge thanks to Ronagh and Erich for looking after us so well from departure to return. To Tony for organizing the holiday and to Ronagh's sister Cathy for entertaining us in the hotel with her wonderful guitar playing, beautiful voice and some great songs. A great time was had by all.

Friday 28 September 2018

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club Christmas Party

Our club Christmas party makes a welcome return for 2018, thanks to the initiative and organisational skills of Linda Humphries. On Saturday 8 December, we’ll be having a meal in Merries, from 7pm onwards. For just €30, you’ll get a delicious three-course meal. If you’d like to come along, you can get your tickets from members of the committee.

Walk Report, C Walk, Red Bank Newtown, 16 September. Leader, John Browne

After a murky day on Saturday, the day dawned bright and clear for John Browne’s walk to the Red Bank, near Modeligo. The sixteen walkers rambled along forest trails in a walk that lasted approximately three hours. The terrain was quite dry following our hot summer, which made for easier walking. Peter Mangan lost his hat, but was reunited with it. Thanks to John Browne for the a very pleasant walk. 

SEMRA Long Way Round Walk

SEMRA is holding its annual Long Way Round walk on Saturday 24 November. It’s a 15km walk and it’ll leave from the Central Technical Institute at the Mall in Clonmel. There’s an early bird price of €30 if you book now. The route typically brings you along forest tracks, and minor roads, and onto open mountain. When you’re finished, you can enjoy a chat and refreshments back at the Central Technical Institute. You can find out more and book your tickets on:

If you have a walk report or any other news you think the club members should know, please contact club PRO Derbhile Graham,

Sunday 23 September 2018

Red Bank C Walk, 16 September

The C walkers enjoyed a three-hour walk in Red Bank, near Modeligo,w ith John Browne. We kept up a steady pace, but we had time for a picnic near the end, and Derbhile Graham seized the opportunity to take a couple of photos.

Friday 14 September 2018

Thursday Walkers' Day Out in Crosshaven, 13 SEptember 2018

Our Thursday C walkers enjoyed a stunning day out in Crosshaven on 13 September, under the leadership of David Haworth. They refreshed themselves with a delicious meal in Cronin's after the walk. HEre's a selection of pics, supplied by Eibhlin Power. 

Saturday 8 September 2018

Austria Holiday 2018 - Six of the Best

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club organises an international holiday every year and this year it was to Austria, from 1-8 September. As this poster writes, the walkers are homeward bound after what looks to have been a very successful holiday. Valentine Kenneally and Ronagh Baumann kept us all up to date on Facebook, and here's a flavour of the holiday, as seen through their eyes.

Day 1 - Ronagh Baumann

Day 1 - Valentine Kenneally 

A view from Ronagh Baumann 

A day out in Salzburg - Valentine Kenneally 

The Gang - Ronagh Baumann

Saturday 1 September 2018

September Newsletter

September Newsletter

Barbecue Fundraiser Attracts Large Crowd

Approximately 35 people gathered at the home of Colm and Linda Humphreys for the annual club barbecue on 28 July last. The barbecue was our third fundraiser of the month for our three charities, Dungarvan Lions Club, West Waterford Hospice and South-East Mountain Rescue. This reporter has heard very little about what occurred, so is concluding that what goes on tour, stays on tour. But warm thanks definitely go to Colm and Linda for hosting, and for all those who helped them to make it a great night by supplying food, barbecues and garden furniture.

Walk Report: Woodstown Thursday C Walk, 16 August. Leader, Neil Fitzgerald.

Our Thursday walkers ventured east for this Thursday walk, to Woodstown, near Dunmore East. 12 walkers, led by Neil Fitzgerald, enjoyed a two-hour walk along Woodstown Beach and scrambled along rocks to reach Creadon Beach. The scramble was fairly tough, and the walkers kept being reassured that the next beach was around the corner, but this corner proved to be possibly the largest corner in Ireland. Still, they arrived at Creadon Beach in one piece and refreshed themselves with a picnic. Spirits were high, despite a few spits of rain. They then made their way along leafy laneways, back to the Saratoga Pub, where eight of the walkers enjoyed an excellent meal.

Club AGM Takes Place on 2 October

A reminder that the Dungarvan Hillwalking Club AGM takes place on Tuesday 2 October at 8pm in the Park Hotel. If any member wishes to submit a proposal to the AGM, they must do so no later in writing to the committee no later than 18 September. The committee is looking for new club officers to join the committee, so if you’re interested, you can contact our current chairperson, Tony Fitzgerald.

If you have a walk report or any other news you think the club members should know, please contact club PRO Derbhile Graham,

Thursday 30 August 2018

Two Splendid Comeragh Walks

The B and C walks on Sunday last, 26 August, were foggy in some spots, but the walkers rose above that and found some splendid views.

Here are some views from Sgilloge Lochs, the destination for the C walk led by Helen Culloo. These were taken by David Haworth.

And here are some equally lovely views of a Comeragh B walk led by Michael Hanrahan. These were taken by Michael Daly.

Friday 24 August 2018

Beautiful B Walk Views

Our Sunday B walk on Sunday 19 August was led by Pat Moloney, who took the walkers on a craggy walk up the Comeraghs. Here are some spectacular views of these adventurous walkers, taken by Michael Daly.

Sunday 19 August 2018

A WEek's Worth of Walking

Lots of pictures were taken on this week's walks. First up, on Sunday 12 August, we had Tom WAlsh's C walk on Mount Melleray and Dave Haworth was busy with his camera.

And here's a selection from Derbhile Graham, taken on the Thursday C walk on 16 August in Woodstown .This walk was led by Neil Fitzgerald. 

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,

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


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.


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 


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.


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!)


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 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,

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.