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Monday 4 March 2019

March 2019 Newsletter





Register for Comeragh Crossing Event



You can now register on our website for the Comeragh Crossing, which is happening on Saturday 6 July 2019. Visit www.dungarvanhillwalking.ie and choose Comeragh Crossing in the menu on the left-hand side of the page. You’ll get all the info you need, and a button you can click on to register your details. Alternatively, you can visit the Eventbrite website, www.eventbrite.ie, and type Comeragh Crossing into the search box at the top of the page. Registrations are only being taken online.



Walk Report: Thursday C Walk 14 February. Leader, Norma O’Meara



We hillwalkers are a surprisingly romantic lot, and this was proven when Norma O’Meara, leader of this Thursday C walk, produced Love Hearts sweets for us to sample at the traditional post-walk tea. Before that, she led a group of approximately 20 walkers along a canal bank which ended at a place called Two-Mile Bridge. There we found… a bridge! She then led us back to the start point, where we enjoyed a romantic feast served on a table decorated with a tablecloth festooned with hearts. There was a history lesson too, centred on a nearby castle, but this reporter was dossing at the back and missed it.



Venue for 2019 Christmas Party



We know it’s way too early, or too late depending on your viewpoint, but there has been considerable debate about where to go for this year’s Christmas party. Ronagh Baumann has provisionally booked the upstairs room in Merries, where we will have more room. But some members fancy some jigging and jiving, so the tennis club has been suggested. We’ve had many great parties there, but to make this year’s one a success, people will need to be willing to come forward and organise it.



Eibhlin Power has thrown a third suggestion into the mix, the Conservatory at the Park Hotel. It would be possible to have a meal there in privacy and Eibhlin will enquire as to whether we can then join the hotel’s official party nights for a dance. Please let the committee know which venue tempts you. While it’s not urgent, bookings do fill up, so it would be good to hear from you about it in the next few weeks.



Next Club Meeting: The next club meeting will take place on Tuesday 2 April at the Tudor House at 8pm.



If you have any news you think you’d like the club to hear about, please contact PRO Derbhile Graham, derbhile.graham@gmail.com.


Friday 22 February 2019

Pics from Thursday B Walk Sunday 17 February

Veronica Curran led a walk on Sunday 17 February in the Knockmealdowns and several people were on hand to take pics of the stunning views. Photo credits go to Rosemary and Gosia.






Saturday 16 February 2019

Pics from Valentine's Day B Walk

We're not sure if there were roses and chocolates on the Valentine's Day B walk led by Michael Daly, but there were certainly some fine views. As well as leading a new route to Araglin Waterfall, Michael put his camera to work. Here's a small selection of the pics he took.






Monday 11 February 2019

Valentine's Day Thursday B Walk

This Thursday, 14 February, is a Valentine's Day B walk special. Our Thursday B walks are usually rugged mountain walks and this one is no exception, but there'll be a little touch of love to it in honour of St Valentine's Day. It leaves the Park Hotel in Dungarvan at 12pm and it's a new route led by Michael Daly. Walkers are instructed to supply their own chocolates and roses.

Saturday 9 February 2019

Comeragh Crossing Registration Open

We're delighted to announce that you can now register online for the Comeragh Crossing, which is taking place on Saturday 6 July 2019. Once again, we're raising money for our three charities, West Waterford Hospice, South East Mountain Rescue and Dungarvan Lions Club.

Kilgobinet Sports Club will be hosting us again, and this will be the gathering place for the walk and the place where you'll enjoy your meal and wash afterwards. Our walks are also priced the same as last year, with our Comeragh Crossing, Challenge and Nire walks priced at €35 and our Kilbrien walk priced at €20.

If you like the sound of these walks, visit the Comeragh Crossing section of our website to get more information about the walks and register online.


Sunday 3 February 2019

February 2019 Newsletter



Sympathies to Eileen Dalton



We at Dungarvan Hillwalking Club would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Eileen Dalton on the loss of her daughter Helen over Christmas. We would like to reassure Eileen that she and her family are in our thoughts and prayers.



Sligo Weekend Update



The Sligo weekend away has now changed to 17 and 18 May to facilitate club members who are attending communions of family members. We will be staying in the Sligo Southern Hotel and the price is €140 for two nights’ B&B and evening meal. If you want to stay an extra night, it costs €25. There is also a single supplement per night. If you’ve put down your name to go, payment is due by 5 March. If you haven’t put down your name yet and you’d like to go, please contact Mary Murphy on 087 227 3825, as places are in high demand.



Croatia Holiday Update



Twenty-one people have signed up to go on this year’s club walking holiday to Croatia in the first week of October. This year, the holiday is being booked through The Travel Department. Ronagh Baumann has done sterling work in organising this holiday and has negotiated a reduced baggage charge. This brings the total price for the holiday to €950 if you book through Ronagh. So, if you’d like to go on the holiday, please contact Ronagh on 087 7986753 to avail of this reduced rate.



Comeragh Crossing Event Is Up



The New Year is now well established and at this time of year, thoughts turn to the Comeragh Crossing, which happening on 6 July 2019. The event notice has gone up on Eventbrite, and in plain English, that means you can now register online for the event. Click here to register, or if you’re looking at the paper version, go to www.eventbrite.ie and search for Comeragh Crossing.



If you have any news you think you’d like the club to hear about, please contact PRO Derbhile Graham, derbhile.graham@gmail.com.


Friday 25 January 2019

A Variety of Walks

Well, strictly speaking, we're talking about two walks, but the terrain was very varied. The first walk was a Comeragh mountain walk in the Nire Valley with Ann Mangan. It was a Sunday C walk that took place on 20 January, on a bleak, foggy landscape. Dave Haworth took these two pics that capture the mood of the walk.



And then the Thursday C walk on 24 January was in Glenshelane Woods, though again, the weather was a bit on the misty side. Eibhlin Power was the photo taker on the day. 



Saturday 19 January 2019

Seven Sisters Thursday B Walk

Last Thursday, 17 January, the Thursday B walkers headed for the Seven Sisters. They only found five of them due to lack of rain. These two pictures are courtesy of Ann Mangan. If you want to join the Thursday B walkers, their walk leaves from the Park Hotel at 12pm during the winter months.




Monday 14 January 2019

Sligo Weekend Away 2018

The club weekend away in 2019 will be to Sligo on the weekend of 17 and 18 May. We will be staying in the Sligo Southern Hotel and the price will be €140 for two nights' B&B plus dinner. If you want to stay an extra night, the cost will be €45. If you're interested in booking or want further information, drop an email to dungarvanhillwalking@gmail.com and we'll give you the details. It will be a new experience for many of us to head to the North-Weset and we hope to see as many of you as possible.

Friday 11 January 2019

First Week of Walks 2019

We're giving you three of the best from our first week's walking in 2019.

The Sunday C walk on 6 January was a foggy affair, in the Comeragh with Mary O'Shea. David Haworth captured the moody, misty vibe.

The Sunday B walkers had much clearer weather on Lachtnafranee, with Michael Daly. Onra Power took this quirky pic and captioned it: Anybody Home? 


And Michael Daly was the photographer on the Thursday B walk on 10 January, led by Peter Mangan. 



Friday 4 January 2019

January 2019 Newsletter


January 2019 Newsletter



Weekend Away and Holiday Update



The club has decided on its destinations for its holiday abroad and for its weekend away in Ireland. The holiday is to Croatia and it lasts for a week from 4 October 2019. The cost of the holiday is €900, with a single supplement of €199. Deposits of €200 are being taken as we speak and bookings close on 11 January. The weekend away is to Sligo on 11-12 May, and we will be staying at the Sligo Southern Hotel. The cost of the weekend will be €140 for two nights’ B&B and an evening meal, and an extra night costs €45. Payments are to be in by the beginning of March.






Despite dodgy weather, the Mulled Wine and Mince Pie walk on Sunday 16 December was well attended, and the bucket collection raised €254. This money will be distributed to our three charities, West Waterford Hospice, South East Mountain Rescue and Dungarvan Lions Club. Thanks to Peter Mangan for leading the walk, Erich Baumann for the mulled wine, Ronagh Baumannn for the mince pies, and to all members who brought treats. Rumour has it that the brown bread went down a treat.



Thursday Walk Christmas Extravaganza



As is now traditional, the weather was shocking for the Thursday Walk Lunch and Walk, but this did not dampen the spirits of anyone who attended. An epic crowd of 38 people turned up for the lunch, though it should be noted that a mere four brave souls ventured to the Cunnigar for the post-lunch walk. The rest of the crowd feasted lavishly on the Eurocuisine Christmas menu. We pulled crackers and enjoyed lots of quality banter. Thanks to Reenie and Geoff for organising the lunch and to Eurocuisine for their efficient service and delicious food.



Walk Report: Portlaw, 23 December. Walk Leader: Norman Graham



Five souls ventured east for a forest walk in Portlaw, led by Norman Graham, where we followed a well-marked forest trail. Due to the damp weather and the early sunset, Norman cut the walk short, and this meant we were safely back before dark. Still, we were able to climb to the cross, which gave us delightful views even though it was misty. The walk took us a little over two hours, so it didn’t make too much of a hole in our pre-Christmas schedule.



If you have any news you’d like the club to hear about, please contact PRO Derbhile Graham, derbhile.graham@gmail.com.