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Friday 14 June 2019

Vaulting Walkers - Sunday and Thursday C Walkers

The Thursday C walkers love looking for an opportunity to vault, as evidenced by this picture from Eibhlin Power. It was taken on Norma O'Meara's Thrusday C walk on 13 June to Upper Colligan.



Then the Sunday C walkers did some vaulting of their own, as they scaled the heights of Coumsingaun. This was on Neil Fitzgerald's C walk on Sunday 9 June, and the photo was taken by David Haworth.




Monday 3 June 2019

June Newsletter



Report on Sligo Weekend

What a stupendous weekend the club had in Sligo on 17-19 May. Just over forty members enjoyed splendid walking and wonderful hospitality at the Sligo Southern Hotel. There was a great variety of walks available, and the weather remained fine enough for the club to enjoy five different walks. For the B walkers, there was the chance to scale Ben Bulben and other impressive mountains. For the Cs, there were gentler walks up Knocknarea and the attractive Ben Bulben Forest Walk.

We would like to thank Mary Murphy for coordinating the bookings with the Sligo Southern Hotel and arranging our delicious dinner on the Saturday. We would also like to thank our dedicated walk leaders, Peter Mangan, Patrick Murray and Dave Byrne. Finally, we want to thank Richard Dykes and Colm Humphries, who joined the recce that took place a few weeks before the Sligo weekend. Without the help of these committed club members, this weekend would not have happened.

Walk Report: Glenbower Woods, Thursday C Walk, 23 May

On Thursday 23 May, the Thursday C walkers crossed the county bounds into East Cork, for a walk in the beautiful Glenbower Woods in Killeagh. This walk was led by Helen Wade and it took two hours, 20 minutes. There were fourteen people on the walk. We stopped at a meditation spot along the way, but in true Thursday style, the walkers took the opportunity to chat and catch up, which some would see as its own form of meditation. There was also a meal for anyone who wanted it in the Thatch Bar, conveniently located at base camp for the walk.

Dates for Your Diary

Tuesday 2 July: Next Club Meeting, 8pm, Tudor House Pub.

Saturday 6 July: Comeragh Crossing

Saturday 13 July: Club Barbecue. Tickets €5 available from Linda Humphries.

Sunday 1 September: Cunnigar 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 31 May 2019

Guest Speaker Featuring At Next Club Meeting

At our next club meeting on Tuesday 4 June, physio John Phelan will share his wisdom on preparation and recovery exercises and other tips for hillwalkers. If you'd like to find out how to keep your body in shape for the hills, come along to the meeting, Tuesday 4 June, 8pm, the Tudor House pub.

Friday 24 May 2019

Sligo Weekend May 2019

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club had a fabulously successful weekend in Sligo on the weekend of 17-19 May 2019. Over forty members signed up for the weekend, and there was a wide range of walks on offer. Here are a few pics taken on Knocknarea Mountain, rumoured to be the burial place of Queen Maeve.

Three of the pics are from Derbhile Graham …



… and this pic came from Ann Mangan



Friday 10 May 2019

A Tale of Two Thursday Walks - In Two Photos

On Thursday 9 May, two of our veteran photographers attended each of our two Thursday walks.

Michael Daly thoroughly enjoyed Peter Mangan's B walk, a looped walk which took in Crotty's Lake. Here's his stunning pic.


Then Eibhlin Power captured the merriment of the Thursday C walkers, who headed for Killineen Ridge under the leadership of Carmel. 


Monday 6 May 2019

May Newsletter







Update on Sligo Weekend



The club expects to have a magnificent weekend in Sligo on 17 and 18 May. We’ll be staying at the Sligo Southern Hotel, where we’ll no doubt enjoy great food and hospitality. But above all, we’ll be enjoying some varied and interesting walks, thanks to the hard work of Dave Byrne and his recce team, who have checked out the walks for us.



The Saturday B walk is expected to be on the mighty Ben Bulben, clocking in at 15.5km. The C walk is expected to be to Knocknaree Mountain and the grave of the legendary Queen Maeve. Also, the car pool fee is €30 for those who are sharing the driving.





Walk Report: Anne Valley Sunday C Walk, 31 March



A tidy handful of walkers ventured east to try out the extended Anne Valley walk under the leadership of Elizabeth Twohig. Nine walkers in all sampled the new route, which takes you along the Anne River. The walkers had a chance to see lots of wildlife, and the walkers were delighted to come upon a swan’s nest.



Unfortunately, we missed a chance to see an egret that had been popping up in recent days, but we were content to chat and explore the route, which was new to some of the walkers. The walk lasted just under three hours and the cloud cover never quite lifted, though it stayed dry.





Dates For Your Diary:



Saturday 6 July: Comeragh Crossing



Saturday 13 July: Club Barbecue, kindly hosted by Colm and Linda Humphries



Sunday 1 September: Cunnigar Crossing





Next Club Meeting: The next club meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 June 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 26 April 2019

Highlights from Easter Walks

On Easter Sunday, 21 April, the B walkers went on an expedition to the Galtys and Patrick Murray captured the views




The pilgrimage vibe continued when the Thursday C walkers went to Aglish Cross on 25 April and took in park of St Declan's Way. Eibhlin Power was on hand with her trusty camera.





Friday 12 April 2019

Jeep Wanted for Comeragh Crossing

Calling all jeep owners. Richard Dykes, organiser of the Comeragh Crossing on 6 July 2019, is looking for a club member with a 4x4 jeep, or who knows someone with a jeep, who would be available to bring water supplies up Seefin during the crossing. This water is very necessary for walkers to keep hydrated during the crossing, and our usual jeep driver is not available.

If you think you might be able to help, please contact Richard via dungarvanhillwalking@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your help.

Sunday 31 March 2019

April 2019 Newsletter





Register on the Day for Kilbrien Comeragh Crossing Walk



Following on from last month’s newsletter item about registering for the Comeragh Crossing, we just want to clarify that you don’t need to register online for the Kilbrien section of the Comeragh Crossing, the 10km walk. You can register for it on the day and the cost is €20. Of course, if you do want to register for it online, you are welcome to do so. Just drop in to

www.dungarvanhillwalking.ie and choosing Comeragh Crossing from the menu on the left-hand side of the page. You can also register online for all the other Comeragh Crossing walks there.



Walk Report: St Patrick’s Day Walk



We were delighted to be able to run our St Patrick’s Day walk again after snow scuppered the walk last year. Brian Wickham led approximately 25 walkers up Slievenamon and back down again, in a walk that took just under three hours. Showers threatened but thankfully stayed away as we climbed, though it was far too cold for our annual Slievenamon sing-song at the top. However, as we were leaving, an unmerciful shower of hailstones descended from the sky. St Patrick’s wrath, perhaps?



With a tough climb and a slippery descent, this walk had a definite air of penance about it, but after that penance, there was the reward of cakes and many other goodies at Kilcash Castle. Thanks to all who contributed goodies, and thanks to Brian Wickham for leadership and for boozy cake.



Food Festival Walk



Dungarvan Hillwalking Club is running a hillwalk again for the West Waterford Food Festival. The walk will take place on Saturday 27 April, and it will be in the Comeraghs. The walk meets at the Park Hotel at 10am and then you drive to the starting point. The walk will cover a 6km route and will last four hours. Tickets are €10 and you can buy them from the West Waterford Festival of Food website. https://www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com. Go to events, then Trails and Tours, and you’ll find Hillwalking in the Comeraghs, where you can register for the walk. You can also drop into Dungarvan Tourist Office.



Next Club Meeting: The next club meeting will take place on Tuesday 7 May 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 29 March 2019

Thursday Walkers Walk on Water

The Thursday C walk on 28 March took the walkers to Mount Stuart, where they encountered an unexpected obstacle. Being an intrepid, cheerful bunch, they found inventive ways around it, and they helped each other true with typical generous spirit. Their struggle and triumph was captured by walk leader and enthusiastic photographer Eibhlin Power. 




Saturday 23 March 2019

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club was delighted to be able to run its annual St Patrick's Day walk again, after snowfall prevented it from happening last year. As befitting a walk in honour of a  saint, there was an air of penance about it, but that made the reward afterwards all the sweeter. This atmosphere of penance and reward was beautifully captured by David Haworth. 

Here's the penance. 



And here's the reward. 


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.