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Friday 16 August 2019

A Feast of Sunday Walk Photos

Sunday 11 August was a busy day for the club's keen photographers, and in this blog post, we feature six of the best, three from the B walk, three from the C walk.

Patricia Hurley led the C walkers on a picturesque wooded walk at The Vee. She captured the beauty of the walk in her pictures.



Meanwhile, the B walkers scaled the Knockmealdowns, and Goska Korejwo was on hand to capture their journey. They found some equine companions along the way.






Friday 9 August 2019

Our B walk to the Nire Lakes on Sunday 4 August last was misty but marvellous. Michael Daly was on hand to capture the beauty of the lakes.






Friday 2 August 2019

Club Newsletter August 2019


August 2019 Newsletter

Highly Successful Comeragh Crossing: By Richard Dykes

Dungarvan Hill Walking Club is delighted to say that this year’s Comeragh Crossing, held on Saturday 6 July, was a great success. The walkers were tested by thick fog, but they all made it back to the base at Kilgobinet Sports Centre. In total, 139 walkers took part, and raised funds for the club’s three nominated charities, Dungarvan Lions Club, South-East Mountain Rescue and West Waterford Hospice. Dungarvan Hillwalking Club would like to thank all who help make the Comeragh Crossing a unique event in Ireland’s walking calendar.

Excitement Builds for Cunnigar Crossing

Now that the Comeragh Crossing is behind us, all eyes will be on our next big walk, the Cunnigar Crossing. It’s happening on Sunday 1 September this year and meets at Garvey’s Supervalu in Dungarvan at 1pm. The walkers will then head for the walk start point, which is next to Cunnigar Pitch and Putt Club.

At 1.30pm, the walkers will start their wade across the Cunnigar and head across Baile na nGall beach to Ring, in a walk lasting around 1.5 hours. There’ll be a collection for our chosen charities, the Lions Club, Mountain Rescue and the Hospice. Buses will be available to bring the walkers back to Dungarvan afterwards.

Walk Report, Brownstown Head, 14 July 2019. Leader, Norman Graham

This walk was held post club-barbecue, so the crowd that headed to Tramore for this joint B and C walk was small but perfectly appointed. There was a total of five walkers, who flew around Brownstown Head in record time, knocking fifteen minutes off the usual walk time of three hours. The walkers just beat the tide to clamber up onto Brownstown Head via a convenient flat rock. Also, there were no bulls in the fields on Brownstown Head, making this a stress-free walk in blazing sunshine.

Walk Report, Thursday C Walk in Annestown, 18 July

Thanks to Bob for stepping into the breach to lead this Thursday C walk. He chose the Anne Valley Walk, between Annestown and Dunhill, for his walk. This walk is growing in popularity since it was extended and it now takes 2.5-3 hours to do the circuit. The far-flung eastern location didn’t put off the walkers and there were over 20 people on the walk. The walkers enjoyed a windblown picnic in Annestown Carpark afterwards.

If you have a walk report or any news that you’d like included in the newsletter, contact Derbhile at dungarvanhillwalking@gmail.com.

Friday 19 July 2019

Two Walks With Sea Views

The Sunday joint B and C walk at Brownstown Head on Sunday 14 July and the Thursday C walk to Annestown on Thursday 18 July were both coastal walks with ex cellent C views. A few photos capture the stunning beauty of the East Waterford coastline.


This picture from Brownstown Head was taken by Patricia Hurley.


And this was taken by Derbhile Graham.

The weather was a little more changeable for the Thursday C walk in Annestown. Byt he time we returned to Annestown Carpark for our picnic, the place was looking a little windblown. But the views were still good - and so was the food. These two pictures were taken by John Power.



Friday 12 July 2019

Highly Successful Comeragh Crossing 2019



Dungarvan Hillwalking Club Hosts Highly Successful Comeragh Crossing

By Richard Dykes, Chairperson, Comeragh Crossing Committee

Dungarvan Hill Walking Club is delighted to say that this year’s Comeragh Crossing, held on Saturday 6 July, was a great success. The walkers were tested by thick fog, but they all made it back to the base at Kilgobinet Sports Centre.

In total, 139 walkers took part, and raised funds for the club’s three nominated charities, Dungarvan Lions Club, South-East Mountain Rescue and West Waterford Hospice.

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club would like to thank all those people that helped in the running of its main walking event of 2019. This includes all the walk leaders and sweepers, checkpoint marshals, catering team and the start registration team, who all played a major part in the event.

Also, a big thanks to the non-club helpers, Kilmacthomas Walking Club and Kilgobinet Sports Centre, without whom the Comeragh Crossing would not run.

The club would like to acknowledge its sponsors, who provide transport, land access, food and water, making the Comeragh Crossing a unique event in Ireland’s walking calendar.

These include Flahavans, Abbeyside Eurospar, Civil Defence, Country Store, McGrath Newsagents, Joe O’Hanlon, Garvey’s Supervalu, Willie Kiely and Barron’s Bakery.

And here are a few pics that tell the story of the Crossing:



Ann Mangan and Helen Byrne keeping an eye on Seefin Checkpoint at the 2019 Comeragh Crossing (Ann Mangan)



Comedian Jason Byrne completed the Comeragh Challenge with his crew. (Photo credit: Michael Daly).



Catherine and Mary Rose peel oranges in advance of the hordes arriving (Photo Credit: Michael Daly)



Goska Korejwo completing the Comeragh Challenge 2019 with her companions (Michael Daly)



You need lots of food to ensure a successful crossing. (Photo Credit: Michael Daly)


Saturday 6 July 2019

July 2019 Newsletter


July 2019 Newsletter

Club Barbecue, Saturday 13 July

One week after the excitement of the Comeragh Crossing, we’re fundraising again for our three charities: Dungarvan Lions Club, West Waterford Hospice and South-East Mountain Rescue. But this time the event will be a lot more relaxing – a club barbecue with generous hosts Linda and Colm Humphreys. You’re asked to bring your own meat and beverages, but there will be salads and desserts available. Tickets are €5 and are available from Linda Humphreys on 086 6490688

Cunnigar Crossing

Now that the Comeragh Crossing is behind us, all eyes will be on our next big walk, the Cunnigar Crossing. Enquiries are already coming into the club’s Facebook page for this hugely popular family event, which is happening on Sunday 1 September this year. We’ll have more information about it in our next newsletter. And again, it raises money for our three chosen charities.

Venue for Christmas Party

At long last, after much debate which culminated in a vote being carried out during our Sligo weekend away, the venue for our Christmas party has been chosen. It was a close-run competition between the Tennis Club, the Park Hotel party nights and Merries Restaurant. Merries won out in the end. Ronagh Baumann had already provisionally booked Merries and that booking has now been confirmed for Saturday 7 December. Thanks to Ronagh for her efforts and patience in organising this, and to Mary Murphy for conducting the vote in Sligo. One could say it’s never too early to plan – or too late, depending on your viewpoint.

Successful Physiotherapist Meeting

Physiotherapist John Phelan attracted a large crowd to our club meeting on Tuesday 4 June last. He specialises in physiotherapy and nutritional health for older people, and gave a lot of valuable advice about how to build muscle strength and how to deal with common complaints like plantar fasciitis and arthritis. He also advised on what foods give you energy for walks – it’s out with bread and in with protein-based foods.

Friday 21 June 2019

Glorious Galtys Walk

On Sunday 16 June 2019, the B walkers scaled the Galtys under the leadership of Kevin Moore. Goska Korejwo captured the stunning views.





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.