Wednesday 2 March 2016

March News Letter

March Hillwalking Newsletter

Ballyhoura Day trip.
23 members headed for the brave new world of the Ballyhoura’s on Thursday the 25th. The walk was just over 10km with a mixture of forest track and open moorland, we only had one area of boggy ground up to the summit of Seefin but it was worth enduring for the splendid views as far away as Killarney and the Comeragh’s. Caher Castle hotel provided us with well earned refreshments and dinner on our return journey.
Mary’s contour cake went down a treat and proved she was paying attention last month.

St Patrick’s Day Walk.         Thursday March 17th.
Sliabh na mBan led by Brian Wickham. Departing from Park Hotel at 1300hrs and Supervalue Car Park in Carrick-On -Suir at 13.40hrs. Post walk, we will repair to the grounds of Kilcash Castle for picnic and then to Keoghs Pub for further refreshments and maybe a
" Sing Song". Don't forget to wear something green to celebrate our Patron Saint!!!

T Shirts
We are in the process of ordering some T shirts/Polo shirts with the club Logo.
Samples were at the club night and the quality is great, the retail price is estimated at €25
B Walks
Due to pressure of work Tony has had to retire from coordinating B walks.
Peter Mangan has kindly offered to cover the job until the AGM.
If you would like to be a B walk coordinator please contact Richard.

Navigation course
We now have dates for our beginners guide to navigation. It will consist of two evenings at 8pm on Tuesday the 26th April and Wednesday 4th May, also two half days on the hill to be decided by the group. A booking deposit of €10 secures a place. See Tony Fitzgerald.

Take care when out walking this time of year, it is exceptionally slippery and wet under foot at the moment and also with snow and high winds, it makes the easiest walk quite a bit harder.

If you’ve got a walk report or piece of news the club should know about, drop an email to Marie Jennings on

Wicklow weekend                              April 22nd / 24th

Food Festival Weekend                    April 16th / 17th

Cunnigar Crossing                           Sunday 5th June

Summer BBQ                                      Saturday 16th July

Walks are usually 4 to 6 hours. C Walks are about 3 hours. Inclement weather is likely to extend the time of all walks. Hillwalking is an adventure sport and not devoid of an element of risk. To minimize risk, be prepared: waterproof boots, rucksack, waterproofs, a packed lunch, hot drink, warm hat, gloves etc.  Mountaineering Ireland (MI) recognizes that participants in Hillwalking should be aware of and accept any risk and be responsible for their own actions and involvement                                    REMEMBER NO BOOTS, NO WALK