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.