Sunday 14th October 2018.
Dan Condren led the A walk. The group of twelve headed to the Knockmealdowns, taking in the peaks of Dyrick, Knocknagnauv and Knockmealdown. Conditions were terrific for walking; it was like a warm summer’s day with blue skies and very gentle breezes. And remarkably, after the heavy rain of the previous days, underfoot conditions were dry and firm, an indication of how dry the mountains must have been beforehand. And, despite ethical questions relating to attempted bribery by apples provoking accusations of favouritism!, a great day was had by all.
John G O’Dwyer led the C walk. The group of 8 headed to Kilcash. In glorious weather they followed the clear track leading all the way to the summit. From the start the views were extensive. Slievenamon attracts people for different reasons. The group met several walkers on their track but met a gentleman who passed them at speed – he was a man on a mission to glide off the heathery gentle green countryside,
Slievenamon is a mountain of history and mystery of legends. Its name means the ‘Mountain of the Women’ and the story is told how all the fairest women raced to the top to claim the hand of the warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhail. Fionn secretly fancied Grainne, the daughter of the High King of Ireland, so he advised her how to win the race!
The group lunched at the cairn and enjoyed views of the surrounding countryside. As it was a lovely day and on previous visits the group had fog or mist they decided to explore the western side of Slievenamon. The group completed their walk around the hill crossing the river at very low levels twice and returned by the timber cross erected in 2000. They made their way back to the cars along the stoney laneway chatting about the fabulous day out in Slievenamon. Hard to believe the group never sang Slievenamon during the walk. Will have to remedy that before hurling championship begins.
Next weekend October 19th, 20th and 21st Mid Tipp Hill Walkers will be supporting the 20th Annual Autumn Charity Challenge based in Hotel Westport, Westport, Co Mayo.
There is no scheduled walks from Cashel next weekend.