2 Sept 2018

Willie Fahey led the A walk taking 8 walkers on high terraine in the East Knockmealdowns. The day began in wonderful sunshine and high temperature for early September. Later as they ascended the mountain mist prevailed. The fern crop is very dominant this year possibly the best ever seen and this made the walking challenging on paths often taken in the past with relative ease. Also the heather is high and especially beautiful this year. Unfortunately both plants are useless to farmers. Walkers love a challenge! Rain, wind and ferns whet their appetite. All enjoyed the day.

A group of fifteen hillwalkers participated in the first ‘C’ walk of the season. The group which included three new hillwalkers left Cashel and assembled with their leader Eddie Morrissey in the Nire Valley car park where they embarked on the Coumduala Loop. This was the proverbial walk of two halves. It was t-shirts, sun cream and fabulous scenery as the group crossed the river and headed up past the Sgilloges and Coumlara and on to the Gap. In freshening conditions lunch was enjoyed on the hillside near the Gap. As the group headed up towards the viewing point overlooking Coumduala the clouds rolled in and the mist turned to rain as the group dug deep in their gear bags to give the rain gear the first outing of the season. At this stage the views had disappeared, and so had the goats on Carrignagower, as the group made the downhill journey to the cars before returning in high spirits for a review of the day over a ‘coffee’ in Cashel.

This coming Sunday (Sept 9) A and B walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am. There is also a Sunday Ramble leaving Slievenamon carpark Thurles at 10am. The Sunday Ramble is heading to the Silvermines to complete a loop walk.

Walking is a great way to get fit as well as being a great way to meet new friends and see new places. Give it a go as new walkers are welcome to come along, so, for a healthy, sociable and enjoyable activity, feel free to join us in Thurles at 10am or Cashel at 11am. Just bring boots, suitable clothes and a packed lunch. A change of clothes and particularly footwear for after the walk is also strongly advised.