24 May 2019

We commenced our 2019 series of walks on Friday 24 May heading for our first every outing and guided talk around the walls of Fethard. Our group of 39 met our lovely guide Mary Hanrahan from Fethard Historical Society at Fethard Town Hall where Mary gave us an outline of our planned tour. We walked to the North Gate which is the last remaining of five original gates. Mary explained the history of Fethard town which boasts a huge number of medieval ruins. A good portion of its original town walls remain intact, and its heritage trail takes in highlights including its Sheela-na-gigs. These medieval carvings, located at the abbey in a section of the old town wall at Watergate Street. Fethard’s or Fiodh Ard (The High Wood) settlement history most likely began with Anglo-Normans who arrived in the 1200’s and built the town’s first stone walls. An Augustinian Friary was added in 1305, followed by the antiquities still so beautifully visible today. We finished our tour in Holy Trinity Church, one of Ireland’s finest medieval parish churches. It is almost 800 years old. 27 of the group were very well looked after as we enjoyed the hospitality and refreshments in McCarthy’s Bar. Thanks everyone for coming out and making it an enjoyable evening.

Next Friday 31 May 2019 we are heading to Dundrum woods. Hope you can come and join us. Walking is the easiest way to get moving, get active and fit with friends and to have a chat & a laugh. We are leaving Slievenamon carpark 6.30 SHARP to arrive at Bishipswood Dundrum at 7pm. Contact Tina 086 3565134

Friday evening walks are low level walks, starting 24th May of 2 – 3 hrs duration, mostly on forest track. If you want to get out and about in the countryside, meet new people, and make new friends, just come along. We explore paths and trails off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday. We offer an easy introduction to off-road walking for anybody considering taking it up. All we ask is that you come prepared with sturdy footwear, rain jacket, drink and snack. Everyone welcome, old friends and plenty of room for newcomers. The walks are very sociable and usually we end our Friday evening walk by heading for a cup of tea and sandwich.
We meet every Friday evening at Slievenamon Road car park in Thurles at 6.20pm and leave at 6.30pm sharp.