27 Jan 2019

Eoin Wolahan led a group of 12 hill walkers. The walk started from the southern side of the beautiful Glengarra wood area. On their assent to Greenane they had clear skies and fantastic 360 degree views. The sun shined intermittently but the cold winds were blowing with an 11 degree windchill. They took comfort in walking in between valleys and did not feel too cold until they reached the top of Greenane. They descended from Greenane to take shelter from the cold wind and to have their lunch. On resuming, they walked to Farbreaga and the weather became windy and later sleet and snow fell. They then walked south west towards the Glengarra wood taking in lovely scenery and good underfoot conditions. This was a real winter walk and most enjoyable. Their final part of the journey was an interesting walk through the beautiful forest before returning to their base.

Maura Creaney and Joan Lysaght led the B walk. They parked at Bay Lough car park and walked up to Sugar loaf, then they headed over the Knockmealdowns. They had lunch there and it was so cold they didn’t stay long, winds were very strong and they even got a fall of snow on way down. They had 12 on the walk and were out for 3 hrs 45 mins.

This coming Sun (Feb 3) A and C walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am. John G O’Dwyer will be leading C walk on the theme of General Liam Lynch. In the War of Independence, Lynch was commander of the 1st Southern Division IRA, a position he held until the July 1921 Truce. During the Civil War, he became Chief of Staff of the IRA. until he was shot by Free State soldiers on April 10, 1923 in the Knockmealdown Mountains while in the company of future Foreign Affairs Minister Frank Aiken. The walk, which is entirely on tracks, should take about 3 hours. The intention is to trace Lynch’s footsteps as they lead to the monument marking the place where he was shot by a bullet fired from distance. Meet Ladyswell, Cashel (opposite Firestation) at 11am. All welcome. Wear outdoor clothing and suitable footwear and bring a rain jacket and a packed lunch.

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 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. Reminder Mid Tipp Hillwalkers Club Membership of €10 & Mountaineering Ireland membership at €27.90 can be paid. There’s a choice of walks each Sunday, so there’s something to suit everyone.

The full programme of walks is now on our website at www.midtipphillwalkers.ie. For further information visit the website or Facebook or call Denise Laffan at (087) 925 3049 for any query re walks.