5 May 2019

Sunday 5 May 2019 Willie Fahey led the A walk group of 8. The walk started at the car park near Goatenbridge and a loop took in Knockmealdown, Knocknagnauv, and Knockshane. A leisurely lunch was taken on the south side of Knockmealdown peak. A most enjoyable day was had by all.

The western Knockmealdowns was the destination for the group of eleven walkers on the ‘B’ walk led by Eddie Morrissey. The walk started in the car park just below Bay Lough. The group skirted around Bay Lough in glorious sunshine before crossing three mountain streams and arriving at the northern slopes of Knockshanahullion. They worked up a good appetite on the ascent which provided truly amazing views. Lunch was enjoyed at the cairn on Knockshanahullion before making the long descent to the busy car park above Bay Lough where the group had coffee in the sunshine. From there the group made their way in high spirits down the soldiers’ path and back to the cars.

Tina Bourke & Brid Ryan Bourke led the Sunday Ramble to the fabulous Knockbarron Eco Walk. It is an area in early May, when so much of the woodland floor is a blue haze of bluebells. On the summit of Knockbarron, you have one of the finest examples of an esker a long narrow winding ridge of sand or gravel, deposited by a stream flowing under a glacier.. The Slieve Bloom Eco-Walk is a feast for the eyes as the flora and fauna are especially diverse on the trail which uses forest roads and hiking trails. The group of 16 enjoyed their picnic at the end of a magical trip to Knockbarron near Kinnity.

This coming Sunday (May 12) A and C walks leave from opposite the fire station 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.