Friday Walks

27 Aug 2021

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 27 Aug 2021 the group headed to the beautiful Heywood Gardens, near Ballinakill, County Laois, which has it all, in the gardens, lakes dotted with water lilies and swimming ducks, woodland and some unusual architectural features. The gardens are set into a sweeping hillside overlooking farmland and peaceful Ballinakill. The architect…

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20 Aug 2021

On a wet wet wet Friday 20 Aug 2021 the group headed to Upperchurch to complete the Eamon an Chnoic loop. Despite the weather the spirits were high among the hikers up on the hills of Upperchurch. Thanks to everyone for joining us on another lovely evening on the hills of Upperchurch. The weather cleared…

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13 Aug 2021

Friday evening walks. Friday 13 Aug 2021 the group met at Step in the Silvermines. With local lady Caitriona Gleeson leading the group after a brief history and detail of the area. They set off from the Coillte map, taking the forestry road to the right going by the barrier, walked along then left and…

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06 Aug 2021

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 6 Aug 2021 the group headed to compete the Pilgrim Path Loop in Kilcommon. The group were greeted in the village by local Leader for the night Eileen Ryan. The group headed out to explore the rolling farmland, country roads, forest paths and tracks. Heading up through the forestry it was…

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30 July 2021

Friday evening 30 July 2021, the walk started at the village green in Durrow to complete the 2nd half of the Durrow loop. Local lady Susan Lawlor tested our fitness as we headed along Derry road and up the Ballagh Hill. After getting our wind back we headed through the green leafy woodland track and…

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23 July 2021

Friday evening 23 July 2021, Winnie Flynn led the Friday night walkers through the forestry and bog of Cappamura. Winnie, apart from been a member of the Mid Tipp Walkers, is also a member of South Eastern Mountain Rescue and was accompanied by her dog Flame, who is a member of Sarda (Search and Rescue…

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16 July 2021

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 16 July 2021 Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers celebrated 15 years of Friday evening walks. We had great support and goodwill from both current and past walkers and enjoyed a walk on a very warm and humid evening to the top of Wellington Tower on The Crag loop in Grange. Afterwards, we had a…

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09 July 2021

Friday 09th July 2021 the group headed to Latteragh. Latteragh is a great location, walked often by the group and each time we visit, more trees have been felled, so it is interesting to see the new landscapes. This walk on forestry paths and woodland tracks now has a few new viewing points where the…

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02 July 2021

For the Friday Evening Walk on 2 July 2021, the destination was Killamuck bog loop in Abbeyleix. The group met at Manor Hotel Carpark, crossed the road and headed in towards the church and then under the tunnel of the old railway line. The group chatted as they rambled in ideal off road walking conditions.…

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25 June 2021

Friday Evening Walk 25 June 2021 Group descended on the lovely hill of Cooneen just outside Templederry village. A few new people joined the group and were made very welcome. There was plenty of chat and laughter as the group stepped it out up the country lane, enjoying the enchanted forest before turning onto the…

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18 June 2021

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 18 June 2021 the group headed to Jenkinstown Co Kilkenny. The woods there have 2 looped walks for both a short or a longer walk, both these trails are waymarked. The Walled Garden Loop is a nice short walk through the forest taking in St. Colman’s well and starting and finishing…

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11 June 2021

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 11 June 2021 the group headed to west Tipperary. We parked at Rock an Thorabh (the Bull Rock) carpark and this week a regular walker with the group, Marie McAteer, said she would lead the walk. The group followed Marie, chatting happily as we made our way along the woodland trail…

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04 JUNE 2021

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 4 June 2021 we parked at Bishopswood Dundrum. We headed up to the gamekeepers lodge which is about 1 km from the car park has been taken over by the Boy Scouts Association and has been turned into a National Boy Scout Centre. There is no specific trail in Dundrum woods…

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28 May 2021

The Friday evening walk headed to Grange. Although it rained all day, not a drop was seen as the group made their way around the Crag loop. A very enjoyable night with plenty of chat with everyone delighted to be out on the walk.

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21 May 2021

For our first Friday walk of the summer season, we set off to the lush, rolling countryside of Co Laois for our traditional Bluebell Walk. The Leafy Loop offers a ramble of almost endless variety and at this time of year has a carpet of bluebells and wild garlic. A big Thank You to Susan…

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28 Aug 2020

Friday 28 Aug 2020 the group of Friday evening walkers headed to County Laois. We had a lovely evening in Heywood Gardens to finish off our season of Friday evening walks for 2020. Heywood Gardens, near Ballinakill, County Laois, consists of gardens, lakes, woodland and some exciting architectural features. The park is set into a…

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21 Aug 2020

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Walks will be for Members Only for the coming weeks. Friday 21 Aug 2020 the group of 15 headed to Latteragh. We had a lovely evening with fresh breeze and short threat of rain which disappeared again making it ideal for walking. Latteragh is a favourite location walked often by the group…

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14 Aug 2020

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Walks will be for Members Only for the coming weeks. Friday 14 Aug 2020 we competed the Pilgrim Path Loop in Kilcommon. The group of 15 headed out in very close humid conditions to explore the rolling farmland, country roads, forest paths and tracks. Heading up through the forestry it was so…

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07 Aug 2020

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Walks will be for Members Only for the coming weeks. Friday 7 Aug 2020 group of 23 walkers completed the Eamon an Chnoic Loop in Upperchurch. On a very warm sunny evening the group starting from Village headed off passing the community centre and onto first stile up onto loop path. Group…

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31 July 2020

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Walks will be for Members Only for the coming weeks. Friday 31 July 2020 group of 20 walkers completed the Crag Loop Walk in Grange. Starting from Village entered trailhead and headed along by fairy trail up onto path. Group chatted happily along forest roadway until group came to steps and climbed…

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24 July 2020

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Walks will be for Members Only for the coming weeks. Friday evening 24 July 2020 our group of 32 met on the village green in Durrow and followed the riverside path behind Bob’s Bar into the grounds of Castle Durrow. Heading along the bank of the River Erkina over the stile and…

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17 July 2020

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Walks will be for Members Only for the coming weeks. Friday evening 17 JULY 2020 group met at Dundrum, Bishop`s Wood. The gamekeepers lodge which is about 1 km from the car park is taken over by the Boy Scouts Association and is a National Boy Scout Centre. There is no specific…

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30 Aug 2019

The Friday Evening walk season of 2019 has been very successful and has now finished. Aug 30 we headed to Templederry and had 31 people out on our last Friday evening walk of 2019. The group completed the circuit of Cooneen Hill. Entering the glen of the Nenagh river near Longjohnshill and heading up to…

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23 Aug 2019

Friday evening walks. The Friday evening walk Aug 23 headed to Cahir to complete a walk following road, forestry tracks and woodland trails. Starting at the Lady Gregory Pub heading along country road and went up through the Ballydrehid woods outside Cahir, The group of 37 enjoyed some lovely views including over the quarry and…

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16 Aug 2019

Friday evening walks. The Friday evening walk Aug 16 headed to Jenkinstown Wood, Co. Kilkenny. Started in the car park and exiting through the ‘door-in-the-wall’ and turning left on the path following the loop of forestry tracks and woodland trails. Jenkinstown Park was once part of a large estate, the old house is no longer…

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9 Aug 2019

Friday evening walks.Friday 9 Aug 2019 Michael Walsh led the Friday evening walk in Grange. 9 hardy souls braved the elements and of course enjoyed Josephine’s wonderful fare in Hogans Bar Grange, With only 3 walks left, come out and join us. Next Friday Aug 16 we are heading to Jenkinstown Co Kilkenny to complete…

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2 Aug 2019

Friday evening walks. Friday 2 Aug 2019 John G O’Dwyer led the Friday evening walk on the leafy Loop in Durrow which was enjoyed by 37 participants. Many thanks to Susan Lawlor for the lovely historic insights and visit to Knockatrina House and Durrrow Castle Gardens. Great evening enjoyed by the group and refreshments enjoyed…

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26 July 2019

Friday evening walks. Friday 26 July 2019 Silvermines was the destination. The group of 28 set off from the Coillte map, taking the forestry road to the right going through the barrier, walked along then left and headed down through the forestry. The track fell away towards the valley. There was beautiful views of Keeper.…

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19 July 2019

Friday evening walks. Friday 19 July 2019 the forecast was for very heavy showers as the group met at the village green to complete part of the Leafy Loop walk. The group of 32 set out along the streets of Durrow which is preparing for the Scarecrow Festival. The route along the country road was…

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12 July 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 12 July 2019 Grange was the destination. Grange is a village in the Slieveardagh Hills on the Tipperary border with Kilkenny. In Grange there is a choice of two loops – Grange Loop explores the lower slopes and forms part of a longer circular route known as the Crag Loop which…

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5 July 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 5 July 2019 we competed the Pilgrim Path Loop in Kilcommon. The group of 23 explored the rolling farmland, country roads, forest paths and tracks. For a number of the group it was their first time to head onto the Pilgrim Path and with great views enjoyed by all. Thanks to…

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28 June 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 28 June 2019 the group of 36 headed to Goold’s Cross to compete a new walk. We were greeted by Winnie Flynn and her sisters Teresa and Frances ‘The Bog Tour guides’ at The Hive, Ballydine. There was great chat and banter as group walked exploring minor roads, forest track and…

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21 June 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 21 June 2019 we headed to Upperchurch to compete The Eamon an Chnoic loop walk. The group of 35 started in glorious evening sunshine exploring farm land, old laneways and minor roads. There were lovely views and the humming of a silage harvester in the distance as the group chatted as…

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14 June 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 14 June 2019 the group of 19 headed to Latteragh. This walk on forestry paths and woodland tracks brought them to viewing area where the group enjoyed views of Lough Derg and the rolling hills of Silvermines and Templederry. With thunder showers forecast, the weather was kind as the group enjoying…

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7 June 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 7 June 2019 we travelled to Queens County to walk the beautiful Killamuck Loop Bog walk in Abbeyleix Co Laois. This walk on minor roadways, forestry paths, old bog tracks, old railway line and peaceful wooded lanes brings you through different environments around Abbeyleix from old buildings (like the Old South…

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31 May 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 31 May 2019 we headed to Dundrum to Bishop`s Wood. The Earl of Montalt owned the estate up until 1905. The gamekeepers lodge which is about 1 km from the car park has been taken over by the Boy Scouts Association and has been turned into a National Boy Scout Centre.…

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24 May 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS 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…

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31 August 2018

The Friday Evening walk season of 2018 has concluded. Aug 31st we had 23 people out on our last Friday evening walk of 2018. The weather reflected our mood of sadness as we had a misty evening as we completed the circuit of Cooneen Hill Templederry. We entered the glen of the Nenagh river near…

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24 August 2018

Friday 24th August 2018 we returned to the lovely village of Upperchurch to complete the Knockalough loop. The group of 17 chatted happily as we tracked along the route. The views were stunning in ideal conditions. Afterwards refreshments were enjoyed in Kinnanes. We are on our final walk of summer 2018, so come out and…

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17 August 2018

Friday 17th August 2018 a happy group of 22 walkers completed the Crag Loop Walk in Grange topped off with wonderful refreshments in Hogan’s Bar…. a big thank you to Josephine. We have only 2 walks left this summer, so come out and join us. Next Friday August 24th 2018 we are heading to Knockalough…

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10 August 2018

Friday 10th August 2018 had a great turnout of 25 for the walk around the Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop in ideal weather conditions for rambling. Later, the fare in Kinnanes was of the usual high standard and the group were even treated to an impromptu sing-song. Afterwards, everybody was already looking forward to next Friday’s walk…

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3 Aug 2018

Friday 3rd Aug 2018 the Friday evening walk headed to Durrow. In ideal walking conditions the group of 37 enjoyed glorious sunshine as they chatted traveling along the forest tracks and trails. The group viewed some very creative scarecrows around Durrow. After a lovely walk 29 of the group went to Dec’s Bar for refreshments.…

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27 July 2018

Friday 27th July 2018 the Friday evening walk headed to Upperchurch to complete the Eamon an Chnoic Loop. Weather conditions were not favorable for the 11 walkers but very welcome for the landscape. The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the walkers as the chat and banter flowed but it restricted the views as the…

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20 July 2018

Friday 20th July 2018 the Friday evening walk travelled to the Devils Bit. In a light mist 29 walkers started from the Car Park and headed up to the Tower. Passing by the cross and statue and making their way up the heather path to the Trig point. With no views from the summit the…

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13 July 2018

Friday the 13th can be unlucky for some people they say, but 13th July 2018 was very lucky for the 38 walkers who enjoyed the evening walk to Durrow completing part of the Leafy Loop. We started our walk by the river at Castle Durrow. We chatted as we walked through woodland, farmland and along…

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6 July 2018

Friday 6th July 2018 once again to the delight of 23 walkers enjoyed glorious sunshine on their walk up on the Silvermines Ridge. Making their way around the Knockanora loop, they couldn’t help but admire the splendour of Keeper hill. Once up on the ridge people enjoyed the beautiful scenery spread out for miles in…

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29 June 2018

Friday evening walks. 29th June 2018, in beautiful evening sunshine 26 walkers headed to Grange to complete the Crag Loop. Trailhead starts at Grange village near Gortnahoe. The group explored the lower slopes and then completed the longer circular route. On reaching Wellington Tower a few people climbed the steel stairway at the Tower to…

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22 June 2018

Friday evening walks. 22nd June 2018, 30 walkers headed to Abbeyleix, to complete the Killamuck bog loop. This is a fabulous area which has ideal off road walking conditions. This walk on woodland tracks, bog paths, old railway line and country roads takes you through different environments around Abbeyleix, from woodland to bogland to old…

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15 June 2018

Friday 15th June 2018, 22 walkers headed to Latteragh, and this week the weather was kind to us. We had a lovely dry night, not too hot, ideal for walking. Latteragh is a location we walk a couple of times in the year and each time we go there, more trees have been felled, so…

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8 June 2018

8th June 2018, the Friday evening walk headed to Aherlow. The weather gods threw heavy torrential rain, thunder and lightning for a second Friday at us. Arriving in Aherlow Leader John G O’Dwyer decided we would have refreshments first and walk later if and when conditions improved. A huge Thank You to the staff of…

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1 June 2018

Due to thunder, lightning and heavy rain Friday June 1st the Friday evening walk was cancelled. This Friday evening June 8th we are heading to Glen of Aherlow. Any query contact Camel Needham (086) 260 2133. The Friday Evening Walks are low level walks, from May to September of 2 – 3 hrs duration, mostly…

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25 May 2018

25 May 2018, Friday evening walks started back with 21 walkers enjoying the beautiful sunny evening in Bishopwood Dundrum. Lovely to see some new walkers and great to catch up with our regular people. Great chat and laughter echoed through the woods and Flan Quigney delighted the group with his verses of ” The donkeys…

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25 August 2017

Alas all good things come to an end. Aug 25 we had 29 people out on our last Friday evening walk of 2017. We had a beautiful evening as we completed the circuit of Cooneen Hill Templederry. We entered the glen of the Nenagh river near Longjohnshill and made our way up to Poul an…

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Aug 18 2017

August 18 our Friday evening walk was fabulous. Weather was dry and spirits high among the 20 hikers up on Knockalough Upperchurch. We had the pleasure of a couple from London and a lady from Galway and they have promised to come back again next year. Afterwards we enjoyed beautiful refreshments back in Kinanes. Thanks…

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Aug 11 2017

Friday 11th great turnout for walk in Grange, 28 very happy walkers enjoyed the beautiful forest, tracks and fabulous views. A big thank you to Susan Lawlor from Durrow for sharing her knowledge on the different trees and plants along the way, and of course all was possible as the weather was kind to us…

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4 Aug 2017

Fri 4th Aug we travelled to Durrow to complete the 2nd half of the leafy loop. 32 walkers enjoyed exploring around Durrow which looked splendid in the evening sunshine. Lovely local lady and great walking leader Susan Lawlor guided us through a different route with great knowledge of the flora and fauna. Thanks very much…

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28 July 2017

Great walk  Friday 28th, with 20 walkers turning out, for the little challenges of the Silvermines Ridge. We were lucky with the weather as we had no rain and hencefore got to admire the surrounding views which included Keeper hill and right over to the Shannon and of course the mines and the lovely Silvermines…

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July 21 2017

21 July our Friday evening walk series continued and despite the rain and fog, 12 turned out for our visit to the Devil’s Bit. While views were none, the fog in the forest created its own admiration and certainly topic of conversation, an enjoyable evening was had by all, followed by lovely refreshments in the…

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July 14 2017

Fri 14 July our walk led us to complete the Birchill loop walk. We had 17 walkers who enjoyed the beautiful mixture of fields, quiet country roads, forest tracks and boardwalks. Underfoot conditions were excellent and we had lovely views of the hills of Drombane and the surrounding areas. After a lovely sunny evenings walk…

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July 7, 2017

Friday evening walks. July 7, 2017 we headed to Kilcommon to complete the Pilgrim Path looped walk. It’s an ancient path with a mixture of minor roads and forest paths. Near the beginning of the walk we cross the locally made foot bridge over the Bilboa River and our group of 21 walkers chatted happily…

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30 Jun 2017 Upperchurch

30 June 2017

Friday evening June 30, 2017 26 people headed to Upperchurch last evening for a beautiful walk up Eamon an Chnoic, thanks to Joan Quinn for the geography of the spectacular views, good company, great chats and a few stories along the way made for an enjoyable walk, and of course the final touch the lovely…

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June 23 2017

Friday June 23 2017 we travelled to Queens County to walk the beautiful Killamuck Loop Bog walk in Abbeyleix Co Laois. It was a beautiful evening as our group of 16 enjoyed the woodland track & the boardwalk protecting the bog and it’s fabulous flora & fauna. It is a lovely looped walk featuring old…

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June 16 2017

Our Friday evening walk led us to Durrow for part of the Leafy Loop.  We had 23 walkers going through woodland, farmland and along the riverbank of the river Erkina.  We returned to Durrow through part of the Castle Durrow estate.  We had built up an appetite for a cuppa and were very well looked…

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June 9 2017

Friday evening 23 walkers had a lovely evening in Latteragh with delicious sandwiches etc in Stapleton`s in Borrisoleigh after our walk.

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June 2 2017

Friday evening walk, 36 people enjoyed a great ramble around Bishopswood, Dundrum.  Blessed with sunshine and lovely views. Afterward had a cuppa and delicious food was enjoyed in the Wytchway Inn.

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May 26 2017

Our Friday evening walks got off to a great start with 29 walkers taking part on a most atmospheric ramble around Grange Loop in ideal weather.  Afterwards, 15 enjoyed lovely fare from Josephine amid the lovely atmosphere of Hogan`s Pub Grange.

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Friday walks begin 25 May

The Friday evening walks  begins on May 25th, 2018 These are low level walks, from May to September 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…

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