THE next couple of months will be among the busiest in the history of the Aonach ar Siul walking club. Plans are almost complete for club’s walking festival on the weekend of May 12-13. There will be a choice of three walks each day. This will cater for the casual walker, the regular hiker and also those looking for a serious challenge. Full details are on the www.nenaghwalk.ie website.
Our next walking festival meeting is on Monday April 23, at 8pm in the Hi-B. Members are requested to attend to ensure the event is as successful as in the past two years.
Before then a number of club members are taking part in the XL Challenge. This event is on April 27-29. The challenge involves climbing the four highest mountains in Ireland over just three days. The XL Challenge is being organised by Aonach ar Siul member Willie Keane, who is raising funds to build a school in Tanzania. Full details are available on www.xlchallenge.ie
On May 1, 10 members of the club are off to Spain to spend a week walking a 115km section of the famous Camino pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella. This trip is being led by club member Donal Mackey, who will have a five-hour practice walk on Sunday, April 22, in the Sliabh Blooms. Please contact Donie on 087-276 1442 directly with regard to a departure venue from Nenagh at 11am or meet up in Kinnitty at noon.
Donie has another trip organised for June when he is leading a group on a week-long walk from Nenagh to Dublin. His group will travel by boat from Dromineer to Shannon Harbour in Offaly and then walk the towpath along the Grand Canal to the capital. The group will arrive in Dublin in time for the Eucharistic Congress.
The club’s regular walking schedule continues as normal. There is an evening hill walk every Tuesday. On April 24, this will be along the Silvermines Ridge, meet at Step at 7.30pm. On Sunday, April 22, there is an outing to Knockalough in Upperchurch led by Maura Bowe. Due to traffic restrictions with the Visit Nenagh Cycle Classic next weekend members are asked to meet at Liffey Mills / Arrabawn car park opposite Tyone graveyard on the Thurles road at 11am. Full details of the club’s activities are available on www.nenaghwalk.ie