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Hillwalking - Dromore and Banbridge clubs visit Tipperary

Walker from Co Down who joined Mid Tipp Hill Walkers last Sunday pictured at the Galtee Wall with the summit of Galtymore in the background.

Walker from Co Down who joined Mid Tipp Hill Walkers last Sunday pictured at the Galtee Wall with the summit of Galtymore in the background.

Last weekend was a busy one for Mid Tipp Hill Walkers with a group of 36 walkers form the Dromore and Banbridge walking clubs visiting Tipperary.

For most of them it was their first time walking in Tipperary and, of course, the big challenge for many was to climb Galtymore, Ireland’s highest inland mountain.

They arrived Friday lunchtime and left on Monday morning, staying in the Ballykisteen Hotel. On Friday afternoon, they had a leisurely walk as far as Lake Muskry. Then on Saturday, they divided into three groups. The strong walkers set out with Willie Fahey and Eileen Ryan and did the Cush circuit, taking in Galtymore, Galtybeg and Cush mountains. At the same time, a group of slower walkers headed out with Ollie Walsh, Kate Fahey and Dick Hennessey with Galtymore as the target. Meanwhile, a third group did the beautiful low-level Ballinacourty Loop walk in the Glen of Aherlow. All groups achieved what they set out to do and were very pleased (if a little sore) after their day’s outing. Then on Sunday, they linked in with the regular Mid Tipp Hill Walkers Sunday walks, with about 25 joining Bridget Browne and the high-level walkers beginning from King’s Yard, while the remainder went to the Comeraghs with Ray Creaney. Overall, they were very impressed with Tipperary. The weather was beautiful, the hotel was excellent, they very pleased with the mountain walks, and they all had worthwhile achievements to remember their visit by. Well done to Willie and Kate Fahey who organised the walks.

This coming Saturday, a group is heading to Kerry to clime Carrauntoohil via Pipet’s Ridge. Then, on Sunday, the high level walk leaves Cashel at 10am. Meanwhile the Friday evening walk and Tuesday evening rock-climbing will take place as usual, with new walker or climbers welcome. For details of all upcoming events, check our website at www.midtipphillwalkers.ie or call Dan Condren at 087 2273082.

 

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