The summer hillwalk took us up to Cruachán in the Comeraghs, just north of Dungarvan. After meeting to car-pool, we were all assembled, counted and given our “marching orders” by Clare Shelley, before heading for the hills, ably led by Veronica Curran.
It was a hot day! The tecchies among us recorded 27C at the base, and 19C at the summit. Plenty of water and frequent rests were essential, as was liberal application of sunblock. But the views were worth the hard work. Veronica pointed out An Fear Bréige and an older telecommunications mast on the distant hills. From the top of Cruachán we had a 360 degree view of the surrounding hills and coastline.
Another most successful hike was held on 16th May. The Trek to Torc was ably led by Pat Crowley & his team of Joe Carroll & Padraig Keating. Plan B came into action at the 11th hour when Pat discovered that the road to Lord Brandon’s Cottage was under water and we had to cancel our boat trip & hoof it back to Muckross – 17.1km hike in total! But it was well worth the effort – blue sky, breathtaking scenery, tumbling waterfalls, delicious food in The Jarvey’s Rest & great company.
Thanks to all who turned up full of energy despite the awful weather. It’d have been no fun without you. Well done, everyone!
Thanks to Frank Roche and Pat Crowley for capturing these moments!
‘There is a green island in lone Gougane Barra’
Our third Hill Walk took place in beautiful Gougane Barra, on Thursday 27th April. We were led by Joan McCann, with assistance from Angela Foley and Mags McCarthy.
After the fires the previous weekend, the upper part of the park was devastated, and it was chilling to walk alongside charred grassland and trees. We shared our path with some sheep who had been fortunate to escape the fires. Happily, the lower regions of the park were not touched by the fire and it was possible for us to enjoy its beauty, as we rambled along.
After a three-and-a-half hour hike, we were delighted with the lunch laid on at the Gougane Barra Hotel. During lunch, Seán Ó Callanáin treated us to a wonderful recitation of ‘Gougane Barra’ by his namesake, JJ Callanan.
Could this be the start of a trend for the Hillwalkers?!
7th. Friday. Social coffee morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m. Contact Pádraig Ó Conaill.
11th.Tuesday. Crawford at the Castle. Guided tour of the exhibition of works from the Crawford, which have been on show at Dublin Castle over the winter months. 11 a.m. Guided tour cost €3. Followed by lunch. Venue TBC (optional). Contact Mags McCarthy.
13th. Thursday. Amblers walk in Doneraile Park. Lunch. Leader: Mary Fitzgerald.
23rd. Sunday. Three night trip to Westport. Contact Frank or Mary, Travel Committee.
27th. Thursday. Hillwalkers hike in Gougane Barra. Lunch. Leader: Joan McCann.
As with all our activities, details will be notified by text message in advance.
A group of 35 hill walkers enjoyed a great hike on Thursday 10th March. We were very fortunate with the weather on the day, and the tide stayed out as well!
We set out shortly after 11, after our leader Pat Crowley gave us a brief history of Crosshaven. The terrain was mixed, with some steep climbs, some muddy stretches, plenty of shoreline and a few short periods on the roads.
We paused for a short break at Myrtleville, before following the shoreline to Fennel’s Bay and Church Bay. At Templebreedy we had a few more points of information from Pat, before following the cliff path past Weavers Point and down to Graball Bay.
From there we emerged at Camden Fort Meagher, before descending to the shore for our return to Crosshaven. We met the Amblers at Cronin’s Pub and enjoyed a tasty lunch in great company.