Knockmealdowns Hillwalk

On Wednesday 17th October, the RTAI Hill walkers had an invigorating hike in the Knockmealdown mountains, ably led by Veronica Curran.

As is now established custom, we assembled in Barrons Bakery, Cappoquin for tea and scones prior to the hike. Then we drove to our starting point at Bay Lough. From our scenic parking spot we could anticipate the wonderful views that awaited us as we climbed higher.

After a steep and challenging ascent, we levelled off to a gentler climb, with plenty of opportunities to stop to admire the panorama below us. We were straddling three counties: Waterford, Tipperary and Cork. For quite a distance we followed a fence which divides County Cork from County Waterford. Veronica pointed out landmarks along the way, showing that she knows the hills like the back of her hand.

We stopped at the summit (630m), for our “sos beag”, and after refuelling we were glad to move down from the windy height!

As usual, there was lots of chat along the way, as well as opportunities to walk in silence, appreciating the privilege of being far removed from the busy world below us, just enjoying being one with Mother Nature.

One could surely say that this was a loop walk, as we finished where we started – back at Barrons Bakery! We thoroughly enjoyed the delicious soup and sandwiches that were laid on for us. Thanks to RTAI for subsidising the cost of lunch!

Thanks to James Doolan for the photos.

October calendar

3rd – 10th Trip to the sights of Ancient Greece.

5th Social coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m.

 11th Amble in CobhHeritage Centre 11.30 a.m.

17th Hillwalk, Knockmealdowns.

18th Camera group outing to Gaggin.

19th Dermot Goode. Health Insurance talk. Midleton Park Hotel. 1.30 p.m.

25th Camera group meeting, SMA, Wilton. 2 p.m.

Ongoing events: Choir, Drama rehearsals, Line dancing, Art classes.

Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh, on Our Way!

Tuesday 4th of September was the day to catch up with retired friends for our two day outing in Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh beach and hills around to be precise. Meeting up in the afternoon with the group was tricky, as most were so bronzed and fit after our amazing Summer, they were barely recognisable…. Anyhow, we had a super sunny walk around Rossbeigh beach, full of fascinating facts supplied by our great guide and photographer, James!

A very reasonably priced and enjoyable dinner in the Towers Hotel that night allowed for more catch-up and anticipation for the next morning’s trek over the mountain around the bay.

           Again, James guided us around our much longer walk with skill and learning opportunities, giving us frequent ministops for photo ops. The mist which had threatened to obscure the stunning views finally lifted and a rainbow beckoned us to look over the bay to Inch beach away in the distance. Sustenance was provided by wonderful conversation and stuffing our faces with blackberries, (at least I did!) on the road downwards and home to the Rossbeigh beach below.
          This walker feels energised and ready for more enjoyable gatherings this Autumn , in the friendly company of the RTAI Amblers and Hillwalkers. Go raibh maith agaibh go leir…..

June Events

Thursday 7th: Golf outing. Muskerry G.C. Contact Joe Lane for details.

Tuesday 12th: Crawford Art Gallery. Guided visit to the exhibition Heroes and Villains. Meet at the gallery at 10.45 a.m. Please notify Mary C of your intention to attend.

Wednesday 20th: Amble in Glengarriff at 11 a.m. Meet at Jim’s Bayview from 10 a.m. Please notify Clare S, before 13th. Lunch available after the walk.

Thursday 21st: Hillwalkers hike on Bere Island, led by Leo Lowney. Hillwalkers have been notified by email. Accommodation should be booked in advance!

Friday 22nd: Summer meeting and lunch. A text message will issue in advance. Please reply to the text in order to reserve your place at the meeting and/or lunch!

Spaisteoireacht na Bealtaine: Seoid gach lá!

Doneraile Park

The first of our walks for the month of May, was a very popular guided walk through the grounds of Doneraile Park. This walk was organised by Mary Fitzgerald, and took place on Thursday 10th May. Once again, we were blessed with a fine day. Mary had engaged Mr. Michael O’Sullivan to be our local guide.  It was a fascinating outing with a  superbly informed and good-humoured guide who delighted in calling ‘ciúnas!’ and invited us later to visit his own historic home, Creagh House, formerly the abode of the estate agent for the St. Leger estate at Doneraile. The sun shone too and we enjoyed a tasty lunch. Thanks to Mary for an excellent outing, enjoyed by all.

Thanks to Joe Carroll and Elizabeth O’Connell for the photos below:



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Glenshelane Woods

On Wednesday 16th May, the hillwalkers gathered in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford,  on a beautiful sunny morning. We were being taken to nearby Glenshelane Woods, ably led by Helen and Dick Waide. The walk followed the course of the Glenshelane river, through dappled forest paths, under the canopy of new leaves, and bordered by bluebells and wild garlic.


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Luckily our guides knew the forest well. When we came to a spot on the path where a man was employing some machinery, we had no option but to turn back and find an alternative path. No bother to Helen and Dick!

This is a beautiful forest path, not too difficult a walk. It crosses the river at various points on well-maintained bridges. There’s a scouting centre too, in a perfect clearing.

We stopped for sustenance (corporal and spiritual) at the grotto near Mount Mellaray. After that we returned through the forest, to Cappoquin, where we had a delicious lunch in Barrons Bakery. Many of the group members took the opportunity to buy some of the freshly baked goods to take home.

Thanks to Elizabeth O’Connell and Mags McCarthy for the photos.



Com Baun Hike

On Thursday 5th April, a group of 16 hillwalkers took to the Galtees, ably led by Joan McCann.

We met for carpooling and coffee at the Firgrove Hotel, and then drove a few kilometres to the trailhead, near Anglesboro.

Our walk was through Com Baun wood, skirting the western side of Temple Hill. We were fortunate that the day remained dry, although it was windy at times. There were wonderful views across to the Ballyhouras and back to Corrin. The effect of the recent storms was evident in a few places, where we came across fallen trees and banks of snow. All the better to help us appreciate the beauty and power of nature. All credit to Joan, who had done numerous “recces” in advance. We had no obstacle on our path.

Later, we returned to the Firgrove for a very welcome tasty lunch and convivial chat.

Our May hillwalk is planned for Glenshillane, near Capoquin, on 16th May, when we will be in the capable hands of Helen and Dick Waide.