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Canoe B Q – Sunday September 25th 2016

This Event is now Concluded

The final fabulous fun Canoe B Q of the season was held on Sunday September 25th 2016.

On Sunday August 28th 2016 the Ardfinnan Canoe Club, in association with Knockmealdown Active, organised a Canoe-BQ. This is a Canoe Trip along the Suir from Cahir with a Barbeque at the finish in Ardfinnan.

10am – Sign up in Ardfinnan at the Green

10.45am – Bus takes participants to Cahir

11am – Instruction on the water in Cahir (no prior experience required, instruction and all equipment necessary will be provided)

11.30am – Participants leave Cahir in Canoes & Kayaks

1pm – Barbeque lunch on the Green in Ardfinnan.

Price: €40 – includes Bus, Boats, Insurance, River Rescue & BBQ on the Green.

Queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com or call Will on 083 177 2626.

Please check back for further details or keep an eye on our Facebook Page. This is very important as Boating Events are, by their nature, very dependent on weather conditions before and during the event.

Canoe B Q - Sunday September 25th 2016

 

Canoe B Q – Sunday September 25th 2016

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Canoe B Q – Sunday August 28th 2016

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Our next Canoe-B-Q event will take place on Sunday September 25th. Booking has not started yet but, if you Share and Like our Facebook Page or sign up for email alerts on the Pop Up that appears on your screen, we’ll let you know when booking opens.

Canoe-B-Q Aug 28th

The next fabulous fun Canoe B Q of the season will be held on Sunday August 28th 2016.

On Sunday August 28th 2016 the Ardfinnan Canoe Club, in association with Knockmealdown Active, will organise a Canoe-BQ. This is a Canoe Trip along the Suir from Cahir with a Barbeque at the finish in Ardfinnan.

10am – Sign up in Ardfinnan Hall (across from the Green)

10.45am – Bus takes participants to Cahir

11am – instruction on the water in Cahir (no prior experience required, instruction and all equipment necessary will be provided)

11.30am – Participants leave Cahir in Canoes & Kayaks

1pm – Barbeque lunch on the Green in Ardfinnan.

Price: €40 – includes Bus, Boats, Insurance, River Rescue & BBQ on the Green.

Queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com or call Will on 083 177 2626.

Please check back for further details or keep an eye on our Facebook Page. This is very important as Boating Events are, by their nature, very dependent on weather conditions before and during the event.

Canoe B Q – Sunday August 28th 2016

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‘Knock ME Down’ Adventure Challenge – September 10th 2016

‘Knock ME Down’ Adventure Challenge - September 10th 2016

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL

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The Knock ME Down Adventure Challenge takes place on Saturday September 10th 2016. It involves Cycling, Running, (or walking) and Kayaking. As multi-sport events go, this is well suited to anybody with a reasonable level of fitness. The entire course is on roads and forestry tracks so getting lost will not be an issue. The start and finish of the challenge is at the GAA field in the village of Newcastle, not too far from the towns of Clonmel and Cahir, Co. Tipperary. You can find an outline of the course below.

Sign-In on the morning of the event will be 30 minutes prior to the starting time slot you choose. Starting time slots are available in 15 minute intervals from 11am to 12.15pm. There are changing and shower facilities available at the GAA grounds.

The breakdown of the event is as follows:

• 15km Cycle from Newcastle to Kilballyboy Wood car park/picnic site on Vee Road outside Clogheen
• 2.5km run/walk from Kilballyboy Wood to Bay Lough
• 0.5km kayak around Bay Lough
• 2.5km run/walk from Bay Lough to Kilballyboy Wood car park (different return route)
• 15km Cycle back to Newcastle

Here’s the route:

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Get Ready, Get SET……….GO!

Full Event Description:

At 11am the first 15 competitors will be set off on their bikes. At 11.15 the next 15 will begin the challenge, and so on until all competitors are on their way. Time slots are available on a first booked, first served basis – when a time slot is fully booked it will become unavailable on the system. You must have appropriate footwear for the event and a proper cycling helmet must be worn for the cycling section. The type of bike used is up to you. With all cycling on tarred surfaces, a racing bike will probably be the fastest, while a mountain bike with off-road tyres probably being the slowest! It’s your choice but it must be road worthy at the very least!

The Bike Part

After the first 15km cycle you will be at your first time point which is located in the Kilballyboy Wood car park/ picnic area along the Vee road outside Clogheen. There will be bike stands set up here where you simply hang your bike by the saddle on a bar and off you go on your scenic 2.5k run to Bay Lough lake. Don’t worry about your bike, there will be plenty of marshals at this location to keep them safe (and there will be a service vehicle available should you have any mechanical difficulties.)
Up At The Lake…..

The 15 minute interval starting time slots are to avoid a time delay waiting for Kayaks at the Bay Lough section. All Kayaks and associated safety equipment will be provided by the Knockmealdown Active team. Everybody will get a single ‘sit on’ Kayak to paddle around the lake. There will be floating markers placed around the lake which you will have to stay inside. Local folklore dictates that the lake is bottomless. You may also need to keep a lookout for a lady called ‘Petticoat Loose’ who, if the stories are to be believed, will come up out of the lake and pull you under……. So best keep as close as you can to the edge, just in case! If anyone gets in trouble out there we have a Cahir River Rescue team on standby so there is really nothing to worry about. If you really don’t fancy the Kayak section you can skip it entirely. On doing this you will get the slowest Kayak time on the day, with another 10 mins added to cancel out any advantage you may gain with all that extra energy saved! The Kayak section should take, on average, about 7 mins to complete.

What Goes Up………

As you get out of your Kayak… with your hands crying out for a break, its time to get back onto the tracks and start your run/walk back down to the Kilballyboy Wood car park. It’s a different track down so keep following the signs and follow instructions from the friendly marshals.
Home Straight

Once you get back to the Bike Park at Kilballyboy Wood, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you now have a 1.5km descent towards Clogheen to look forward to before you cycle the remaining 13.5km of a generally flat road back to Newcastle. A cool-down massage will be available for all competitors, along with shower facilities and changing rooms. So you’ll have no excuses when heading to the local community hall,

Here you can claim your Knock ME Down Challenge goodie bag, enjoy a well earned BBQ and maybe sample a refreshing beer from our event sponsors, the ‘Eight Degrees’ brewing company, while you await results.

‘Knock ME Down’ Adventure Challenge - September 10th 2016

‘Knock ME Down’ Adventure Challenge – September 10th 2016

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Canoe B Q – Sunday July 31st 2016

*** This event is now fully booked ***

The next fabulous fun Canoe B Q of the season will be held on Sunday July 31st 2016.

On July 31st 2016 the Ardfinnan Canoe Club, in association with Knockmealdown Active, will organise a Canoe-BQ. This is a Canoe Trip along the Suir from Cahir with a Barbeque at the finish in Ardfinnan.

10am – Sign up in Ardfinnan Hall (across from the Green)

10.45am – Bus takes participants to Cahir

11am – instruction on the water in Cahir (no prior experience required, instruction and all equipment necessary will be provided)

11.30am – Participants leave Cahir in Canoes & Kayaks

1pm – Barbeque lunch on the Green in Ardfinnan.

Price: €40 – includes Bus, Boats, Insurance, River Rescue & BBQ on the Green.

Queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com or call Will on 083 177 2626.

Please check back for further details or keep an eye on our Facebook Page. This is very important as Boating Events are, by their nature, very dependent on weather conditions before and during the event.

*** This event is now fully booked ***

KMD Active July 2016 CanoeBQ

Canoe B Q – Sunday July 31st 2016

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2016

Pilgrim Paths Day 2016

Booking is now Closed

Join us on March 26th, Easter Saturday 2016 as we retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary.

To mark the third annual National Pilgrim Paths celebration (which has now developed from Pilgrim Paths Day to become Pilgrim Paths Week), Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk along part of the St. Declan’s Way route.

Details:

Distance: The Melleray to Goatenbridge walk is 14 km long and will take about 3 hours to complete. It involves a gentle height ascension of 330 metres over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Time: The walk will commence at 11 am on Saturday Martch 26th 2016 in Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Walkers will assemble at Goatenbridge, at 9.30 am from where they will get a bus to Mount Melleray – busses will depart at 10am. Please allow plenty of time before the bus departs (booking is in advance, please see below).

At 11am the walkers will take the route from Mount Melleray, following St. Declan’s original footsteps over over Bearna Cloch an Buideál (Bottleneck Pass) back to Goatenbridge where there will be light refreshments for all participants.

Walkers should have appropriate footwear (preferrably walking boots) and waterproof gear. Walk leaders will be on hand on the day.

Note: This is a led walk, for insurance purposes it is important that all walkers stay within the group for the duration of the event. The event is subject to weather conditions, in case of poor visibility on the mountain on the day in question.

Cost: €20 which covers walk leaders, bus transfer from Melleray to Goatenbridge and light refreshments on return. Participants should bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event.

Note: Booking Closes at 6pm on Friday March 25th so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

Location of Goatenbridge: 52.274° N -7.872° W – Irish Grid Reference: S 088 136 – EIRCODE – E91 H662

 

For more information please contact us;

Please direct any queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/knockmealdown

Phone: Kevin O’Donnell – 086 354 1700

 

Below is a map of Ireland’s Pilgrim Paths, all of which will be holding events over the Easter Festival.

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

Pilgrim Paths Day 2016

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Knockmealdown Mountain Walks

Saturday Morning Knockmealdown Walks

Knockmealdown Active would like to invite you to join us on Saturday mornings in Autumn/Winter 2015 to walk and explore the many Waymarked tracks and trails in this beautiful area. See list of upcoming outings at the bottom of this post.

Our plan is to build the fitness levels of walkers over a period of time, so don’t worry if you are a bit unfit.

The first series of walks will be approximately 6k taking between 1 and 1.5 hours to complete. We aim to get you back in time for lunch.

A moderate level of fitness is required. Good footwear and raingear are essential. Bring a fully charged mobile phone, some drinks and snacks if you wish.

The walks are led and are FREE to anyone who wishes to participate.

Upcoming Walks:

Sat. Nov. 14th – Clogheen Loop – Assemble at St. Pauls Community Centre, Clogheen for departure at 10 am. Walk should take around 2.5 hours.

Sat. Nov. 21st – Lakes loop . Time 10 am. Meet Goatenbridge . Start Trail head.

Sat. Nov. 28th – Knockroe loop. Time 10 am. Meet Goatenbridge. Start Trail head.

Sat. Dec. 5th – Combination loop. Time 10 am. Meet Goatenbridge. Start Goatenbridge.

Sat. Dec. 12th – Liam Lynch loop. Time 10 am. Meet Goatenbridge. Start Goatenbridge.

Sat. Dec. 19th – Christmas Themed Mulled Wine walk. Time 10 am. Start Newcastle and walk KMD WAY to Goatenbridge.

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For a full list of the meetings keep an eye on this page, visit our Knockmealdown Active Facebook Page or drop an email to info@knockmealdownactive.com.

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Cahir to Ardfinnan – Canoe-BQ – September 27th 2015

Sep 27th Canoe-B-Q

On Sunday September 27th 2015 the Ardfinnan Canoe Club will organise a Canoe-BQ (Canoe Trip with a Bar-B-Q at the finish in Ardfinnan).

10am – Sign up in Ardfinnan

10.45am – Bus takes participants to Cahir

11am – Instruction at Inch Field, behind Castle in Cahir

11.30am – Participants leave Cahir in Canoes & Kayaks

1pm – Barbeque lunch on the Green in Ardfinnan.

Price: €30 – includes Bus, Boats, Insurance, Instructors, River Rescue & BBQ on the Green.

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Please check back for further details or keep an eye on our Facebook Page. This is very important as Boating Events are, by their nature, very dependent on weather conditions before and during the event.

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Cahir to Ardfinnan – Canoe-BQ – September 6th 2015

September 6th Canoe-B-Q

On September 6th 2015 the Ardfinnan Canoe Club will organise a Canoe-BQ (Canoe Trip with a Bar-B-Q at the finish in Ardfinnan).

10am – Sign up in Ardfinnan

10.30am – Bus takes participants to Cahir

11am – Instruction at Inch Field in Cahir

11.30am – Participants leave Cahir in Canoes & Kayaks

1pm – Barbeque lunch on the Green in Ardfinnan.

Price: €30 – includes Bus, Boats, Insurance, Instructors, River Rescue & BBQ on the Green.

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Please check back for further details or keep an eye on our Facebook Page. This is very important as Boating Events are, by their nature, very dependent on weather conditions before and during the event.

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St. Declan’s Way Walk – Stage 2 – September 12th 2015

Due to Unforeseen Circumstances Knockmealdown Active regrets that it has had to postpone this event.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for updates on when we will run the next event.

The Knockmealdown Active Team.

 

 

 

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Cahir to Ardfinnan – Canoe-BQ – July 26th 2015

Canoe Trip on River Suir

On July 26th 2015 the Ardfinnan Canoe Club will organise a Canoe-BQ (Canoe Trip with a Barbeque at the finish in Ardfinnan).

10am – Sign up in Ardfinnan

10.30am – Bus takes participants to Cahir

11am – Instruction at Inch Field in Cahir

11.30am – Participants leave Cahir in Canoes & Kayaks

1pm – Barbeque lunch on the Green in Ardfinnan.

Price: €30 – includes Bus, Boats, Insurance, Instructors, River Rescue & BBQ on the Green.

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Please check back for further details or keep an eye on our Facebook Page. This is very important as Boating Events are, by their nature, very dependent on weather conditions before and during the event.

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Here are some photos from our very successful Canoe-B-Q on June 28th 1 hour funding loans last. You’ll find all the photos from the day’s activities on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1CFdlyX. Many thanks to everybody who came along and made it such a great day on the River Suir. Our next outing is on Sunday July 26th, don’t forget to tell all your friends.

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Cahir to Ardfinnan – Canoe-BQ – June 28th 2015

Suir Canoe Trip June 28th

On June 28th 2015 the Ardfinnan Canoe Club will organise a Canoe-BQ (Canoe Trip with a Barbeque at the finish in Ardfinnan).

9am – Sign up in Ardfinnan

9.30am – Bus takes participants to Cahir

10am – Participants leave Cahir in Canoes & Kayaks

Midday – Barbeque lunch on the Green in Ardfinnan.

Price: €30 – includes Bus, Boats, Insurance, River Rescue & BBQ on the Green.

*** Click Here to Book Now ***

Please check back for further details or keep an eye on our Facebook Page. This is very important as Boating Events are, by their nature, very dependent on weather conditions before and during the event.

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St. Declan’s Way Walk – July 25th 2015

St. Declan's Day Walk

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On Saturday July 25th Knockmealdown Active will be organising a walk along a portion of St. Declan’s Way (the entirety of which runs from Ardmore, Co. Waterford to Cashel, Co. Tipperary over the Knockmealdown Mountains).

This 20km walk will take a scenic route from Cashel to Cahir. We will gather in Cahir at 9am in the morning in Cahir Day Care centre car park (this is located between Cahir Credit Union and Cahir Catholic Church on the Ardfinnan road out of Cahir). Registration is in the Cahir Day Care centre.

At 10 am we will get buses to Cashel

At 11 am  we will then begin our walk from Cashel back to Cahir on mainly scenic back roads. Estimated walk tim ei s 4 to 5 hours depending on fitness levels and weather conditions.

The walk will complete at Morrissey’s Bar (across from Cahir Castle) where there will be refreshments available.

 

Note:

We recommend trekking boots or sturdy runners for this walk. Remember, a good deal of it will be on tarmac roads.

Bring appropriate wet gear, this is summer in Ireland, there is always a chance of rain.

Bring a Fully Charged Mobile Phone – this is very important.

Bring any snacks or lunch you will need along the way, there are no shops on the route.

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Cost for the event is €20 which includes buses, walk leaders, first aid & refreshments at walk end. Booking early online will earn you a €5 reduction so if you book now online it will cost just €15 – don’t delay, this is a limited time offer.

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We are really looking forward to your company for this event.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updates, this is important as, with all outdoor events, weather issues can affect arrangements.

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Rhododendron Walk – Clogheen – June 7th 2015

Walking-Trails

This walk was due to take place on bank holiday Monday, June 1st, but the weather was unforgiving on the day so it has been rescheduled for Sunday June 7th 2015.

Walkers will meet at St. Paul’s Community Centre in Clogheen at 5.30pm where a bus will take them to the start of the walk at Bay Lough.

The walk is entirely downhill so it will be suitable for walkers of all types. It follows flat forestry paths and tarmac so runners or good walking shoes should suffice. Please do bring wet gear in case of rain.

This is a free event and is guaranteed to be fun for all the family.

There will be local club stands set up in St. Paul’s Community Centre hall after the walk for those participating to see what the community has to offer.

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Friends of St. Declan’s Way Ezine – Issue 9 – June 2015

Please note: The walk on June 1st has been postponed to June 7th due to inclement weather over the bank holiday weekend.

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Newcastle Family Walk – Sunday May 24th 2015

Newcastle Family Walk Day

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 Photos

The Pilgrim Paths Day event held on Saturday April 4th 2015 was a huge success. 225 participants from all over the country descended on South Tipperary and West Waterford to take part in the annual event, walking part of St. Declan’s Way from Mount Melleray (outside Cappoquin) to Ardfinnan, along the banks of the river Suir.

Below you will find some video and photos of the day’s events. If you have photos you would like us to include please forward them to knockmealdowntipp@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to post them.

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Address before the off for Pilgrim Paths Day

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 - St. Declan's Way

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Canoeing in South Tipperary

 

South Tipperary Sports Partnership in conjunction with Knockmealdown Active is holding an Information Evening on Monday,February 23rd at 8pm in Ardfinnan Community Hall.

 

The purpose of this meeting is to ascertain the interest levels in canoeing with a view to establishing more opportunities for people to get involved in the sport and to explore the possibilities of establishing a canoeing club in the area.

Benny Cullen from Canoe Ireland will make a presentation on the evening outlining opportunities for people to get involved in Canoeing.

 

We would like to invite anyone who has an interest in hearing more about canoeing to come along and join us on the evening.

 

Valerie Connolly

Sports Co-ordinator

South Tipperary Sports Partnership

Ballingarrane House

Ballingarrane

Clonmel

Co. Tipperary

 

Tel: 052 6187077

Email: vconnolly@stsp.ie

Website: www.stsp.ie

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

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Join us on Saturday April 4th, Easter Saturday 2015 as we retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary.

To mark the second National Pilgrim Paths Day, Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk along part of the St. Declan’s Way route.

Details:

Distance: The Melleray to Ardfinnan walk is 18 km long and will take about 4 hours to complete. It involves a gentle height ascension of 330 metres over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Time: The walk will commence at 11 am on Saturday April 4th 2015 in Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Walkers will assemble at Ardfinnan, at 9.30 am from where they will get a bus to Mount Melleray – busses will depart at 10am. Please allow plenty of time before the bus departs (booking is in advance, please see below).

At 11am the walkers will take the route from Mount Melleray, following St. Declan’s original footsteps over over Bearna Cloch an Buideál (Bottleneck Pass), via Lady’s Abbey, back to Ardfinnan community centre where there will be light refreshments for all participants.

Walkers should have appropriate footwear (preferrably walking boots) and waterproof gear. Walk leaders will be on hand on the day.

Note: This is a led walk, for insurance purposes it is important that all walkers stay within the group for the duration of the event. The event is subject to weather conditions, in case of poor visibility on the mountain on the day in question.

Cost: €15 which covers walk leaders, bus transfer from Melleray to Ardfinnan and light refreshments on return. Participants should bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event.

Note: Booking Closes at 6pm on Friday April 3rd so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

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For more information please contact us;

Please direct any queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/knockmealdown

Phone: Kevin O’Donnell – 086 354 1700

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Note: If the booking link above does not work, copy the following address into your browser’s address bar – http://www.kmdact.com/?wpsc-product=pilgrim-paths-day-walk-saturday-april-4th-2015.

Below is a map of Ireland’s Pilgrim Paths, all of which will be holding events over the Easter Festival.

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

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Suir Boating Event

*** Postponed ***

We regret to inform you that we have had to postpone this event due to ongoing works on the Slip at Cahir Castle, preventing access to the Suir for the event.

We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience this may cause, but the cancellation is due to events outside our control.

We hope to run the event later in the year when access to the Suir Slip at Cahir Castle has been restored.

If you have already booked, your payment will be reimbursed.

*** Postponed ***

If you  wish, Denis Murray can accommodate private bookings on 087 6832 872.

River Suir Boating Event – Sunday September 14th 2014

On Sunday September 14th 2014 at 1.15pm a unique boating event will take place, with boats travelling from Cahir to Ardfinnan along the beautiful River Suir in Co. Tipperary.

Participants will paddle Canadian Canoes and Kayaks along the tranquil and beautiful river in a trip that will take 1.75 to 2 hours to complete.

The Suir is a very pleasant meandering river that is very easy for beginners to navigate and Canadian Canoes (large flat bottomed canoes) are also very conducive to learners – so all are welcome no matter what their level of experience with a canoe.

There will be fully trained guides on hand at all times and the river, in most places, is very shallow at this time of year.

The cost per person for this event is €25, payable online in advance. The cost covers:

  • Boats
  • Safety equipment
  • Trained guides & Cahir River Rescue on standby
  • Bus transfer from Ardfinnan back to Cahir to the start point
  • BBQ on the Green in the centre of Ardfinnan at the end of the event

*** Postponed ***

Participants must bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event. We are limited to 30 canoes and 20 kayaks, so please do book as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t miss out.

Participants are asked to be in Ardfinnan for 1.15pm on Sunday, September 14th for bus pickup.

You will need to decide before you book whether you wish to use a Canadian Canoe or a Kayak. Essentially, Canadian Canoes are large flat bottomed canoes that are easy to navigate and, thus ideal for those without previous canoeing experience. Kayak’s need a little more expertise and experience, but are faster and more nimble than Canadian Canoes. If in doubt, go for the Canadian Canoe.

All Canadian Canoes take two participants whereas Kayaks can be either single or double manned – both types are available and will be allocated on the basis of experience on the day of the event in Cahir.

Note: Booking Closes at 6pm on Friday September 12th so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

If you have any queries contact John Egan on johnegan@stdc.ie, 087 055 6465 or 0504 56053.

*** Postponed ***

St. Declan's Day

St. Declan’s Way – July 26th 2014

On Saturday July 26th – which is, very fittingly in the same week as St. Declan’s Day – Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk over the Knockmealdown Mountains from Mount Melleray, Co. Waterford to Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary.

The 23Km walk will be undertaken along two separate routes

  • the A Walk is considered Moderate to Difficult and is only recommended for experienced walkers. Also, because it crosses over the Knockmealdowns between Goatenbridge and Lismore, the numbers are limited to just 30 participants. Walking boots and weatherproof gear are a requirement for the A Walk.
  • The B Walk is considered Easy to Moderate, should suit most experience and fitness levels and there is no restriction on numbers. The climb is not as steep as it is in the A Walk. If the weather is fine runners will suffice for this walk. Please bring appropriate weatherproof gear.

Both walks will register from 9am at the Green in the centre of Ardfinnan where participants will leave their cars. Busses carrying walkers will leave Ardfinnan at 10am with the walk beginning from Mount Melleray Abbey in Co. Waterford at 11am.

The €15 payment covers buses to take walkers to the walk start, team leaders and medics on hand during the event. It does not include food. Walkers should make sure to bring snacks and drinks for the duration of the walk. The Parlour Café is across from the Green in Ardfinnan for those who wish to finish the walk with some refreshments.

For updates keep an eye out here or on our Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/knockmealdown

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Éigse Newcastle 2014

Éigse Newcastle 2014 will take place on Friday June 27th and Saturday June 28th.

For more information on ‘Éigse Mhaol Donn’, please contact Helen Mhic Craith on 087-2405061 or by e-mail at helenmcgrath57@gmail.com.

The program of events and an invite to An Gleann is a Raibh Ann translation launch are detailed below.

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All are invited to  ‘An Gleann is a Raibh Ann’ translation launch at 8pm in Newcastle Community Hall Friday June 27th. 

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River Suir Boating Event

River Suir Boating Event – Sunday June 29th 2014

On Sunday June 29th 2014 at 1.15pm a unique boating event will take place, with boats travelling from Cahir to Ardfinnan along the beautiful River Suir in Co. Tipperary.

Participants will paddle Canadian Canoes and Kayaks along the tranquil and beautiful river in a trip that will take 1.75 to 2 hours to complete.

The Suir is a very pleasant meandering river that is very easy for beginners to navigate and Canadian Canoes (large flat bottomed canoes) are also very conducive to learners – so all are welcome no matter what their level of experience with a canoe.

There will be fully trained guides on hand at all times and the river, in most places, is very shallow at this time of year.

The cost per person for this event is €25, payable online in advance. The cost covers:

  • Boats
  • Safety equipment
  • Trained guides & Cahir River Rescue on standby
  • Bus transfer from Ardfinnan back to Cahir to the start point
  • BBQ on the Green in the centre of Ardfinnan at the end of the event

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Participants must bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event. We are limited to 30 canoes and 20 kayaks, so please do book as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t miss out.

Participants are asked to be in Ardfinnan for 1.15pm on Sunday, June 29th for bus pickup.

You will need to decide before you book whether you wish to use a Canadian Canoe or a Kayak. Essentially, Canadian Canoes are large flat bottomed canoes that are easy to navigate and, thus ideal for those without previous canoeing experience. Kayak’s need a little more expertise and experience, but are faster and more nimble than Canadian Canoes. If in doubt, go for the Canadian Canoe.

All Canadian Canoes take two participants whereas Kayaks can be either single or double manned – both types are available and will be allocated on the basis of experience on the day of the event in Cahir.

Note: Booking Closes at 6pm on Friday June 27th so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

If you have any queries contact John Egan on johnegan@stdc.ie, 087 055 6465 or 0504 56053.

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Knockmealdown Active Ezine – May ’14

 Knockmealdown Active - Friends of St. Declan's Way Ezine May 2014

Knockmealdown Active - Friends of St. Declan's Way Ezine May 2014

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Tour of Knockmealdowns 2013

Tour of the Knockmealdowns Cycle – May 4th 2014

The Knockmealdown Active  Tour of the Knockmealdowns Cycle has been an incredible success on its 2012 & 2013 runs, there are some photos of the 2012 event here and the 2013 event here. There have been plenty of people looking for a date for the Tour of the Knockmealdowns Cycle 2014 and, as you’ve seen, it will take place on the first Sunday in May.

The route pictured above is the longer of the two routes for 2014 (there are 40Km and 90Km cycles). The Tour of the Knockmealdowns Cycle 2014 itself will be just over 90km long and, like last year, there will also be a 40Km route (see routes at bottom of post). In a change from last year the event will start and complete in Clogheen rather than Ardfinnan, taking in all the Knockmealdown Active towns of Ballyporeen, Newcastle, Goatenbridge, Ardfinnan and back to Clogheen (there are also other towns in the trip).

Registration will be  from 9am. The cycle will start at 10am sharp. Check back here for any late changes to the itinerary.

You can find accommodation at a number of local establishments, see our Accommodation Page for a list of them.

Entry fee is €15 per person for the 40Km route and €20 for the 90Km route. For further details contact Jim O’Brien on 087 249 0089 or Kevin O’Donnell on 086 354 1700. You can also email info@knockmealdownactive.com.

Routes:

Note: Routes below are from 2013 – 2014’s event takes the same route, except the start and finish point is in Clogheen.

See bottom of page for downloadable PDF maps that you can print if you can’t use the Garmin links here.

90Km Route:
http://connect.garmin.com/course/3589527
Route is: Clogheen> Ballyporeen> Gurteeshal Hill> Araglin> Ballysaggart> Lismore> Cappoquin> Newcastle> Ardfinnan> Clogheen

40km Route:
http://connect.garmin.com/course/3395675
Clogheen> Vee road as far as Loughglen Bridge> left down onto Goatenbridge Road> Goatenbridge into Newcastle> left and then straight on to Grange cross> left and into Ardfinnan> straight on back to Clogheen.

Tour of the Knockmealdowns 2014

Note: Routes below are from 2013 – 2014’s event takes the same route, except the start and finish point is in Clogheen.

40Km Cycle PDF Map

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2014

Pilgrim Paths Day 2014

Join us on Saturday April 19th, Easter Holiday Weekend 2014 as we retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary.

To mark the inaugural National Pilgrim Paths Day, Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk along part of the route on Saturday, April 19th. The group will assemble in Mount Melleray, then taking the provided busses to Goatenbridge, Co. Tipperary where the walk will commence. Having crossed the Knockmealdown Mountains behind Newcastle the walk will finish at the Cistercian monastery of Mount Mellary Abbey on the southern slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains. The walk will follow the path below:

Pilgrim Paths Day Map

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Walk details:

Distance: The Goatenbridge to Mellary walk is 17 km long and will take about 4 hours to complete. It involves a height ascension of 604 metres over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Time: The walk will commence at 11 am on Saturday April 19th 2014 in Goatenbridge. Walkers will assemble at Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, from where they will get a bus to  Goatenbridge, Co. Tipperary – departing at 10am. Please allow plenty of time before the bus departs (booking is in advance, please see below). The walkers will then take the route from Goatenbridge, via Newcastle to Mount Melleray, where their cars are parked.

Walkers should have appropriate footwear (preferrably walking boots) and waterproof gear.  Walk leaders will be on hand on the day.

Cost: €15 which covers walk leaders and bus transfer from Mount Melleray back to Goatenbridge. Participants must bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event. There is a Café in Mount Melleray where walkers can purchase refreshments on their return.

Note: Booking Closes at 6pm on Friday April 18th so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

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The entire route of St. Declan’s Way can be viewed here.

For more information please contact us;

Please direct any queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/knockmealdown

Phone: Kevin O’Donnell – 086 354 1700

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2014

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Split the Pot Results

Split the Pot Results

Split the Pot is a Fortnightly draw undertaken by the Friends of St. Theresa’s Hospital and Knockmealdown Active. Look out for the ‘Split the Pot’ envelope holders in local outlets around Ballyporeen, Clogheen, Goatenbridge, Ardfinnan, Newcastle and Cahir.

The winning entrants will be posted here after each fortnightly draw has been made.

 

 

Monday October 14th

Winner: Christopher Hale, Ballyporeen – €80

Second: Julia Sullivan, Bansha (Cahir Day Care Centre) – €40

Winning Seller – Bally Hi Bar, Ballyporeen – €13

Next draw – Monday October 28th

Monday September 30th

Winner: Ken O’Brien, Clogheen – €102

Second: Claire & Ruth O’Donnell, Newcastle – €51

Winning Seller – Ryan’s Farmhouse Bar, Graigue – €17

Next draw – Monday October 14th

Monday September 16th

Winner: Mary Carey O’Brien, Ballyporeen – €96

Second: Michael Kenneally, Graigue – €48

Winning Seller – Ballyporeen Post Office – €16

Next draw – Monday September 30th

Monday September 2nd

Winner: Ger Macken, Ballyporeen – €120

Second: Sinead Power, Portlaw – €60

Winning Seller – Jim O’Brien – €20

Next draw – Monday September 16th

Monday August 19th

Winner – Aidan O’Sullivan, Ballyporeen – €77

Second – Anthony Condon, Ardfinnan – €39

Winning Seller – Post Office, Ballyporeen – €13

Next draw – Monday September 2nd

Monday August 5th

Winner – McGrath Family, Clogheen – €108

Second – Laurence McCarra, Newcastle – €54

Winning Seller – Nedeens Pub, Clogheen – €18

Next draw – Monday August 19th

Monday July 22nd

Winner – Bridie Looby, Clogheen – €120

Second – Corbetts Croon, Newcastle – €60

Winning Seller – PJ & Margaret English, Fruit & Veg, Clogheen – €20

Next draw – Monday August 5th

Monday July 8th

Winner – Margaret O’Brien, Ballyporeen – €144

Second – Michael O’Byrne, Cahir – €72

Winning Seller – Ballyporeen Post Office – €24

Next draw – Monday July 22nd

Monday June 24th

Winner – Ryan Breedy, Clogheen – €140

Second – Joan O’Dwyer, Cahir – €70

Winning Seller – Hermitage House, Clogheen – €23

Next draw – Monday July 8th

Monday June 10th

Winner – Mary Tierney, Bansha – €151.80

Second – Betty Frazier, Burncourt – €75.90

Winning Seller – Cahir Day Care Centre – €25.30

Next draw – Monday June 24th

Monday May 27th

Winner – John O’Donnell, Ballyporeen – €138

Second – Theresa Meaney, Clogheen – €69

Winning Seller – Ballyporeen Post Office – €23

Next draw – Monday June 10th

Monday May 13th

Winner – Richard Kelly, New Inn – €184.50

Second – Siobhan O’Mahoney c/o Graigue Pub – €92.25

Winning Seller – McCarra’s, Newcastle – €30.70

Next draw – Monday May 27th

April 29th

The winners in the second fortnightly draw in April were Kitty Saunders from Cahir who received €187.20, Ellen Sheehy from Ballyporeen who won €93.60 with Cahir Day Care Centre, once again, picking up the sellers prize of €31.20.

April 15th

The winners in the second fortnightly draw in April were Bernie Tynan from Cahir who received €180, Mary O’Reilly from Bansha who won €90 with Cahir Day Care Centre picking up the sellers prize of €30.

April 1st

The winners in the first fortnightly draw in April were Michael Corbett from Ballyporeen who received €144, Sr. Elsie Walsh from Clogheen who won €72 with Mary Carey in Ballyporeen Post Office picking up the sellers prize of €24.

March 18th – First Draw

The first winners in the draw were Toots Kenneally from Ballyporeen who received €214, Margaret Corbett from Clogheen who won €107 with P.J. and Margaret English picking up the sellers prize.

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Family Walk August 31st

The Concern Four County Challenge takes place on August 31st from Baylough to Ballyporeen and then on to King’s Yard outside Kilbehenny. For those in the local communities  who would like to get involved and  would rather a  shorter walk, why not walk the last 10km  in a local fundraising walk which is being held on the same day?  A bus will leave King’s Yard at 1.15pm on Saturday, August 31st transferring walkers to the start point near Ballyporeen.

This walk will cross the valley which links the Knockmealdown and Galty Mountains on country roads and forest tracks. It will take about 3 hours at a leisurely pace and will be led by members of the Knockmealdown Ramblers.

Insurance is provided under the Get Ireland Walking Scheme, you can download the insurance form here. The local walk is a fundraiser for the Galty Steering Group which seeks to promote activity based tourism in the area (much as Knockmealdown Active does for the Knockmealdown Mountains).

There is a €10 entry fee on the day which will include a snack bag and bus transfer.

Parking at King’s Yard costs €2. Come on and join in, put the Galty and Knockmealdown Mountain areas on the map.

Children must be over 8. Not suitable for buggies.

August 31st Family Walk

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St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 – Video

Kevin O’Donnell introduces St. Declan’s Way Walk

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Joanne Hughes introduction in Cashel

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St. Declan Looks on as Pilgrims pass through Cashel Sallyport.

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Mark Rylands gives a short speech before Day 3 Walk from Ardfinnan to Lismore

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Concern Four County Challenge Walk

Concern, one of Ireland’s best loved charities, launches the first Four County Challenge Walk and you are invited.

The walk, which will take place on Saturday August 31st, showcases an off the beaten track region of Ireland. It starts in the Knockmealdown Mountains which straddle Waterford and Tipperary. It passes through Cork and finishes in the Galtee Mountains on the Limerick side at Kings Yard.

Walkers register at the end point of the walk in the Galtees. A bus then transfers them to the start point in the Knockmealdowns. The walk starts near the Vee at the beautiful corrie lake known as Baylough. The route meanders along the Avondhu Way taking in parts of Tipperary, Waterford and Cork.

Mountain track changes to quiet minor roads near Ballyporeen and from there the trail heads to the Galtees entering at Galtee Castle near Skeheenarinky. It hugs the Attycran River and finishes at the foot of Galtymore at Kings Yard. Once you cross the bridge you are in County Limerick. The total distance is 33km. There will be an option to finish near Ballyporeen also in which case the distance is 24km. As the terrain is on good quality track and minor roads it is possible to do it in a good pair of runners.

This walk is for everyone – from walkers of moderate fitness to mountain runners.

There is a poster for the event and a map of the route below.

For more information and to book your place please visit Concern’s dedicated website for the walk on

https://www.concern.net/yourconcern/events/four-county-challenge

Concern Four County Challenge

4 County Challenge Map

Concern Four County Challenge FAQ:

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Concern Four County Challenge Hike Kit List:

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St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 – Photos

We have lots of photos from the St. Declan’s Way Walk which took place from July 24th to 28th 2013. These are small ones resized specifically for the internet, if you want any of them full sized just email us at info@knockmealdownactive.com and let us know which ones you want, we’ll forward the full sized versions.

Also, if you’ve got any photos of the event you’d like to share with others just email them to us and we’ll put them up here so others can see them.

Photos come from many sources, some are from participants on the walk but quite a few are from Tom Meehan who was on the walk for the 5 days, Conor Ryan who coordinated the whole event, Diarmaid Condon who is KMD Active PRO and Paddy Geoghegan who took many photos in Lismore.

There are quite a few more photos at www.facebook.com/knockmealdown.

St.-Declan-at-Rock-of-Cashel

St.-Declan-&-Lord-Mayor-of-Cashel

St.-Declan's-Way-Walk-Group-at-Rock-of-Cashel

St.-Declan's-Way-Walkers-at-Cahir-Castle

St.-Declan's-Way-Walkers-at-Swiss-Cottage

Ardmore comes into view

 

 

 

 

Chilling-outside-Barrons

 

Chow at Cotters

 

D, Kim, Tom, Kevin in Lismore

 

Dromana Bridge

Filing into Waterford

Kevin Playing Hurling

Mary-Rose-Chilling-at-Cotters

Move-that-Lactic-Acid-Girls

 

PJ Blowing his horn

Steve-&-Kevin-in-Cappoquin

 

 

Walkers Enter Ardmore

Waterford Refreshments

Welcome to Aglish

Well-Earned-Refreshment

St. Declan's Way Gathering 2013 Walk

St. Declan’s Way – The Gathering 2013 Walk

The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way all the way from Cashel to Ardmore took place from July 24th to 28th 2013. 110 walkers from around the world participated in the event which was support by the Gathering initiative.  This followed on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012.  The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.

St. Declan’s Way is a well known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland linking Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. This particular walk is being organised to coincide with St. Declan’s Feast Day in Ardmore with participants walking an average of 20km per day over five days. The walk will depart Cashel and visit Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short route to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) at Goatenbridge to Lismore – this is the most difficult walk on the route.  From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside and villages of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival. The walk is being organised in conjunction with our friends in the Knockmealdown Forum on the Waterford side of the Knockmealdown Mountains and is a part of the Gathering Ireland 2013 festival.

This was the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It appealed to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers had the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wished.

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Accommodation

Should you wish to walk St. Declan’s Way yourself, below you’ll find a list of accommodation at the various stop points which was used for the 2013 walk.

If you can’t see the document you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

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You’ll find details of the St. Declan’s Way Gathering 2013 Walk initiative at the following two links on the Gathering Ireland 2013 website: Tipperary & Waterford.

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Bus Travel from Dublin Airport:

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St. Declan's Way Map on Google

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Down Your Way in Ballyporeen

Tipp FM’s ‘Down Your Way’ in Ballyporeen

On Thursday last, June 13th 2013, Tipp FM’s ‘Down Your Way’ was recorded in Ballyporeen. The celebration was the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the local guild of the ICA which continues to go from strength to strength. The ICA very kindly asked Knockmealdown Active to be part of the celebrations and, tell everybody listening to the programme what the organisation is all about and give the St. Declan’s Way Walk in July a bit of a plug.

This programme aired on Tipp FM on Thursday June 20th. This is the audio from the programme, if you’re looking for Knockmealdown Active’s brief involvement it comes in at 38.40, just before the end of the programme.

Below you’ll find some short video clips of the recording in progress in O’Casey’s Lounge, Ballyporeen.

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Newcastle Homecoming Festival 2013

The Newcastle Homecoming Festival 2013 in association with the Gathering Ireland 2013 will take place from Friday June 21st to Sunday June 30th. There are a range of activities planned over the 10 days including and open day, duck race, traditional Irish music & dance concert, GAA Blitzes, vintage display, open air mass, treasure hunt, 45 card drive and Éigse Mhaol Donn. For further information contact Marian O’Dwyer on 087 125 4882 or email marbodwyer@eircom.net.

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Éigse Newcastle 2013

Éigse Newcastle 2013

Éigse Newcastle 2013 will take place over the weekend of Friday June 28th to Sunday 30th. There are lots of activities to suit everyone, just take a look through the brochure below and go along, it is always a great occasion. For more information visit the website here.

Éigse Newcastle 2013

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Galtymore Charity Walk

The Annual Galtymore Charity Walk from Kingsyard, just outside Kilbehenny, takes place on Saturday June 8th, 2013. Along with the main walk, which starts at 2pm, there will be a family walk with a talk on the history of the surrounding area at 2.30pm in King’s Yard. The whole adverture finishes up with a Barbeque at the EcoBus.

The price is a very affordable €7 per person, with all proceeds going to Skeheenarinky school, so it is a very good cause. Kids are free.

For more information visit www.kingsyard.wordpress.com.

Galtymore Charity Walk

Galtymore Charity Walk

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The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland

The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland

Heartfelt congratulations to our near neighbours in the Glen of Aherlow, just outside Bansha in the Galtee Mountains. The area has been shortlisted as one of the Irish Times ‘The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’ nominees for 2013. We agree wholeheartedly, it is certainly one of the most spectacular places you’ll find in Ireland, or anywhere else for that matter.

On the nomination the committee said:

Hugely impressed with the Glen of Aherlow. The scenery is breathtaking, and photos don’t do the landscape justice. It must be seen. The area has clearly positioned itself as a destination for walking holidays, and the locals are all working together on this initiative, from the local restaurants to the accommodation providers, right down to the shop worker who gave a lost outsider a tourist map of the area.

There is a range of accommodation, from camping to self-catering to B&Bs. The restaurants offer a high standard of food at reasonable prices.

You can see the full pitch here – it’s quite an impressive overview of what the area has to offer.

The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland – Visit all of South Tipperary

Visiting the Glen of Aherlow is just a starting point for visiting the whole of South Tipperary and West Waterford. There are three very famous mountain ranges in very close proximity, the Galtees, in which Aherlow is located, and just 15 minutes down the road, The Knockmealdowns – that would be us, as well as the Comeraghs near Clonmel which are in Waterford. In fact, much of the Knockmealdown Mountain range is also in Waterford but some of its most famous features, like the Vee and Bay Lough, are in Tipperary. All three are equally spectacular and worthy of a visit. All are also most easily accessed from the Cahir exits on the M8 Motorway. The Galtees are to the north of the motorway (on your right as you head from Dublin to Cork, they can be seen from Cashel onwards). The Knockmealdown Mountains are to the south, on your left all the way from Cahir to Mitchelstown after the Motorway veers to the right at Cahir. If you turn left in Cahir instead of right, you can get to the Comeraghs within just 15 minutes, just follow the signs for Clonmel then head out the Dungarvan road.

Why not take a look through the site and see what the Knockmealdown Mountain region has to offer the visitor from activities like stunning walking and cycling routes, to accommodation in all categories, camping sites, exceptional cuisine, spectacular views from all along the mountain range and much, much more.

The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland – Come on the Glen of Aherlow

We’re all shouting for the Glen to win the competition outright. The winning place will be announced in The Irish Times on Monday 27th May.

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Ardfinnan GAA Cycle Fundraiser – June 30th

Ardfinnan GAA have asked if we would give a mention to their fundraising cycle for South Tipperary General Hospital’s Children’s Ward being held on Sunday June 30th.

There are 75Km and 40Km options starting from Ardfinnan Community Centre at 10am.

Entry is €20, for further information ring 086 833 6505. It is in aid of a very worthy cause so please support.

Children's Ward Fundraiser

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Kilbehenny Fundraising Cycle – June 9th 2013

We would like to thank the Kilbehenny Cycling Club for their support in our recent Tour of the Knockmealdowns cycle.

The guys in Kilbehenny asked us to let you know that there will be a fundraising cycle on Sunday June 9th 2013. The day will consist of an 80Km Tour of the Galtees starting at 9.30am, a 50Km tour of the Galtee Vee Valley at 10am and finally a 15Km Fun cycle at 11am.

Registration is from 8.30am or you can register online at fundraiser.kilbehennycycling.com.

Tour of the Galtees Cycle

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Comeragh Tour Cycle – May 26th 2013

We would like to thank the Ballymac Cycling Club for their support in our recent Tour of the Knockmealdowns cycle.

The guys there are having their own event on Sunday May 26th, the Comeragh Tour. It is a 100Km event starting from Ballymacarbry at 10am.

Registration online is €25 at www.comeraghtour.com. All proceeds donated to charity so please support.

Comeragh Tour 2013

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Tour of the Knockmealdowns Cycle 2013 Photos

The second Tour of the Knockmealdowns cycle took place on Sunday May 19th last in Ardfinnan. The day was a remarkable success with a fantastic turnout of 113 riders, most of whom took on the challenging 90Km cycle which crossed the Knockmealdown Mountains at Araglin and again at Mount Melleray, with a little kicker at Knocklofty hill on the final run in to Ardfinnan. There was also a fine turnout for the well-received 40Km event.

Many thanks to all cyclists who supported the event. It was particularly pleasing to see the South Tipp Cycle Club in their new gear (see photos), the club has been going from strength to strength since its formation last year. We are also very thankful for the assistance of the Red Cross who provided ambulance assistance on the day as well as Jim Roche of Roches Cycles in Mitchelstown who ably dealt with all mechanical issues along the way and the Pure Drop bar in Ardfinnan who put on a wonderful spread of refreshments that was very well received by all cyclists who took part.

Here are some photos from the day’s activity:

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South-Tipp-Cyclists

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The-Finish-Line

Maura-&-Caitriona

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Needed That

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Split the Pot Results – April 29th

The draw for ‘Split the Pot’ was held on Monday April 29th in St. Theresa’s Day Care Centre, Clogheen. The winning tickets were, once again, drawn by Sr. Áine Power, a name synonymous with the Friends of St. Theresa’s and the Hospital for so many years.

The winners in the second fortnightly draw in April were Kitty Saunders from Cahir who received €187.20, Ellen Sheehy from Ballyporeen who won €93.60 with Cahir Day Care Centre, once again, picking up the sellers prize of €31.20.

The next draw will be on Monday, May 13th – again at the Day Care Centre in Clogheen.

For further information and for a list of weekly Draw Winners visit www.KMDActive.com/split-the-pot.

For those unaware of the initiative, Split the Pot is a fundraising activity organised by Knockmealdown Active in association with the Friends of St. Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen to raise funds for the upkeep of the facility which is of such huge benefit to the entire region as well as providing Knockmealdown Active with funds for projects to improve the area along the Knockmealdown Mountain foothills.

Please do give generously where you find ‘Split the Pot’ containers which are located in a range of retail outlets around Ballyporeen, Clogheen, Goatenbridge, Ardfinnan, Newcastle and Cahir. It is a very simple process, just pop your €2 in the envelope provided then write your name and phone number on it. The draw takes place fortnightly. You can enter as often as you wish and each two weekly draw brings a new opportunity to win. Please do continue to give generously as you have done since the draw started. For this we are very grateful.

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Split the Pot Results – April 15th

The draw for ‘Split the Pot’ was held on Monday April 15th in St. Theresa’s Day Care Centre, Clogheen. The winning tickets were, once again, drawn by Sr. Áine Power, a name synonymous with the Friends of St. Theresa’s and the Hospital for so many years.

The winners in the second fortnightly draw in April were Bernie Tynan from Cahir who received €180, Mary O’Reilly from Bansha who won €90 with Cahir Day Care Centre picking up the sellers prize of €30.

The next draw will be on Monday, April 29th – again at the Hospital.

For those unaware of the initiative, Split the Pot is a fundraising activity organised by Knockmealdown Active in association with the Friends of St. Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen to raise funds for the upkeep of the facility which is of such huge benefit to the entire region as well as providing Knockmealdown Active with funds for projects to improve the area along the Knockmealdown Mountain foothills.

Please do give generously where you find ‘Split the Pot’ containers which are located in a range of retail outlets around Ballyporeen, Clogheen, Goatenbridge, Ardfinnan & Newcastle. It is a very simple process, just pop your €2 in the envelope provided then write your name and phone number on it. The draw takes place fortnightly. You can enter as often as you wish and each week brings a new opportunity to win. Please do support generously. For further information and for a list of weekly Draw Winners visit www.KMDActive.com/split-the-pot

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Tour of Knockmealdowns 2013

Tour of the Knockmealdowns Cycle – May 19th 2013

The Knockmealdown Active  Tour of the Knockmealdowns Cycle was an incredible success on its inaugural run in May 2012, there are some photos here (and photos of the incredibly successful 2013 event here. There have been plenty of people looking for a date for the Tour of the Knockmealdowns Cycle 2013 and, as you’ve seen, it will take place on the third Sunday in May (note: this date has been changed, it was originally to run on May 5th but was changed due to other cycle related events happening that day).

The route pictured above is the longer route for 2013 which is not the same as that taken in 2012, but is an equally satisfying route highlighting all the Knockmealdowns have to offer. The Tour of the Knockmealdowns Cycle 2013 itself will be just over 90km long and this year there will also be a 40Km (see route at bottom of post). As per last year the event will start and complete in Ardfinnan, taking in all the Knockmealdown Active towns of Clogheen, Ballyporeen, Newcastle, Goatenbridge and back to Ardfinnan (there are also other towns in the trip). Just be aware that this year’s event is taking place on the same day as an Ardfinnan festival and the South Tipperary Tractor Run in aid of South Tipp Hospice – so there’ll be plenty in the town to keep all the family entertained. For this reason, parking will be outside of the town main street – at the Pure Drop carpark which is located at the Newcastle Road roundabout on the Clonmel road.

Registration will be  from 9am. The cycle will start at 10am sharp. Check back here for any late changes to the itinerary.

You can find accommodation at a number of local establishments, see our Accommodation Page for a list of them. We’ll put up the poster for the 2013 event once we have a copy.

Entry fee is €15 per person and just €10 for kids. There is also a €40 family ticket – great value for a wonderful day’s entertainment. There will be refreshments for all participants in The Pure Drop, Ardfinnan on completion of the event. For further details contact Seamus Butler on 087 904 9280 or Kevin O’Donnell on 086 354 1700. You can also email info@knockmealdownactive.com.

Routes:

See bottom of page for downloadable PDF maps that you can print if you can’t use the Garmin links here.

90Km Route:
http://connect.garmin.com/course/3589527
Route is: Ardfinnan> Clogheen> Ballyporeen> Gurteeshal Hill> Araglin> Ballysaggart> Lismore>Cappoquin

Note: From Cappoquin there is a deviation from the original route due to a clash with another cycle on the Waterford side of the route.

Instead of straight on for Master Mcgrath’s ,cyclists will take Melleray road out of Cappoquin. Right at Cats Bar, up Melleray hill and on into Newcastle. Straight through Newcastle village  and onto the Clonmel/ Ballymac road. Here the tour will turn left and straight all the way to the Wood Road. Left turn here and on to Knocklofty then back to Ardfinnan.

40km Route:
http://connect.garmin.com/course/3395675
Ardfinnan> Clogheen> Vee road as far as Loughglen Bridge> left down onto Goatenbridge Road> Goatenbridge into Newcastle> left and then straight on to Grange cross> left and back into Ardfinnan.

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40Km Cycle PDF Map

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90Km Cycle PDF Map

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Split the Pot Results – April 1st

The draw for ‘Split the Pot’ was held on Monday April 1st in St. Theresa’s Day Care Centre, Clogheen. The winning tickets were, once again, drawn by Sr. Áine Power, a name synonymous with the Friends of St. Theresa’s and the Hospital for so many years.

The winners in the first fortnightly draw in April were Michael Corbett from Ballyporeen who received €144, Sr. Elsie Walsh from Clogheen who won €72 with Mary Carey in Ballyporeen Post Office picking up the sellers prize of €24.

The next draw will be on Monday, April 15th – again at the Hospital.

For those unaware of the initiative, Split the Pot is a fundraising activity organised by Knockmealdown Active in association with the Friends of St. Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen to raise funds for the upkeep of the facility which is of such huge benefit to the entire region as well as providing Knockmealdown Active with funds for projects to improve the area along the Knockmealdown Mountain foothills.

Please do give generously where you find ‘Split the Pot’ containers which are located in a range of retail outlets around Ballyporeen, Clogheen, Goatenbridge, Ardfinnan & Newcastle. It is a very simple process, just pop your €2 in the envelope provided then write your name and phone number on it. The draw takes place fortnightly. You can enter as often as you wish and each week brings a new opportunity to win. Please do support generously. For further information and for a list of weekly Draw Winners visit www.KMDActive.com/split-the-pot

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First Wacky and Wonderful Knockmealdown Family Walk

On Saturday April 20th the first wacky and wonderful Knockmealdown Family walk will take place, unsurprisingly, in the Knockmealdown Mountains.

This is an all gain & no pain way to get your kids, and possibly better halves, to gain an appreciation of what the Knockmealdown Mountain range has to offer one and all.

It will also be a fun way to introduce kids to the great outdoors, being like a ski run without the snow – ok so it’s just a downhill walk.

In essence: A bus takes you to the top and you walk to the bottom. What’s not to love? As if that were not enough at the end there’s a yummy two course lunch for all the family so there’s no need to cook for the hungry little hikers when you get home.

The details

1. Save the date – it’s Saturday April 20th 2013

2. Check in at the Glenview Lounge Goatenbridge between 11 am and 12pm. 

3. Costs €10 euro per person (includes 2 course lunch). Kids under 12 walk, talk, eat and pretty much everything else for free!

4. Registration 11am to 12 noon. Bus leaves Glenview Lounge at 12 and winds its way up to the Vee.

5. Having checked out the amazing views you can skip along mountain paths and through the forest

6. No need for any special gear. A waterproof jacket and runners are fine, a fully charged mobile phone is also advisable.

7. Guides from the Peaks Mountaineering Club in Clonmel will be with you all the way – in case you need some help down the mountain.

8. Once you hit Goatenbridge on the return it’s chow time.

9. Chill out for the rest of the day feeling very pleased with yourself.

The Route: The Vee to Glenview Lounge Goatenbridge. Distance.6.7 km. Ascent 69m. Descent 277m. (Yippee!!!)

Time 2Hrs.approx.
A pleasant walk from the panoramic Vee along the Heritage Way on mountain and forest path.

DIRECTIONS to The Glenview Lounge Goatenbridge

From Clonmel:

Take R671 (sign-posted Dungarvan). Travel to Ballydonagh Crossroads (petrol pumps on left), and turn right (sign-posted Newcastle). At next junction turn right, brings you straight into Newcastle Village. . From Newcastle take Clogheen Road for approx. 4k. Turn right in village of Goatenbridge, over bridge, Lounge on R-H-S. 

From Cahir:

Take R670 to Ardfinnan. At junction turn right, travel through Village to The Hill Bar. Travel uphill, signposted Goatenbridge. Travel this road for approx. 3k. The Glenview Lounge is on your L-H-S.

From Dungarvan:

Take N25. At “Master McGrath” junction turn right onto the R672. Travel to Ballymacarbry Village. Go straight through village and approx. 1.5 miles out turn left (sign-posted Four Mile Water). Pass church on left and at next crossroads, go straight through to Newcastle Village. From Newcastle take Clogheen Road for approx. 4k. Turn right in village of Goatenbridge, over bridge, Lounge on R-H-S.

Please pass this invite along to any future explorers


Helen Shanahan
Amenities and Activities Animator
Galtee and Knockmealdown Regions
Mobile 087 9478985 office 052 7441473

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Demo & Dine 2013

Demo & Dine 2013 Photos & Video

Our Demo & Dine evening on March 22nd was a great success. Many thanks to everybody who attended and all those from Knockmealdown Active who volunteered on the night to make sure everything ran smoothly. Host, JJ Healy, entertained everyone for the evening as well as creating some exceptional dishes. He was ably assisted by TJ Crowe from Crowe’s Organic Meats in Dundrum and the dessert maker extraordinaire, Eileen Condon from Newcastle.

Congratulations to all those who won prizes in the raffle, too numerous to mention. Special congratulations go to Laura Shine who won the coveted ‘Tasting Meal for Two’ at the Old Convent Gourmet Hideaway restaurant in Clogheen. This is something we know she will very much enjoy. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dermot & Christine Gannon at the Old Convent for their very generous gesture in offering this much sought after Door Prize along with all those who donated prizes for the raffle – there were plenty of excellent offerings from which to choose.

Everybody went home having had a wonderful evening’s entertainment, an excellent meal to finish off proceedings and many people also left with some excellent raffle prizes to show for their evening out.

Finally, many thanks to JJ Healy, TJ Crowe and Eileen Condon for putting on such an excellent, entertaining and appetising display.

Below you will find some photos and video from the evening’s entertainment. The videos take some time to upload so you’ll find they will be added gradually over the coming days.

Demo & Dine 2013 Photos

TJ Crowe, Eileen Condon & JJ Healy

TJ Crowe, Eileen Condon & JJ Healy – our three Chefs for the evening.

JJ Healy Finishing Touches

JJ Healy puts the finishing touches to his Main Course.

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Try a bit of that.

Pass Around the Salad

The Caesar Salad starter moves around the audience.

Black Pudding Thyme Meatballs

Black Pudding and Pork Meatballs on a bed of Pasta.

Banter between JJ Healy and TJ Crowe

Banter between JJ Healy and TJ Crowe

Passing Along the Main Course

Eileen Condon passes along the Risotto Main Course

Eileen Condon's Finished Chocolate Layer Cake

Eileen Condon displays her finished Chocolate Mouse Layer Cake

Eileen Condon's Completed Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake

The Chocolate Cake in all its glory. This proved very popular during the tasting phase.

Ready and waiting for the feeding Frenzy

Seamus Butler and Barry O’Neill await the inevitable rush hour.

Getting ready to feed the masses.

Getting ready to feed the masses – JJ Healy and Caitriona Morrissey.

Feeding the troops.

At last, but well worth the wait – a fabulous meal delivered.

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Liam Lynch Monument

Liam Lynch Memorial Walk – April 6th

Momentous moments in history happen in ordinary places and even after the passing of time some places and experiences can still be caught. Many are aware of the final movements of General Liam Lynch on April 10th 1923. But what of his movements the previous day, when he walked from Glasha near Fourmilewater Church to Croan, between Newcastle and Goatenbridge? You can walk the route most likely taken on this day by General Lynch and his men, experiencing what it would have been like to travel quiet country roads in early Spring, knowing that every sound in the distance could very likely be troops searching for you.

A group will be taking this route from Fourmilewater to Croan on Saturday April 6th. The group will meet in Newcastle Village Community Centre at 12.30pm and will be bussed to Fourmilewater at 1.00pm. The walk is approximately 14km and should take about 4 hours, ending at the site of Bill Holuihan’s house, wjhich Lynch left to start his walk over the Knockmealdown Mountains. There will be a bus from this point back to Newcastle.

The walk will be predominantly on roads and tracks. Bring good footwear, raingear, a fully charged mobile phone, food, water and a sense of adventure. Soup will be served at the end of the walk and there is a small fee to cover the bus and refreshments.

For further information contact Michael Desmond on 087-2977334 or email newcastlefas@gmail.com.

Liam Lynch Memorial Walk – April 6th

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Split the Pot Results – March 18th

The first draw for ‘Split the Pot’ was held on Monday March 18th in St. Theresa’s Hospital, Clogheen. It was very fitting that the first draw should be undertaken by Sr. Áine Power, the driving force behind the redevelopment of the hospital and a name synonymous with the hospital for so many years.

Although this was the inaugural draw, the initiative has already been a great success with many outlets selling out their envelope allocations in days. The first winners in the weekly draw were Toots Kenneally from Ballyporeen who received €214, Margaret Corbett from Clogheen who won €107 with P.J. and Margaret English picking up the sellers prize.

 Split the Pot is a fundraising initiative organised by Knockmealdown Active in association with the Friends of St. Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen to raise funds for the upkeep of the facility which is of such huge benefit to the entire region as well as providing Knockmealdown Active with funds for projects to improve the area along the Knockmealdown Mountain foothills.

Please do give generously where you find ‘Split the Pot’ containers which are located in a range of retail outlets around Ballyporeen, Clogheen, Goatenbridge, Ardfinnan & Newcastle. It is a very simple process, just pop your €2 in the envelope provided then write your name and phone number on it. The draw takes place weekly. You can enter as often as you wish and each week brings a new opportunity to win. Please do support generously. For further information and for a list of weekly Draw Winners visit www.KMDActive.com/split-the-pot. 

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Gun Club Monster Auction – March 24th

On Sunday March 24th 2013 the Ardfinnan Ballybacon-Grange Newcastle (ABGN) Gun Club will hold a Monster Auction at the Glenview Lounge in Goatenbridge.

The auction is in Aid of ABGN Gun Club’s ongoing Amenity Projects

There is no reserve and all items must go on the day.

Viewing from 11.00 am with auction starting at 2.00 pm sharp.

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Split The Pot Starts Monday

Split the Pot is a fundraising initiative organised by Knockmealdown Active in association with St. Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen. The first draw will take place in the Hospital on Monday March 4th 2013 and there will be draws every week from then on.

Please do support the weekly draw where you see the Split the Pot container. The draw is held each Monday and is just €2 to enter. The draw containers are located in a selection of retail outlets around the five towns.

For full details about the draw visit www.kmdactive.com/split-the-pot/

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Glengarra Woods Walk

South Tipperary Tourism Company invites you to come on a guided Glengarra Woods Walk. Glengarra is located along the old Mitchelstown Road outside  Cahir in South Tipperary.

Route: This Glengarra Woods Walk will take the Millenium Trail, a wonderful looped walk around this spectacular wooded environment.

Theme: Nature. The Flora and Fauna of this historical mixed woodlands will be the theme of this Glengarra Woods Walk.

Date and Time: Saturday March 9th at 2pm

Meeting Point: Glengarra Woods carpark, 12km south west of Cahir on the old Dublin to Cork/Cahir to Mitchelstown road (i.e. not the M8 Motorway, although you can take the motorway to Exit 11 if you wish and then travel past Kilcoran Lodge, you’ll find Glengarra Woods entrance further along the road on your right hand side, it is well signposted).

Glengarra Woods Walk Length/duration: 7km/2 to 2.5 hours

Minimum Gear: Trekking shoes/boots, raingear, a fully charged mobile phone and fluids.

Level of Walk: Moderate

Website for further information: www.discoverireland.ie/thetipperary 10

Contact: John Egan 087 0556465.

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Knockmealdown-Crossing-2013

Knockmealdown Crossing 2013

The much anticipated Knockmealdown Crossing 2013, an annual event hosted by Peaks Mountaineering Club, will take place on Saturday April 20th 2013.

Registration is at the Glenview Lounge in Goatenbridge at the following times:

  • ‘A’ Walk – 29.5km – 7:00 am 7:30 am – walk will take 7 – 9 hours – self-navigating, for seasoned walkers only.
  • ‘B’ Walk – 17km – 8:00 am 9:00 am – walk will take 7 hours approx. – lead walk, but requires walking experience.
  • ‘C’ Walk  – 13km -10:00 am 11:00 am – walk will take 5 hours approx. – lead walk, requires a good level of fitness.
  • Family Walk – 6.7km – 11am – New this year – walk will take about 2 hours – easy walk from Vee to Glenview Lounge via forest paths.

*Walking Boots essential

Full details below:

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Comeragh Bogtrot 2013

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013

The Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 will take place on Saturday March 30th 2013. Participation for the Bogtrot is by pre-registration only, please find form at end of the post.

***Note – All walkers must have suitable hill walking clothing, boots, plenty of drinks and a fully charged mobile phone.***

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 – A Grade Walk

  • This walk is approx. 8 hours in duration, 28 kms distance and has a total height gain of approx 862m.
  • Sign in at Ballymacarbry community Centre at 6.30am, bus departs at 6.50am and will reach the start point of Mauma Road at 7.30am.
  • This walk is for self-navigating walkers only as a very high level of fitness and mountain skills is required. This walk is limited to 20 walkers on the basis of the first 20 registrations received.
  • Starting near the Standing Stone ascend the slope towards Coumaraglin Mountain continue on to Seefin, Coumfea (1st Check-in Point), Curraghduff, Carrignagower, descend to the Gap (2nd check-in point). From the Gap you ascend Knockanaffrin Ridge and after Coumdualla Loch you descend for Glenanore village. From here you follow directional signs which will guide you by stream and on mostly track past the Nire Church (Check-in Point 2), and on through Turraphucca and Knockalisheen woods to the finish at Ballymacarbry village.

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 – B+ Grade Walk

  • This walk is approx. 7 hours in duration, 22 kms distance and total height gain of approx 686m.
  • Sign in at Ballymacarbry community Centre at 7.00am, bus departs at 7.30am and will reach the start point of Mahon Falls at 8.15am.
  • This walk is for self-navigating walkers only as a very high level of fitness and mountain skills is required. This walk will be limited to 40 walkers on a first registration received basis.
  • Ascending the shoulder to the left of the Mahon Falls and head for the highest point of the Comeraghs 792mts. Continue on to Coumshingaun (see pic above), Carrignagower, descend to the Gap(1st Check-in point) where sign-in at the first check point is required. From the Gap you ascend Knockanaffrin Ridge and after Coumdualla Loch you descend for Glenanore village. From here you follow directional signs which will guide you by stream and on track, past the Nire Church (Check-in Point 2), and on through Turraphucca and Knockalisheen woods to the finish at Ballymacarbry village.

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 – B+ Grade Walk

  • This walk is approx. 7 hours in duration, 17 kms distance and has a total height gain of approx 580m.
  • Sign in at Ballymacarbry community Centre at 7.30am, bus departs at 8.15am and will reach the start point of Graigavalla, Rathgormack at 9.00am.
  • This walk will be led by local walking club and a high level of fitness is required.
  • This walk will follow the marked trail to the Gap where after sign in at the 1st check-in point it will ascend Knockanaffrin Ridge. After Coumdualla Loch you descend for Glenanore village, crossing the stream into Knocknaree woods following directional signs which will guide you by stream and on track, past the Nire Church (Check-in Point 2), and on through Turraphucca and Knockalisheen woods to the finish at Ballymacarbry village.
  • Note – All walkers must have suitable hill walking clothing and boots.

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 – Entry Fee

The entry fee is €20 which can be paid on the day. The fee covers Bogtrot entry, bus transfer to start, soup & roll (after walk) and showering/changing facilities.

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 – Registration Form

Pre-registration is required by downloading the registration form (.pdf document – see below) and returning it no later than 22nd March 2013 to mikejwall1@yahoo.co.uk or by post to The Comeragh Bogtrot, An Corr Eisc, Knocknaree, Nire Valley, Clonmel, Co. Waterford.

***Note – All walkers must have suitable hill walking clothing, boots, plenty of drinks and a fully charged mobile phone.***

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Guided Walks in Ireland

Guided Walks in Ireland

If you are interested in Guided Walks in Ireland then this will certainly be something you will wish to attend. The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way all the way from Cashel to Ardmore will take place from July 24th to 28th 2013.  This follows on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012.  The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.

Guided Walks in Ireland – St. Declan’s Way

St. Declan’s Way is a well known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland linking Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. This particular walk is being organised to coincide with St. Declan’s Feast Day in Ardmore with participants walking an average of 20km per day over five days. The walk will depart Cashel and visit Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short route to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) at Goatenbridge to Lismore – this is the most difficult walk on the route.  From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside and villages of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival. The walk is being organised in conjunction with our friends in the Knockmealdown Forum on the Waterford side of the Knockmealdown Mountains and is a part of the Gathering Ireland 2013 festival.

This is the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It will appeal to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.

Note: Bookings for the St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 close on July 1st, 2013.

Guided Walks in Ireland – Booking

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St. Declan's Way Walk Booking

If you would rather book manually please print out the form below (download link at the bottom) and send it to the address on the form with the appropriate fee:

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Guided Walks in Ireland – Accommodation

Note: Accommodation is not included as part of the St. Declan’s Way Walk Package – it must be booked separately. Below you’ll find a list of accommodation at the various stop points. The document can be downloaded with the link underneath.

If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

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You’ll find details of the St. Declan’s Way Gathering 2013 Walk initiative at the following two links on the Gathering Ireland 2013 website: http://bit.ly/UEE26f & http://bit.ly/UEEqBA.

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Guided Walks in Ireland – Bus Travel from Dublin Airport:

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St. Declan's Way Map on Google

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Three Dunes Search and Rescue Skills Day Video

On Sunday November 11th 2012 there was a wonderful exhibition of Search and Rescue skills at theThree Dunes (past Shanrahan, out the Araglen road on the left after the Sheep Pens, which is the Knocklugga Loop Trail-Head). Present on the day were Irish Search Dogsthe Red Crossthe Order of Maltathe Civil Defence and the Irish Coast Guard – who brought along their Helicopter based at Waterford Airport for a rescue demonstration.

This excellent day was planned and executed by Jim O’Brien, Donal Lonergan and Trevor Sheehan.

Below you’ll find a gallery of videos taken during the day’s activities. Anybody who wants full sized videos just drop a line to info@clogheen.net specifying which video you want and we’ll send them on.

If you’ve never been to the Three Dunes (also known as Araglen Waterfalls), then it is well worth a visit, it is spectacularly scenic. See map at the bottom or visit its Loc8 page here. Take the turn for Shanrahan Graveyard when driving the Ballyporeen road from Clogheen. Drive to the top of the hill. The entrance is on the left hand side just after the sign for the Knockclugga Loop Trail-Head at what is known locally as the Sheep Pens. The Three Dunes is the first left as you head down the other side of the hill.

If the slider is not working (it’s been giving out a bit) you can find all the videos here.

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Three Dunes Coast Guard Helicopter

On Sunday November 11th 2012 there was a wonderful exhibition of Search and Rescue skills at theThree Dunes (past Shanrahan, out the Araglen road on the left after the Sheep Pens, which is the Knocklugga Loop Trail-Head). Present on the day were Irish Search Dogsthe Red Crossthe Order of Maltathe Civil Defence and the Irish Coast Guard – who brought along their Helicopter based at Waterford Airport for a rescue demonstration.

This excellent day was planned and executed by Jim O’Brien, Donal Lonergan and Trevor Sheehan.

The photos below are just from the Coast Guard Helicopter part of the day’s activities, click here to see other photos. If you want copies of any of the photos just drop a line to info@clogheen.net specifying which photos you want and we’ll send them on.

If you’ve never been to the Three Dunes (also known as Araglen Waterfalls), then it is well worth a visit, it is spectacularly scenic. See map at the bottom or visit its Loc8 page here. Take the turn for Shanrahan Graveyard when driving the Ballyporeen road from Clogheen. Drive to the top of the hill. The entrance is on the left hand side just after the sign for the Knockclugga Loop Trail-Head at what is known locally as the Sheep Pens. The Three Dunes is the first left as you head down the other side of the hill.

Incoming Chopper

Here it Comes

Coastguard Helicopter

Chopper at Araglen Waterfall

Chopper at the Three Dunes

Group at Helicopter

Group at Helicopter Left

Group at Helicopter Centre

Group at Helicopter Right

Chopper Innards

Chopper Pilots

Chopper Drop

Ready for Takeoff

We’re still adding photos to this page, so bear with us for a few days. We’ll also have video from the day here shortly. 

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Walks Awareness Training Programme Photos

Here are a few shots from the Walks Awareness Training Programme held by Knockmealdown Active in November and December 2012. The whole programme was a great success and we hope to hold more such courses in the not too distant future.

If you would like more information or to be updated when such opportunities arise please don’t hesitate to drop us a line on info@knockmealdownactive.com.

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Knockmealdown Active 2012 AGM

The Knockmealdown Active Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in Ardfinnan Community Hall on Wednesday November 28th 2012 at 8pm. All clubs in the area covered by Knockmealdown Active – Ballyporeen, Clogheen, Ardfinnan, Newcastle and Goatenbridge – are asked to send representatives to the A.G.M to suggest ways in which extra tourism and employment can be attracted to the area.

All are welcome to attend on the night. If you cannot attend but would like to get involved please contact Kevin O’Donnell on 086 354 1700 or email kilmaneen@eircom.net.

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Three Dunes Search and Rescue Skills Day

On Sunday November 11th 2012 there was a wonderful exhibition of Search and Rescue skills at theThree Dunes (past Shanrahan, out the Araglen road on the left after the Sheep Pens, which is the Knocklugga Loop Trail-Head). Present on the day were Irish Search Dogsthe Red Crossthe Order of Maltathe Civil Defence and the Irish Coast Guard – who brought along their Helicopter based at Waterford Airport for a rescue demonstration.

This excellent day was planned and executed by Jim O’Brien, Donal Lonergan and Trevor Sheehan.

In the meantime there is a gallery of pictures from the day’s activities below. Anybody who wants full sized photographs of the group in front of the Coast Guard Helicopter (or any other photo or video for that matter) just drop a line to info@clogheen.net specifying which photos you want and we’ll send them on.

If you’ve never been to the Three Dunes (also known as Araglen Waterfalls), then it is well worth a visit, it is spectacularly scenic. See map at the bottom or visit its Loc8 page here. Take the turn for Shanrahan Graveyard when driving the Ballyporeen road from Clogheen. Drive to the top of the hill. The entrance is on the left hand side just after the sign for the Knockclugga Loop Trail-Head at what is known locally as the Sheep Pens. The Three Dunes is the first left as you head down the other side of the hill.

We’re still adding photos to this page, so bear with us for a few days. We’ll also have video from the day here shortly.

If you want high resolution copies of any of the pictures shown here (they don’t look their best here as they’ve been reduced in quality to speed up how quickly they’ll show on the website) just drop us a line on info@knockmealdownactive.com and we’ll be happy to send them on.

Three Dunes Stream

Downstream

Packed and Ready to Go

Star of the Show

And They’re Off

Well Hello There

Whatcha Talkin Bout Willis

Better than a Poke in the Eye with a Big Stick

Watching Brief

Watching and Waiting

Watching Proceedings

This is How It’s Done

Talk to Me

Social Networking

The Civil Defence

CSI Araglen

Rope tying exhibition by the Civil Defence

Stretcher Car Rescue

Rope Rescue Demonstration

Donal the Narrator

Getting the Shot

Right – I Won’t Keep You Long

Freaky Fingers

Mountain View

Going for a Lie Down

Off With You

Get out there and Search

Pack Mentality

Pick Me, Pick Me

Off to the Chopper

Mike McCarthy, Jim O’Brien, Search Dogs

Me, Sad – Never

Me and My Dog

Look at This

Large Erection

Jim Calling Orson

It’s Great Being Me

Irish Search Dogs Handlers

In the Rough

I’m a Search Dog – Get Me Outta Here

How’s It Going

Highly Visible

Higher Plain

Hi Ho, Hi Ho

Hanging Around

Hale and Hearty

On Show

Let’s Go Look at the Chopper

Watching Rescue Chopper

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Halloween Walk in Newcastle – October 27th

On Saturday October 27th a Children’s Haloween walk will take place in Newcastle from 7.15pm to 8.30pm.

Meeting is at the Community Hall in the centre of Newcastle.

The walk is 1km approx. and will involve story telling, prize for most original fancy dress and a ‘guess the weight of the giant pumpkin’ competition.

Wellies & suitable outdoor clothing are essential for the walk. Children must be accompanied and supervised by parents

The walk is free, but all donations to Knockmealdown Active would be gratefully appreciated.

Download (PDF, 164KB)

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Walks Awareness Training Programme - October 15th 2012, Newcastle

Walks’ Awareness Training Programme

Knockmealdown Active will hold an Information Evening in the Community Hall, Newcastle, Co. Tipperary on Monday, October 15th 2012 at 8pm.

This programme is for individuals who are interested in developing walking and walking related products/enterprises in the Knockmealdown and surrounding areas.

The programme will consist of

a)    Mountain navigation course

b)    Safety on the mountains

c)     Idea generation and developing walking related enterprises

 

For further information contact:        Kevin O’Donnell, Programme Co-ordinator; 086 3541700, kodonnell1@eircom.net.

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Draoicht 2012 Logo

Draoícht 2012 July & August in Clogheen

The show commences in St. Paul’s Community Centre, Clogheen on Thursday 26th July with a mantinee performance at 2.30pm. The organisers say a matinee show has been included this year as there have been many requests for such a performance down the years.

Draíocht continues in its sixth year with shows as follows: Thursday July 26th 9pm (doors 8.15pm), Friday August 3rd @ 9pm (doors 8.15pm), Thursday August 9th, 16th and 23rd. For booking contact 086 2243323.  Tickets €15.00, Children under 12 years €10.00.

Draoicht-2012-Clogheen

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St. Declan's Way Walk, August Bank Holiday Weekend 2012

St. Declan’s Way Walk – Ardfinnan to Ardmore – August 4th, 5th & 6th 2012 

Following a very successful walk to Ardmore over St. Patrick’s Weekend 2012, termed An Camino in honour of the famous Spanish mountain pilgrimage, Kevin & Ber O’Donnell are responding to demands for a similar event in the summer.

This event will take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend from Saturday 4th to Sunday 6th, 2012.

Packages:

Walk & Accommodation: €220 per person sharing to include 3 nights B/B, 2 dinners, transport (from Kilmaneen Farmhouse to walk and back) and guides.

Walk Only: €60 per person to include transport and guides for the 3 days.

All enquiries to Kevin O’Donnell at Kilmaneen Farmhouse, 052 6136231 (intl + 353 52 6136231), Mobile: 086 3541700 & 083 3351090 or email info@kilmaneen.com. You can also find Kilmaneen Farmhouse on Facebook.

Book the 2013 event here.

St. Declan's Way Signposts
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Old Convent Promotion Evening Success

Last Sunday evening at the Old Convent was a tremendous success. Here are some photos of those who took advantage of the wonderful fare on offer:

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KMD Active Old Convent Menu

Knockmealdown Active Evening at The Old Convent

A wonderful evening was had by all 45 attendees at the Knockmealdown Active promotion evening at the Old Convent Restaurant in Clogheen. We would like to thank Dermot & Christine Gannon for their exceptional generosity and, of course, the absolutely wonderful food served to everyone that was in attendance.

Here are some photos from the evening:

The Reception Area

The Old Convent Exterior

Artichoke & Orange Veloute

Pork with Garden Salad

Dessert – Summer Berry Pudding

Main Course – Butter Poached Angus Beef with new Potatoes

KMD Active Old Convent Menu

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Cahir-Castle-on-Suir-River

 

Free Admission to OPW Sites – First Wed Every Month Summer 2012

Just a quick reminder that there is free admission to all Office of Public Works (OPW) sites on the first Wednesday of every month during the summer.

The Rock of CashelCahir Castle (pictured) and the Swiss Cottage are all OPW Heritage sites.

The next Free Admission dates in 2012 for these sites are June 6th, July 4th and August 1st

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The-Old-Convent, Clogheen

Knockmealdown Active Promotion Evening at Old Convent Restaurant

The Knockmealdown Active Group, which promotes the whole Knockmealdown Mountain Region of Tipperary from Ballyporeen to Newcastle, will hold a special promotion evening at the Old Convent Restaurant on Sunday next, July 8th, 2012 at 6.30pm.

The promotion is to raise the awareness of the group and what it does as well as being an evening for those who would like to see what the Old Convent is all about.

This is a wonderful opportunity to sample the award winning cuisine of Dermot Gannon and his wife Christine in the opulent surroundings of the Old Convent. The cost per person for this excellent evening’s gourmet offerings, including wine, is just €50, so it is an opportunity not to be missed.

There are a some tickets still available for the event, but not very many, so if you are interested it would be wise to move quickly.

For further information or to book please contact Kevin O’Donnell on 086 354 1700.

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Newcastle Éigse 2012 – June 29th to July 1st

In a beautiful setting at the foot of the Knockmealdown Mountains and along the banks of the River Suir, in scenic South Tipperary, you will have a unique opportunity, with other interested and motivated people, to experience the strong cultural heritage of Newcastle in our native tongue. The town is the ‘only’ (former) Breac-Ghaeltacht in all of Tipperary.

The Éigse Séamas Ó Maolchathaigh has proven extremely attractive and successful in previous years. Whatever activity you choose to be part of, an interesting and informative weekend is assured.

Some of the activities you will find include readings, cookery demonstrations, fiddle-making and Tai Chi to name a few.

You will find a full PDF document outlining directions, dates, times and activities on offer here.

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Photos from Knockmealdown Active Cycle – May 6th 2012

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Knockmealdown Active Dawn Chorus

Knockmealdown Active Dawn Chorus Event – May 13th

Knockmealdown Active, in association with Birdwatch Ireland, is organising a Dawn Chorus event in Clogheen in May. Kevin Collins of Birdwatch Ireland will help us to identify different birds and their birdsong as we hear them and are led on a slow walk through a mixed and varied habitat.

If you want to attend it’ll be an early start, with meeting at 4.30am at St. Paul’s Community Centre, Clogheen on Sunday May 13th.

The event will be followed by a Knockmealdown Active Breakfast at The Hermitage House in Clogheen.

The cost of this event is €15 per person. Spaces are limited so it is advisable to book a place as soon as possible by calling The Hermitage House on 052 7465876.

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Knockmealdown Active Cycle May 6th, 2012

Knockmealdown Active will hold a cycling tour of the Knockmealdown Mountains  on Saturday May 6th, 2012.

The route is 90km starting in Ardfinnan and taking in the towns of Clogheen, Ballyporeen, Kilworth, Ballyduff, Lismore, Cappoquin, Newcastle, Goatenbridge and back to Ardfinnan. Further route details and directions for SatNav are available on the Garmin site here.

Registration is from 9am at Ardfinnan Community Hall (in the middle of the town, beside the church across from the green). The cycle starts at 10am sharp.

You can find accommodation at a number of local establishments including Kilmaneen Farmhouse in Newcastle and the Hermitage House in Clogheen.

Entry fee is €15 per person. For further details contact Seamus Butler on 087 904 9280 or Kevin O’Donnell on 086 354 1700.

This is the poster for the event:

Knockmealdown Active - 90K Cycle May 6th

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Knockmealdown Active Cycle May 6th, 2012

Knockmealdown Active will hold a tour of the Knockmealdown Mountains Cycle on Saturday May 6th, 2012.

The route is 90km starting in Ardfinnan and taking in the towns of Clogheen, Ballyporeen, Kilworth, Ballyduff, Lismore, Cappoquin, Newcastle, Goatenbridge and back to Ardfinnan. Further route details and directions for SatNav are available on the Garmin site here.

Registration is at Ardfinnan Community Hall (in the middle of the town, beside the church across from the green) from 9am. The cycle starts at 10am sharp.

You can find accommodation at a number of local establishments including Kilmaneen Farmhouse  in Newcastle and the Hermitage House  in Clogheen.

Entry fee is €15 per person. For further details contact Seamus Butler on 087 904 9280 or Kevin O’Donnell on 086 354 1700.

This is the poster for the event:

Knockmealdown Active May 6th 2012 Cycle

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Walk at Gorteeshal, Ballyporeen

Gorteeshal, Ballyporeen Walk – Knockmealdown Walking Club

Last Sunday’s walk took us into the Knockmealdown Mountains just outside Ballyporeen. It was a really nice 7.6km track taking in forest roads, some mountain tracks and a good stretch of tarmac road to finish the route. It also includes a little stretch from the Avondhu Way route.

Many thanks to Jim O’Brien for selecting the route and ensuring we all got back to base in one piece. If you would like to be updated on what walks are taking place and when just contact Jim on 087 628 1100.

If you want to view other walks in the area you can visit posts to walks taken by the Knockmealdown Walking Club or visit the Walks section of the site which contains links to other routes – www.clogheen.net/walks.

Note: There is no walk next Sunday (April 15th) as most of those in the Knockmealdown Walking Club will be taking part in the Knockmealdown Crossing being organised by the Peaks Mountaineering Club on Saturday April 14th.

You can find the Gorteeshal route on ViewRanger here, where you can download it to your Smartphone for free.

Here are a few photos from the morning’s walk, but not very many, as the weather wasn’t as good as we’ve been used to over the past 3 months.

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Knockmealdown Mountain Walks

The Knockmealdown Mountains running along the border between Tipperary and Waterford and on to North Cork, provide some of the most spectacular walking trails in the country. While some are well known and waymarked (Tipperary Heritage Way, East Munster Way, St. Declan’s Way for instance), quite a few others are not. This is a shame because there are some spectacular walks in the area running between Ballyporeen and Newcastle.

On this site you’ll find quite a few of them mapped if you look at our Walks Posts, but if you look around the web you’ll find many others that aren’t mapped here. You could stay walking for weeks in the Knockmealdowns and still not even come close to covering all the available trails.

If you are looking for some activity on the Waterford side of the range then you should pay a visit to our friends at Waterford’s Mountains.

Happy walking.

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Gortacullen Wood and Kildanogue Duck Ponds

Gortacullen Wood and Kildanogue Duck Ponds Walk – Knockmealdown Walking Club

This is a lovely 13km trail, starting at the Sheep dipping tank across from Graigue Pub, travelling around Gortacullen Wood, climing the nearby hill, taking a track back down and then travelling on to the Kildanogue Duck Ponds via a forest track.

You’ll want to allow 2.5 to 3 hours for this one so you’ll probably need a bit of grub and will definitely need some drinks. Just after the climb down from the hill is an ideal area for this. It’s very advisable to bring boots. Some of the area around the Duck Ponds is very marshy, no matter what the time of year.

There are sheep around the fields at the start of the walk, so dogs should be kept on a leash for this portion of the walk at least.

You can also climb down to this route from the Vee, via the Tipperary Heritage Way, which can make access a bit easier if you’re that way inclined.

You can find the route on ViewRange to download to your phone here.

Here are a few photos from the days walking:

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Graigue Walk – Sunday April 1st 2012

There is a slight change to next Sunday’s walk with the Knockmealdown Walking Club. It was originally to be to Bay Lough in Clogheen, but we’ve decided to hold this over until the Rhododendrons start to flower, so we’ll be taking a walk into the foothills of the Knockmealdowns at Graigue with meeting at St. Paul’s Community Centre in Clogheen at 10am on Sunday April 1st.

If you wish to join us please contact Jim O’Brien on 087 249 0089 in case there are any (further) late changes to the itinerary, which can happen for a variety of reasons. Jim will text all interested on Saturday evening with full details of the event, meeting place, etc.

We’re normally back at base by 12.30, just in time for lunch and all the walks are comfortable for average walkers wearing runners.

For details of some of our previous excursions check out this link.

All are welcome and there is no charge to attend.

This lovely walk around Gortacullen Wood and on to the Kildanogue Duck Ponds has now been uploaded to the site, you can view it here.

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Knockmealdown Walking Club Formed

At the Knockmealdown Active Loop walk of Clogheen on February 5th 2012 the Knockmealdown Walking Club was officially unveiled. For further information contact Jim O Brien 087 249 0089.

The group hopes to take on a range of walks in different areas around the Knockmealdown Mountains, and further afield, each weekend. If you keep an eye on the Knockmealdown Active Facebook Page (click on ‘Like’ and it’s updates will show up on your Facebook page) or sign up for our updates in the ‘Follow Clogheen’ box on the bottom right of the page and you’ll receive updates each time there is a new post put on this Clogheen website.

Next Sunday, February 12th 2012, the group is to meet up in Goatenbridge at 10am to take on one of the many loop walks this lovely area has to offer. There will be full details on this site later in the week.

Here are some photos from yesterday’s walk, which was the new loop walk in Clogheen:

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Clogheen Loop Walk – National Trails Day – October 2nd

Clogheen Tidy Towns, in conjunction with Knockmealdown Active, will hold a walk on October 2nd to coincide with National Trails Day.

The walk will commence outside St Pauls Community Centre at 2. 00pm (there is also a longer hike from 12.30 see here)

The walk is 6 miles long and should take about 1 hour 30 minutes for an average walker. There is somewhat of a climb at the start, but nothing a regular walker would consider difficult. The loop starts at St. Paul’s, walking toward the Vee on the road past the School to the top of the hill. Here it turns right onto the forestry path. The trail follows the forest roadway across the top of Clogheen village, offering excellent views of the town (see picture) that many will not have seen before. It then drops down onto what is known locally as Heathfield, part of the Shanrahan loop walk, making its way by road back to St. Paul’s Community Centre.

Bring runners or good walking shoes/boots, rain gear, something to drink and a fully charged mobile phone.

For further information contact P.J.English 087 798 4929.

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