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 email@example.com.
See bottom of page for downloadable PDF maps that you can print if you can’t use the Garmin links here.
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.
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.
40Km Cycle PDF Map
90Km Cycle PDF Map
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.
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!!!)
A pleasant walk from the panoramic Vee along the Heritage Way on mountain and forest path.
DIRECTIONS to The Glenview Lounge Goatenbridge
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.
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.
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.
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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 – our three Chefs for the evening.
JJ Healy puts the finishing touches to his Main Course.
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The Caesar Salad starter moves around the audience.
Black Pudding and Pork Meatballs on a bed of Pasta.
Banter between JJ Healy and TJ Crowe
Eileen Condon passes along the Risotto Main Course
Eileen Condon displays her finished Chocolate Mouse Layer Cake
The Chocolate Cake in all its glory. This proved very popular during the tasting phase.
Seamus Butler and Barry O’Neill await the inevitable rush hour.
Getting ready to feed the masses – JJ Healy and Caitriona Morrissey.
At last, but well worth the wait – a fabulous meal delivered.
Demo & Dine 2013 Video
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