Ireland Walks 2013

Ireland Walks 2013

Ireland has a wonderful selection of walks any time of the year you choose to visit. Ireland Walks 2013 are no different, there are plenty of them. Right now we’re promoting a well worthwhile walk in South Tipperary and Waterford. 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.

Ireland Walks 2013 – What is 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.

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.

Ireland Walks 2013 – Booking St. Declan’s Way Walk

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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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Ireland Walks 2013 - 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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Walks Ireland 2013 – Bus Travel from Dublin Airport:

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St. Declan's Way Map on Google

Ireland Walks 2013

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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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