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

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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.

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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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