Pilgrim Paths Walk 2017

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Join us on April 15th, Easter Saturday 2017 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 fourth 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.

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Details:

Distance: The Melleray to Ardfinnan walk is around 18km and should take about 3.5 to 4 hours to complete, depending on fitness levels. It involves a gentle height ascension of 330 metres over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Time: The walk will commence at 11 am on Saturday April 15th 2017 in Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Walkers will assemble at the Green in Ardfinnan, at 9.30 am, where there will be ample parking.  From there participants will take 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 Ardfinnan 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: There are two options on the day, you can Self-Navigate or participate in a Led Walk. The event is subject to weather conditions, in case of poor visibility on the mountain on the day in question. In the event of poor weather the event will be held on the following Saturday, April 22nd.

Cost: €20 which covers walk leaders, bus transfer from Ardfinnan to Melleray 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 14th so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

Location of Ardfinnan Community Hall: Google Maps – http://bit.ly/2lkwswJ or EIRCODE – E91 TH94

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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

 

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

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

Pilgrim Paths Walk 2017

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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

If you would like to be informed when there are future events planned please sign up on the Pop Up signup form and we’ll include you on our mailing list.

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:

Knock-ME-Down-Challenge-Route

 

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

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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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