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Hi folks,

A Happy New Year to you for 2016, we hope we will see many familiar faces again in the spring. 

The following is taken from our facebook page:

MMSE walk on Sunday 10th,
 

 

Meeting at the car-park on the top of the black road at 10 am.

 

Hi all, the walk next Sunday is to try and explain a way of thinking or a concept we as

volunteers should adopt before we do any work on the mountains.

 

"No Touch or Light Touch"
 

No Touch = Do we have to do anything, or can the mountain look after itself ?

 

"Light Touch", If we need to do anything it has to be "light touch" = people might not see

what has been done, "wait and see if it works" or do some more light touch. Our thinking

and impact has to be one where we put the mountains before people. "is this going to

help the mountain".

Leading on from this and looking at the bigger picture is there a way of helping our

upland bogs like the ones in the Galtees start to regrow ? and in doing so help stop

flooding or locking up carbon ?

I'm not the expert, but I think there are ways we can help our mountain's and our

environment that are simple and effective, so lets go for a walk and talk.


Jimmy (MMSE)

 

 
We start back with our walk on Sunday 10th January 2016, meet black road at 10.00 am and the following are some dates for your diaries, as always new members are welcome,
 
Kind regards,
 
Fergus
 
Secretary of MMSE

 

Mountain Meitheal South East work dates for 2016

13 March

Sunday

23 April

Saturday

22 May

Sunday

18 June

Saturday

17 July

Sunday

13 August

Saturday

18 September

Sunday

15 October

Saturday

 

 

 

 

Mountain Meitheal South East

Membership Form / Membership Renewal Form 2016

 

 

Name

 

 

 

Postal Address

 

 

Email PLEASE PRINT

 

 

Phone

 

 

Membership status

New  /  renewal  (please circle)

 

 

What other outdoor club memberships do you hold? (optional)

 

 

 

Relevant Training completed.

Please give details

 

 

 

Fee Paid?

 

€20

 

Mountaineering Ireland Membership No.

 

 

I wish to apply for membership and agree to be bound by the constitution and rules of Mountain Meitheal South East (MMSE)

 

 

Signed:                                                                                                    Date:

Please remit payment by electronic transfer to our bank account: Mountain Meitheal South East     IBAN                                                                    IE49ULSB98602014165100 Include your own name in the reference box.

Also email and scan completed form to mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com to confirm payment

 

 

 

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Hi Folks,

 
Our leader for Saturday 15 August: Frank Mc Mahon, Chairperson of MMSE
 
Starting time of 12 noon, usual meeting point.
 
For this work day (meitheal) we will be revisiting last years project on the Curra Stile track, and if would be an ideal day for any volunteers to come along to see what it is all about.  The evening will be followed be a bbq, there will be no cost involved but bring something to throw on the bbq.
 
Our leader Sunday 16 August: Mary Neligan
Starting time 10.30, usual meeting point
 
DIRECTIONS:


Meet at the Coach Road Inn (O'Brien's Bar), Newtown, Glen of Aherlow, (at the junction of the R664 and the R663), where we will organise the transport. It will be necessary to limit the number of cars travelling to site.
 

Please meet at 10.30 am sharp. Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied.  Also protection from sun and midges
 
Mountain Meitheal will provide the tools. Why not bring a friend – new comers are always welcome.

For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out www.pathsavers.org. or contact us on mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com
 
 
 
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Leader on Saturday 18 July: Pat Lombard
 
 
We had a fabulous day on our last work day (June 21st), the weather was kind to us, and despite the fact a lot of our regular volunteers were on holidays we still had a crew of 11 volunteers on the day. We had two new faces again in June.  
 
A date for you diaries:
 
Mountain Meitheal South East Saturday 15/Sunday 16 August work dayswith our annual BBQ on the Saturday night.  We normally camp in the Glen of Aherlow caravan and camping park, why not come and join us.  On Saturday 15 August we will have a later start of 12.00 and plan to revisit the Curra Stile track, on Sunday 16 August we will have our normal 10.30 start and will be working on the Galtee Stile track. For further information contact mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com
 
 
 
DIRECTIONS:


Meet at the Coach Road Inn (O'Brien's Bar), Newtown, Glen of Aherlow, (at the junction of the R664 and the R663), where we will organise the transport. It will be necessary to limit the number of cars travelling to site.
 

Please meet at 10.30 am sharp. Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied.  Also protection from sun and midges
 
Mountain Meitheal will provide the tools. Why not bring a friend – new comers are always welcome.

For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out www.pathsavers.org. or contact us on mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com
 
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The next Mountain Meitheal outing is on Sunday 21 June and we would appreciate your time... remember, 'many hands make light work'.
 
 
 
Leader on Sunday 21 June: Máire Ní Mhurchú
 
 
On each Meitheal we have both light work for example sourcing stones/rocks, raking, replacing earth/grass, filling wheel barrows...
 
Heavier work includes discussing the shape/size of rock, moving them into place, carrying wheel barrows, ...
 
 
 
DIRECTIONS:


Meet at the Coach Road Inn (O'Brien's Bar), Newtown, Glen of Aherlow, (at the junction of the R664 and the R663), where we will organise the transport. It will be necessary to limit the number of cars travelling to site.
 

Please meet at 10.30 am sharp. Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied.  Also protection from sun and midges
 
Mountain Meitheal will provide the tools. Why not bring a friend – new comers are always welcome.

For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out www.pathsavers.org. or contact us on mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com
 
Kind regards,
 
Máire
 
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Hi Folks,

 
Our next outing is on Saturday 23 May and as quite a few of our regular volunteers are on holidays we would appreciate your time... remember, 'many hands make light work'.
 
 
 
Leader on Saturday 23 May: Mike Keyes
 
 
On each Meitheal we have both light work for example sourcing stones/rocks, raking, replacing earth/grass, filling wheel barrows...
 
Heavier work includes discussing the shape/size of rock, moving them into place, carrying wheel barrows, ...
 
DIRECTIONS:


Meet at the Coach Road Inn (O'Brien's Bar), Newtown, Glen of Aherlow, (at the junction of the R664 and the R663), where we will organise the transport. It will be necessary to limit the number of cars travelling to site.
 

Please meet at 10.30am sharp. Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied.  Also protection from sun and midges
 
Mountain Meitheal will provide the tools. Why not bring a friend – new comers are always welcome.

For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out www.pathsavers.org. or contact us on mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com
 
Kind regards,
 
Máire
 
 
 
 
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Hi folks,

This day two weeks Sunday 26 April we will be our second work day for 2015.

 

We plan to work on the Galty Style Track

Leader on the day: Jimmy Barry

Assistant Leader: Maire Ni Mhurchu

Contact us on: mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com a few days in advance if you are volunteering with us on Sunday 26 April, as this will assist with planning the work day and organising transport from the meeting point to the site.

It you cannot make it on Sunday the 26 April you can still participate by

liking us on www.facebook.com/mountainmeithealsoutheast

http://www.facebook.com/mountainmeithealsoutheast as this will assist us in reaching a wider audience...

DIRECTIONS:

Meet at the Coach Road Inn (O'Brien's Bar), Newtown, Glen of Aherlow, (at the junction of the R664 and the R663), where we will organize thetransport. It will be necessary to limit the number of cars travelling to site.

Please meet at 10.30am sharp. Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied. Also protection from sun and midges

Mountain Meitheal will provide the tools. Why not bring a friend-newcomers are always welcome.

For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out www.pathsavers.org.

 

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Our next Mountain Meitheal South East project is the Galty Style Track
Leader on the day: Frank Mc Mahon 
Assistant Leader: Jimmy Barry 



Contact us on: mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com a few days in advance if you are volunteering with us on Saturday 28 March, as this will assist with planning the work day.

 
It you cannot make it on Saturday the 28 March you can still participate by liking us on  www.facebook.com/mountainmeithealsoutheast as this will assist us in reaching a wider audience...
 
DIRECTIONS:


Meet at the Coach Road Inn (O'Brien's Bar), Newtown, Glen of Aherlow, (at the junction of the R664 and the R663), where we will organize the transport. It will be necessary to limit the number of cars travelling to site.
 

Please meet at 10.30am sharp. Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied.  Also protection from sun and midges
 
Mountain Meitheal will provide the tools. Why not bring a friend – new comers are always welcome.

For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out www.pathsavers.org
 
Kind regards,
 
Máire
Secretary of Mountain Meitheal South East
 
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Our next Mountain Meitheal South East project is the Galty Style Track
Leader on the day: Frank Mc Mahon 
Assistant Leader: Jimmy Barry 


Contact us on: mountainmeithealsoutheast@gmail.com a few days in advance if you are volunteering with us on Saturday 28 March, as this will assist with planning the work day.

 

 
It you cannot make it on Saturday the 28 March you can still participate by liking us on  www.facebook.com/mountainmeithealsoutheast as this will assist us in reaching a wider audience...
 
DIRECTIONS:


Meet at the Coach Road Inn (O'Brien's Bar), Newtown, Glen of Aherlow, (at the junction of the R664 and the R663), where we will organize the transport. It will be necessary to limit the number of cars travelling to site.
 

Please meet at 10.30am sharp. Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied.  Also protection from sun and midges
 
Mountain Meitheal will provide the tools. Why not bring a friend – new comers are always welcome.

For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out www.pathsavers.org
 
Kind regards,
 
Máire
Secretary of Mountain Meitheal South East
 

 

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MountainMeitheal South East Work Dates - 2015

 

 

28 March

Saturday

26 April

Sunday

23 May

Saturday

21 June

Sunday

18 July

Saturday

16 August

Sunday

26 September

Saturday

18 October

Sunday

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Club Environmental Officers

It's hard to believe that it's October already! Here's a short update on
some of Mountaineering Ireland's current environmental activities.

Become a Landscape Detective!

Environmental Workshop in the Mournes, Saturday 18th October

This is the perfect opportunity for Club Environmental Officers to gain an
understanding of the

processes that have shaped our mountain landscapes. After a short
introduction from workshop leader Dr. Peter Wilson, participants will spend
the day outdoors as 'landscape detectives', gleaning evidence from the
glacial features, rivers, rocks and soils to piece together the story of the
Mourne landscape.


This workshop is part of Mountaineering Ireland's Autumn Gathering, which is
hosted this year by the Spartan Red Sox Walking Club (further details
enclosed). Workshop numbers are limited; reserve a place by emailing
helen@mountaineering.ie as soon as possible.



Ireland's mountains deserve better

Mountaineering Ireland recently called on Donegal County Council to halt
remedial work on the cliff-top path at Slieve League due to poor quality
work and an apparent lack of expertise within the contactor's team. Despite
two expert reports supporting Mountaineering Ireland's view, and media
pressure coverage this week, the work is continuing. Read more about this
here - http://www.mountaineering.ie/aboutus/news/2014/default.aspx?iid=608.



Mountaineering Ireland has also expressed concern about work currently being
carried out on the Legnabrocky approach to Cuilcagh, the high point on the
Fermanagh / Cavan border. The project involves construction of a 1.2m wide
wooden boardwalk, with steps, and in places handrails, up to the summit
plateau. This seems a disproportionate response to the limited erosion on
Cuilcagh. The work will have a significant visual impact, it will
undoubtedly increase human pressure on the fragile summit habitat, and it
will also provide a false sense of security to people who may not be
prepared for the often inhospitable conditions encountered on Cuilcagh.



Upland path erosion - tell us where the problems are

Mountaineering Ireland needs your help to carry out a survey to establish
the extent of the upland path erosion problem across the island of Ireland.
If you're aware of an eroded hill path, or a section of path, take a couple
of photos, make a simple assessment and report your findings through the
Survey page of www.helpingthehills.ie <http://www.helpingthehills.ie/>
between now and the end of December. This is a practical way to help the
mountains we get so much enjoyment from. It won't take long and you don't
need any special expertise or equipment. Please encourage other members of
your club to contribute too. Read more about this on www.helpingthehills.ie
or get in touch if you have any queries - helen@mountaineering.ie or 01
6251115.



Upland Environment leaflet

We've had a fantastic response to Walking With Wildlife, Mountaineering
Ireland's introductory guide to the flora and fauna of Northern Ireland's
uplands -
http://www.mountaineering.ie/aboutus/news/2014/default.aspx?iid=580.  We're
down to our last 200 hard copies, if you'd like one, please get in touch and
we'll post it out to you. Mountaineering Ireland has applied for funding to
reprint this leaflet and to develop similar guides for other areas. We will
find out in November if these applications have been successful; hopefully
we'll have more resources like this available in 2015.
 

 

Become a landscape detective

Environmental workshop in the Mournes, Saturday 18th October 2014 (meet at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre at 9.00am)

Here’s a perfect opportunity for Club Environmental Officers to gain an understanding of the

processes that have shaped our mountain landscapes. On Saturday 18th October, during

Mountaineering Ireland’s Autumn Gathering in the Mournes, Dr. Peter Wilson will lead a

workshop titled Understanding Mountain Landforms. Peter’s name will be familiar to

readers of the Irish Mountain Log as he co-wrote a series of articles on geology and mountain

landforms for the magazine (issues 90-96).

After a short introduction at Tollymore Outdoor Centre participants will spend the day

outdoors as ‘landscape detectives’, gleaning evidence from the glacial features, rivers, rocks

and soils to piece together the story of the Mourne landscape.

As well as learning about the mountain environment and picking up knowledge to share with

other club members, participants will have the opportunity to talk about the role of an

Environmental Officer and to meet with people from other clubs.

This workshop is part of Mountaineering Ireland’s Autumn Gathering, which is hosted this year by the Spartan Red Sox Walking Club. The Environmental Workshop itself is free of charge, but we’d love to see participants stay on for dinner and Sunday morning’s activities. The programme for Sunday morning includes a discussion forum for Mountaineering Ireland members, and a session on the new Outdoor Recreation Action Plan for the Mournes.

You can reserve a place on the Environmental Workshop by emailing helen@mountaineering.ie (please book in advance as numbers are limited). Full details of Mountaineering’s Autumn Gathering are available here: http://www.mountaineering.ie/events/2013/default.aspx?iid=578.

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Dr. Peter Wilson has been teaching aspects of physical geography and environmental science at the University of Ulster, Coleraine, for over 30 years. He is an individual member of Mountaineering Ireland and has combined his academic and hillwalking interests to focus on understanding how mountain regions have been shaped by glaciers, rivers, frost and gravity. In addition to his series of articles on mountain landforms for the Irish Mountain Log, Peter is author of the highly-acclaimed book Lake District Mountain Landforms (Scotforth Books, 2010).

 

 

Suggestions for the type of activities Club Environmental Officers might engage in:

? enthusing others about the environment, chatting with club members about how we reduce our impact, introducing the idea of Leave No Trace, telling people about geology, plants, folklore etc;

? ensuring that conservation and environmental considerations are taken into account in the planning of club events (e.g. promoting car-pooling, encouraging avoidance of eroded routes after wet weather etc);

? arranging an annual club litter-pick, a day with Mountain Meitheal, a Leave No Trace awareness session or a similar event;

? arranging a guest speaker to give a talk on some aspect of the upland environment;

? adding an environment page to your club’s website or posting environmental snippets on your Facebook page;

? compiling an annual list of the different, plants, birds and other creatures the club comes across in the mountains;

? Emailing reports of Fir Clubmoss and St. Patrick’s Cabbage to mike@mountainresearch.net, see page 15 of IML106 for details;

? reporting species sightings through the National Biodiversity Data Centre http://records.biodiversityireland.ie or the Ulster Museum - http://www.nmni.com/CEDaR/Recording/terrestrial-recording;

? taking photos of damage caused by off-road vehicles, recording date, time, grid reference etc and passing these on to Mountaineering Ireland and National Parks & Wildlife Service (ROI) or Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NI);

 

? reporting any dumping you across to the local council, or the Environmental Protection Agency - 1850 365 121 (ROI), or the Environmental Crime Unit (NI) - 028 9056 9453. You can also do this through www.fixmyarea.com; better still download the Fix My Area app and use that to report problems when you find them;

? Coillte welcomes reports of dumping, irresponsible off-road vehicle activity etc by email to pr@coillte.ie;

? building relationships with the landowners, rangers and recreation officers responsible for the areas that you use for your activities;

? with the agreement of landowners, building and maintaining stiles at points where walkers might cause damage to fences (contact helen@mountaineering.ie regarding insurance);

? contributing to consultation processes, e.g. Mountaineering Ireland is currently seeking reports of eroded paths in upland areas, see the Survey page of www.helpingthehills.ie for details;

? helping to build evidence of how our mountains are changing by gathering old and recent photographs of mountains in your area to show changes such as evolution of paths, increase in built development, changes in vegetation etc;

? liaising with Mountaineering Ireland regarding any access or conservation issues that arise in the areas where you do your activities.

These are just suggestions; no Club Environmental Officer could do all of the above and some will do other things. Depending on the club’s activities, and the officer’s interests, each officer and each club should make their own of the role. Advice and support is available from Mountaineering Ireland, email helen@mountaineering.ie or phone 00 353 1 6251115.

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MOUNTAIN MEITHEAL SOUTH EAST
 
Next work day Sunday 12 October 2014
 
We have been busy enjoying the beautiful sunshine in the Glen of Aherlow.  The week-end of the 13/14 September saw us attend a committee meeting and a two day leader training course.
 
The weekend was a wonderful success we now have 11 members of MMSE trained on Trail Construction and Maintenance.  
 
A big thank you to Glen of Aherlow Campsite and Aherlow Fáilte for providing indoor venues.
 
Margaret in the Coach Inn for providing our delicious meal
 
Shay and Robert for delivering the course on a voluntary basis.
 
 
 
 
Why not come and join us on Sunday 12th October, we would appreciate if more volunteers came on the work days.
 
We will be working on the Curra stile track, which leads up towards Lough Curra, lopping off low-lying branches, looking for stones, laying out brashing, and covering specified areas with stone chippings. No special skills needed,
 

DIRECTIONS:

Meet at the Coach Road Inn (O'Brien's Bar), Newtown, Glen of Aherlow, (at the junction of the R664 and the R663), where we will organize the transport. It will be necessary to limit the number of cars travelling to site.

 

Please meet at 10.30am sharp. Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied.  Also protection from sun and midges

 

Mountain Meitheal will provide the tools. Why not bring a friend – new comers are always welcome.

 

For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out www.pathsavers.org

  

Those interested in joining Mountain Meitheal South East should contact Fergus Flynn at fergflyn@iol.ie

 

Details/location

DAY                                Sunday                     

DATE                              12 October 2014

LOCATION                      COACH ROAD INN, NEWTOWN, GLEN OF AHERLOW

TIME                               10.30 am

We also have a work day on Saturday 22 Nov

 

 

 

 

 

 

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