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A sprightly group of eleven tackled Ireland’s highest mountain from Cronins Yard in splendid conditions. The group being led by myself, followed the Zig Zag route upward from the Hags glen and a welcome ‘sos beag’ was had on Cnoc Toinne. Here we enjoyed calm and sunny weather with spectacular views of the Eastern Reeks, Bridia valley, Carrauntoohill Caher and Beenkeeragh. We continued from here in a nice steady pace with good fun and banter and before we knew it we were all together at the cross making us the highest group in Ireland. So began our ‘sos mór’ and after refreshments we descended carefully via Zig Zag route and out through the Hags glen to Cronin’s yard. Here the group had the celebratory coffees and apple pie, a well deserved end to a truly lovely day.

Denis O’Brien

The First Aid Course was a success with all participants considering it a very worthwhile exercise.
I will organise another once I have names. It is subsidised by the club and will cost you €10.
If interested please contact me at 0876251194. Date will be arranged once I have names.

Marian Wallis 

26 club members recently returned from a very successful walking trip to Andorra.Topflight

Despite a stressful transit through Dublin airport we arrived at a very comfortable Hotel Magic in the pretty town of La Massana high up in The Pyrenees. Wonderful friendly and generous staff treated us like VIPs. A home from home.

A basket of oranges was available every morning to make fresh juice and a delicious picnic lunch was provided everyday. Red and white wine was included free ever night with a dinner offering wonderful choices.

A very interesting initial itinerary of 5 guided walks with summits up to 2950 metres were planned. We were very fortunate to have a very experienced, capable and pleasant lead guide and team.
Taking weather, safety and local conditions in account, slight adjustments were made and we formed two groups. We had several of the clubs A+ walkers in the group and they, as well as all the others were well pleased the day Comapedrosa Peak known as The Roof Of Andorra 2942 metres was reached. Snow caps posed no problem to the happy climbers.

We are looking forward to you joining us for the climb up Eagle Mountain on July 23rd in support of Marymount Hospice. 

As a family we welcome you to support us by donating and also to join us in the climb up Eagle mountain on the 23rd. 

Everyone welcome, suitable for all fitness levels (approx 3hrs). 

Starting & Finishing at The Blasket Centre, Dunquin Co. Kerry V91 TH73

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The Ballyhoura Bears spent 3 days walking in Connemara over the Easter weekend. There was a choice of walks on each day.

On Friday some walkers did a linear route from the Tawnyard Lough road along the Glendavock valley to climb Ben Creggan and across the Ridge to Ben Gorm with a long but very enjoyable descent along the Lugharry ridge to finally arrive down at Ashley falls. This was a spectacular walk with wonderful views once the fog lifted. Others walked on the western way from Tawnyard Lough. They followed the trail through Tawnyard forest before meeting the salmon rich river Erriff which they walked beside overshadowed by The Devil’s Mother to reach Ashley falls.