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2011 Irish Walking Clubs Index

Every hillwalking, rambling, ambling, hiking and tramping club we can find. Help us keep this list up-to-date by email at walkingworldirl@iol.ie or by post and we’ll put the record straight at the next opportunity. ANTRIM Name: Spartan Red Sox County: Antrim, (Based Belfast). Contact: Nigel Whiteside Tel: 028 902 86463 (048 from ROI) Email: ramblernige@hotmail.com Name: Wee Binnians Walkers Contact: Ann McArdle, Secretary Tel: 028 906 41917 RoI: 048 906 41917 Email: weebinnians@eircom.net Web: www.weebinnians.com

CLARE Name: Ballyvaughan Fanore WC County: Clare - The Burren Contact: Mary Howard Tel: 087 7779714 / 087 2446807 Email: info@ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com Web: www.ballyvaughanfanorewalkingclub.com Walks every Sunday, 3-5 hour duration. New members and visitors always welcome. Name: Clare Outdoor Club County: Ennis County: Clare Contact: Fiona Healy Tel: 087 6184956 Web: www.clareoutdoorclub.net Club of approximately 120 members with main activities being hill walking, rock climbing and water sports. Members also regulalry travel abroad to world mountain ranges. Organised activities run forthnightly. Age profile over 18 to retirees. Founded 1986; open to over 18s. Hillwalking September to June - alternative Sundays (depart Ennis 8am. sharp). Two or Three weekends away per year. Walks in Kerry, Connemara, Mayo, Burren, Galtees & Comeraghs. Rock climbing in summer months. Provide yearly Mountain Skills Training through Burren OEC. Weekly meetings 10pm. Thursday nights Paddy Quinns bar in the Market, Ennis. Clooney-Quin Hillwalking Club County: Clare Contact: Frances Quinn Tel: 087 2359657 / 065 6825581 (evening) Email: Fraquinn11@eircom.net

CARLOW Name: Blackstairs Ramblers County: Carlow/Wexford borders Contact: Dick Murray Tel: 087 235 4202 Email: info@blackstairsramblers.com Web: www.blackstairsramblers.com As our name suggests, we enjoy rambling in the Blackstairs, which are on the border counties Carlow and Wexford. We walk every Thursday night and on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, generally in the Blackstairs but occasionally further afield. We always welcome new members (over the age of 18) whether beginners or seasoned hillwalkers and MCI members are welcome to join us on any of our walks.

Name: Eagle Ramblers Walking Club County: Carlow Contact: Rosemary Adamson Tel: 059 6471271 Email: rosemarya@eircom.net  Small club with older members currently ranging in age from 55-75 years but all ages welcome. Walks vary depending on who walks on the day, safety and security for our older members always a priority. Meet weekly and usually walk for 1 hour. Name: Tullow Mountaineering Club County: Carlow/Kildare Email: tullowmc@hotmail.com We  walk twice a week. Wednesday night leaving  at 6.30pm sharp from the  Askea Church Car Park in Carlow. Sunday Walks leave at 9.30am from Barrack Street in Carlow. The first  Sunday of  every week  is a  Beginnners Walk. We hike mainly in The Blackstairs,  Wicklow Mountains and The Galtees. There are about 50 of us in the club.

CAVAN Name: Owen Roe Ramblers County: Cavan, (Ballyjamesduff ). Contact: John Doherty Email: jd8452931@yahoo.ie Owen Roe Ramblers is a recently formed hill/mountain walking club consisting exclusively of members of Owen Roe Army Barracks, based in Cavan town. Age range 22 to 52 years. Activities include orienteering, abseiling in addition to hill walking as core activity.

CORK Name: Bishopstown Orienteering and Hill Walking Club County: Cork based but membership widespread. Contact: Sean Cotter Tel: 021-4546195 Email: seancotter001@eircom.net / bishopstownHC@ gmail.com Web: homepage.eircom.net/~bishopstownohc/bhc (or simply Google BISHOPSTOWN) Over 500 members in hillwalking section alone. Hillwalks most Saturdays and Sundays all year round. Forest and cliff top and parkland walks on Tuesdays evenings from April to September. Experienced hillwalkers and Beginners are welcome. Weekends away in Ireland / week long walks in Ireland each June. 2 to 3 weeks overseas, mainly Europe and Atlas Mountains in Morocco plus three weeks in Nepal each october. Name: Blackrock Hill Walking Club County: Cork Email: info@ blackrockhillwalkingclub.com Web: blackrockhillwalkingclub. com/ We are a small friendly club with an active calendar of walks with  members regularly travelling abroad both as groups and as individuals to more exotic locations. We have a choice of graded walks most Sundays when we are to be found on the hills of Munster – mostly the Reeks, the Galtees and

the Comeraghs. On weekend trips we head further afield and a few times a year there are trips abroad. Check the website for details of walks, trips and events. Contact the secretary for any other details.   Name: Clonakilty Walking Group County: Cork (West) Contact: Carmel O’Donovan Tel: 023 34752 Email: cssclon@yahoo.ie Meet every second Sunday at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty. Walks graded A & B alternate Sundays. Mostly Munster-based. Wednesday evening walks May-August (Grade C) on road, beach and in local forests. Name: Cobh Hill Walking Club County: Cork (Cobh) Contact: Thelma Mills Tel: 021 481 6611 Email: tam3@eircom.net Club walks every 4 weeks or so, Sundays. Distance usually 7 miles +. Meet at GPO Cobh at 8:30 am. Age range 30-70 years. Name: Coconuts Hill Walking Club County: Cork (City) Contact: Kay.McGrath Email: kay.mcgrath@hotmail.com Web: www.corkcoconuts.tripod.com/ Club founded in 2002 by group which had been walking together since 1997. Trips in West Cork or Kerry, approximately every 4 weeks with additional walks on some Bank Holidays. Occasional foreign trips. Ages 15-70. Name: Cork Backpackers Club County: Cork (City) Contact: Kevin Hamill Email: Eithne O’Mahony Web: www.corkbackpackers.com/ Meet every Wednesday night in “Counihan’s”, Pembroke Street, Cork (next to the GPO) from about 9:00 p.m. onwards. There is a day hike every two


weeks, on Sunday throughout the entire year – with four graded walks on each outing: Easy (for those trying out the sport), Short (a little longer than Easy, with fewer breaks), Moderate (for the reasonably fit) … and the Long walk (for those who really like to stretch the legs!). We organise a weekend trip on most of the “long” weekends during the year to various places including Connemara, Mayo, Donegal and Wicklow (to name a few). All over 18 are welcome; those who already have MCI membership, either individually or through another Club, pay a reduced membership fee. Name: Cork Mountaineering Club County: Cork (Midleton) Contact: John Paul Curtin Email: corkmountaineeringclub@gmail.com Founded in 1975, Cork’s oldest mountaineering club. Principal activity is hill walking but also have active rock-climbing members. Walk all of Munster’s mountains regularly: West Cork, Kerry, Galtees, Knockmealdowns & the Comeraghs. Also organise weekend breaks to other regions of Ireland and abroad. Summer evening walk on Wednesdays. Name: Dunmanway Hillwalking Club County: Cork (West) Contact: Denis O’Mahony Email: deniselma@hotmail.com Our club has been in existience for approximatly four years. Current membership is 22. Age profile is 30 65 with some couples. New members are always welcome. Prospective members are invited to take part in two walks before coming members. Visiting MCI members are always welcome. Walks twice monthly: A - strenous, B -less streous, C - walks (mostly roads or tracks). Weekly from may to August. trip away on the May weekend, Christmas Walk and night out. All members are encouraged and invited to do any training available. Dunmanway Hillwalking Club founded in February 2004 following an open meeting for anyone interested in walking. Officially a club since Oct 2004. Initially undertook one walk (Grade A or B) monthly. Currently walks twice monthly with A/B options in same area. Grade C walks on summer evenings. Membership open to over 16’s. Age profile 30-60. First overnight trip in October - plans for many more! Everyone welcome. Social gatherings after each walk. Name: Glanmire Walkers County: Cork (Glanmire) Contact: Una Webster Tel: 087 677 5179 Email: unawebster@eircom.net Name: Mallow Walking Club Contact: Bride Coghlan, Secretary Tel: 087 127 0898 Name: Midleton Hillwalking Club County: : Cork Contact: Amber Harrison Email: harrison_amber@hotmail.com Website: www.midletonhillwalkers.com Hillwalkers and low level walkers are catered for through the club. The Hillwalkers meet every 2nd Sunday with 2 level of walks held. Walks for low level walkers are held every 2nd Wednesday and every 2nd Saturday. All are welcome.

DERRY Name: Foyle Hillwalking and Rambling Club County: Derry - City BT48 8PS Contact: Lorraine Moroney Tel: 028/048 7135 4305 Email: lmoroney@rocketmail.com Web: www.foylehillwalkingclub.co.uk Weekly walks on alternate Saturdays and Sundays; at least one weekend trip away per year. Age range 40+ years. Club open to NEW members. Members participate in challenge events. MI members welcome to visit and join outings.

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Name: Bluestack Ramblers Tel: 087 7844803 Email: bluestackramblers@yahoo.co.uk Web: www.bluestackramblers.com The Bluestack Ramblers was set up fifteen years ago. Based in Donegal Town with members from all over Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo and parts of Northern Ireland. We go on two to three weekends in Ireland every year and sometimes to Wales and Scotland. Every two years we have a trip abroad. Christmas Party every year. We welcome new members and have a daily membership for people who are visiting or just want to walk occasionally. We have a six monthly calander and cater for all grades of walker with easy, moderate and hard walks from one hour to eight hours.

Name: North Down Ramblers County: Down (Bangor) Contact: David McAnirn Tel: 048 9145 8831 Email: david.mcanirn@virgin.net The club caters for both experienced walkers and beginners, walks vary from low level walks such as canal and shoreline walks to more strenuous walks for the more experienced walkers. Walks take place mostly on Saturdays and public holidays. Starter walks on Sunday afternoons and Sunday evenings.

Name: Crannagh Ramblers County: Donegal (Buncrana) Contact: John Doherty Tel: 074 9362181 Email: kate0311@eircom.net et Buncrana Leisure Centre car park alternate Sundays at 10.30 a.m. Hill and coastal walks in Inishowen, Donegal and Derry. Spring weekend trip to Mournes. MI members, new members and beginners welcome on all walks. Open to adults and families. Name: Donegal Mountaineering Club County: Donegal (Donegal Town) Contact: Jeremy St. Clare Tel: (+353 87) 327 0273 Email: bradycardia@eircom.net The Donegal Mountaineering Club was formed in May 2008 in Donegal Town, nestled beneath our ‘home’ mountains of the Bluestacks. The primary objective and activity of the DMC is for its members to complete the 211 Hewitts of Ireland, which takes us on a journey to every corner of the country. Club members are also engaged in Geocaching, climbing and bouldering, and since the club’s formation have participated in the Four Peaks Challenge.Club members are from all walks of life and all ages, and from all levels of ability. The Munros also feature large in the sights of the club as do trips further afield. The club has a ‘homely’ feel and likes to acknowledge achievements of club members such as recognising milestones like the first 50 Hewitts, or gaining the Tankard on completing the whole set. The club has one mainstay walk each month, described by the Chairman on the club’s forum. There are other walks and activities through the month which are organised by various committee members, the details of these are circulated on the forum and meetings and other communications if members are not on-line to view the forum. Name: Letterkenny IT Hill Walking Society County: Donegal (Letterkenny Institute of Technology) Contact: Conrad Gibbons Tel: (074) 918 6921 Email: conrad.gibbons@lyit.ie Name: North West Mountaineering Club County: Walks take place in Donegal. Contact based Omagh, Co Tyrone Contact: Helen Osborne Email: helen.osborn@btinternet.com Web: www.nwmc.ie Walks in Donegal every Sunday, also trips to other parts of Ireland, GB and beyond.

DUBLIN Name: ACARA Trekking Club County: Dublin 2 Contact: Colette O’Sullivan Tel: (01) 487 7150 Email colette@acara.ie Provide facilities for regular hill walking and social events for members. Name: An Óige Hillwalkers Club County: Dublin 12 Contact: James Barry Tel: 0872737338 or An Oige Head Office 01-8304555 Email: barryja@eircom.net Web: www.hillwalkersclub.com As the name implies, the An Óige Hillwalkers Club is affiliated with the Irish Youth Hostel Association, An Óige. An Óige organises Easy and Moderate hikes. The hillwalking club was established in 1993 for those who were interested in longer and more challenging hikes in Wicklow and further afield. We refer to these hikes as Hard hikes. This website is dedicated to the hillwalking club i.e. to the Hard hikes. Further information on the Easy and Moderate hikes can be found on  www. anoige.ie. The an Oige Hillwalkers Club have a hike programme for almost every Sunday of the year. Typically, the club also organizes up to 6 walking weekends plus 2 week long holidays per year to locations in Ireland, the UK or mainland Europe. In addition, there are a number of social activities which don’t involve hiking, such as social nights out or the annual Christmas Party.  The club also organises a popular Map & Compass Course which is open to members and non-members wanting to learn or improve their navigation and mapreading skills. .  Membership: 130 Name: Bank of Ireland Hill Walking Club County: Dublin 2 - part of Bank of Ireland Sports & Social Department Contact: Declan Doyle


Tel: 01 604 3873 Email: declan.doyle@boimail.com Bank of Ireland Hillwalking Club was established for Bank of Ireland staff and is primarily for walking and rambling. Branches in Leinster, Connacht, Munster. Walks every second weekend and we also arrange a number of Away weekends each year. Name: Bogtrotters Hill Walking Club County: Dublin 11 - Finglas South Contact: Susan Walsh Tel: (+353 87) 326 0451 Email: siouxbabe@hotmail.com Web: www.bogtrotters.ie All welcome (with correct gear and some walking fitness) Meet Sunday mornings at 9.45am at the Tuning Fork pub, Rathfarnham, between Willbrook Road, Ballyboden Road and Whitechurch Road. Hill walks, varying from grades 3 -1. See web site for details.   Name: Bootleggers Hill Walking Club County: Dublin Contact: Robbie Dale Email: contact@bootleggers.ie Web: www.bootleggers.ie The Bootleggers Hillwalking club was founded in 1984. We are a small Dublin based group with about 30 members. We have walks every Sunday in Wicklow, and trips to other parts of the country on bank holiday weekends. Our age ranges from late twenties to midfifties with the average being around mid-thirties. We produce a list of walks about once every 3 months. More specific information is given at the “Schedule” page. We usually recommend that people come out with us for a few Sundays to get a feel for the club before joining. You are welcome to join us any Sunday, but we have an introductory walk for new people the second Sunday of every month. Name: Bushcraft Club County: Dublin Contact: Donal Carroll Tel: 0876161367 Email: thebushcraftclub@gmail.com Web: www.irishbushcraftclub.org Ireland’s first official club dedicated towards the study and practice of Bushcraft and primitive living skills. The aim of our club is to practice the skills of bushcraft and primitive living in a community of like minded people. We welcome complete beginners to veterans of bushcraft. Name: CIÉ Hillwalkers County: Dublin 8 - Iarnrod Eireann Inchicore Works Contact: Kieran Stack Email: kieranstack1@eircom.net Walk on the second Sunday of each month. Additional walks organised throughout the year in addition to about four weekends away during the year. Meet at Glendalough or Laragh Co Wicklow for most walks. All walks categorised as grade A or B walks with little or no short or flat walking. Membership is confined to employees of Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann and their immediate family members. Name: Clondalkin Hill Walking Club County: Dublin (West) Contact: Lisa Galligan Tel: 087 7467241 Meet every second Sunday at Clondalkin Sports and Leisure Centre car park, Clondalkin Village. Small group looking for new members who are hill walkers or interested in starting. Grades of walks vary depending on participants needs. Sunday walks in Wicklow would be 4 to 6 hours with stops and a packed lunch.  Long days away to the Mournes / Galtees / Comeraghs and 2 - 3 weekend away each year to Kerry / Donegal / Galway or Wales / Scotland.  Equipment can be lent to beginners on request. Twice yearly meeting to plan walks and social events

such as literary pub crawl, skiing holiday, and Christmas parties and walks.  Club encourage members to become actively involved in planning walks and learning some basic hill walking skills over time. Name: Cnocadóirí County: Baile Atha Cliath (Dublin) Contact: Blaithin Ni Liathain Tel: 087 9258289 Emai/ Ríomhpost: cnocadoiri@yahoo.com  Web/Suíomh gréasáin: www.cnocadoiri.com For an opportunity to practise your cúpla focal  while enjoying the countryside contact Na Cnocadóirí for more information. Nó más Gaeilgeoir thú, nó má tá tú ag foghlaim Gaeilge, agus má tá spéis agat sa chnocadóireacht beidh fáilte romhat teacht amach ag siúl leis na Cnocadóirí.  Téinn siad ag cnocadóireacht gach coicís, ar an Domhnach, ó Mheán Fómhair go Meitheamh.  Is i sléibhte Chill Mhantáin a bhíonn siad ag siúl de ghnáth, agus bíonn corrdheireadh seachtaine cnocadóireachta againn sa Ghaeltacht nó in áiteanna eile freisin. Tosaíonn na siúlóidí ar 11.45, agus maireann siad 4 huaire go leith nó 5 huaire de ghnáth.  Ta fáilte roimh baill nua - déan teagmháil linn chun eolas breise a fháil.  Name: Countrywide Hillwalkers Association County: Dublin Web: www.cha.ie CHA is the longest established walking club in Ireland. It was founded in 1922 and is Dublin based. Most of our walks take place in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains every Saturday for walkers of all levels. We also organize walking holidays for Club Members in Ireland, from Co.Kerry, to Connemara, to the Mountains of Mourne and to European countries which in recent years have included England, France, Portugal and Austria. Name: DCU Hiking Club County: Dublin - Dublin City University, Ballymun Contact: John Dardis Tel: 086 360 8456 Email: john.dardis@gmail.com Web: www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~hiking Founded in 1990 the DCU hiking Club is one of the biggest outdoor clubs in Dublin City University. Currently enrol over 200 new members each year, a large percentage being foreign students. Membership is restricted to DCU students only. Hike regularly around the east coast of Ireland, and have numerous trips to the west during the university year. See website for more information Name: DIT Mountaineering Club County: Dublin 9- Dublin Institute of Technology Club Contact: Patrick Carolan Tel: 086 0745789 Email: pat2car@yahoo.co.uk Web: mountaineering.dit.ie/ Open to all students, staff & graduates from the Dublin Institute of Technology - of all levels of ability. Activities include climbing, bouldering and hiking. Indoor climbing Wall in Larkin College Mon & Tues; 7-9pm. Day trips to Dalkey Quarry, Co Dublin. Weekend trips to various locations around Ireland. Name  : Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team Contact: Paul Keenan (secretary) Email: secretary@dwmrt.ie Phone: 087 6849773 Web: www.dwmrt.ie The Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team comprises of 40 dedicated, highly trained and committed volunteers. The Team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days of the year, to provide emergency search and rescue services, in conjunction with the Garda

Siochana, for persons lost or injured in remote or inaccessible areas within Dublin and Wicklow and on the Cooley penninsula. Name: Dublin Phoenix Nordic Walking Club County: Dublin - Phoenix Park Email: Club@NordicWalkers.ie  - Club Chairman Info@nordicWalkers.ie  - Club Secretary Join@NordicWalkers.ie  - Membership Officer & Treasurer Events@NordicWalkers.ie  - Events Organiser Web: www.nordicwalkers.ie Meet and walk every Saturday morning (10am start) throughout the year at the Papal Cross car park in Phoenix Park (Dublin) and every Tuesday evening during the summer season. Walks last  approx 1 to 2 hours, depending upon members’ preferences. Our walk takes us on various trails around the  Phoenix Park, giving plenty of variety from grassland to pathways over both flat and hilly territory. Members are divided into groups of between 6 and 15 people and walk at a pace that their level of fitness allows. Tuesday evening walks are held from Easter until the end of September. Meet at 7.30pm, again at the Papal Cross. Special events organised during summer months e.g. outings to interesting parts of the adjacent countryside including scenic views, historic sites, and picnics. These are Sunday outings and are in addition to regular walks. To book a place on the Introductory Nordic Walking Workshop: Training@NordicWalkers.ie Name: ESB Hill Walkers County: Dublin - Rathfarnham Contact: Michael A. Murray Tel: Day: (+353 1) 702 6902 Evening: (+353 87) 798 0228 Email: michaelmurray99@eircom.net Membership open to ESB staff, their families and friends. Walks organised once a month on a Sunday usually in Dublin/Wicklow mountains. Club travels abroad once a year for a week-long trip. The age range 40’s to retirees. Visiting MI members welcome. Name: Fineos Hill Walkers County: Dublin 2 Contact: Maria Moore Email: maria.moore@fineos.com Club formed May 2005 to provide walking outings to the Wicklow and Mourne mountains for staff of Fineos Corporation. Main activity is classic hill walking.


Name: Fitzamblers County: Dublin 6 - Dartry Contact: Richard Kennedy Tel: (01) 497 2776 (day) (086) 171 4323 (evenings) Email: richard.kennedy@ulsterbank.com Fitzamblers established in 1995 for members of Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club who were interested in walking and ambling. Walk once every month on a Sunday. Most of the walks in Co. Wicklow with one away weekend in Ireland and a four-to-six day overseas trip each year. Name: Garda Mountaineering and Canoeing Club County: Dublin Contact: Robin Faughnan Tel: 087 3900159 Email: gshillwalking-canoeing@hotmail.com Web: www.gshillwalking.com Club covers all areas of mountaineering from twice monthly hill walks in Dublin and Wicklow Mountains to overseas trips. All ages welcome to join club including children. Club organises recognised courses to cater for every level of walker. Links with many clubs in other countries. Name: Glenwalk County: Dublin Web: www.glenwalk.com Walk every second Sunday with 4 grades. Shorter unofficial walks year round on alternate Sundays, and during the summer on Wednesday evenings. Map reading courses available. Long weekends away in Ireland and Great Britain. Trips to Europe in summer. Skiing in winter. Beginners rock climbing summer only. Many social events. All correspondence via Email only which can be accessed via website. Adults only, mainly 20s to 50s age range. Name: Irish Christian Hillwalking Club County: Dublin - West (Lucan) Contact: Conor Smith Tel: 086 386 1867 Email: secretary@irishchristianhillwalkingclub.com Web: www.irishchristianhillwalkingclub.com Small countrywide-based club. Members from different backgrounds with a love for the outdoors and an interest in Christianity. Walks at different levels on Saturdays with members from late 20’s to early 50’s. Regular weekend events and some trips abroad. Check www.irishchristianwalking.com for further details Name: Irish Mountaineering Club County: Dublin 6W - Terenure Tel: 087 8216147  Contact: Tony Barry Email: tony.barry@o2.ie Web: www.irishmountaineeringclub.org The Irish Mountaineering Club is the oldest such club in Ireland, founded in 1948. Membership open to anyone over 18 years of age with an interest in mountaineering. Members join as Associate Members. On attaining basic hillcraft and rock-climbing experience, an Associate Member may apply to become a Full Member Name: Irish Ramblers Club County: Dublin Email: info@theramblers.ie Web: www.theramblers.ie We are a hiking club based in the Dublin area. We have day-long hikes which mainly take place in the mountains of County: Wicklow. The Ramblers hiking club caters for all fitness levels. If you want to enjoy the great outdoors in the company of like-minded people then the Irish Ramblers Club is the club for you and we look forward to welcoming you. Visit us at The Lug Walk Challenge will take place in midsummer

2011. This is a walk for experienced and fit hill walkers with a distance of 53 km. and ascent of  2,290m. Watch out for details at www.theramblers.ie or http:// www.walkersassociation.ie/challenge/walk/calendar Name: L & Q Garda Hill Walking Club County: Dublin Contact: Stephen Hayes Tel: 086 1564337 Email: shayes78@hotmail.com Name: Lung Gompas County: Dublin 4 - Irishtown Contact: Michael Penston Tel: (+353 86) 330 9034 Email: michael.penston@mailt.hse.ie Web: homepage.eircom.net/~lunggompas Bi monthly trek in the Wicklow mountains and one monthly trek for less experienced walkers. 2-3 week-ends away in Irish mountains and annual week abroad. Age profile 30-60 years. New members are always welcome. About 60% of club members would have done a MST course and once a year we have an in-club MST day. Name: Marley Hill Walkers County: Dublin 16 - Dundrum Contact: Philip Pearson Email: secretary@marleyhillwalkers.org Web: www.marleyhillwalkers.org Meet every Sundays 09:45 at Eden Pub Car Park, off Grange Road, Rathfarnham. Walks in Wicklow. Also an Introductory walk for newcomers on 3rd. Sunday each month. Organise regular trips around Ireland and abroad. Open to over 18s only. Name: Mountain Meitheal County: Dublin Contact: Cliona Ni Bhreartuin Tel: 087 2740513 Email: cnibh@eircom.net Web: www.pathsavers.org Meet fortnightly on alternating Saturdays and Sundays. Dates are on web site.   Select “Programme” for details or contact the club secretary. All over 18 welcome. We are a club founded on the belief that as people walk the mountains  causing erosion as they go, it is their responsibility to go back and repair the damage. Our members ‘get out, get dirty, and give back’ once every two weeks. Non-members are always welcome to join us to help in the repair work and hopefully have a very sociable and enjoyable day giving back to the environment. Name: Na Coisithe County: Dublin - Glasnevin Contact: John  Webb Tel: 01 872 9444 / 837 6636 (h) Email: webbj@gofree.indigo.ie Web: Walks every fortnight published in bulletin sent to members each quarter. Three weekends plus several mini weekends (one night) away. Most walks in Co. Wicklow. Main activities include hill, road and forest walking. Age range 30-70 years. Name: Out & About County: Dublin 12 - Crumlin Contact: Gerry Claffey (Secretary) Tel: (+353 86) 829 1724 Email: gayhiking@gmail.com Web: www.gay-hiking.org Weekly Sunday hill walking, mostly in Wicklow. Club open to newcomers, in particular Lesbian, Gay,  Bisexual and Transgendered people and their friends. Accommodate beginners and advanced walkers.

Current membership age range 20s to the 60s. Group is linked to Cork and Belfast walking groups. Name: Rainbow Hill Walking Club County: Dublin 24 - Old Bawn Contact: Adrienne McMullan Tel: 087 6972277 Club active for 16 years. Meet at Xtravision, Village Green, Tallaght at 9am. Every 2nd Saturday or Sunday. Ungraded walks once a month for beginners. Some trips abroad. MI members welcome. Name: Shanganagh Ramblers County: Dublin - Shankill Contact: Gerry Aylward Tel: 086 3585553 Email: geraylward@gmail.com Web: homepage.eircom.net/~shanganaghramblers/ Meet every 2 weeks on Sundays at 09:00 (long) or 12:00 (short), depending on walk, at Brady’s pub in centre of Shankill. Mostly walk in Wicklow. Two weekends away each year. Age range 7-70 years. Name: Siúl Walking Club County: Dublin Contact: Emer McLoughlin Tel: 086 1959689 Email: loughlin.emermc@gmail.com Membership made up of employees/former employees of the Department of Environment and Local Government, as well as friends or colleagues who pay annual subs and agree to be bound by rules of club. Long and medium walks every second/third Saturday in Dublin area and surrounding counties. Name: St. Kevin’s College County: Dublin 12 - Crumlin Contact: Noel Maguire Tel: 01 453 6397 Email: noel.maguire@stkevins.cdvec.ie Informal group formed in 1974. Student members undergo training in outdoor instruction and other mountain skills. Name: The Co-Op Climbing Club County: Dublin Contact: Jennie Coughlan Tel: 087 2805704 Email: jen.coughlan1@gmail.com Name: The Trekkers Mountaineering Club County: Dublin - Killiney Contact: Gerry Fogarty Email: g.h.fogarty@gmail.com Web: www.trekkers.ie


Adult hill-walking group. Three grades of walks and about 5 walks per month in the Wicklow Mountains. Two away trips each year. Club is particularly interested in additional members in the younger age groups (20s and 30s). Current membership age range 20-70 years. Occasional formal Navigation courses organised. Visiting MI member(s) welcome subject to availability of transport.

Contact: Tom Rea Tel: 087 2571204 Fax: 093 35224 Email: tomrea@eircom.net Club Membership drawn from Galway Civil Defence and the Galway VHF Group (Emergency Communications). Formed to take over the running of the Annual Burren Walks formerly organised by  Thomond Orienteering Club, Limerick. Weekly cross country and hill walking. Annual Burren Walks Event.

Name: The Wayfarers Hillwalking club County: Dublin 8 Contact: Maria Conlon, Secretary Tel: 087 205 7232 Email: wayfarersassociation@gmail.com Web: www.wayfarersassociation.com We are mainly a Dublin based club although we have members from all corners of the country. Currently we have over 200 members. We do most of our walking in the Wicklow/Dublin area. Each Sunday we have two hikes, a short hike of 14k to 16k at a consistent pace and a longer hike, usually 18k+ and geared towards those who like a tougher day in the mountains and this requires a higher level of fitness. Occasionally we have an additional Intermediate Hike, usually 15k-18k for more experienced short hikers.Each hike is led by an experienced leader. During the summer months, evening hikes on Wednesdays are arranged.  We hope you enjoy your visit to our website and if you are interested in joining the Wayfarers we would be delighted to hear from you. We encourage people to come out a couple of times with us before deciding whether or not you wish to join, so feel free to come along on a hike any time that suits.

Name: Club Siulide Chonamara Theas County: Galway Contact: John Canny Email: maireadui@eircom.net

Name: Tolka Trekkers County: Dublin 15 - Clonsilla Contact: Margaret Ryan Tel: 086 810 6709 Email: magsryan@ireland.com  Walks generally in Wicklow - every second Sunday of month. Meet in Blanchardstown at 09:00 at the Greyhound Pub. Occasional weekends away; Scotland, Mournes, Twelve Bens etc. Age range 20s to 60s. Open to new members with reasonable fitness and correct walking gear.

Name: GMIT Mountaineering Club County: Galway Contact: Theo Mooney Email: theo4130@hotmail.com

Name: UCD Mountaineering Club County: Dublin - University College Contact: Clare Ryan Box 63, Student Centre Email: ucdmountaineeringclub@gmail.com Web: www.ucd.ie/mountain The purpose of the club is to develop confidence and independence on the mountains. Weekly hikes, regular social events, free access to a climbing wall and monthly trips for hiking/climbing around Ireland. Membership open to students, staff and graduates of UCD. The age profile is predominantly 18-30. Club organises trips, skills-training and can supply necessary equipment.

GALWAY Name: Beanna Beola Hillwalking Club County: Galway Contact: Maugie Francis, Secretary Tel: 087 873312 Email: maugiefrancis@eircom.net Founded 1994. Emphasis on hill walks rather than low level rambles Fortnightly walks on Sundays to pre-planned schedule, mainly west/north-west Galway area and islands. Graded walks Level 1 (low, easy) to Level 5 (more peaks, longer and more strenuous). Occasional weekends/weeks away Ireland and abroad. New members & MCI visitors of all levels welcome. Age range 30s to 50s+. Webbed feet a plus for this terrain! Name: Burren Walking Club County: Galway - Headford.

Name: Cumann Siúl Cois Coiribe County: Galway - Headford Road Contact: Sheila Mangan Tel: 091 765349 Email: achillisle@eircom.net Varied programme of walks, every second weekend. Open to all. MCI members especially welcome.   Name: Galway Walking Club County: Galway - Bohermore Email: galwaywalkingclub@gmail.com Web: galwaywalkingclub.wordpress.com Formed in 1995, up to 200 members. Primarily a walking club but also organise both A and B rade hill walks as well as short walks. Meet in Tonery’’s bar in Bohermore every second Thursday night at 20:30. Walks all year round. Weekends away in Ireland and one overseas trip annually. All welcome.

Name: Grey Lake Ramblers County: Galway - Loughrea Contact: Ann Fahy or Mick Fox Tel: 091 841963 or Ann Fahy 087 6138907 Mick Fox 087 232 0124 Email: annfahy3@hotmail.com Walks every second Sunday. Meet Gort Road car park, Loughrea at 10am. 2-4 hour duration. Slieve Aughty, Burren and East Clare. New members welcome. Joint outings with East Clare walkers and Fanore/Ballyvaughan. Name: Maumturks Walking Club County: Galway Contact: Patricia Keane (Sec) Tel: 087 277 5057 Email: maumturkswalkingclub@yahoo.ie Web: www.maumturkswalkingclub.com The club has gone from strength to strength over the last years in October we had more than 60 members from Maam, Cornamona, Oughterard and Leenane area also Mayo, Dublin Roscommon & Navan. Over the past year we have run training courses in mountain skills and are hoping to run more in the coming year.  The committee meet every fortnight and arrange our weekly walks, these walks are planned to suit the varying needs and abilities of all our members, from the inexperienced walkers to the highly experience ones. Walks are all graded from a short stroll to a high mountain walk, we hope that way we can provide everyone with a nice day out. We have planned walks all through the area including a recent trip a trip to the Burren in Co Clare which proved very popular. The Club intends to organise walks overseas in the New Year. If anyone is interested in joining us for a walk they can contact us on 087 277 5057 or e mail at

maumturkswalkingclub@yahoo.ie www.maumturkswalkingclub.com We can also be found on facebook: Maumturks Walking Club. Looking forward to seeing you all on the mountain one day The Maumturks Walking Club Committee Name: Muintir na Sléibhte County: Galway - Salthill Contact: Club secretary Peter Costello.  Email: 18costello@eircom.net Founded 1994, became MI club in 2009. Approx 30 members with age range 50’s to 70’s inexorably moving upwards!  Meet 1st Sunday (ramble) and 3rd Sunday (mountains) every month. Meeting point outside Wards Hotel, Lower Salthill. Also organise weekends away in Ireland and longer trips abroad. Name: NUI Galway Mountaineering Club County: Galway - University Contact: Aengus Finnegan Email: secretary@nuigmc.com Web: www.nuigmc.com Founded in 1970. Membership open to members of NUI, Galway only; undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and alumni. Walks of varying grades every Sunday during term time in Connemara, Mayo and Clare. Name: Oyster Walking Club County: Galway Contact: Deirdre Matthews Tel: 085 8386857 Email: oysterwalkingclub@gmail.com Walk every second Sunday, mostly in the Burren, occasionally in Connemara. Walks are easy to moderate, road walking avoided. All aged 12+ are welcome. Name: Rosway Walkers County: Galway - Ballinasloe Contact: Frances Leahy Tel: 086 2250793 Email: maria.ofarrell@hse.ie We are based in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, just on the Roscommon/Galway  Border - hence the name Rosway. We have walks most weekends - Saturday/Sunday. 123 members, age profile From 20’s to 60’s’. Great variety of walks from local Canal, Bog, forest walks 2/3 hours to Carrauntoohil - plus peaks in Scotland, England & Wales and everything in between.


KERRY Name: Cahirsiveen Outdoor Club County: Kerry - Cahersiveen Contact: Bridget King Tel: 066 947 9088 Email: bridgetking@iol.ie Long & short walks every Sunday. Meet at Cahersiveen Community Centre, 10:30am. Two weekends away each year. Open to new members and beginners Members aged 30-70 years. MI members welcome with own insurance. Name: Cumann Sleibhteóireachta - Annascaul Walks County: Kerry Contact: Moire Spillane Tel: (+353 66) 915 7033 Email: info@annascaulwalks.org Name: Cumann Sléibhteóireachta Chorca Dhuibhne / Dingle Hillwalking Club County: Kerry - Dingle Contact: David Chippendale - Secretary Tel: (+353 87) 970 9472 Email: dchippendale@eircom.net Web: www.dinglehillwalkingclub.com Most walks begin at Tom Long’s Pub in Dingle at 10am. Walks are scheduled on alternate Sundays. Members also walk on off-schedule Sundays. The choice, duration and grade of these unscheduled walks usually depends on weather conditions. Feel free to join us for these walks as well. Most of our walks are in the West Kerry mountains, from the Slieve Mish to Mt. Eagle. We also on occasion walk in the Killarney area. This offers a huge abundance of choice, breath-taking scenery and wide variety of walks. Mt. Brandon alone offer an amazing array of approaches. Name: Kenmare Walking Club County: Kerry - Tousist Contact: Peter O’Sullivan Tel: (021) 438 5911 Mobile: (087) 675 0702 Email: sullypm@eircom.net Web: www.kenmarewalking.com Meet Sunday mornings in the Square in Kenmare for either an “A” or a “B” walk. Most “A” walks start at 9am and “B” walks start at 10am and are on alternate Sundays. “A” walks are strenuous and on open, rough, mountainous ground, sometimes with an element of scrambling, typically 4 to 7 hours in duration, 10km to 17km and a climb of 600 to 1200 mtrs. “B” walks are usually on tracks or low level ground. Non members welcome on walks not reserved for members only. Non members must contact walk leader at least 24 hrs before. Open to over 18’s who will need to complete some walks with the club before applying for membership. MI members welcome with own insurance. Name: Kenmare Walking Club County: : Kerry - Kenmare Contact: Jane O’Brien (Secretary) Tel: 087 9831290 Email: specialjane@eircom.net Web: www.kenmarewalking.com                                                                                             We are a small walking club with 98 members.  All the details concerning our club can be found on our website at www.kenmarewalking.com We organise walks every sunday, alternating between Grade A and Grade B walks in order to suit all levels of fitness. Our walks cover both Kerry and Beara Penninsula. We also travel abroad as a group 2/3 times a year. Name: Kerry Garda Hill Walking Club County: Kerry Contact: Noel Burke Email: burkenoel59@hotmail.com Hill walks around Kerry & Cork - 12-15 walks annually for members in upper age bracket. Regular  small group walks and climbs of medium to strenuous  level.. MI members welcome. Membership restricted to workforce and family members in the area.

Name: Killarney Mountaineering Club County: Kerry - Killarney Contact: Joe Doran Tel: 085 174 0656 Email: kymc@eircom.net Web: www.killarneymc.com Walk every second Sunday. Meet outside cinema in Killarney. Rock climbing every Tuesday and Thursday evening during winter at Club’s climbing wall. Over 18’s with a reasonable level of fitness and Mountaineering Ireland members are welcome. Name: Laune Mountaineering Club County: Kerry - Killorglin Web: www.launemountaineeringclub.com Walk every second week approx September to June.  Two walks organised each outing - Hard ie faster pace, more ascent/distance and Moderate. Moderate walks involve ascent of 200-700 meters and  4 to 5 hours walking.  Usually walk in Kerry Mountains, weekend away once a year. Encourage members to become proficient in navigation and run in-club navigation sessions during the year. Interested people  welcome to try out easier moderate walks at own risk. Other MI members welcome. Name: Sleibhteoiri Oga Chairraí County: Kerry - South Contact: John Healy Email: johnhealycork@hotmail.com Kerry, West Cork Regions, primarily focused on giving young persons access to mountains Age 10+. Name: Sliabh Luachra Hillwalking Club County: Kerry - Killarney Contact: Liz Griffin Tel: 087 972 9908 Email: mossiereen@eircom.net Web: www.sliabhluachrahillwalkingclub.com Name: Tralee Mountaineering Club County: Kerry - Tralee Contact: Maja Noszczyk Tel: 085 1650658 Email: majson41@wp.pl Web: www.traleemc.com Founded 1954. Open to adults. Club organises 3 separate outings on alternate Sundays in an effort to cater for all who wish to walk and climb in mountainous countryside. The three outings are graded Easy, Moderate & Hard.

KILDARE Name: Maynooth Hillwalking Club County: Kildare - Maynooth Contact: Marie Kilcullen Tel: 086 398 4172 Email: info@maynoothhillwalkingclub.ie Web: www.maynoothhillwalkingclub.ie Previously called Glenroyal H.C. Walks bi-monthly, (one each of easy / moderate / hard hikes). Meet Maynooth 9am. Dublin/Wicklow Mountains with occasional trips away. Sometimes two activities simultaneously. One weekend away includes night hike. Beginners need to be fit enough for an 8-mile walk. Age range mostly middle aged. Name: Woolgreen Walking Club County: Kildare/Wexford Contact: Kathleen Redmond Tel: 087 655 6782 Email: r.kathlene1@gmail.com

KILKENNY Name: Tyndall Mountain Club County: Kilkenny Contact: Sean Costello Tel: 086 1230617

Founded 1982. Walk most Sundays during the year, except July & August. Areas include Slievenamon, Comeraghs, Knockmealdowns, Galtees, Blackstairs and Wicklow. New members and beginners welcome. Age range 20-70.

LEITRIM Name: Sliabh an Iarainn Hill Walking Club Contact: Jack Lee, Aghacashel P.O., Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim Tel: 071 96 41569 Email: leitrimwalks@gmail.com Web: www.leitrimwalks.com Name: Holey Soles Hillwalking Club Tel: 086 841 8843 Email: norlemglens@eircom.net Web: http://sites.google.com/site/hshillwalkers

LIMERICK Name: Ballyhoura Bears Mountaineering Club County: Limerick Contact: Renee O’Dwyer Tel: 087 1259465 Email: r_odwyer@eircom.net Walk every Sunday in the Munster area as a voluntary group. Aim to promote local areas of Aherlow and Ballyhouras. Two walking festivals annually May and October. Open to new members and welcome beginners and members from other clubs. Name: Croom Abu Walking Club County: Limerick Contact: Reg Turner Tel: 061 397726 Email: tessob2003@yahoo.ie Name: Limerick Climbing Club County: Limerick - City Contact: Teresa Mathews (Secretary) Email: secretary@limerickclimbingclub.ie Web: www.limerickclimbingclub.ie “Hillwalking is about being in beautiful places” Marian Keyes, founding member. The club is a hillwalking club based in the Limerick area. Founded in 1982, the club currently has a membership of over 130, but always welcomes new members that share our passion for the mountains. While the club focuses primarily on hillwalking, quite a few of its members also have a keen interest in other areas of the great outdoors. The club runs three types of walks and encourages members to develop their training by arranging training courses throughout the year. See club website for more


details. Name: Mullaghareirk Ramblers County: Limerick - Newcastle West Contact: Mary Kennedy Tel: 069 62251 Email: dandmkennedy@hotmail.com

LOUTH Name: CROWS Hillwalkers County: Louth - County: Council Contact: Roisin McAuley - County: Hall Dundalk Name: Ferrard Ramblers County: Louth - Drogheda Contact: Ann Kirwan Tel: 041 982 2927 Email: jimannkirwan@yahoo.ie Name: The TEAM Project County: Louth - Dundalk Contact: Terence Bannon Tel: 042 933 7711 Email: banjobannon@hotmail.com Name: Tredagh Trekkers County: Louth - Drogheda Email: info@tredaghtrekkers.ie Web: www.tredagh-trekkers.com Walks calendar circulated to members twice a year. Long & short walks every second Sunday, meeting at Donore Road car park, Drogheda. Mournes, Cooleys or Wicklows. Occasional weekends away and navigational events. Membership open to over 18s. All comers welcome with own insurance.

MAYO Name: North West Mayo Hillwalkers County: Mayo Contact: Gretta Byrne Tel: 096 43325 Email: gretbyrne@eircom.net Outings every Sunday. Range of easy, moderate & strenuous walks. Meeting point usually at shop or pub  at the start of the walk. Open to over 18s with MI or own insurance. Name: Ox Mountain Ramblers County: Mayo - Ballina Contact: Janet Moffat Tel: 096 21984 Email: jmoffat@eircom.net Founded 1999. Meets most Sundays September to June, within 20 mile radius of Ballina. Walks circa 8 miles. Some hill walks, with longer outings in summer, and weekends away. Ages range 25-55 years. MI members welcome. Name: Westport Hill Walking and Mountaineering Club County: Mayo - Islandeady Contact: Gwen Mitchell (secretary) Tel: 094 9026395 / 087 6116 150 Email: gwenmitchell01@gmail.com Open to over-18’s only, Westport Hillwalkers organise walks every Sunday, following pre-planned Schedules; 3 levels - Low, Intermediate and High. We welcome new members and MI visitors of all levels. Prospective members are invited to partake in two walks before joining up.

MEATH Name: Dunsany Hillwalking Club County: Meath - Dunsaney Contact: Pamela Lifely Email: dunsanyhillwalking@gmail.com Walks once a month, 6 to 7 hours duration. Generally in the Wicklow area. Meeting points: Dunsany and Dunshaughlin. Two weekend walking trips annually; one in Ireland

and one abroad. Name: Garda Hillwalking and Canoeing Club County: Meath - Stamullen Contact: Robin Faughnan Email: gshillwalk-canoeing@hotmail.com Name: Navan Trekkers County: Meath - Navan Contact: George Hodgins Tel: 087 7733035 Email: navantrekkers@gmail.com Web: https://sites.google.com/site/navantrekkers/ Based in Meath, do fortnightly Sunday walks of both easy and harder grades, mainly in Mourne and Wicklow mountains, occasionally elsewhere.

MONAGHAN Name: Blaney Ramblers County: Monaghan Contact: Rita Connell Tel: 042 9746554 Email: nickyrita@eircom.net Activities: Club organises hillwalking trips every two weeks to the Mourne Mts & Cooley Mts as well as weekend trips further afield. Membership open to over 18s.New members always welcome. Affiliated to Mountaineering Ireland.

OFFALY Name: Lár Na Tíre Mountaineering Club County: Offaly - Birr Contact: P.J. Delaney Tel: 0505 47139 Email: delboyir@yahoo.co.uk Club meets twice a month - once midweek, once at weekend. Activities include walking, scrambling & rock climbing. Encourage all members to aspire to lead a walk. Membership open to all subject to a proposer and seconder from existing membership.

ROSCOMMON Name: Boyle Curlew Walkers County: Roscommon Contact: Philip James Tel: 086 667 8797 Email: pjames@feelystone.ie Open to all - meets twice a month. All MCI members welcome. Walks graded A,B,C. Many family groups in club. Walking Festival yearly on 3rd. weekend in September. Name: Sliabh Bawn Ramblers County: Roscommon - Strokestown Contact: Mary Daly Tel: 071 9633777 Long or short walks every second weekend on either Saturday or Sunday. Most walks in Roscommon & Leitrim area. Meet in Strokestown at 10am. on morning of walk. One weekend away each year.

SLIGO Name: Sligo Mountaineering Club County: Sligo - town Contact: Michael Mulligan Tel: (+353 71) 41267 or (+353 71) 916 5584. Web: www.sligomountaineeringclub. org 4 walks per month. First is Club Sunday, for new members & families slower pace. Other walks of various grades. Fixed calendar of events SeptJune. Meet  at Telecentre (Wine Street CP), 10:45. Experienced members teach navigation, first aid & rock climbing to new or inexperienced members. All members MI clubs welcome. U18s must have parent or guardian as member.

TIPPERARY Name: Aonach ár Siúl / Nenagh Walkers County: Tipperary - Nenagh Contact: Mary Murphy  (Secretary) Tel: 067 41168 or 086 817 0287     Club meetings three times a year and a Winter AGM. Walks every two weeks and evening walks in summer in the Silvermines, including Keeper Hill, Slieve Blooms, Slieve Benagh, Galtee Mountains and Way marked Ways including Lough Derg Way, Slieve Felim Way, and the East Clare Way.  Clubs outings include post Christmas and summer BBQ and usually at least one trip away and at least one home based trip.  All age groups and new members welcome.  Name: Galtee Walking Club County: Tipperary - Glen of Aherlow/Tipperary town Contact: Rita Mooney Tel: 087 6242973 Email: info@galteewalkingclub.ie Web: www.galteewalkingclub.ie Membership of 130+. Weekly Sunday walks from September to June and Wednesday evening walks throughout the Summer, catering for different categories of experience, A, B &C. A walks are challenging mountain hikes of between 5-7 hours, C walks are 2-3 hrs duration of mostly forest track suitable for regular walkers who are new to hillwalking. The A & B walks generally located around Galteemor, Galtee Beag and surrounding peaks as well as the Knockmealdowns, the Comeraghs, the Silvermines and Slievenamon. Two or three away weekends every year. Open to and welcome new members of all levels of experience.  Name: Mid Tipperary Hill Walking Club County: Tipperary - Thurles Contact: Michael Sutton Tel: 086 4009989 Name: Peaks Mountaineering Club County: Tipperary - Clonmel Contact: Noreen Greene Tel: 087 2389083 Email: peaksmc@hotmail.com Web: www.peaksmcclonmel.ie Club meets every Sunday, outside “Eldon’s” Licensed Premises, Dillon Street, Clonmel. Walks are as follows: 9:30: Held twice monthly, suitable for very experienced walkers. 10:30: Held every Sunday, suitable for experienced walkers 11:30: Held twice monthly, suitable for regular walkers. 12:30: Held every Sunday, suitable for new and/or regular walkers 13:30: Held twice monthly, suitable for


families. Duration approx. 2 hrs. New members welcome and should note the following: Mountain boots and waterproof gear are essential. It is recommended that new members participate in at least two 12:30 walks before stepping up to earlier walks.

TYRONE Name: Sperrins Hillwalking Club County: Tyrone Contact: Liz Cullen Tel: 078 81916072 Email: info@sperrins.co.uk Web: www.sperrins.co.uk We are a very active Hillwalking Club based in the heart of the Sperrins in Northern Ireland.  Organised club walks take place twice monthly.  Grade  1 walks for the fitter walker alternate with Grade 3 walks for those who prefer a more leisurely stroll. We also from time to time have Grade 2 walks - something in between! While many of our walks are in the Sperrins we also have walks in other parts of Ireland and  at least once per year a weekend trip is organised. Safety on all of our walks is of paramount importance and therefore only suitably qualified and experienced members lead  our walks and those who lead the Grade 1 walks have  obtained the Walking Group Leader award. We welcome new members and as we are affiliated to Mountaineering Ireland membership automatically entitles members to avail of cover under Mountaineering Ireland’s Insurance policy and the Mountaineering Ireland magazine. We would also be keen to explore the possibility of joint walks with other clubs. Name: Strabane Hillwalking and Rambling Club County: Tyrone - Strabane Contact: Joe Moran Tel: 048 71884206 Email: strabanehillwalkers@yahoo.co.uk

WATERFORD Name: Ballyduff Walking Club County: Waterford - Ballyduff Contact: Mary Crowley Tel: 086 6019428 Email:   cillmhuire@eircom.net Club of over 40 members, walks every 2nd Sunday all year round, all at same level/grade. Walks can be mixture of hill, forest and road. One weekend away every May   Name: Comeragh Mountaineering Club County: Waterford/Wexford Contact: Séan Fogarty Email: snjnfogarty@eircom.net Web: www.comeraghclub.ie Founded in 1975, with aim of encouraging and developing the safe enjoyment of all aspects of mountaineering. Weekly Sunday walk, monthly indoor meetings, Bank Holidays away, regular pub get-togethers, annual social events such as Summer BBQ, Christmas “Holly & Hot Whiskey” walk and party. Meet at Hypermarket car park (Waterford), Morgan Street, Sunday 10am. For Knockmealdowns, Galtees and Wicklow we meet at 09:00. Some members are active rock climbers too. Name: Dungarvan Hillwalking Club County: Waterford - Dungarvan Contact: Katherine Foran Tel: 086 8192207 Email: info@dungarvanhillwalking.org Web: www.dungarvanhillwalking.org Founded in 1995. Walking and mountaineering activities in the Comeraghs, Knockmealdown and Galtee Mountains, and surrounding areas. Motto of fitness, friendship and fun! Membership of over 180 and a full all year programme

of A,B,C & D walks, together with monthly meetings, weekends away, holidays and regular social events. Annual fundraising walk Comeragh Crossing, runs 26 miles from Clonmel to Dungarvan for local charities. Name: Kilmacthomas Walkers County: Waterford - Kilmacthomas Contact: Milo Rathaille Tel: 051 877243 Email: mail_kilmacthomaswalkingclub@eircom.net Name: Nire Valley Bogtrotters Walking Club County: Waterford Contact: Lara O’Dwyer Tel: 087 6157326 Email: lara.odwyer@hse.ie Name: Rathgormack Ramblers County: Waterford Contact: Michael O’Donoghue Tel: 087-2927077 Email: mauraandmichael@gmail.com Web: rathgormackramblers.blogspot.com We have three walks each month, two mountain (A or B) and one forest (C). Mostly in Comeraghs but nearer summer Knockmealdowns  and Galtees. Small adults only club with about 40 members.  

WESTMEATH Name: Athlone Walking Club County: Westmeath - Athlone Contact: Anne Keane Tel: (+353) 87 680 5105 Meet first Sunday of every month. Bus leaves the Fairgreen car park Athlone at 8am.  A and B walks catered for, sometimes C.  Also several walking weekends during the year.

WEXFORD Name: Wexford Hill Walking Club Email: wexfordhillwalking@yahoo.ie Meet every Sunday, generally Wicklow, Blackstairs & Comeraghs. Four or Five weekends away annually. List of meets available on request. Mostly active September to July. Graded hillwalking, rock climbing, slide shows & foreign trips. Open to over 18s.

WICKLOW Name: Enniskerry Walking Association County: Wicklow - Enniskerry Contact: Niall Lenoach, EWA Chairperson, (087-928 4934) or Noel Barry, EWA Secretary (01 286 0043). Email: enniskerrywalking@gmail.com Web: www.enniskerrywalking.org The Enniskerry Walking Association was formed in 2004 to protect traditional walking routes in the area and to promote walking  for recreation, for health, as a safe alternative to car use, and to help us all to learn more about our locality. Our popular Tuesday evening walks usually meet at the Spar at 7.00 pm. Saturday walks meet at 1.30pm. All who are interested, adults or children, are most welcome. Walks vary in length but most last between one-and-a half and two-and-a-half hours; some (but not all) involve a bit of climbing. Please wear appropriate warm and rain-proof clothing, and proper walking boots for the occasional muddy or rocky track. Some walks are designated below as not suitable for dogs and you should bring a lead if you take a dog on other walks. NB: This is a community activity organised by volunteers who accept no liability for injuries or loss caused to participants in any of the above walks. Name: 4 A’s Walking Club County: Wexford - walk in Wicklow Contact: Billy Halford Tel: 087 0544518 or 055 22251

Email: billyandmaryhalford@eircom.net Meet each Sunday 10.00am, car park of Joe O’Toole’s Pub, Aughrim. Long and short walks (mostly Wicklow). Trips away 2-3 times a year. Open to over 18s or with parents’ consent. Name: Arklow and Wicklow Hillwalkers County: Wicklow Contact: Harry Cullen Tel: 087 9197830 Email: theoldpres@eircom.net We are a social hill walking club with 30 members and walk each Sunday with a 3 month pre planned programme. Mainly walking the Wicklow and Dublin mountains year round. Walks vary from quite easy to moderate. Age range 18 years to ‘any’ years - who enjoy a relaxing Sunday’s unwind from the working week! New members and guests welcome. Name: Crossbridge Walkers Club County: Wicklow Contact: Marcella Mallick Tel: 087 9887973 Email: marcellabyrne@yahoo.ie Meets every Sunday at 12:30 outside hall in Crossbridge, Co Wicklow. Walks of 7 to 10 miles mainly in the Wicklow Hills. Open to all over 10 years but age range mainly 30-65. MI members welcome with own insurance. Name: Club Cualann Mountaineering Club County: Wicklow - Greystones Contact: David Pollard Tel: 087 6892427 Email: clubcualannsec@gmail.com Web: www.clubcualann.ie The Club meets for pre-arranged hikes in the DublinWicklow Mountains every Sunday and organises trips away within Ireland or abroad for Bank Holiday weekends and other holiday periods.   A typical Sunday walk is of 4 to 5 hours duration across untracked mountain terrain. The club welcomes  new members and prospective members are encouraged to come and try out  a walk with the club.   The club organises a “Slow & Easy” Welcome Walk every month which is shorter and has less ascent than a regular walk, and is therefore more suitable for beginners. There is an active rock-climbing group within the Club which meets on Wednesday evenings at  Dalkey Quarry during the summer and at the Climbing Wall at UCD Belfield during the winter. Every year the club organises an introductory navigation and mountain skills weekend for those new to hill walking.  This year’s course will take place on the 12 and 13 of March 2011 in the Dublin/ Wicklow area. The course will cover choice of hill walking gear, map reading and basic compass work. This course is free to members and new members joining on or before that date.  Full details will be available on the website in the new year. Name: Imaal Walkers County: Wicklow Email: imaalwalkers@gmail.com Hillwalking in Wicklow and Dublin Mountains Away Trips: Ireland UK and Mainland Europe. Membership Open to all over 18 years. Name: Knockadosan Dozen Hill Walkers Club County: Wicklow - Laragh Contact: Michael Miley Tel: 087 9725356 Email: michaeljmiley@eircom.net Hill Walks every Saturday, circa 6 hours. Meet Lynham’s of Laragh at 09:00. Also, walks every Monday of circa 3 hours departing Glenmalure Lodge at 17:00. Six hour walk every Bank Holiday. New Members welcome / MI members welcome with own insurance.


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