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Sun 3 April - Arderin, grade B, 3.5 hrs. Meet Glenamoon at 10.30 a.m. Leader Pat Culleton 0871250296.

Sun 17 April - Derryounce, Portarlington, grade B, 4.5 hrs. Meet at Derryounce entrance, Marian Hill, Portarlington, 10.30 a.m. Leader Jackie Stanley 0879913313. (Coming in from Tullamore, turn left at Inver garage, drive to top of that road, take a right and parking is on the right.)

Sun 8 May - Oughaval Woods, Stradbally, grade B, 4 hrs. Meet Oughaval Woods carpark 10.30 a.m. Leaders Louise & Jackie 0871303126.

Sun 15 May - grade B, 4hrs. Meet Glenafelly carpark at 10.30 a.m. Leader John Scully 0862405187.

Sun 29 May - grade A, 4 - 5 hrs. Meet Ridge of Capard carpark 10.30 a.m. Leader Murt Broughan 0872068977.

Sun 12 June - Maugherslieve Mt. and Kilcommon Mass Path, 4 hr. Meet Tesco, Nenagh 9.30 a.m., or Kilcommon village 10 a.m. Contact 0876633577.

Fri 24 June - Moonlight Walk - 3.5 hrs. Meet Kinnitty Castle carpark at 10 p.m. Leader Eddie Spain 0879240652.
Cancelled due to bad weather - rearranged for July 8th.

Sun 26th June - Boora & Finnamore Lakes. 4.5 - 5 hrs, grade A. Meet at carpark near the birdhide in Boora, 10.30 a.m. Eddie Spain 0879240652.

Sun 3 July - grade A 4.5 hrs. Meet at The Cut carpark at 10.30 a.m. Leader Murt Broughan 0872068977.

Fri 8 July - Moonlight Walk - 3.5 hrs. Meet Kinnitty Castle carpark at 10 p.m. Leader Eddie Spain 0879240652.

Sun 10 July - Ardara Twentieth Anniversary Celebration Walk (2 years late because of Covid!). Meet in Glenafelly carpark at 10.30 a.m, grade B, 3 - 4 hrs. BBQ and refreshments afterwards in |Slieve Bloom Bar, Kinnitty. Eddie Spain 0879240652.

Sun 31 July - The Two Rivers Walk - grade B, 4.5 hrs. Meet Clonaslee Community Centre 10.30 a.m. Leader John Scully 0862405187.

Sun 21 Aug - The Burren - grade A, 4.5 hrs. Meet in Corrofin, carpark near the hostel, at 11 a.m. Leader Brian Kavanagh 0897031633.

Sun 4 Sept - Derrybeg Wood - grade C, 2.5 hrs. Meet at 11 a.m. Derrybeg Killeigh, R35X840. Leader Joe Deering 0868162466.

Sun 18 Sept - Croppy & Giant's Grave - grade B, 4 hrs. Meet in Cadamstown 10.30 a.m. Contact Eddie Spain 0879240652.

Sun 2 Oct. - Arderin Walk - grade A, 4.5 hrs. Meet at Glenamoon 10.30 a.m. Contact Eddie Spain 0879240652.

Sun 16 Oct. - Emo Court - grade B, 4 hrs. Meet at 10.30 a.m. in carpark. Leaders Jackie, Louise and Eddie 0879240652.

Sun 30 Oct. - Brittas Woods - grade B, 4 hrs. Meet at 10.30 a.m. in Clonaslee at woods entrance. John Scully 0862405187.

Sun 6 Nov - Glenbarrow - grade B, 4 hrs. Meet 10.30 a.m. Glenbarrow carpark. Paul Kelly 0872545805.

Sun 20 Nov - Jacksons Lake, grade A, 4.5 hrs. Meet 10.30 a.m. in Monicknew carpark. Murt Broughan 0872068977.

Sun 27 Nov - Cadamstown, B walk, 4 hrs. Meet in Cadamstown 10.30 a.m. John Scully 0862405187. Plaque in memory of Paddy Heaney will be unveiled before the walk.

Sun 4 Dec - Boora, grade B, 4 hrs. Meet 10.30 a.m. at carpark below the birdhide, near old bike hire location. Pat Craven & John Scully 0862405187.

Sun 11 Dec - Glinsk, grade B, 4 hrs. Kris Kindle Walk. Meet 10.30 a.m. Kinnitty Castle carpark. Joe Deering 0868162466.

Sun 8 Jan - Paddy Heaney Walk. Grade B. Meet in Cadamstown 10.30 a.m. Pat Craven & John Scully 0862405187.


Paddy Heaney Remembered

Ardara Club honoured the memory of Paddy Heaney, founder member and past president of our club, in November with the unveiling of a commemorative stone which has been erected in Paddy's native Cadamstown. Pictured below is Paddy's niece Bernadette, Carol Nolan T.D. and club chairman Eddie Spain at the unveiling. A large crowd attended and then proceeded on a walk along the Silver River. Later refreshments were served at Paddy's house in Cadamstown.





Memories



Twenty one years ago these hardy souls completed the Slieve Bloom challenge of a 48 mile walk. How many do you recognise?
Click here for the full list of names.

Burren Walk

Brian Kavanagh led a very enjoyable walk in the Burren on August 21st. Some photos of the day below and in gallery.



A beautiful day in the Burren








20th Anniversary Celebration


Two years later than planned, the club finally got to celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sun 10 July. There was a great turnout as John Scully and Eddie Spain led two walks from Glenafelly. Afterwards everyone retired to the Slieve Bloom Bar in Kinnitty where Kieran did an excellent job in providing food and refreshments for all. The weather was perfect and there was a great opportunity for members to sit out and chat and catch up after the couple of years of interrupted gatherings. Click on the link above to our facebook page to see some photos.


Relaxing after the walk.





Paddy Heaney

There was great sadness when the death of Paddy Heaney was announced on April 29th. Paddy was a founder member of our club, lead many walks, allowed the club to use his house as our meeting room and has been president of the club for many years. He was one of the pioneers in getting people into the Slieve Blooms and he gave freely of his local knowledge and expertise when walks were being developed. He was a great ambassador for Cadamstown and the Slieve Blooms and he always had a great welcome for the many callers to his house and gardens alongside the Silver River.
Rest in Peace, Paddy


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Bench in Derryounce remembering the late Terri Quinn.




First Walk 2022


This year began in the same manner as the last few with the opening walk being the President's (Paddy Heaney) walk led by Pat Craven. There was a great turnout of 26 walkers and they thoroughly enjoyed their day. Check out some photos on our gallery page.


The Silver River





Other News


The club A.G.M. was held on Tuesday 9th November. Membership fees now due for 2022 - €20 or €30 for family membership.


Photos

Members have taken photos while on walks and the results can be seen below and in Gallery 2022. Older photos can be seen in Photo Archive.


Scarlet elf cup/cap in Clonaslee Woods in Feb.


Beautiful day on Conlawn Hill, summer 2019.

Bluebell Walks

Members enjoyed the wonderful display of bluebells last year. See some photos of them in Photo Archive.




October Weekend

The club had a very enjoyable weekend away in Cloghane, Co. Kerry. Joe Deering led two lovely walks in Glenteenassig and Sauce Creek and as can be seen members were treated to some fabulous scenery as they walked. Thanks to Joan Ahern for the photos, more of which can be seen in Photo Archive.


Some of the group in Glenteenassig, Co. Kerry


View of An tSás, Sauce Creek, Co. Kerry.



Mahon Falls

On 30th September Murt Broughan and Ann Marie Brennan led a walk around Mahon Falls. Twenty eight members travelled and they were treated to a wonderful day with some spectacular scenery. Thanks to Joan Ahern for some beautiful photos of the day which can be viewed in Photo Archive.


View from Mahon Falls





The club unveiled a plaque in memory of Phil Higgins. More photos in Photo Archive.


We had company on our Devil's Bit Walk!



Brittas Woods - the snow only adds to a lovely walk!








Walking in Glenregan/ Glendossaun Dec 2017

Click to see photos of previous years' walks in Photo Archive

Text Alerts

We send out text reminders of walks to members. If you are a member and don't get a text please email info@ardarahillwalking.com with your name and number and we will update our list.







View of Lough Derg taken by Joan Ahern on Moylussa Walk Oct. 2016. (More in Photo Archive)


Click to see some photos of previous years' walks in Photo Archive

Link to beautiful Slieve Bloom scenes

Joining Ardara Hillwalking Club

New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining check our calendar of walks and just turn up and join on the day. If you are concerned about your level of fitness or the suitability of a walk just ring the listed walk leader and he/she will help you decide. Membership of €20 or €30 family can be paid on the day, or in instalments of €5 per walk. Waterproof walking boots will be necessary on all grade A and B walks



Fog on Forelacka


Ballyvaughan Walks
The June bank holiday weekend saw 24 members heading off to the Burren for two walks led by Joe Deering. The walks matched the brilliant weather - a 20km Black Head Loop and a 10km Lough Avalla Farm Loop walk. Everyone enjoyed the spectacular scenery and the wonderful hospitality extended to our members in Ballyvaughan. Go to Photo Archive to see images from the weekend.


Some of our members at Ballyvaughan Lodge with hosts Gerry and Pauline




Ger Moss - A Tribute

Ger Moss passed away in September 2014. He was one of the founding members of the club and one of the most popular and enthusiastic leaders the club has ever had. Fellow member and leader Pat Culleton wrote a lovely tribute to Ger which can be accessed here. The club also honoured Ger's memory with a walk in September and erecting a plaque in Glenbarrow.







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