Notices

Next Club Meeting: Thursday May 1st in Tonerys Bar Bohermore Galway at 8:30 pm. All members and prospective members are welcome to attend.

Next Walks (see walks section for more details)

Short Walk: Sunday April 27th – CROSS EAST Area – road walk 2 hours (start in Cross village)

B Hillwalk: - Sunday April 27th – Ben Gorm

A Hillwalk – Sunday April 27th – Ben Creggan & Ben Gorm

Ramble  – Sunday May 1st. Bank Holiday weekend in Kenmare.

Marathon 2014:

The Galway Walking Annual Club Marathon on the Western Way will take place on Saturday the 9th August 2014. The brochure for the marathon is now available in the marathon section of the website or by clicking on the following link – Marathon 2014 brochure. Contact the Marathon organizer Jerry Lalor (jerrylalor@gmail.com) for any extra information.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

* Leenane Mountain Walking Festival 2014

The 6th year of the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival will take place from the 2nd – 4thMay, 2014. The Leenane Mountain Walking Festival has become a major successful event for Connemara and the area.

This festival has been designed to suit all levels of walkers from casual low level walks to the more experienced! Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from Strenuous to low level and there is also a guided cycle on both days of the festival. This year’s programme includes the firm favourite Mweelrea Mountain walk as well as two new walks including Benbaun to Kylemore and a nature walk around the new Delphi walking trails. Michael Gibbons is back by popular demand with an illustrated talk on recent archaeological discoveries on Caher Island as well as his historical walk on the Sunday. The full programme of events can be found on the village website. www.leenanevillage.com

Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides. The unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land. With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided. A unique part of the experience is on return, walkers are greeted with tea/coffee & scones from various local businesses.

Other evening events over the weekend will include a talk from Shane Young on the recent ‘North of Disko’ Greenland expedition on Saturday night and the annual Ceili and BBQ in Leenane Hotel.

Walkers must register online for the events. For a full details and list of events please visit www.leenanevillage.com, Please email mwf@leenanevillage.comwith any questions or call Martin on 087 1422 452.

* Film Festival (See email below)

‘This is just a quick email to invite you and/or some of your group to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, coming to The Town Hall Theatre, Galway on Thursday 8thof May. It promises to be a great social night out for your members!

The night will feature a collection of exhilarating adventure, exploration, and mountain films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. We’re showing a selection of films, featuring a variety of mountain sports and extraordinary adventures. The evening will be a fun and inspiring night – a true celebration of the great outdoors!

We are also running a competition to give away £1000 worth of kit and Cotswold Outdoor vouchers. Please go to the following link for more information: http://www.banff-uk.com/WIN-GEAR%282929766%29.htm

You can check out the details, trailer and more info about the films on our website: banff-uk.comIt would be really appreciated if you could let your members know about the event (and any other clubs you think might be interested!). The screening starts at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 6:30. The bar will also open at 6:30pm, as well as during the interval, ensuring an all round social event! We also have lots of giveaways and prizes on the night!’

* Ladies – Women with Altitude

The fourth Women With Altitude weekend will take place in The Leenane Hotel, Connemara from the 16th to the 19th of May 2014. Building on the success of the previous Women With Altitude events they have put together a comprehensive programme with something for everyone.

For further details www.womenwithaltitude.ie

* Mountain Skills

Any members interested in Mountain Skills Training (MS1 and MS2), can they please contact Patricia Fleming at patriciafleming@live.ie or 087 1329934 (after 5pm).

It is proposed to schedule MS1 for late April/early May with a follow up MS2 in the autumn.

Both courses will be run over a two-day weekend and based in the Leenaun area.

* October Trip Update:

Dates: 14th Oct to 21 Oct

Euro price € 605       

I have booked 20 places.  All I need is your email and the company will invoice you individually.

The following link is for our October holiday.

We are planning to go to Torrox in Andalucia in Spain on the 3rd or 4th week in October. As you will see from their website the cost is €605 (Euros). The cost includes :
1 All transport except flights
2 A basic breakfast pack
3 Lunch on all walk days ( 5 walks)
4 Evening dinner in local resturants.
5 Guides for the walks
6 Accommodation in shared houses.
Dates: 14th Oct to 21 Oct   (arriving 14th and departing 21st Oct)
The group size is a minimum of 18 and a max of 22. A booking deposit of £ 100 will be required and this is non refundable.
Please have a look and let me know asap if you intend to go.
My email address if you have any questions is waken@eircom.net   (Liam Kenny).

* May Bank Holiday Weekend Away (2nd to 5th May)

We had decided that the location of the May weekend away should be Killarney as announced at our last club meeting. As a consequence of a motor rally being held in Killarney that weekend accommodation is at a premium and so we have decided to find accommodation in Kenmare instead.  Details of self catering cottages are below. It is advisable to book these as soon as possible.

The contact is Tina. Phone number is 065 6891106

1) Property number 1206 in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms is available for you for 3 nights from Friday 02/05/2014 to Monday 05/05/2014.
http://www.imagineireland.com/Kerry-cottages/Kenmare-Ring-of-Kerry-1206.asp

Accommodation Only  €263.35
Booking Fee                €  21.85
TOTAL                         €285.20

This price includes all your towels and bed linen. bath). FF: 2 twins all with ensuite shower rooms. Electricity by meter read, storage heaters, linen and towels included, flame effect fire.

I am arranging for 2 x 1205 (sleeps 5  in 1 double 1 twin and 1 small double), to be made available and on hold for yourselves.  It would be the same rate as the property no 1206.

Also an Apartment, of the same standard, which sleeps 4 (1 double and 1 twin) for the same dates, The rate has not been given to me as yet.

Here are the remaining properties in Kenmare which you would be able to accommodate other members of your walking group:-

3 of these (total 18 people)
2) Property number 7269 in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms is available for you for 3 nights from Friday 02/05/2014 to Monday 05/05/2014.
1 double, 1 kingsize double, 1 twin.
http://www.imagineireland.com/Kerry-cottages/Kenmare-7269.asp

Accommodation Only  €209.30
Booking Fee                €  21.85
TOTAL                         €231.15

This price includes all your bed linen. Electricity by meter read, Oil charge €5 per day June- September and €10 per day October-May., open fire (no fuel supplied)

2 of these (total 12 people)
3) Property number 7848 in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms is available for you for 3 nights from Friday 02/05/2014 to Monday 05/05/2014.
2 doubles, 1 twin.
http://www.imagineireland.com/Kerry-cottages/Kenmare-7848.asp

Accommodation Only  €243.80
Booking Fee                €  21.85
TOTAL                         €265.65

This price includes all your bed linen. Electricity  charge €5 per day June- September and €7per day  October-May., open fire (no fuel supplied)

2 of these (total 10)
4) Property number 11831 in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms is available for you for 3 nights from Friday 02/05/2014 to Monday 05/05/2014.
2 twins, 1 small double

http://www.imagineireland.com/Kerry-cottages/Kenmare-11831.asp

Accommodation Only  €243.80
Booking Fee                €  21.85
TOTAL                         €265.65

This price includes all your towels and bed linen. The rate of electricty is charged at €5 per day June to Sept and €7 per day Oct to May

3 of these (total 18 people)
5) Property number 11851 in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms is available for you for 3 nights from Friday 02/05/2014 to Monday 05/05/2014.
1 double, 1 kingsized double 1 twin.
http://www.imagineireland.com/Kerry-cottages/Kenmare-11851.asp

Accommodation Only  €279.45
Booking Fee                €  21.85
TOTAL                         €301.30

This price includes all your bed linen. Electricity charge of €5 per night June – Sept, and €7 per night Oct to May applies.

* Camino Trip

Some members of the Club will do part of the Camino from Sarria to Santiago De Compostela starting on May 27th, walking approximately 115 km and returning on 3rd June. Flights and accommodation are organised on an individual basis by those going but if any other members are interested please email the club and we will out you in touch with some of those who are going.

 

If you would like to share photos from a club walk please send the photos to the club email address and we will post them on the club Flickr page. Click here for photos from recent walks.

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