Sunday last saw twenty one club members take on the two classic walks in the Corrantuathail area of the Reeks. Ken Quinlivan led a party of nine up O Sheas gully to the top then around the East Ridge and back to Kate Kearneys. Jim O Flaherty led his party of twelve up Caher to the top then across the Benkeeragh Ridge to complete the Coumloughra Horseshoe. Two very fine walks with no less than seven members standing on the summit of Corrantuathail for the first time. Well done everyone.
When nature smiles it is a dazzling event and there was a broad smile on her face today as she gave us perfect conditions for walking the Knockmealdowns and we enjoyed every minute of the day. Ken Quinlivan led the early walk and he parked up at Graigue Pub and set off on the Munster Way for Knockshane.
Lunch was partaken in glorious sunshine with convivial conversation before Ken led off down to the pair of lakes under Knockmealdown. Ken then informed his crew that they were going up the north side of the “big un” and once on top it was all smiles and good cheer. This is reputed to be Pascal’s favourite ascent and very enjoyable. All the hard work done the only way was down and through the woods, streams and waterfalls and the pleasant walk back to the cars at Graigue and gentle rehydration.
Nora Phelan led the noon walk and Nora had ten walkers. Parking at Baylough it was a scenic stroll to the lough and the track onto Knockshanhullion at the back of Baylough. The sound of the cuckoo was all about and the glorious sunshine may have had something to do with this exotic avian visitors calling. Picking up the Munster way Nora and Anthony gently led back to the cars all in good order.
Reminder that the Club has a trip to Kerry planned for Sunday the 14th weather permitting. The bus will leave Eldon’s at 7.30am for the trip and bring all the gear and some folding for the meal and refreshment afterwards
May 23rd and our annual pilgrimage to Bridgie Terrys was undertaken in ideal conditions. Eighteen members took part in the 8.00am walk followed by eight more at 8.30. The second lot were dropped off at the Lyre ensuring an early arrival in Bridgies.
A few jars, good food and good craic rounded off a great day. Jim has plans for next year for the new elite team of eight which will undertake the entire walk. Its all a bit complicated, Jim has full details as he explained in great detail to Kevin Bowen in the bus on our return journey.
Our Table quiz held recently in the EmBar, Eldons raised over €2000 for the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Well done to everyone who participated, donated spotprizes and made donations. Special thanks to the Morris family for hosting the event and for their very generous sponsorship. Thanks also to our quizmaster Pat Fahey who entertained us and sometimes puzzled us with his questions, especially his Dingbats round. It was a great night and far exceeded our expectations. Anyone who wishes to make a donation please donate to Nepal Ireland Society at www.nepalireland.org