The winter weather certainly made itself felt during the Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival last weekend as strong winds, rain and snow kept the numbers participating down on previous years.
“On Saturday in particular, many of the walks had to be rerouted because the high ridge of the Galtees was not a safe place to be,” explained David Stapleton, PRO Galtee Walking Club. “Sunday was a much better day but those who ventured onto the Galtees still had the wind and lying snow to contend with but despite the conditions the event was successful and incident free and the total of 362 walkers had a genuine winter walking experience.”
The walking festival was facilitated by the Galtee Walking Club, the Glen of Aherlow Failte Society and Tipperary Hill Walking Radio club. Mairead Lavery, Editor Irish Country Living/Farmer’s Journal, was the guest speaker at the opening ceremony and Tony Musiol, Chairman of South Tipperary Tourism Company, was also there to support the event.
“Thanks to Helen and all the team at Aherlow Failte for the great organisation of the event, to Aherlow House for the hospitality, to Hillwalking Radio for the essential communications, to Coillte and the local landowners and, of course, Galtee Walking club leaders and stewards who got everyone out and back safely,” added David.
Next Sunday there is a Galtee club A-walk is to Carrauntoohil. Meet with Breda Noonan at Daly’s garage, Killarney at 9:30am. Eddie McGrath’s B walk meets at Christ The King Statue at 10:30am and Mary O’Dwyer meets the C group at Bishop’s Wood Car Park, Dundrum at 11am.
The Tipperary town St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place on Monday, March 17. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Mick Ryan or Jerome Kiely. If you would like to take part or enter a group/float you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 062 31244 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday.