Historian to lead guided walk of Liam Lynch Loop

Local historian Michael Desmond will lead more than 100 people on a guided walk of the Liam Lynch Loop in the Knockmealdown Mountains next Sunday, September 18.

Local historian Michael Desmond will lead more than 100 people on a guided walk of the Liam Lynch Loop in the Knockmealdown Mountains next Sunday, September 18.

Organised by local community group Knockmealdown Active, the walk is the latest in a series of walks called the “Tipp Top Ten”, an initiative by the South Tipperary Tourism Committee.

The Liam Lynch Loop is a 12km looped walk that includes the famous Liam Lynch monument that marks the spot where the IRA chief of staff was shot on April 10, 1923.

In 1935, a sixty foot high round tower, designed by Denis Doyle of Clonmel, was erected on the spot where he fell, replacing the simple wooden cross that had stood there for many years.

Four cast bronze Irish Wolfhounds, created by Albert Power, guard the base of the tower and the site is accessed by two humpback bridges with sandstone parapet walls.

A crowd of up to 15,000 gathered to remember Lynch on the day the monument was finished.

South Tipperary Tourism Company and Knockmealdown Active invite everyone to join them on this, the fourth guided walk in the Tipp Top Ten series.

There will be two guided walks on the day that visitors can choose from, depending on their previous walking experience.

The 12km Liam Lynch Loop is classed as a hard walk and will take 3-3.5 hours, while the 6km Knockballiniry Loop is classed as a moderate walk and will take 1.5-2 hours.

Both walks will take visitors on forest tracks with fantastic views in the Knockmealdown Mountains, overlooking Tipperary’s finest green countryside and rolling landscapes.

Registration for the walks takes place at 12.30pm on Sunday, September 18 at 12.30pm in the GAA hall, Goatenbridge.

Walkers are advised to bring hiking boots, rain gear, snacks and fluids.

Light refreshments will be served after the walk.

For more information, contact Kevin O’Donnell on 086 3541700 or Con Ryan on 087 0556465.