2018 Walking Season

November Walks

Sun Nov 4th: B+Walk in the Comeraghs. Meet Rathgormack at 10.00 or go directly to Kilclooney Wood for 10.15.

Sun Nov 11th: C Walk around Tickincor and Kilsheelan Woods. Meet behind Dunne`s Supermarket on Davis Road Clonmel at 10.00.

Sun Nov 18th: B Walk to Slievenamon. Meet Green School Carrick at 10.00 and Kilcash at 10.15.

Sun Nov 25th:  Free Sunday

Sun Dec 2nd: A Walk on Knockanaffrin. Meet Rathgormack at 10.00.

Club AGM
Our club AGM took place in Maudie Kennedy`s recently. Our chair began proceedings with an address of behalf of the secretary and himself in which he listed the various activities undertaken by the club over the last twelve months. The minutes of the previous AGM were read and adopted. Some discussion then took place on our Whatsapp groups and members were encouraged to keep comments brief and relevant.
The financial report was then read and the treasurer noted that there was one outstanding cheque to be cashed. Next, our Christmas Night Out was discussed and a deadline of Sunday December 2nd was set to give Emily a 10 euro deposit.
Next we selected our committee for the year with Vernon returned as chair, Lillian as secretary and Mick as treasurer. Mick and Maura agreed to stay on as walks`coordinators.
The meeting finished with a discussion about our trips away for 2019. See below.

Christmas Night Out
In the Carraig Hotel Carrick on Saturday December 15th. Please give Emily a 10 euro deposit by Sunday December 2nd if you intend going.

Spring Weekend Away
We hope to go to West Cork this year on the weekend of April 12th to 14th. Bantry hopefully will be our base. People to book their own accommodation. Please let Emily know if you are going by Sunday February 17th.

Summer Trip
Following from the AGM, our summer weekend away will be to Nerja (flying into Malaga) from 18th to 25th of May. Nerja is a town of about 20.000, about an hour east of Malaga. There are many walking opportunities for all levels in the area.

Flights are from Dublin (3 per day) and Cork (1 per day) with Aer Lingus and Ryanair. Cost should be less than 200 euro return. No particular advantage to booking flights early - there is normally no problem with availability. Consider checking websites regularly as prices vary considerably.
There are many hotels in Nerja ranging from 1 to 4 star. Apartments are also available should people decide to share. Early booking is advisable. Caution: some of the cheaper accommodation is on the edge of town, though this is not often clear from the booking sites. Check with Vernon before booking, as being in the centre of town is a distinct advantage for access to walks. Areas to avoid when booking hotel/apartment include Maro, Capistrano, Torrecilla and Burriana.
Walks will be lead by Vernon and Emily. Temperatures should be in the low twenties Celcius.
Those interested please contact Vernon as we are hoping to get an indication of numbers as soon as possible - by Monday November 5th.

Book Launch in Hiking Centre
Poet Mark Roper and Photographer Paddy Dwan have recently launched a new book about the Comeraghs - Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour. They will be reading from the book at a few different locations during November. The authors describe the book as "A creative artistic engagement with every aspect of the mountains". All Ramblers are invited to attend the Rathgormack Launch on Wednesday November 14th at 7 p.m. at the Hiking Centre. Come along if you can.

Christmas Walk: Sunday December 30th

Mulled Wine Walk: Date to be decided

Your Mountain Log
The club has received a reminder from Patrick O`Sullivan, editor of the Mountain Log, that all members need to log on to the members`section of the Mountaineering Ireland website to update their details and tick the relevant boxes if they wish to continue to receive the Mountain Log. If you can`t remember your password or get in you can give Siobhán Quinn at M.I. a ring - 01 6251115.
If you haven`t received your autumn log by now please let club secretary Rosemarie know.

How GDPR affects members
The General Data Protection Regulation came into force in May 2018. It is important that all Mountaineering Ireland members are aware of how the changes in the law will affect the way in which members` personal information is collected and used. On page 5 of the summer log Mountainering Ireland explains that it is essential for all members to visit the Members and Clubs section of the M.I. website to give their consent to receiving information from Mountaineering Ireland in the future. Once logged in you will find the page with your personal details. Please check that these are correct and tick the relevant boxes if you wish to give Mountaineering Ireland consent to contact you by email and post (for the Log).
Rathgormack Ramblers reminds all its members that your personal data re name, address,email address and mobile number, has been forwarded to Mountaineering Ireland for registration purposes. Furthermore, the club regularly posts photos from its walks on its website and whatsapp photo share. If any member wishes to have a photo removed please inform the website administrator.

New Members
New members are welcomePlease contact Vernon (club chair) at 086-3059830 or Rosemarie (club secretary) at 086-3936879 or Mick (club walks` coordinator) at  087-2927077 or Emily at 086-6784094. Club rules allow 2 walks with the club before making a commitment to joining. Suggest intending members start with a couple of easy/short walks to acclimatize. Club rules and guidelines are posted on the site.

Grading of Walks
Grading walks can be very subjective. For our club purposes they are:
Grade A: 5-7 hours – to the plateaux and ridges. Strenuous. May be some scrambling.
Grade B: 3-5 hours – to the coums and lower hills. Rarely above 600 metres.
Grade C: 1-3 hours – on forest paths and back roads. Rarely over 10 km long.

Meeting Points and Times
All walks will start at approx 10.30. Meeting time is usually 10.00. Car pooling is encouraged for environmental reasons. If we meet for car pooling we will allow for travelling time. Most walks will be looped/horseshoe walks. Posted on the site using this formula: Date/Grade/Area/Meeting Point and Time and Leader.

Walk Changes due to weather etc.
Check with the designated leader  - Mick 0872927077 or Irene 0872359598 or Rens 0860473150 or John 0863398759 or Vernon 0863059830.

Ramblers` Walking Schedule 2018-19

  Date        Grade         Mt Range           Meeting Pt                Leader

Nov 4th      B      Comeraghs             Rathgormack  10.00        John
Nov 11th    C    Tickincor/Kilsheelan  Dunne`s Davis Rd 10.00  Carol
Nov 18th    B      Slievenamon          Greenschool  10.00         Irene 
Nov 25th       Free Sunday
Dec  2nd    A      Knockanaffrin       Rathgormack  10.00         John
Dec  9th    C      Anne Valley          Green School   10.00        Vernon
Dec 16th       Free Sunday
Dec 23rd   B      Comeraghs             Rathgormack  10.00         Irene
Dec 30th   B    Christmas Walk  -  more info later