We have no scheduled walks. But as you enjoy the outdoors this weekend, please be mindful that car parks and outdoor recreational spaces will be busy. If possible, walk or cycle to your starting point. Check if a car park is open before travelling. If on arrival you find the car park is full or closed, have an alternative plan. Park in a way that will not obstruct the emergency services (who may need to use forest entrances), local residents accessing their homes, or local farmers who need to enter fields or farmyards. Stay safe, be kind and respectful to each other and enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
The 5km rule applies to ROI.
Check out the great post from Ring of Gullion on our beautiful Bluebells, click on the link on the Spanish Bluebell you might spot these in gardens, very pretty.
Also the common Foxglove, we see these on many of our walks in June. I use to enjoy popping the closed flowers but on reading, the plant is toxic if ingested 🤢, so be careful with young children or animals dont eat these.
Here at The Gap O’ the North we are missing hiking the beautiful hills in the Ring of Gullion and futher afield and we have been saddened by the gorse fires over the past days and weeks. Our local Newry fire squad have been busy tackling the fires and we are so appreciative of all the hard work the firecrews have been doing to protect our precious hills. Today as a show of apprectiation from all at The Gap O’ the North we treated them to lunch, we hope they enjoyed!
As we are all aware public events are being curtailed at the moment as a prevention measure to curtail the spread of the Coruna Virus. After much deliberation the Committee have decided to cancel this weekends events. That is the ‘Get into Hillwalking’ event which was organised in conjunction with Slieve Gullion AONB on Saturday, the walk on Feede mountain this Sunday, and our AGM to follow. The committee looked at various options, such as meeting outside the Gap o the North pub to prevent close proximity of members and allotment of safety equipment there. It has been decided to cancel this walk.
It has also been decided to postpone our AGM as this would not allow for the recommended practice of social distancing. We will communicate new date for this in time.
Members may, if they wish organise a walk independently of the club on Sunday themselves, in smaller groups.
As a committee we realise our membership will be disappointed with these actions, as are we but we see this as the most responsible course of action to take. ‘Prevent and protect each other’.
Please note our Annual General Meeting (AGM), takes place this Sunday, 15th of March, after our walk (approx.@ 3.30 pm). It is open to all fully, paid up members for this outgoing year 2019/20.
I feel that it is important in this the year in which we will celebrate our 10th anniversary, that as many of our Members are in attendance as possible. It is an opportunity for members to catch up and for the out going Committee to report back to you, on the past year. I would also like to have the opportunity to inform/discuss with you some of the exciting ideas which have been put forward to mark this our 10th year.
I would like that all Members have the opportunity to have an input into the AGM, but in the interests of fairness and time, there is a protocol to follow, please refer to the Club’s website page www.gaponorth.co.uk in particular the section outlining the Club’s constitution and the agreed procedures and protocol with regards to the AGM.
I’m looking forward to catching up with and speaking to you all on Sunday,