Killeavy Walk

Killeavy Walk

The ruins of a homestead on the slopes of Slieve Gullion, one of many we will pass on our walk this Sunday, 1st of September. Following a new route, we will take in St Moninna’s Well, Killeavy Old Church, the Northern Cairn and the lake, on a 8+km looped walk.

Interested in joining us ? You will need walking boots, a water proof jacket and a packed lunch, expect to be out for around 4 hours, we will be walking on paths, tracks and open hillside and in places it will be boggy underfoot… we’re not sure that even a prayer to St Moninna will keep the feet dry… so we would strongly recommend gaiters.

Meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough, at 10 am, we ask everyone to be on time, it’s All Ireland Day and we want to be back in plenty of time for “Kick Off”… we will car pool, as parking is limited at our starting point.

A reminder to all members: we are taking payment in full, this Sunday, for our Annual Away Trip, which takes place on the weekend of  11/13th of October. This year we are heading to Wicklow. Places are limited and filling up fast, so if you don’t want to miss out be there with your payment this Sunday!!!

Wicklow Away Trip 2019

Wicklow Away Trip 2019

Our Annual Away Trip, takes place the weekend of 11-13th of October, this year we are revisiting an old favourite… Wicklow and Glendalough.

Briefly our B’s will take on a 5/5.5 hour hike, climbing Lugnaquilla, standing at 925 m Lugnaquilla or “Lug” as it’s better known, is the highest mountain in Ireland outside of Kerry.

C Group will follow paths and mountain trails for a more lesiurely 12+km trek, lasting 4/4.5 hour, from Glendalough to Glenmalure. Both Groups will meet up as always in a local pub for a well deserved pint and a bit of craic!

Cost is 200 Euros, which includes: bus to and from Wicklow, (and to and from walk starting/ending points), 2 nights B+B, 2 evening meals in the Glendalough Hotel, and a packed lunch for the walk. Places are filled on a “first come, first served basis” and only payment in full secures a place.

We will be taking payment (in full), this Sunday, 1st of September, so if you don’t want to miss out, make sure to be at the Gap, either before or on our return from Sunday’s walk to book your place!

 

 

Walk …Tobar Naoim Blatnaid

Walk …Tobar Naoim Blatnaid

We are walking this Sunday, 1st of September a new route for us on Slieve Gullion… a 8+km looped walk on the Killeavy side of the mountain following in the footsteps of St Moninna.

St. Moninna, (432-518 AD) is believed to have been born in 432, the daughter of King Machta, who ruled the territory from Louth to Armagh. Tradition has it that when a child she was baptised and confirmed by St. Patrick. She went on to found Convents in Scotland, England, Wicklow, and closer to home at Faughart before finally settling at Killeavy. She died in 518 and is buried at Killeavy Old Church.

If you would like to visit this ancient site then why not join us on Sunday, new walkers are always welcome. You will need walking boots, a water proof jacket and a packed lunch, expect to be out for around 4 hours. We would strongly recommend gaiters on this walk, we will be walking on paths, tracks and open hillside and in places it will be boggy underfoot… we’re not sure that even a prayer to St Moninna will keep the feet dry!

We meet at Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough, at 10 am, we ask everyone to be on time, it’s All Ireland Day and we want to be back in plenty of time for “Kick Off”… we will car pool, as parking is limited at our starting point.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Social Walk- Ravensdale to Grange

Summer Social Walk- Ravensdale to Grange

Our walk tomorrow, Saturday 17th of August finishes at John Long’s Pub in Grange, one of the few remaining thatched properties in the Cooley area. It first opened, we believe, in 1757  and over the years the business has been passed down through generations of the same family. We are sure to get a warm welcome and we look forward to a late afternoon/evening of food and music!!

We will leave from our home base, Gap O’ the North at 11.30 sharp.  Our starting point is in Ravensdale and our bus will drop us off, from there we will walk to the door of John Long’s… a 15 km or so walk, we estimate taking 4/4.5 hours. We are expecting 35/40 people, so the craic is sure to be mighty… and if you want to continue later into the night our bus will drop everyone back to the Gap O’ the North around 8 pm where undoubtedly the craic will continue well into the wee hours!!

All walkers will need walking boots, waterproof jacket and a packed lunch. As the bus won’t be waiting on us anyone wanting to take a change of clothes will need to carry them in their ruck sack. We recommend placing into a waterproof liner, or alternatively use a black refuse bag as a liner, cheaper and just as effective.

Cost is £25 or 30 Euro, this includes bus, BBQ and music in John Long’s. All are welcome… it is a longish walk, on a mixture of track, open hill side and a 2/3 km road section, if you are interested and haven’t already, send us a message via our Facebook page or email gaponorth@gmail.com

 

 

Ravensdale to Grange Walk

Ravensdale to Grange Walk

One of the stops on our walk this Saturday, 17th of August will be the deserted village. A group of houses which through the Griffiths Valuation map (circa 1858), can be attributed to the families of: Maguire, Donnelly and Flynn. Each family held an arable plot of around a quarter of an acre and had access to “The Commons” for grazing.

Interestingly, there is a strange little structure built deep into a stone wall. We’ve seen it described as a “well built dog kennel”… but its widely recognised to be a “sweat house”. There are recordings of similar structures in other areas and its believed they have their origins in the Bronze Age. Their use may have had a ritual or religious significance, one suggestion is that they were used by the menfolk to remove all smells before they went out hunting!

Dog kennel or sweat house??? Why not join us and make up your own mind…

We leave by bus from The Gap O’the North Pub, Jonesborough at 11.30 sharp for our starting point. The walk is a 15 km track starting in Ravensdale, taking the forest trails across Moneycrockroe, descending into the valley on the other side where we pick up the road for 2/3 km before reaching Glenmore, Barnavave and the deserted village. From there we will take the Mass Trails into Grange, for a BBQ and evening of “craic agus ceol” in John Long’s Pub. We will return by bus at 8 pm to The Gap O’ the North, where undoubtedly the craic will continue until the wee hours!

Expect to be walking for 4/4.5 hours, and as usual all walkers must have walking boots, a water/wind proof jacket and a packed lunch.

Cost is £25 or 30 Euros which includes bus to and from Gap O’ the North, Jonesborough,  BBQ and music in the fabulous John Long’s pub in Grange! There are a few places left, so if you are interested you would need to get your name and money to us asap! Send us a message via our Facebook page or email gaponorth@gmail.com

Please note there will be no Sunday walk on the 18th …we’ll be too tired after our long walk and late night’s craic… but we’ll be back to a Sunday walk as normal on Sunday, 1st of September when we’ll be walking in the Ring of Gullion.