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Ear to the Ground

The goings on and such in the land of the Lug

Walk Report #21 Sun 21st October 2018 Dargle Valley and Knocksink

Weather sunny; distance 8.4 Km, Height gain 252m, height loss 252m. There was some doubt about this walk because Hugh Sweeney had attempted to survey it some weeks previously and found it was badly overgrown and not really feasible. He promised to attempt it again before the date of the walk so that we would not go on a wild goose chase if things had not improved. True to his word he made another attempt on the day before his Spanish holiday and emailed John and me to say that the track had been cleared and it was good [...]

By | November 25th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #21 Sun 21st October 2018 Dargle Valley and Knocksink

Walk Report #20 Sun 7th October 2018 Blakestown & Johnstown Hills.

Weather cloudy; distance 7.9 Km, Climb 43m J Unfortunately our Grand Master was not able to join us for today’s walk as he had the milestone of his sons 60th Myself (Ken), Hugh Sweeney, John Cruise, Pat Lockery and Norman Mc Loughlan all met at Ballinteer, we headed out the Blessington road towards Hollywood where we met Rob Dixon at the recently opened Hollywood Cafe (which he highly recommends). We headed out the R756 and left Rob’s car at the end of the walk a short distance outside Hollywood, continuing on in the remaining Lug convoy we parked 2 [...]

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #20 Sun 7th October 2018 Blakestown & Johnstown Hills.

Walk Report #19 Sun 23rd September 2018 Prince William Seat and Knocknagun.

Weather mostly dry and windy; distance approx. 8 Km, Climb 280m   Meeting at Ballinteer were, John Cruise, Ken Keaveney and Rob Dixon (Sporting his new VW just off the forecourt, still with its NI number plates). We were informed that Noel Doyle and Pat Cashin would be joining us at the Glencree reconciliation centre car park. On arrival, the car park was quite busy as the Glencree Peace Walk was also on the 23rd. Once everyone suited up there was a majority decision to start the walk with the 1.5 km of the Featherbed road, it was noted [...]

By | September 30th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #19 Sun 23rd September 2018 Prince William Seat and Knocknagun.

Walk Report #18 Sun 9th September 2018 Kanturk and Scarr.

Weather dry and windy; distance 8.25Km Climb 500m When I drove into the car park at Ballinteer I was surprised to see a familiar sight, one I had not expected to see, Pat Loughrey with the Sunday papers spread out on the steering wheel of his car, keeping up with the times as he waited for the usual stragglers to arrive. John Cruise was away TEFLing the Spaniards and I had gotten an email from Hugh Sweeney saying that he was unwell so I knew that both of them would be absent. Another email from Ken Keavney informed me [...]

By | September 30th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #18 Sun 9th September 2018 Kanturk and Scarr.

Walk Report #17 Sun 26th August 2018 Croghanmoira

Weather dry with high wind and mist; distance 6.25Km Climb 640m The quality of rain is not ‘strained, It droppeth mercilessly from the Heavens! The Merchant of Venice (Global Warming Edition 2018) Overnight and early morning heavy rain made the day look almost impossible to even contemplate going out on the hills, especially as the walk was in far-off Glenmalure but fortunately it eased off enough by nine o’clock to give hope that our long distance drive would be rewarded. So it was that four members met at Ballinteer, John Cruise, Dermot Gunn, Ken Keaveney and Hugh Sweeney and [...]

By | September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #17 Sun 26th August 2018 Croghanmoira

Walk Report #16 Sun 12th August 2018 2 Rock & 3 Rock via the Stonecutter’s path.

Weather dull and misty; distance 6Km Climb 280m Before publishing the programme of walks for the second half of the 2018 season The Grand Master had asked some members to nominate a walk that they had enjoyed in the past and this Stonecutter's path walk was the selection of Bro. Stephen McDonagh. We thought that he might have accompanied us but, on reflection, he was probably recuperating from the effects of a severe beating inflicted on the ‘Wegians by a dominant Dubs team the previous day at Croker (a la Sky Sports) Park. Ah well, as his and all [...]

By | August 19th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #16 Sun 12th August 2018 2 Rock & 3 Rock via the Stonecutter’s path.

Walk #15 Sunday 29th July 2018 Tonlagee

Weather:  Dull and misty.   As I loaded my gear in the car on Sunday morning before making my way to Ballinteer I questioned my sanity. Rain was falling softly and the cloud-base seemed to be almost within touching distance. The further I drove the stupidity of my action became more evident, the rain was pelting down by now and it seemed impossible that anyone else could be as silly as me. Imagine my surprise then, as I drove into the car park at Ballinteer, to be met by John Cruise sitting in his car and already studying the [...]

By | August 11th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk #15 Sunday 29th July 2018 Tonlagee

Walk Report Sun 1st July 2018 Lugnaquilla.

Weather sunny  distance 10Km  Climb 374m Who in their right mind would expect a day in the middle of an Irish Summer to be a warm summer day and not chucking it down with rain? Well, whoever chose the first day of July to go to the top of the highest mountain in Leinster must have been in his right mind this year because he certainly got it spot on, it was tropical and not a single cloud in sight. Fortunately we were forewarned and each had a plentiful supply of liquid refreshment on board. Four Brothers John Cruise, [...]

By | August 4th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report Sun 1st July 2018 Lugnaquilla.

Walk Report #14-2018 / Sun 15th July 2018 / Lough Firib and the Wicklow Gap.

Weather dull and misty distance 10Km Climb 280m Seven members met at the Ballinteer Inn - John Cruise, Noel Doyle, Dermot Gunn, Pat Loughrey, Norman MacLachian, Hugh Sweeney and, surprisingly, Ken Keavney who was not expected so soon after his exertions on a Mediterranean Cruise. The weather had drifted back into the real Irish Summer, dark clouds and misty rain but nonetheless everyone was in good spirits. Noel Doyle had earlier in the week announced that he would start his walk up the tarmac road leading to Turlough Hill and from there across the track to Lough Firib where [...]

By | July 26th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #14-2018 / Sun 15th July 2018 / Lough Firib and the Wicklow Gap.

Walk 12 June 17th ’18 Carlingford and Slieve Foye.

An early start at the Regency Hotel (Re-named with a totally forgettable nome de guerre and now and forever referred to as the Shoot out Hotel) in Upper Drumcondra, saw John Cruise, Ken Keaveney and Hugh Sweeney brave the grey day with their show of optimism. Whilst waiting quayside in Carlingford for the arrival of Patricia and Rob we engaged with a group of lively talkative walkers who were recommending that we join them on a greenway walk to Omeath and back, some 14 Kilometers. They went by the name of the Loopers Group and we hope to catch [...]

By | June 30th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk 12 June 17th ’18 Carlingford and Slieve Foye.
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