Dungonnell Way and Glenariff Nature Reserve - 17 May 2018

We returned to the Antrim Hills on Thursday to walk the beautiful Dungonnell Way. The route takes in Dungonnell Dam, Glenariff Forest Park and Skerry East Road, which is probably one of the most attractive, but least used roads in the whole of Northern Ireland. It is an outstanding opportunity to experience the isolation of the Antrim Hills without getting your feet wet. The route is a loop 9.5 miles long but the walk is highly recommended.

For those who wanted something less taxing, Gordon led a shorter walk in Glenariff.

For some pics of the Glenariff and Dungonnell Way walks, with thanks to Millie, Jean, Yvonne and Leslie, click here.

Rourke's Park and Knockmany - 10 May 2018

On Thursday 10 May there were two great walks in perfect weather:

Mike led a mountain walk in the Mournes starting at Rourke's Park and taking in Rocky Mountain and the spectacular Hare's Castle. For some more pics of this walk click here.

Meanwhile Gordon led a slightly more relaxed bluebell walk at wood Knockmany (see above) with, at its summit, Anya's grave - the grave has characteristic passage tomb art, including circles, spirals and zigzags, one of the best examples of this art in the north of Ireland. For some more pics of this walk click here.

Cedars Donegal Residential - 30 April to 04 May 2018

A great time was had by Cedars Walkers on their trip to Donegal. It didn't rain all the time and to prove it here's a pic showing some of the girls enjoying the sunshine beside the ruins of Kilbarron Castle at Creevy near Ballyshannon.

Mícheál Ó Cléirigh was born at the castle probably around the year 1590. The Uí Cléirigh or O'Clerys became the hereditary ollamhs or historians to the O'Donnells, the ruling family of Tir Connaill, in the 13th Century. The story is told in the Annals of the Four Masters that one Cormac Ó Cléirigh travelled northwards from Tirawley in Co Mayo and while resting in the Cistercian Priory of Abbey Assaroe he met Matthew O'Scingin who was at that time the Ollamh to the O'Donnells. Later the Brehon lawyer married Matthew O'Scingin's only daughter and their eldest son Giolla Brid O'Cléirigh succeeded his grandfather to the hereditary office of Ollamh. The castle, which was in ruins by the mid 17th century, may have been destroyed during the 1641 rebellion

For some pics of the residential click here.

More pics of the residential to follow but to whet your appetite here's another few pages from Heather's diary ...

NOTE: we are still looking into possibility of returning to Mill Park, Donegal for next year's residential and would welcome feedback from members - in particular concerning choice of dates i.e. starting on Monday, 06 May 2019 or on Monday, 13 May 2019. Are either of these unsuitable for members?


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Make sure to get your affiliation card from Anne Keville and bring this with you when making purchases. To find out more about what you can save and where click HERE.



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