Hiking Programme

Hike Programme December 2016

Please Note: Preference will be given on the “Special Buses” to members of An Óige on production of their membership card. It is therefore imperative to bring your membership card with you each Sunday. Membership Fees are as follows from January 2017: €20 if filled out Marie McDonnell or Jim Barry’s forms. Please do not use the new online membership form as this is only for hostel stays or international membership for €50. Membership Cards will be posted out. Telephone 01-8826700. Payment by Credit Card and Laser acceptable. Members are advised to check that their An Óige membership card is up to date i.e. cards which show an expiry date of 2015 are not valid and will need to be renewed now.

It is imperative that the instructions of the Hike Leaders be adhered to by those participating. The Leader sets the pace of the hike and walkers are expected to obey his/her instructions at all times.  Leaders have the right to refuse to take anyone who does not co-operate with them fully and anyone who they consider would not be able to walk at a reasonable pace especially on the Moderate Hikes.  Walkers who go on Moderate Hikes should be fit and able to keep up with the hike.  A Co-Ordinator has been appointed each Sunday to organise hikers on Eden Quay. 

MIDWEEK WALKS – Thursday 1st December 2016                                    

The Scalp – Kathy Gallagher – Lead Mines – Rathmichael Woods – Shankill  (climbing)

Meet: At the 44 bus stop in Townsend St. @ 10.30am.

Bring: Rainwear, flask, sandwiches, simple first aid kit, hat, gloves, torch and reflective armbands.

Wear: Hiking Boots or strong shoes. No jeans allowed.

Leader: Liz McWilliam. No Dogs.

Sunday 4th December 2016                                                                                       

Moderate Hard Hike: Winter Hike across historic Cualann.                                 

Route: Carrickmines to Enniskerry. Via Brennanstown – Glendruid – Tully and Heronford Lane – Rathmichael – Ballycorus Lead Mines – Bernaslingan Woods – Ballybetagh and Killegar visiting on route a treasure trove of historic sights and buildings spanning from the pre-christian era through to the 19th century.      

Meet: Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10.00 am.

Bring: Rainwear, flask, sandwiches, simple first aid kit, hat, gloves, torch and reflective armbands.

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.

Leader: David Marlborough.

Transport: Luas (green line) from St. Stephens’ Green to Carrickmines back by Dublin bus.

Easier Moderate Hike: Big Sugarloaf.

Meet: Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10.00am.

Bring: Rainwear, flask, sandwiches, simple first aid kit, hat, gloves, torches and reflective armbands.

Wear: Hiking Boots only. No jeans allowed.

Leader: Brendan Dempsey.

Transport: Bus Éireann bus no.133 departs St. Georges Quay (adjacent to Tara St. Station) @ 11 am.

Easier Hike: Christmas Fair at Castletown House with live music. Walking from Louisa Bridge taking in the Wonderful Barns.

Meet: Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10am.

Bring: Rainwear, flask, sandwiches, simple first aid kit, hat, gloves, torch and reflective armbands.

Wear: Hiking Boots or strong shoes.

Leader: Kay O’Sullivan.

Transport: Public transport by train to Maynooth . Train to Maynooth departs Tara St. Station @10.33am. No dogs.

MIDWEEK WALKS

Thursday 8th December 2016

Route: Bray to Greystones (to see the Christmas lights in  Bray)

Meet: @11am at Tara St. Station for train to Bray or @12 noon at Bray Dart Station.

Bring: Rainwear, flask, sandwiches, simple first aid kit, hat & gloves.

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader: Olive Cowlard.

Saturday 10th December 2016 – Newcomers Welcome

Route: Killegar Church and Graveyard – Knocksink Wood – Bog Meadow and Enniskerry Village

Meet: Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10am.

Bring: Rainwear, flask, sandwiches, simple first aid kit, hat & gloves.

Wear: Hiking Boots or strong shoes.

Leaders: Eilish Ryan and Ann Prendergast.

Transport: Public transport. No dogs.

Sunday 11th December, 2016 – Co-ordinator in Eden Quay: Marie McDonnell.       Route: Kilmolin – Annacrivey Wood – Ravens Rock – Shop River.

Meet: Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10.15am.

Bring: Rainwear, flask, sandwiches, simple first aid kit, hat & gloves.

Wear: Hiking Boots or strong shoes. No jeans allowed.

Leader: Joe Moffett.

Transport: Public transport. No Dogs.

N.B. This hike is for easier walkers only.

ALSO                     

Sunday 11th December 2016

Special walk from Swords to Malahide, followed by dinner and Santa Claus.            Those who have booked for this should meet at 10.15 at the 41 bus stop in Lr. Abbey Street for bus departing @10.30am or at the 41 bus stop at the entrance to the Pavilions Shopping Centre @11am.

Organizers: Deirdre and Michael Sheil.

MIDWEEK WALKS

Thursday 15th December 2016 – Special Christmas Walk – Portmarnock to Malahide.

Meet: @11am Tara St. Dart Station for Malahide Train or at Portmarnock Station @12 noon.

Bring: Rainwear, flask, sandwiches, simple first aid kit, hat, gloves, torch and reflective armbands.

Wear: Hiking Boots or strong shoes.

Leader: Patsy Moloney. No dogs.

N.B. Carvery dinner after the walk in Oscar Taylors @3pm. Cost: approx. €6. Bring along a Christ-kindle present costing €5 approx.

Sunday 18th December 2016 – Co-ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell.

The walks today will be in the Hollywood area, followed afterwards by a get-to-gether in the Hollywood Inn, where music and free finger food will be provided courtesy of the Hillwalkers Club.

Meet: Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10.00am.

Bring: Rainwear, flask, sandwiches, simple first aid kit, hat & gloves, torch and reflective armbands.

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.

Leaders: Pat O’Farrell and Paddy Doyle.

Transport: Special bus. Cost €15. No dogs. 

Monday 26th December 2016 – St. Stephen’s Day

Hillwalkers and Hard Moderate Hikers only

Route: Little Sugar Loaf and Rocky Valley.

Meet: 10am in D’Olier St. at the 145 bus stop for 145 bus departing @ 10.20am.

Bring: Rainwear, flask, sandwiches, simple first aid kit, hat, gloves, torch and reflective armbands.

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.

Leader: Brendan Dempsey.

N.B. Different meeting place for this hike. No dogs.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 

Friday 2nd December 2016 : 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Social evening: scrabble, draughts, jigsaws, ludo, card games, raffle and ceili.

Venue: room 102, Dublin International Hostel, 61 Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7.

Transport: Bus No’s 38, 46A, 120 to the door.

Admission: €3 (includes tea and brack)

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

Tuesday 13th December 2016 @ 6.30pm.

Stories from the Somme Tour Exhibition.

Ellen Murphy (archivist) has kindly agreed to give an evening tour to the visually impaired and friends of Veronica Coffey. A minimum of 8 people is required. The tour will take 40 min. and there will be time for questions afterwards.

Venue: Pearse St. Library 138/144 Pearse St. Dublin 2.

Those interested should contact Veronica Coffey on (087)6201836 or e-mail coffey@dublincity.ie by the 7th December 2016. 

Wednesday 14th December 2016 @ 8pm

“New Zealand” – Slide show by Tony Crean.

Venue: Room 102, Dublin International Hostel, 61 Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7.

Transport: Bus No’s. 38, 46A and 120 to the door. The hostel has car parking.

 Admission: €3 (includes tea and biscuits).

Tuesday 20th December 2016. Visit to nearby cinema.

Meet: @1.30pm at the AIB Bank, corner of Parnell St. and O’Connell St. Refreshments locally afterwards.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney

Friday 6th January 2017:, performance 6.30 – 8.30pm

Panto Aladdin at the Tivoli Theatre, Francis Street, Dublin 8.

Starring Sammy Sausages, Nadia Forde and Brian Dowling.

Tickets: €30.50 to book tel (01)4544472 and try for rows F, G, or nearby.

Meet: Inside Jury’s Hotel (opposite Christchurch Cathedral) @ 5pm.

Organizer: Patsy Moloney.

N.B. Refreshments in Jury’s after the show.

 

HOLIDAYS 2017

 

An Explosion of Culture

Northern Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand

12 nights/13 days private tour. Departing 7th March 2017.

Cost per person (sharing): €2799.00 (Single supplement €599.00)

Includes flights from Dublin and 3 regional flights.

Accommodation: in 3 and 4 stars hotels with breakfast, 6 lunches and 10 dinners.

Also included: All tours and transportation, entrance fees and private guides.

Booking deposit: €500.00 (places limited)

Booking arrangements: ring Anne Colgan on (085)803004 or Andre Bedford at Travel Counsellors on (01)8105919 or (085)1588450.

 

REMEMBER THAT – The future of the Sunday Hikes depends on there being sufficient members willing and available to act as leaders for both the Moderate, Easier Moderate and Easier Hikes.

Coordinators are also in short supply.

Please volunteer your services now by ringing Marie McDonnell at 018377411 (H) or 018826702 (An Óige Office afternoons).