Hiking Group

Weekly hikes are organised by the An Óige Hiking Group. These walks are open to all members of An Óige and take place every Sunday, rain, hail or shine! Twice monthly, there are Midweek Hikes, taking place on Thursdays. There is also a hike organised on the second Saturday of each month.

These walks are all organised and run by volunteers and are a very important aspect of An Óige.

Please note: you must be a member of An Óige to go out on any of the hikes. It is therefore imperative to bring your membership card with you for each hike as you will only be allowed to go if you have your up-to-date membership card with you.

The walks are suitable for all age groups and all fitness levels. Children under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be properly equipped e.g. proper rainwear including over trousers, hiking boots (NO RUNNERS), backpack, no jeans etc. Full details are included with each walk.

There are 3 different levels of walks:

  • Moderate
  • Easier Moderate
  • Easier

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 whom they consider would not be able to walk at a reasonable pace especially on the Moderate & Easier Moderate Hikes and who have not got the correct equipment i.e. rainwear, haversack and hiking boots. Anyone wearing jeans will not be allowed on the walks.

Walkers who go on Moderate Hikes should be fit and able to keep up with the hike.  A coordinator has been appointed each Sunday to organise hikers on Eden Quay.

Hiking Programme January 2019

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 2019: €25.00 for over 25 years old, and €15 for under 25 year olds. Membership Cards will be posted out. Telephone – 01-8826700. Payment by Credit Card and Laser Card acceptable.

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. 

 

Sunday, 6th January 2019: Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

HILLWALKERS TASTER HIKE: Laragh – Derrybawn – Cullentragh – Mullacor – Glendalough Visitor Centre. 16KM’s, Ascent: 800M. 

Meet:               Burgh Quay @ 9.45am. Second pick-up point and return drop-off point – Bus Stop at Loughlinstown Roundabout. 

Bring:              Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat, Gloves, Torch, Reflective Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed. 

Leader:           Mel O’Hara.

Transport:      Special Bus. Cost: €15. No Dogs.

 

MODERATE HIKE: Glendalough – Grey Track to Upper Lake – Waterfall – Middle Hill Tracks – Wicklow Way – Derrybawn Forest Tracks – Woollen Mills – Laragh. Distance: 14KM.

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

Bring:              Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat, Gloves, Torch, Reflective Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed. 

Leader:           Garry Sinnott.

Transport:      Special Bus. Cost: €15.00. No Dogs.

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Annamoe – Castlekevin – Trooperstown Wood – Killafeen – Paddock Hill – Wicklow Way – Laragh.   

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective

Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed. 

Leader:           Mary Sorohan.

Transport:     Special Bus. Cost: €15.00. No Dogs.

N.B: These two Hikes will use the Same Bus.                                                       

 

EASIER HIKE: Herbert Park and the River Dodder to the Dropping Well.

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader:           Olive Cowland.

Transport:     Public Transport. No Dogs.

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 10th January, 2019: Dodder Walk.

Meet:              Tara Street Station, @ 11.30am.  

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective Arm Bands.

Leader:           Tom O’Loughlin. No Dogs.

 

 

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Sunday, 13th January 2019 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

MODERATE HIKE: Fernhill Tunnel – Three Rock – Two Rock – Fairy Castle – Pine Forest – Cruagh – Massy’s Estate – Rockbrook.  

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.   

Leader:           Mick Heneghan.

Transport:     Special Bus. Cost: €15.00. No Dogs.

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Glencullen – Dublin Mountain Way – Two Rock – Fairy Castle – Tibradden Mountain – Cruagh Wood – Massy’s Estate – Rockbrook. 

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.  

Leader:           Martin Fagan.

Transport:      Special Bus. Cost: €15.00. No Dogs. 

N.B. These 2 Hikes will use the Same Bus.

 

EASIER HIKE: Devil’s Glen Hike. 

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.   

Leaders:         Annemarie and Tony Crean.

Transport:      Public Transport. Bus Ēireann Bus No. 133, departs Townsend St, @ 11am. 

  

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 17th January 2019 (Climbing): Annamoe – Wicklow Way – Brushers Gap – Paddock Hill – Laragh. 

Meet:              For the St. Kevin’s Bus, opposite the Shelbourne Hotel (Stephen’s Green), @ 11.10. Bus departs @ 11.30am. 

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes. Jeans not allowed.    

Leader:           Fiona Byrne. No Dogs. 

 

Sunday, 20th January 2019: Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell.

MODERATE HIKE: Wander tracks and trails on a Winter Heritage Hike, exploring the Culture

of colourful Cualann.

Route: Kilgobbin to Enniskerry, via Jamestown – Glenamuck – Dingle Glen – Ballycourus –

Barnaslingan – The Scalp and Killeagar.

Visit early Christian Churches and Crosses, 15th Century Castle, 19th Century leadmines and

South Dublin’s Secret Glen. 16KM’s.

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective

Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed. 

Leaders:         David Marlborough.

Transport:     Public Transport. No Dogs.   

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Baldoyle – Sutton Area.

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective

Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes. 

Leaders:         Seán Ó Ceallaigh.

Transport:     Public Transport. No Dogs. 

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EASIER HIKE: Royal Canal Walk from Leixlip to Ashtown.  

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective

Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader:           Nancy Phillips.

Transport:     Public Transport. No Dogs. 

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 24th January 2019: Lehaunestown – Tully Cross – Dublin Mountain Way to

Shankill.

Meet:              Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10.30am

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective

Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader:           Martin Fagan. No Dogs.

Transport:      By LUAS.

 

Sunday, 27th January 2019: – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Mary Chambers.

MODERATE HIKE: Glencree – Old Boley’s – Mass Rock – Clognagun – Mountain Tracks to

the Armory Café (Glencree Reconciliation Centre).

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective

Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.   

Leader:           John Cobbe.

Transport:     Special Bus. Cost €15. No Dogs. 

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Shop River – Annacrevy Wood – Raven’s Rock – Prince

William’s Seat – Armory Café.  (Glencree Reconciliation Centre)

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective

Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.  

Leader:           Cyril McFeeney.

Transport:     Special Bus. Cost €15. No Dogs.

N.B: These two Hikes will use the Same Bus.  

 

EASIER HIKE: Modern and Historic Parklands in the Rathfarnham Area. 

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

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective

Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader:           Mary Chambers.

Transport:     Public Transport. No Dogs. 

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 31st January 2019: Seapoint – Dun Laoghaire – Sandycove. Return to Dun Laoghaire for Optional Meal in Weatherspoons. 

Meet:              Either: Tara Street Station @ 11am, OR: Seapoint Station @ 12 Noon.

Bring:             Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat & Gloves, Torch, Reflective

Arm Bands.

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader:           Patsy Moloney. No Dogs. 

 

 

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

 

Tuesday, 15th January 2019:

Visit Nearby Cinema.

Meet: @ 2pm, Outside Cineworld, in Parnell Street.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

N.B: Change of Meeting place, and time. 

 

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019, @ 8.30pm.

Historical talk on The “Asgard”, including the Howth Gun Running. 

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

Transport: Bus No’s 38, 46A, and 120 from the City Centre, to the door.

Admission: €3, includes tea & biscuits.

Car parking available to the rear of the Hostel. 

 

Friday, 18th January, 2019 – National Concert Hall, @ 7.30pm.

Symphony Orchestra Dvorak & Brahms, with Barry Douglas on piano. 

Book your own tickets on the Choir Balcony. Cost: €15.

Ring the National Concert Hall, on (01) 4170000.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

N.B: Free Pre-Concert talk @ 6.30pm.

                                                                                                           

Saturday, 26th January, 2019:

Guided Tour of Dublin Castle.

Meet: At entrance to the State Apartments, Dublin Castle, @2.30pm.

Cost of Guided Tour: €6 per person. (Group Rate).

Organiser: Mary Chambers. Café on Site.

 

Other Items of Interest:

 

Mountain Rescue Team Fundraiser

 

As a gesture of good-will towards the Mountain Rescue Team who had to come to our aid in 2018, we will take up a collection on the Moderate Hike bus each Sunday in January. If you wish to contribute to this worthy cause, and are not out Hiking in January, you may phone Marie Mcdonnell, in the An Óige Office, (Afternoons), after the 10th Jan, with your Contribution.

 

An Óige Board Elections 2019

An Election to fill two vacancies will be held at the A.G.M, in April 2019. Nomination forms are available from the An Óige Office, and must be returned to the Company Secretary by 14.00 hours on Friday, 25th January, 2019.

 

REMEMBER THATThe 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. Co-ordinators are also in short supply. Please volunteer your services now by ringing Marie McDonnell at 01 837 7411 (H) or 01 882 6702 (An Óige Office afternoons)