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 March 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 for over 25 years old, and €15 for under 25 years old. 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, 3rd March 2019: Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

HILLWALKERS TASTER HIKE: Ballinagee Bridge – St. Kevin’s Way – Glenreemore Brook – Asbawn – Three Lakes – Lough Firrib – Gleneolo River – Footbridge – Zig Zags – Miner’s Road – Glendalough Visitor Centre.   

Meet:              Burgh Quay @ 9.45am. Second pick-up point at Maldron Hotel, Tallaght. Different return.

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

Wear:              Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed. 

Leader:           Soreen Stuhr Mandrup.

Transport:      Special Bus. Cost: €15. No Dogs. Distance: 17kms. Ascent: 450M.

 

MODERATE HIKE: Bohernabreena Waterworks – Castlekelly – Old Bog Road – Killakee Mountain – Cruagh – Killakee Car Park  

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:           Philip Hayden.

Transport:      Special Bus. Cost: €15.00. No Dogs. Distance: 14KM’s.

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Bohernabreena Waterworks – The Dublin Mountain Way – Killakee Mountain – Cruagh – Killakee Car Park. 

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:           Ann Prendergast.

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

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

 

EASIER HIKE: Howth Tramway to Summit, and return to Harbour.    

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 Cowlard.

Transport:     Public Transport. No Dogs. 

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 7th March, 2019: Avondale Walk.    

Meet:              @ 9.15am at Connolly Station, for train to Rathdrum, departing @ 9.33am.   

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

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader:           Tom O’Loughlin. No Dogs.

 

 

 

Sunday, 10th March 2019 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

MODERATE HIKE: Oldbridge – Kanturk – Scarr – Paddock Hill – 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:           Tom Kenny.

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

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Wicklow Way – Brusher Gate – Dry Hill – Paddock Hill – Wicklow Way – Glendalough – Green Road – 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:           Tom O’Loughlin.

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

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

 

EASIER HIKE: Dodder Walk

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:           Brian Connolly.

Transport:      Public Transport. No Dogs. 

  

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 14th March 2019: Dalkey – Killiney – Dun Laoghaire.    

Meet:              @11.00am Tara St. Station.

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, 17th March 2019: St. Patrick’s Day.

One Hike Only – Easier Moderate – 8 Miles Approx.

Historical Walk – Finglas to Raheny

Route:            Poppintree Park – Ballymun – Santry Demesne – Morton Stadium – Santry

River Linear Park – Stardust Memorial Park – Ringfort – Raheny.

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.   

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 21st March 2019: Stepaside – Three Rock – Fairy Castle – Marley Park.    

Meet:              At the 44B Bus Stop in Townsend Street, @10.45am.

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

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

Leader:           Liz McWilliam. No Dogs. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 24th March 2019: Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

MODERATE HIKE: Kilmacanogue to Greystones via Sugarloaf and Greystones Ways.

Route:            Kilmacanogue – Glencap Commons North, Upper, South, Great Sugarloaf (Conditions depend on the day), Kilmurray South – Ballydonagh Lane – Bellevue Hill – Kindlestown Heights – Kindlestown Lower.  

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:           David McCann.

Transport:     Public Transport. No Dogs. 

                                                                                                                                               

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Glendalough Visitor Centre – Miners Track – Zig Zags – The Spink. 

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:           Joe Gilvarry.

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

 

EASIER HIKE: Roundwood Lakes

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:           Bernie Gilvarry.

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

N.B. These two Hikes will share the Same Bus. 

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 28th March 2019: Phoenix Park – Chapelizod – Liffey Tow Path – War Memorial – Islandbridge.   

Meet:              46A Bus Terminus, Infirmary Road, Phoenix Park Gates, @ 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. 

 

Sunday, 31st March 2019: Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

MODERATE HIKE: Ballinascorney Forest Entrance – Seahan – Corrig – Seefingan – Seefin –

Entrance to Kilbride Camp. Distance: 13-14KM’s. Ascent: 650M.

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:           Brian Madden.

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

                                                                                                                                               

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Stone Cross – Slievenabawnogue – Ballymorefinn – Seahan – Corrig – Entrance to Kilbride Camp.

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:           Frank Rooney.

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

N.B. These two Hikes will share the Same Bus.                                                               P.T.O.

 

 

EASIER HIKE: Malahide – Portmarnock – Malahide. 

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:           Deirdre Wilson.

Transport:      Public Transport. No Dogs.   

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

 

Saturday, 2nd March 2019:

National Museum – Collins Barracks.

“Jurassic Skies – When Dinosaurs took to the air”

An Exhibition in collaboration with the National Museum of Wales exploring how Dinosaurs took to the air, and the origin of birds.  

Meet: Main reception, @2pm.

Free Admission, including Guided Tour.

Organiser: Mary Chambers.

Coffee shop on site. 

 

Wednesday, 6th March 2019, @ 8pm.

“Via de La Plata”

A Walk from Southern to Northern Spain. From the Moors to the Celts.

Presentation from CAMINO WAYS

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 & brack.

Car Parking available at the rear of the Hostel. 

                                                                       

Thursday, 7th March 2019 – Gaiety Theatre Matinee Performance, @ 2.30pm.

“The Cripple of Inishmaan”, by Martin McDonagh.

Book your own tickets as soon as possible. Try for seats in Parterre @ €30.00

Tel: Gaiety Box Office, on (01) 6468687.

Meet: In the Foyer of the Theatre, @2pm.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Wednesday, 13th March 2019, @ 8pm:

Film: “Kevin Roche the Quiet Architect” by kind permission of Wavelength Pictures.

Irish Born Kevin Roche, now in his late 90’s, designed ground-breaking buildings and in 1982 was awarded the Pritzker Prize for his achievements. His first Irish Building was the Convention Centre in Dublin.

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

Admission: €5, includes tea & biscuits.

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

Car Parking available at the rear of the Hostel. 

 

Tuesday, 19th March 2019:

Visit Nearby Cinema.

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

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

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

 

Friday, 22nd March 2019 – National Concert Hall, @ 7.30pm.

Brahms and Ravelle.

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

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

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

N.B: Free organ recital @ 6.30pm.                                                                                      P.T.O.

 

 

Saturday, 27th April 2019 @2pm, Axis Theatre, Ballymun.

“The Greatest Showman” in association with Access Cinema. Special screening with Guest performances from local dance Troupe, “Threads” 

Tickets: €5. To book, ring Axis, Tel: (01) 8832100. Book early.

Meet: in the Foyer of the Theatre @ 1.30pm, OR: Outside Dublin Bus Office in O’Connell Street @1pm, for bus No’s 4 or 13 to the venue.

 

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, Thursday 18th – Monday 22nd April 2019. 4 Nights.

North Leitrim Glens Hiking Festival: Suitable for Hard, Moderate and Easier Moderate Walkers. 

Cost: €310, includes accommodation, meals, transport, and registration fees for Walks.

To Book: Contact An Óige Head Office, Tel: (01) 8826700. Full payment to be made at time of booking. No Refunds.

This trip is now booked up.

Organiser: Fiona Byrne.

 

Other Items of Interest:

 

Mountain Rescue Team Fundraiser

 

€1210, collected for this worthy cause on the Sunday Hike bus during the Month of January was presented to Mountain Rescue, on Sunday, 10th February 2019. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

 

Saving Mountain Lodge

From 1937 to 2012, the Lodge was leased by An Óige, and was run as a Youth Hostel. Now Burncourt Community Council through a sub-lease are restoring it as a Community Project, planning to rejuvenate the former Shooting Lodge into a resource for artists and writers, including a café in the Summer. An Óige Groups are also invited to use the Lodge.

A new fire escape is required at the back of the building, to enable the room upstairs to be brought back into use.

If you would like to contribute to this great Restoration Project, please contact Marie McDonnell: Tel: (01) 8377411 (H), or (01) 8826702, An Óige Afternoons.

 

 

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)