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 November 2018

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 2018: €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. Members are advised to check that their An Óige Membership Card is up to date, i.e, cards which show an expiry date in 2017 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 November, 2018: Dodder Walk from Tallaght to Milltown (11K approx.)   

Meet:  LUAS Stop, Abbey St (Wynn’s Hotel), @ 10.30am.

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

Leader: Darach MacLochlainn. No Dogs.

Sunday, 4th November 2018: Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

HILLWALKERS TASTER HIKE: Stepaside – Fernhill Tunnel – Three Rock – Fairy Castle – Tibradden Mountain – Pine Forest – Cruagh Mountain – Glendoo Mountain – Knocknagun – Boranaraltry Bridge – Glencullen.  N.B: 18KMs. Ascent – 700M.

Meet: Burgh Quay, @ 9.45am. Second pick-up point and return drop-off point –Rathfarnham Castle.   

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.  

Leader: Gerry Walsh.

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

  

MODERATE HIKE: Dublin Hills Heritage Hike, Leg 1: From Horan’s Lane to Glassnamucky, Via Tallaght Hill – Ballymaice, Bohernabreena Reservoir – Glenasmole – Cunard visiting a barrow, Passage Grave, Stone Circles. St. Anne’s (St Santans) Church and Holy Well, the “Shed Stone” Dolmen and a Bullaun on Route.

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 Marlborough.                                          

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

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Old Court Road – Carthys Castle – Mountpellier Hill – Massey’s Wood – Cruagh Wood – White Sands – Glassnamucky Mountain –  Featherbeds. 

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: Seán Ó Ceallaigh

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

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

EASIER HIKE: Shankill to Dun Laoghaire

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. Jeans not allowed. 

Leader: Anne O’Donnell.

Transport: Public Transport. 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 8th November 2018:

Bray to Greystones, via Bray Head. 

Meet:Tara St. Station @ 10.45am or Bray Station @ 11.30am.

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader: Fiona Byrne. No Dogs.   

Saturday, 10th November 2018 (Newcomers Welcome)

From Sutton Cross along the Coast to Bailey Lighthouse and Howth.

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: Comfortable Footwear.    

Leader: Eilish Ryan & Ann Prendergast.

Transport:  Public Transport. No Dogs.

                                                                       

Sunday, 11th November 2018: Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Fiona Byrne.

MODERATE HIKE: Paddock Pond Car Park – Maulin – Crone Woods – Wicklow Way – Curtlestown Wood 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: John Barry.

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

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Paddock Pond – Wicklow Way – Powerscourt Waterfall – Glensoulan – Crone Woods – Curtlestown Woods. 

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: Fiona Byrne.

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

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

 

EASIER HIKE: Bohernabreena Waterworks.     

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, 15th November, 2018:

The Burrow Road – Old Tram Way to Howth Summit and Quarry – Deerpark and return to Howth.

Meet:Tara St. Station @ 10.30am or Sutton Station @ 11am.

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.     

Leader:  Garry Sinnott. No Dogs.      

                                                                                                                                   

Sunday, 18th November 2018 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Fiona Byrne.

MODERATE HIKE: Glendalough Visitor Centre – Poulanass Waterfall – The Spink – Wicklow Way at the Pass between Lugduff and Mullacor – Wicklow Way to Drumgoff

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 MODERATE HIKE: Shay Elliott – Cullentragh – Mullacor – Wicklow Way – Drumgoff.  

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.

Leader: Pearse Foley.

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

 

EASIER HIKE: Shay Elliott to Drumgoff.

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: Fiona Byrne.

Transport: As Above. No Dogs. 

N.B: These 3 Hikes will share the Same Bus. 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 22nd November, 2018:

Greystones to Bray (Optional walk over Bray Head). 

Meet: Tara St. Station @10.45am or Greystones Station, @ 12 Noon.     

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes. 

Leader: Mary Moloney. No Dogs. 

 

Sunday, 25th November 2018: Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell.

MODERATE HIKE: Rockbrook – Massy’s Estate – Hell Fire Club – Cruagh – Tibradden 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: Antoin Spain.

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

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Dublin Mountains Way – The Gap Café, Two Rock – Fairy Castle – Wicklow Way – Tibradden Mountain – Tibradden 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: Fiona Byrne.

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

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

EASIER HIKE: Walk along the Liffey Valley to the site of the Old Ferry, where it crossed to the Strawberry Beds.

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:  Kay O’Sullivan.

Transport: Public Transport. No Dogs. 

N.B: Different meeting time for this particular Hike. Tea & cake at the Coach House after the Walk – Cost: €5.00

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 29th November 2018: Roundwood Lakes. 

Meet: St. Kevin’s Bus Stop (St. Stephen’s Green, opposite The Shelbourne Hotel), @ 11.15am, or, at the Coach Inn in Roundwood, @ 12.45am.

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.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Saturday, 3rd November 2018 – Peacock Theatre @ 2.30pm

“Double Cross” by Thomas Kilroy. A Production by the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

World War 2 Battle between real-life Brendan Bracken and William Joyce, better known as “Lord Haw Haw”.

Tickets: €17 unallocated seats. To book, ring the Abbey Theatre Box Office, on: (01) 8787222.

Meet: In the Foyer of the Peacock Theatre, underneath the Abbey Theatre (Entrance on Abbey Street),@ 2pm.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Wednesday, 14th November 2018, @8pm

“The Coolattin Estate and The Kennedy’s”

By Gerry McCarthy, Chairman of Naas History Society. This illustrated talk will explore the relationship between the FitzWilliam Family of the Coolattin Estate, Shillelagh Co. Wicklow, and Kathleen Kennedy (Kick) Sister of John F Kennedy, President of the United States of America. 

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.                                                                                                                    

Saturday, 17th November – Guided visit to National Sports Campus, Snugborough Rd, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Tour is at 11am.

Travel by public transport: Bus 38 from O’Connell Street Upper (stop just past Henry St), @ 9.50am. Journey takes approx. one hour. Bus 38a also passes near National Sports Campus.

If travelling by car, park at the Sports Campus by 11am. Cost of Tour (Group Rate), €5 per person.

Walking tour, approx. two hours, around facilities on site which may include Aquatic Centre, National Indoor Arena, Horse Sport Arena, Abbotstown House and Grounds and soccer and GAA facilities.

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes and bring rainwear.

Coffee shop on site.

Organiser: Mary Chambers. 

 

 ALSO:

Saturday, 17th November 2018 – National Concert Hall, Matinee Performance @ 2.30pm.

The Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society presents  “Carousel”.

Book your own tickets on the side balcony. Cost: €30 (No Concessions). 

Ring the National Concert Hall on (01) 4170000.

Meet: In the Foyer, @2pm.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

Visit Nearby Cinema

Meet: @1.30pm at the AIB Bank, corner of Parnell Street, and O’Connell Street.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Friday, 23rd November 2018: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Social Evening: Scrabble, Draughts, Jigsaws, Ludo, Card games, Raffle and Cēilí

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

Transport: Bus 38, 46A and 120 from the city to the door.

Admission: €3 includes tea & biscuits.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Sunday, 9th December 2018

Special Christmas walk followed by dinner and spot prizes

Meet: Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10.00am or 10.30am, Tara St. Station for Dart to Howth, departing @ 10.50am.

Bring: Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches, Simple First Aid Kit, Hat, Gloves, torch and reflective arm bands.

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes. Bring change of footwear.

Transport: Public Transport. No Dogs. 

Cost: €26.00 (Non-Refundable). Must be paid in full at time of booking.

To book, contact An Óige: Tel: (01) 8826700. Payment may be made by Credit Card, cheque or postal order.

Booking opens: 01/11/2018

Organisers: Deirdre & Michael Sheil

 

Saturday, 15th December 2018 – Abbey Theatre @ 2pm.

“Come from Away” – American Musical.

A true story of a Village in Newfoundland who welcomed grounded passengers of the 9/11 tragedy. Awards for Best Musical across North America.

Concession Seats from €15. To book, ring the Abbey Theatre on (01) 8787222, and ask for Row C or nearby.

Meet: in the Foyer @1.30pm.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 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)