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 September 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 tdate, 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, 30th August 2018

Special Bus to walk along the Barrow towpath from Borris, Co. Carlow, to Graiguenamanagh. 

Leaders: Martin Fagan & Pearse Foley.  

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Transport: Special Bus. Cost €15 (Travel passes not allowed). No Dogs. 

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.                                      

 

Sunday, 2nd September 2018 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

NEWCOMERS HARD HIKE: Aghavannagh Bridge – Ow Valley – Aghavannagh Mountain – Lybagh – Slieve Mann – Lugnaquilla – Cloghernagh – Art’s Lough – Barravore Car Park. 

Distance: 16km. Ascent: 750M.

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots Only. Jeans not allowed.    

Leader: Soren Stuhr Mandrup.

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

 

MODERATE HIKE:

Ballinfoyle – Ballineddan – Slieve Maan – Lugnaquilla – Camara Hill – Fenton’s.

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans now allowed.  

Leader: Mick Heneghan.

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

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE:

Sugarloaf – Lobawn – Wexford Gap – Table Track – Knickeen – Seskin – Fenton’s.

Meet: Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10.00am, or: @11.00am at the entrance to the Wooden bridge, Dollymount.

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.   

Leader: Garry Sinnott.                                                    

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

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

                                                                                                                                    EASIER HIKE:

Poolbeg Lighthouse (Weather permitting)

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader: Brian Connolly.   

Transport: Public Transport. No Dogs.

 

MIDWEEK WALKS

Thursday, 6th September 2018:

Canal Walk from Binn’s Bridge to the 12th Lock at Castleknock, with break off point at Ashtown.  

Meet:  @ 11am at Binn’s Bridge, Drumcondra. Bus No’s 1, 11, 13, 16, 40 and 44 from O’Connell St.

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader: Mary Moloney. No Dogs.

 

Saturday, 8th September 2018 (Newcomers Welcome)

Autumnal walk – Montpelier Hill – Hell Fire Club – Cruagh Woods – Tibradden Woods – Marley Park. 

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

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

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

Leaders: Eilish Ryan & Ann Prendergast.

Transport: Public Transport. No Dogs.   

 

Suday, 9th September 2018 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

MODERATE HIKE

Ballymoyle Hill to Wooden Bridge, via Ballinvalley Forest – Avoca and Ballyarthur Woods. 14kms. 

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.   

Leader: David Marlborough.

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

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Avoca Village – Red Kite Walk – Ballanagh – Ballyarthur – Killeagh – Wooden Bridge.

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.       

Leader: David McCann.

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

N.B: The above 2 walks will use the Same Bus.    

 

EASIER HIKE:

Farmleigh.

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader: Deirdre Wilson.

Transport: Public Transport. No Dogs. 

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 13th September 2018:

Rathmichael Woods to Shankill

Meet: @ 10.45am at the 44 Bus Stop in Townsend Street.   

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.     

Leader: Fiona Byrne.

 

Sunday, 16th September 2018 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Fiona Byrne.

MODERATE HIKE:

Stone Cross – Slievenabawnogue – Ballymorefinn – Seahan – Corrig – Seefingan – Kippure – Military Road. 

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.

Leader: Martin Fagan.

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

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE:

Athdown Forest – Seefin – Seefingan – Kippure – Military Road.

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed.

Leader: Ann Prendergast.

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

N.B: The Moderate and Easier Moderate Hikes will use the Same Bus. 

 

EASIER HIKE:

The Scalp to Shankill, via Ballycourus Lead Mines and Rathmichael Woods. 

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes

Leader: Fiona Byrne.

Transport: Public Transport. No Dogs. 

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 20th September 2018:

Walk Moate to Athlone along the Greenway (9 Miles). .  

Meet: @ 10.25am at Bus Eireann stop St. John’s Road beside Houston Station.  

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

Leader: Tom O’Loughlin. No Dogs. 

Sunday, 23rd September:

 

MODERATE HIKE:

Glenmalure – Carrawaystick – Zig Zags – Clohernagh – Kelly’s Lough – Wicklow Way – Drumgoff.      

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed. 

Leader: Jim Larkin.

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

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE:

Ragman’s Path – Shay Elliot – Carriglinneen – Drumgoff. 

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed. 

Leader: Jim Barry.

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

N.B: The above 2 Walks will use the Same Bus. 

 

EASIER HIKE:

Ancient Donore – Boyne Canal – Townley Hall. 

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.   

Leader: Kay & Tony O’Sullivan.

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

NB: Different meeting time for this Hike.

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 27th September, 2018: (Climbing)

Scalp to Shankill via Lead Mines and Kathygallagher

Meet: @10.45am at the No 44 Bus Stop in Townsend Street.

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

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

Leader: Liz McWilliam. No Dogs.                                                                                                

Sunday, 30th September, 2018: Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

MODERATE HIKE: Ballinagee Bridge – Glenreemore – Lough Firrib – Turlough Hill –

Camaderry – Camaderry East Top – Glendalough. 

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed. 

Leader: Mel O’Hara.

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

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE:

Wicklow Gap – Turlough Hill – Camaderry – Camaderry East Top – Glendalough. 

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

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

Wear: Hiking Boots only. Jeans not allowed. 

Leader: Tom O’Loughlin.

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

N.B: The above 2 Walks will use the Same Bus. 

 

EASIER HIKE:

Coastal Walk from Laytown to Mornington. 

Meet: Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10.00am, OR: 10.15am at Connolly Station for Commuter train to Laytown, departing @ 10.35am.

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

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.   

Leader: Olive Cowlard.

Transport: Public Transport. No Dogs. 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday, 1st September 2018

Palmerstown Heritage Walk.

Meet: Outside St. Philomena’s Church, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, @1.45pm.

Transport from the City Centre:

Bus No’s 25, 25A, 25B from Aston Quay, to the Pedestrians Footbridge, at Palmerstown. Palmerstown House Pub and restaurant is a few minutes walk down Kennelsfort Road Lower. St. Philomena’s Church is just beyond Palmerstown House Pub.

Organiser: Mary Chambers.

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

 

Saturday, 8th September 2018:

Boat trip to Dalkey Island.

Meet: Dalkey Dart Station, @ 12.15, to walk to Coliemore Harbour, for boat to the Island.

Bring: Rainwear, Flask, Sandwiches.

Wear: Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Cost of Boat Trip: €8 per person.

Organiser: Christine Farren.                                                                                                                                    

Tuesday, 11th September 2018:

Visit Nearby Cinema

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

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Friday, 14th September 2018 -7.30pm – 10.30pm

Social evening, Scrabble, Monopoly, Draughts, Jig-saws, Ludo, Card games, Raffles and Ceílí.

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

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

Admission: €3, including tea & brack.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Saturday, 6th October 2018 – Abbey Theatre @ 2pm.

Druid’s Richard III – Shakespeare’s greatest Villain. Nothing will stand between him and the Crown.

As this is part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, it is advisable to book early. Row C or nearby.

Concession Seats from €15. To book, ring the Abbey Theatre, on: (01) 8787222.

Meet: In the Foyer @1.30pm.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

80th Anniversary Photographic Weekend in Knockree Hostel, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. 14th, 15th, and 16th September 2018. Guest lectures, Workshop, and Fieldtrips. Further information from Peter Gallagher – 087 2369883, or email – gallagherpeter0@gmail.com

 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)