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 August 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. Renew on line www.anoige.ie 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 H Mikers on Eden Quay.

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday 1st August 2019

Clontarf seafront to Dollymount beach, St Anne’s Pk Walled Garden, Rose Garden and Red Stables

Meet                 11am’Clontarf Dart Station

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

Wear:                 Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.   

Leader:               Garrett Sinnott No dogs 

 

Sunday, 4th August 2019 Co-Ordinatator on Eden Quay – Martin Fagan

Mount Leinster and Blackstairs, with evening meal stop on way home

Moderate Hike: Ballycrystal – Black Rock Mtn – Mount Leinster – Stoolyen – Knockroe – Sculloge Gap

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 No Dogs

Transport:        Special Bus. Cost: €20.00.  

                                                                 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE: Waterloo Lane – Cooliage Gap – Caher Roe’s Den – Blackstairs Mountain – Sculloge Gap

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:               Brian Madden and Martin Fagan No Dogs

Transport:        Special Bus. Cost: €20.00.       

N.B.: These 2 Hikes will share the Same Bus. Note that due to longer journey time, there is a meal stop on the way home, so arrival in Dublin City Centre 9pm or later (But Monday is a Bank Holiday)      

                                 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday 8th August 2019

Coastal walk from Laytown to Gormanstown Castle

Meet                 10.30am Connolly Station for train to Laytown

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

Wear:                 Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.   

Leader:                Kay O’Sullivan  No dogs 

 

Sunday, 11th August Co-Ordinatator on Eden Quay – Fiona Byrne

Moderate Hike:

Fernhill tunne – Fairy Castle – Wicklow Way – Bornaralty Bridge –Ravens Rock – Shop River

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:             John Cobbe No Dogs

Transport:        Special Bus. Cost: €15.00. 

                                                                  

EASIER MODERATE HIKE;

Glencullen-      Dublin Mountain Way – Fairy Castle – Shop river

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:             Fiona Byrne No Dogs

Transport:        Special Bus. Cost: €15.00.       

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

 

EASIER HIKE:  The Big Sugarloaf

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:             Nancy Phillips   No Dogs

Transport:        Public Transport

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday 15th August

Boyne walk from Drogheda to Oldbridge and back to Drogheda for Fleadh Ceol

Meet                 9.45am Connolly station for 10am train to Drogheda

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

Wear:                Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.   

Leader:               Mary Ennis  No dogs 

 

ALSO

Thursday 15th August 2019

Opera in the Open – Dublin City Council Civic Ampitheatre Wood Quay: Live Opera 1pm -2pm

Meet:                12pm at Dublin City Council Offices, Wood Quay

Organiser:        Patsy Moloney

Sunday, 18th August  Co-Ordinatator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell

 

Moderate Hike:

Pier Gates – Knocknacloghoge – Inchavore River- Kanturk – Scarr – Barton’s Wood – Oldbridge

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:             Philip Hayden No Dogs

Transport:        Special Bus. Cost: €15.00.                                           

 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE;

Paddock Pond – Pier Gates – Old Bridge via the Wicklow Way

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:              Frank O’Rourke No Dogs

Transport:        Special Bus. Cost: €15.00.                                                         PTO

                                                                       

Special Walk with evening meal

Walk part of the old railine from Castlecomer to Athy –Wolf Hill – Horse Bridge- with a visit to the Shackleton Exhibition.

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

Cost                 €40 includes transport and evening meal in 4 star hotel.

Leaders:           Kay & Tony O’Sullivan

 

Thursday 22nd August 2019

Tolka Valley Park to Botanic Gardens – Flat Walk

Meet: 11am Connolly Station for train to Ashtown, departs 11.15am

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

Wear:                Strong Shoes

Leader:            Mary Bell.

 

Sunday, 25th August Co-Ordinatator on Eden Quay –  Marie McDonnell

Moderate Hike:

Camara Hill- Loughnaquilla – Slievemann –Ballyineddan – Fenton’s Pub

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     No Dogs

Transport:        Special Bus. Cost: €15.00.  

                                                                 

EASIER MODERATE HIKE;

Knickenn Ford – Stranahealy forest – Cavanagh’s Gap  – Lobawn – Pinnacle Hill – Donard

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:            Pat Gallagher  No Dogs

Transport:        Special Bus. Cost: €15.00.       

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

 

EASIER HIKE:

Balbriggan to Ardgillen Castle, via parklands and headland: variety of walks in Ardigillen Demesne, visit castle, if desired

Meet:                Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, O’Connell Bridge End @ 10.00am or Bus Eireann stop Talbot Street opposite Ripley Court Hotel, 10.15am for Bus Eireann, Bus 101 (Drogheda Bus leavening 10.30am) to Balbriggan

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

Wear:               Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader:            Mary Chambers.    No Dogs

Transport:         Public Transport

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday 29th August

Shankill via beach Dalkey

Meet:                11.30am Shankill Dart Station

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

Wear:                Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.   

Leader:              Tom O’Loughlin. No dogs

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Saturday 10th August – Gate Theatre @ 2.30pm

“The Snapper” by Roddy Doyle. A wickedly funny account of family life and pregnancy in northside Dublin in the 1989s. Seats from €25  Ring 8744045 to book. Try for seat near Row B.

Meet: 2pm in Foyer

 

Organiser: Patsy Moloney

Tuesday 13th August

Visit Nearby Cinema

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

Organiser:        Patsy Moloney

 

Social Evening Friday 16th August 2019 7.30pm to 10.30pm

Scrabble, Draughts, and Jigsaws

New Venue: The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square

Cost:                €5 per person

 

Cultural Outing

Saturday 17th August 2019 -12pm

Visit to Fernhill Garden the latest park in the Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown area

Admission: Free

Transport: Take bus no 47 departing from Poolbeg St : 11.30am alight at Belermine Roundabout,

Organiser: Christine Farren

 

Other Items of Interest:

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)

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)