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 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.

Sunday, 12th August 2018 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Mary Sorohan.

MODERATE HIKE: Pier Gate – Lugalla – Knocknacloghoge – 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.

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

EASIER MODERATE HIKE

Annamoe – Wicklow Way – Brusher Gap – Dry Hill – Paddock Hill – Laragh

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:

Howth – The Summit to the Sea.

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:             Mary Sorohan.

Transport:        Public Transport. No Dogs. 

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 16th August, 2018:

Beach Walk – Laytown to Mornington, Co. Meath. 

Meet:              At the Savoy Cinema @ 10.40 for Matthews Bus, departing North Cumberland St @11am. Return buses from Bettystown every half hour up to 7pm.

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

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader:           Olive Cowland

 

Sunday, 19th August 2018 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Des Whelan

MODERATE HIKE

Shay Elliot – Cullentragh – Mullacor  – Lugduff Ridge – The Spink – Glendalough Visitor Centre.

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:             Gary Byrne

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

EASIER MODERATE HIKE

Laragh – Woollen Mills – Derrybawn Ridge – Mullacor – Wicklow Way – Green Road – Glendalough Visitor Centre. 

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:            Tony Groves

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

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

ALSO:

Sunday, 19th August 2018. Special Walk with Meal. In the Greencastle/Kilkeel area of Co. Down. This Trip is fully booked.

Those booked should meet at Liberty Hall @ 9.45am. Coach will depart @ 10.15 sharp.

Leaders: Kay & Tony O’Sullivan.       

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday 23rd August 2018:

Lucan Demense.

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:           Mary Grimes. No Dogs. 

 

Sunday, 26th August 2018 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell.

MODERATE HIKE

Kilcommon Bridge – Railway Walk to Rosbane – Garryhoe Lane – Wicklow Way – Ballycumber Loop – Mangans Trail Head – Mangans Lane to Tinahely.  

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.   

Easier Moderate Hike:

Ballythomas – Carrighill – Croghankinsella – Moneyteigue – Clone

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:            Pearse Foley.

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

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

EASIER HIKE:

Blessington Area

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:           Mary O’Flaherty

Transport:     Public Transport. No Dogs. 

 

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.                                      

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday, 4th August 2018 – Abbey Theatre @ 2pm

“Jimmy’s Hall” – Adapted from Paul Laverty’s film script. This is a “feel good” show with music, dance, poetry and song.

Concession seats from €15. To book, ring Abbey Theatre on: (01) 8787222, and ask for seats close to the stage.

Meet: in the Foyer @ 1.30pm.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Saturday, 11th August 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, 14th August 2018

Visit Nearby Cinema

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

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Saturday, 18th August 2018 –  Heritage Event

Richard Schirrmann what was his Story in the Heritage World and Legacy which benefitted Ireland and the World, and how does it fit into today’s World.

Venue: Dublin International Hostel, 61 Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7. Room 102 (Conference Room), from @ 7pm – 9pm. Bring any stories you might like to share. 

Organiser: Eilish Ryan.

 

Friday, 24th August 2018:

In conjunction with Heritage Week.

Presentation and talk on the History of the Glencree Vally by Frank Treacy – Author and Local Historian.

Venue: Knockree International Youth Hostel in the Glencree Valley, outside Enniskerry @ 7pm.

 

Other Items of Interest

WANTED:

To enable her to get back to full fitness after her recent knee replacement operation, Marie McDonnell is looking for a loan of fitness bike.  If you can help with this, please ring (01) 8377411, or (01) 8826702 (An Óige afternoons).

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)

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.

Sunday, 12th August 2018 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Mary Sorohan.

MODERATE HIKE: Pier Gate – Lugalla – Knocknacloghoge – 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.

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

EASIER MODERATE HIKE

Annamoe – Wicklow Way – Brusher Gap – Dry Hill – Paddock Hill – Laragh

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:

Howth – The Summit to the Sea.

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:             Mary Sorohan.

Transport:        Public Transport. No Dogs. 

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday, 16th August, 2018:

Beach Walk – Laytown to Mornington, Co. Meath. 

Meet:              At the Savoy Cinema @ 10.40 for Matthews Bus, departing North Cumberland St @11am. Return buses from Bettystown every half hour up to 7pm.

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

Wear:              Hiking Boots or Strong Shoes.

Leader:           Olive Cowland

 

Sunday, 19th August 2018 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Des Whelan

MODERATE HIKE

Shay Elliot – Cullentragh – Mullacor  – Lugduff Ridge – The Spink – Glendalough Visitor Centre.

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:             Gary Byrne

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

EASIER MODERATE HIKE

Laragh – Woollen Mills – Derrybawn Ridge – Mullacor – Wicklow Way – Green Road – Glendalough Visitor Centre. 

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:            Tony Groves

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

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

ALSO:

Sunday, 19th August 2018. Special Walk with Meal. In the Greencastle/Kilkeel area of Co. Down. This Trip is fully booked.

Those booked should meet at Liberty Hall @ 9.45am. Coach will depart @ 10.15 sharp.

Leaders: Kay & Tony O’Sullivan.       

 

MIDWEEK WALKS:

Thursday 23rd August 2018:

Lucan Demense.

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:           Mary Grimes. No Dogs. 

 

Sunday, 26th August 2018 – Co-Ordinator on Eden Quay – Marie McDonnell.

MODERATE HIKE

Kilcommon Bridge – Railway Walk to Rosbane – Garryhoe Lane – Wicklow Way – Ballycumber Loop – Mangans Trail Head – Mangans Lane to Tinahely.  

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.   

Easier Moderate Hike:

Ballythomas – Carrighill – Croghankinsella – Moneyteigue – Clone

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:            Pearse Foley.

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

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

EASIER HIKE:

Blessington Area

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:           Mary O’Flaherty

Transport:     Public Transport. No Dogs. 

 

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.                                      

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday, 4th August 2018 – Abbey Theatre @ 2pm

“Jimmy’s Hall” – Adapted from Paul Laverty’s film script. This is a “feel good” show with music, dance, poetry and song.

Concession seats from €15. To book, ring Abbey Theatre on: (01) 8787222, and ask for seats close to the stage.

Meet: in the Foyer @ 1.30pm.

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Saturday, 11th August 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, 14th August 2018

Visit Nearby Cinema

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

Organiser: Patsy Moloney.

 

Saturday, 18th August 2018 –  Heritage Event

Richard Schirrmann what was his Story in the Heritage World and Legacy which benefitted Ireland and the World, and how does it fit into today’s World.

Venue: Dublin International Hostel, 61 Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7. Room 102 (Conference Room), from @ 7pm – 9pm. Bring any stories you might like to share. 

Organiser: Eilish Ryan.

 

Friday, 24th August 2018:

In conjunction with Heritage Week.

Presentation and talk on the History of the Glencree Vally by Frank Treacy – Author and Local Historian.

Venue: Knockree International Youth Hostel in the Glencree Valley, outside Enniskerry @ 7pm.

 

Other Items of Interest

WANTED:

To enable her to get back to full fitness after her recent knee replacement operation, Marie McDonnell is looking for a loan of fitness bike.  If you can help with this, please ring (01) 8377411, or (01) 8826702 (An Óige afternoons).

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)