Monday, 2 April 2018

Monsters, Myths, Mystical Mountains and Magnificent hospitality

The 25th North Leitrim Glens Hill Walking festival can be deemed a complete success


The 156 walkers and guides who donned their boots on Easter Sat 2018 in Leitrim were treated to stunning views over Glenade Valley. If walkers weren't breathless from the steep climb at the start, then they certainly were by the views that awaited them when they got to the top!


Walkers with Peek a Dha in the background



Walkers at the start of Saturdays walk overlooking Glenade Lake


When walkers took a break to breathe in the scenery, they were treated to the story of the monster of Glenade Lake, the Dobharcu and where the name Glenade came from - The Glen of Jealousy. Did you know that Peek A Dha means the cows finger?


The walk route took the group from the starting point on the lower side of Glenade Lake and followed a short climb to the escarpment, taking in views of Peek a Dha, Glenade Valley and the Sligo and Donegal coastlines and finished on the beautiful little mountain of Tievebaun. Covering 12 Km the group was well ready for a lovely meal in The Bee Park Centre, Manorhamilton followed by a film at The Glens Centre. It was lovely to welcome 37 walkers from the An Oige group in Dublin.



Where humans dare - Eagles Rock, Glenade



Sunday Walk;  Arroo Mountain and Trail Head

Well, it may not be everybody's idea of how to spend an Easter Sunday but the 158 walkers who left the comfort of their duvets early on Sun morning had absolutely no regrets. The wonderful hospitality at Aghanlish Community Centre at the start and finish of the Long and Medium hill walks and the ramble was just incredible. Homemade scones, a variety of hot drinks and gluten free options meant everybody was catered for.




Gluten Free Options at Aghanlish served with a smile and a large helping of Leitrim hospitality 



Tea & treats at  registration at Aghanlish Community Centre


Easter Sunday was also the inaugural walk of the new Arroo Trail Head. This stunning walk is the result of collaboration between the local community, landowners, Leitrim Development Company, Sligo Leader, Leitrim County Council and Leitrim Recreation Forum. Ask any walker that took the trail on Sunday and they would confirm that it was all so very worth while. What better ambassador to tell people about the walk than Glenade's own Colin Regan. Colin explained the process to the group of ramblers who took the trail and his pride in his native valley was palpable.






Members of An Oige group and locals with Colin on the Arroo Trail





Iascin Lake




Colin Regan with Arroo Mountain in the background

Hot soup, homemade brown bread and sweet treats revived walkers afterwards at the former national school. The miracle of the loaves and fishes was repeated when twice as many walkers as estimated turned up but nothing was a problem to the women and men of Aghanlish Community. 




                                                        Members of the local community


Tasty treats to revive walkers


Ask any of the 150+ walkers who turned up both days what the highlight was and you'll probably get 300+ different answers. For one Swiss walker it was the absolute joy of spotting two Peregrine Falcons on Glenade Escarpment, for the co-coordinator of the Dublin An Oige group it was the softness of the border that enabled communication between their accommodation and transport company in Fermanagh with the organisers in Letirim to ensure a seamless weekend of activities and entertainment for them. For other walkers it was the personal achievement, one completing his first ever hill walk, another getting over an injury. Without exception, all were well aware of the feel good factor that a day in nature affords with benefits for body, soul and mind.


The North Leitrim Glens Hill Walking Festival is run by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Holey Soles Hill Walking Club and guides from Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks. The support from local communities, landowners and sponsors; Trail blazers, Call of the Wild and Leitrim Co Council enable it all to happen. The guides who help from North West Mountain Rescue and Sligo Clubs keep everyone safe on the hills. The watchful eye of the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue volunteers who are on call for the festival, make everyone feel a little easier in their responsibility to guests. The fantastic and ever enthusiastic PRO Dervilla Keegan is an inspiration to all. The economic benefit that the festival brings to the area is an added bonus with accommodation, transport, restaurants and pubs benefiting from the visitors. Long may it continue. Leitrim Abu!


Thanks to Evan Sweeney, Sheila O'Keeffe, Dervilla Keegan, Noirin Clancy, Paul Keogh and Nuala McNulty for the pics





Friday, 23 June 2017

Special offer for Stoney Woods Festival

Stoney Woods Festival Kiltyclogher Leitrim
June 30 - July 2

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A wonderful 3 day event including music, family fun, street feast and so much more. All this happening in the picturesque village of Kiltyclogher

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10% discount at Tawnylust Lodge for people attending the festival


musicians laughing & playing guitar
Happy Heads at Stoney Woods Festival


Weekend €170
Extra night €45
Week €315
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Talk & Walk for Syria



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Fundraising Walk &Talk for Syria
Saturday March 18th 2017 

11am to 1.30pm

Join us for this shamrock refreshing event!


Glenfarne Forest & Rainbow Ballroom 

of Romance, Leitrim

Walk :
Starts at 11am from the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance and takes approximately one hour to and from the lakeshore of Lough McNean in Glenfarne Forest. See fabulous views across the lake to Cavan and Fermanagh


Talk 
Directly after the walk in The Rainbow Ballroom you can hear a little about Syria from 

Rola Eldahouk is an Irish-Syrian living in Sligo for the past eight years. Rola will tell her story including how moving to Ireland changed her life. She will also talk about Syria today, some of her family are still there.


Refreshments
Enjoy good Leitrim hospitality with home made soup, brown bread, biccies and a cuppa while listening to traditional Irish music from our local Comhaltas group

Funds:
Funds raised will go to Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) Emergency Appeal for Syria, 100% of all money collected will go directly to Syria.

Do come along and make our St Patrick’s holiday weekend special by supporting children and families in Syria. Donations welcome on the day. Please spread the word.






Organised by The Glenfarne Community Development Group