Interested in Hill-Walking and the Craic?
Why not check out the Limerick Climbing Club. The club is primarily a hill-walking club and is affiliated with Mountaineering Ireland (MI).
The club's membership has steadily increased over the last number of years and currently has over 150 members. The club always welcomes new faces, to join refer to the membership page.
The club is a voluntary effort and members are encouraged to participate in the running of the club, attending mountain skills and leadership courses as well as participating in club events and the regular scheduled walks.
The club has four main types of hill-walking events
The club runs walks every Sunday throughout the winter months starting in October and ending in May/June. The walks vary in difficulty, pace and duration from easy through moderate up to difficult to suit most levels of walkers, further explanation of the grading can be found on the walk schedule page. The level of difficulty of the walk is also noted on the walk schedule. New members should start off with an easy walk to get a feel for the level of fitness required for each level.
Wednesday Evening Walks
The Wednesday evening walks are run throughout the summer and are very popular. The walks start after work in May and end in September with the arrival of the shorter evenings. Each walk has an agreed meeting point, please check the Wednesday Walk schedule when it is posted at the beginning of the summer. These walks also vary in difficulty but are considerably shorter than the winter walks to ensure safe return before dark. They are a great way to break-up the week.
The club also organises a number of walking weekends away, usually coinciding with bank holidays weekends. The weekends are a great way to get walks in to other mountain ranges further away from Limerick; areas not always possible to get to on the Sunday walks. The weekends are also great social events, with groups often renting houses together or sharing B&B or hotel accommodation. Afterall you need some comfort if you're spending a few days hill walking.
The Club usually organises a week-long summer walking holiday to Europe in June. These trips usually have a range of walking options so suit every kind of walker and are well organised with accommodation and board included. Individual Club members have also smaller overseas trips to places such as The Lake District and Scotland which have smaller numbers and are usually shorter.
In September 1982 a group of misfits (not known to each other) met in the Olde Tom Pub in Limerick at a slide show about Ciaran O'Hagan's ice climbing trip to the Canadian Rockies. Full of enthusiasm this group decided to join the UL Mountaineering and Rock Climbing Club (then the N.I.H.E). In Easter of '83 this group split from the UL club who were busy studying for their exams to form their own club.
This group consisted of... (ladies first)
Cecilia O'Dwyer, Marian O'Dea, Brian McNelis, Pat McElligott, Mike Keyes, Benny Jackson, Ger O'Connor, Mick Killeen, Sean Burke, Ger Joyce, Gerry Moran, Declan MacCuartha, Tom Mulligan, Jim Coen and moi Cyril Doran.
A number of this group started rock climbing, while others who hadn't a clue about how to find their way around the hills went off on mountain leader courses.
One night in a dark shady den it was decided to try to attract more members of the opposite sex into the club, on the pretext that we also did knitting. Hence the Limerick Climbing and Crochet Club was formed. The unusual but very effective ploy was a rip-roaring success and knitting flourished as well!!
The group also started winter camping trips, snow and ice climbing, gully climbing and became keen rock climbers and even keener drinkers. House parties and weekends away became popular as the social side of the club also flourished.
Cyril Doran 24/11/06