On Sunday 24 February 2019 the Ramblers will meet at Mary Lynch’s pub at Coralstown near Mullingar for a 10 km walk out through Heathstown Bog and back along the Royal Canal towpath. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet at Mary Lynch’s at 2pm. There will be refreshments in Mary Lynch’s after the walk.
Members are reminded that annual subscriptions are now due: only €20 each or €30 for a family.
MEMBERS TRIP TO WALES
Club members who are joining the trip to Wales for the 2019 June Bank Holiday weekend are asked to pay the balance of the full price to Nini Murray by the end of March 2019.
BOHERQUILL RAMBLERS 2019 AGM
The Ramblers met at Streete Parish Park for their AGM on Sunday, 3 February, 2019. Chairperson Patricia Bruton has stepped down from her post, but remains a committed member of the Club. Alice Nerney led the thanks on behalf of all members for the great work she has done on the Committee over the years, often quietly in the background. The Ramblers owe Patricia a huge debt of gratitude, and look forward to her continuing involvement. Eileen Moreton is the new Chairperson with Declan Leonard as Vice-Chair. Nini Murray remains as Secretary, Mary McHugh and Alice Nerney as Joint Treasurers and Philip Epps as PRO. Reports delivered highlighted another busy and successful year, with local walks and weekends away. Thanks were passed on from Eamon Carthy of St. Christopher’s Services for the support of the club at recent fundraising events.
WEEKDAY WALKS IN MULLINGAR
Westmeath Sports Partnership walks in Mullingar are continuing on Tuesdays at 9.30am and Thursdays at 7pm. Meeting points vary for each week’s walk and details can be found here.
The Ramblers opened their 2017 Walking Festival with the now traditional and popular evening walk through the gardens and forest at Tullynally Castle. Tea and scones in the Castle Tea Shop provided a sociable start to the evening before the group began their walk. The spectacular gardens have become even more attractive recently with lots of improvements, clearances to provide better views and signposts to welcome the visitor. Some of the magnolias were past their best after the mild spring but the bluebells and primroses brightened the scene beneath the fresh new leaves on the trees.
Leaving The Hill of Laragh
Rain on Saturday morning cleared in time for the start of the walk in Ballynacargy and on the way along the Royal Canal towpath to the Hill of Laragh the group passed a swan on its nest. The all-round view from the hill included Corn Hill and Mullaghmeen over fields bordered by hedges full of white hawthorn blossom. A cross-country and road walk through Lakingstown brought the group back to the Canal near Kiddy’s Bridge beyond Ballynacargy. Lunch at Lock 38 beside Kelly’s Bridge was a break on the varied walk along the towpath to Abbeyshrule through lush meadows, then wild open bog with primroses lining the Canal bank and finally the immaculate approaches to Abbeyshrule. The tea and delicious scones with jam and cream in The Rustic Inn were a relaxing end to the walk before O’Haire’s coach arrived to take the group back to Ballynacargy.
Royal Canal Harbour, Abbeyshrule
Sunday’s walk sounded intimidating at 20km to 22km but it proved to be a marvellous day’s hike from Whitehall to the summit of Knockeyon and then to Fore village across mainly private land.
The steep climb to the summit of Knockeyon was rewarded with stunning views south over Lough Derravaragh as far as County Offaly, west to Corn Hill near Longford and north to Mullaghmeen.
Knockeyon recedes behind on the way to Fore
The walk continued through Derrynagarragh, an area of woodlands filled with birdsong on the day and several small loughs between hills covered in yellow-blossomed gorse. Knockeyon receded behind and then Lough Lene came into view with several anglers boats near its western end. Further round the end of the Lough the route followed the shore for over a kilometre before turning north over the flank of the hill at Windtown and finally down into Fore.
The Ramblers would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make the weekend so memorable. First the walks leaders and organisers: Club Chair Patricia Bruton on Saturday and Frank, John and David Higgins on Sunday. Thank you to Thomas and Valerie Pakenham of Tullynally Castle and the many landowners who allowed access to their property over the weekend. Jane O’Reilly of the Coffee Shop in Fore also added to the success of the Festival while the walkers enjoyed snacks or meals in Tullynally Castle Tea Shop, The Rustic Inn in Abbeyshrule and the Hotel Castlepollard. Club Secretary Nini Murray and Co-Treasurer Mary McHugh put in vital work with registrations each day. The Ramblers Club President Brian Nerney gave invaluable support anytime and anywhere over the weekend with water, fruit and a lift back to base if needed. Thank you to Streete Parish Park for the supply of bottled water. Transport was provided by Salmon’s Coaches of Castlepollard and O’Haire’s of Ballymahon.
Boherquill Ramblers Hi-vis vests and Walks Calendars
Boherquill Ramblers hi-vis vests are now available in S, M and XL sizes at €10 each. The use of these vests during road walks is strongly recommended as the wearer becomes much more visible to car drivers. Please contact Brian at 086 2596656.
Printed versions of this year’s Walks Calendar are now available from Philip Epps at 087 7753612.
Improvements to the Photo Gallery.
The Photo Gallery has been improved and updated with thumbnails to click on and a slideshow. There are new photos including The Ramblers visits to The Netherlands, the 2017 Walking Festival, weekends in Sligo and Clifden plus assorted Sunday walks .
Have you a new walk?
If you have a suggestion for a new walk please contact any Committee member with the details. There are also many new walking routes becoming available now that walking is so popular, so please keep an eye out for any new ones in your area. If you enjoyed a past walk we haven’t included for a while please let us know.