Drimoleague Feile Beag 2015

The Drimoleague Feile Beag takes place over May Bank Holiday Weekend. The opening parade, led by St. Fachna’s Silver Band, sets off at 8.15pm through Drimoleague Village on Friday 1 May.  There will be a host of family, fun activities to enjoy over the three days. There will also be a number of free, guided walks to partake in.

Saturday 2 May
5.30am: The Dawn Chorus Walk; assemble at the Top of the Rock. Led by Lesley Lewis. Tea served afterwards in the Pod Pairc.

10.00am: Mullaghmesha Hill Walk; assemble at Castledonovan Car Park.

4pm – 6pm: Guided Tours of Castledonovan Castle

Sunday 3 May
10.30am: Hill Walk – Castledonovan to Loch Bofinna; assemble at Castledonovan Car Park, return bus transfer available if required.

Monday 4 May
10.00am: Hilll Walk to Nowen Hill; assemble at Cullinagh, Dunmanway.

For more information on all the Feile Beag events click here

Contemplatives St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Walk: 15 and 16 August 2015

THE CONTEMPLATIVE ST FINBARR’S PILGRIM WALK takes place on a weekend of 15th & 16th August 2015.

The Walk will be scheduled as follows:

Saturday 15th August: You can park your car for the day in at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre. At 9am we depart from the Top of the Rock, heading for Castledonovan, Mullaghmesha and the Mealagh Valley. Lunch will be served in the Mealagh Valley community hall at approx. 2.30pm. Arrival in Kealkil having completed the first 12.5 miles of the walk at approx. 5.30pm.
A bus will convey you back to Drimoleague for around 6.30pm.
Sunday 16th August: Park your car at Carriganass Castle in Kealkil for a 9am start from Carriganass Castle in Kealkil for the 9.5 mile walk over the mountain to Gougane Barra. There will be a sandwich lunch at a stop near Lackavaun before the steep ascent. An alternative will be available for those who wish to take a less strenuous route to walk into Gougane by road. Arrival in Gougane at approx. 4pm with a short time of reflection.

REFLECTION: On the contemplative walk we stop about every hour or so at places where St Finbarr might have stopped, eg An tobair Ur, the Glanaclohy rock, the stone circle etc. We reflect on the life and message of St Finbarr and then resume our path.

COST: The lunch and bus costs €8 and €6 respectively each day. This year we are requesting an extra €4 each day to extend a gratuity to extra guides who will lead us. We expect between 40 and 50 walkers.

LEVEL of FITNESS: We have had people in their seventies do the pilgrim walk but they need to be extraordinarily fit . Particularly on Sunday the gradient can be steep and demanding over an extended period. The area is subject to dense fog and we have to stay together at all times. The path is well marked and discernible at all times.

The contemplative talks will be led by David Ross.

For more information and to book contact David and Elizabeth Ross (028 31547) at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc. david@topoftherock.ie

For more information about Pilgrim Paths of Ireland go to http://www.pilgrimpath.ie/about/

Community St Finbarr’s Walk: 8 and 9 August 2015

The ANNUAL COMMUNITY ST. FINBARR’S PILGRIM WALK will take place during the weekend of 8 and 9 August 2015.

This two-day walk – 37km in distance –  has become a popular event for participants over the past six years.

At 9am on Saturday, the group will leave Top of the Rock, Drimoleague, for Kealkil. After the day’s walk a bus will be arranged for a return to Drimoleague from Kealkil and back again the following morning to Carriganass Castle in Kealkil, where the group will resume the walk for the final stretch over the mountain to Gougane.

This walk is not for the faint-hearted, but the sense of camarderie and support makes the whole experience an enjoyable and unforgettable one.

Everyone is welcome!

For more details contact Mike on mobile:  087 7641420, or email: liz_dromusta@yahoo.co.uk


Free Weekly Guided Walks: July and August 2015

The weekly guided walks of Drimoleague Heritage Walkways were a great success last year, and they will return in 2015. For the months of July and August there will be free guided walks of Drimoleague Heritage Walkways every Tuesday.

So if you always wanted to get out there and try Drimoleague Heritage Walkways but just needed a little push, then come along to the Railway Yard Car Park in Drimoleague Village for a 6.30pm start. Each Tuesday walk may take a different Walkway and will last between 1 – 2 hours. All walks will suit most abilities and all walks are free. But, most importantly, everyone is welcome! For more information ring Mike O’Sullivan on: 087 7641420.