Tyndall Mountain Club is one of Kilkenny’s hidden treasures and offers people the opportunity to explore some of the region’s most spectacular landscapes in a safe and fun environment.
The group was founded 33 years ago nd has a membership of 75 people. They meet every Wednesday and Sunday and go on walks and hikes around the county and further afield.
Martin Reilly, one of the founding members explained how the club started.
“I moved down from Dublin over 30 years ago and took some people out walking from the Loreto Secondary School, where I was working at the time.
“There was a great reaction and I decided to call a meeting, which was held in the Teacher Centre, which was located in the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral then. Around 35 people showed up and expressed an interest and that is how the group started,” said Martin.
Initially the group met every Sunday but in recent years a second day has been added to the hillwalking calendar.
“We meet every Sunday outside the cinema and every second Sunday we have a beginners or introductory walk as well. A few years ago we introduced a walk on a Wednesday and this is very popular as well,” said treasurer John Smart.
“You get to see places that you would never see ordinarily and there is a great mix of people involved. There is also a great mix of walks so you are able to build up your fitness gradually,” said club member, Kathleen Tuite.
The club also organises a number of social weekends away around the country and members often go abroad to hike. Members are currently planning to walk the Camino Portugueses in June and to go the base camp of Mount Everest in November. The club also organises courses in navigation, mountain skills and First Aid.
The group meets at 9.30am outside the Teagasc office every Wednesday and outside the cinema every Sunday.
The club is hosting the Gus Tobin Memorial Walk in the Galtee mountains on June 7 where participants will walk 29 kilometres across the mountain peaks.
For more information see www.tyndallmountain.ie