News 2012

Title: Galtee Cleanup
Date: 27/04/2012
Galtee Cleanup

27 April 2012

Furgus Flynn, Limerick Climbing Club's Environmental Officer reports on their cleanup day on the Galtee Mountains.


We had 7 club members out Saturday morning, 21 April 2012, for the annual Galtee cleanup day. We were joined by approx. 15 members from other clubs who also walk in the Galtees, as well as Jimmy Barry from Mountain Rescue. One group of us headed for Cush car park, upper and lower, while another group headed for the Lake Muskry car park. Between us we collected about 6 car trailer loads of rubbish. While still 6 loads too many, it was down on other years, hopefully people are getting the message not to litter and dump rubbish.

After the cleanup, we returned to the Failte office in the Glen of Aherlow for tea and scones, many thanks to Helen Morrisey for organising them.

After that, there was some discussion about setting up a Munster branch of Mountain Meithal. For those who have not heard of Mountain Meithal, they are a group of volunteers who build and maintain paths and access facilities, mostly in the mountains around Dublin and Wicklow. This is done purely to preserve the mountain environment in areas with lots of walkers. After the discussion, a small working committee was formed from some of the officers from the other clubs present, with myself representing the Limerick club.

Mountain Rescue Demonstration

On Sunday morning we had a demonstration of rescue techniques from SEMRA (South East Mountain Rescue Association). The showed us some basic first aid, discussed the process of how to call Mountain Rescue in the event of an accident, and also showed us some of their equipment. This took about an hour, after which the mountain rescue people went off to carry out one of their own training exercises. Most of our group then did an easy walk up to Lough Curra, taking about 2 1/2 hours.

Over all quite an active weekend.

Fergus Flynn

Environmental Officer.