News 2012

Title: MI host Oireachtas Walk 2012
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Date: 19/06/2012
MI host Oireachtas Walk 2012

19 June 2012

Mountaineering Ireland hosted the 2012 Oireachtas Walk on Sunday, 17 June in the Galtee Mountains. More than 30 elected members and staff of the houses of the Oireachtas attended the event. The group gathered in wonderful sunshine at the Aherlow House Hotel, where Aherlow Fáilte and the Hotel provided refreshments and took the opportunity to give an overview of the the local facilities, accommodation and community enterprise that exists in the area. Helen Morrissey of Aherlow Failte expressed her delight that members of the Oireachtas had chosen the Glen of Aherlow and the Galtees for their 2012 event.

Photograph courtesy of Eric Byrne T.D.

MI’s President Ursula MacPherson, former MI Chairperson Ruairí Ó Conchúir, local Mountain Leaders Donal Bray and Maureen O’ Brien, and author of Under Galtee Skies and member of South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) Jimmy Barry, Roy Galvin (Chair) and Helen Morrissey of Aherlow Fáilte supported MI staff on the day. The members of the Oireachtas chose between a number of walks in the Galtees; with some taking in Lough Curra, more going to the Galtymore and others, with minister Jimmy Deenihan setting an almighty pace taking in Slievecusnabinnia, Galtymore, Galtybeg and Cush.

It was the first time MI hosted the Oireachtas Walk and following the day it has now been agreed to make this an annual MI/Oireachtas event. It was an opportunity for Mountaineering Ireland to build relationships with all members of the Oireachtas and to focus in on a number of important issues, including; Coillte, the Mountain Access Scheme, erosion management in the uplands, etc.

The elected members and staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas also raised funds for their 2012 charity, Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital.

Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and an Gaeltacht will open and address Mountaineering Ireland’s conference on Upland Path Management, Helping the Hills*, on the 13/14 September, which will take place in the Glendalough Hotel, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

Mountaineering Ireland would like to thank all the volunteers, SEMRA, local landowners, members of Aherlow Fáilte, Aherlow House Hotel, Noel Browne Bus Hire, and the many others that helped plan and support this event.

Photograph courtesy of Eric Byrne T.D.

*The Helping the Hills programme and booking details will be available on www.mountaineering.ie shortly.

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