Postponed: Spring Gathering 2020 - Wicklow

Date: 27 - 29/03/2020
Venue: Avon, Blessington, Co Wicklow

As advised by the Government of Ireland on 13/03/2020, there has been a step change in terms of the advice from the Public Health experts, in particular the advice to limit social contacts and to cancel indoor events catering for 100 people or more and outdoor events with 500 or more until the 29th  March, when further announcements will be made on events after that date. In light of this advice the Spring Gathering Event has been postponed. Further information to follow on possible future dates for the gathering and all participants who have registered to this event have been notified. 

This year we have the pleasure of The Wayfarers Hiking Club, one of our larger long-established clubs to host this year’s Spring Gathering in conjunction with their 50th Anniversary. The gathering will be based out of The Avon which is ideally situated in Blessington, Co Wicklow situated on the shores of Blessington Lakes and beside the Wicklow Mountains. The accommodation is based from the lodges with breakfast served in the main function area. Members of Mountaineering Ireland can either avail of a room at €55 pp per night including B&B or can avail of a full house for €300 per house a night based on 6 people sharing or €70 per person a night single occupancy (room to themselves)  including breakfast. The Avon also provides meeting room space as well as a large dining area for the Saturday night dinner. Please let the hotel know you are with the Mountaineering Ireland Spring Gathering at the time of booking to avail of this special rate. Rooms are booking out fast so be sure to book early.

The weekend will start with registration from 6.30pm in the lobby area of the Avon. The welcome talk will take place from 8.00pm. Saturday, sees a full programme of activities including walks in and around the Wicklow Mountains. 

The Mountaineering Ireland AGM will take place at The Avon with AGM registration from 5.30pm. There will be refreshments offered beforehand. The Members’ Forum, like the AGM, is for all members and will take place immediately after our AGM. The Members’ Forum is a key part of Mountaineering Ireland’s democratic process where clubs and members can put forward items to be discussed, and this is often the catalyst for further examination or for a campaign or action to be launched. All members are encouraged to attend this forum and you are invited to submit items for discussion by email to Saturday evening finishes off with a dinner in the hotel itself.

Sunday morning will have a variety of workshops commencing at 10:00. Again, please book your choice of workshop online as places are limited. 

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