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Upperchurch Walking Weekend

The twelfth annual Upperchurch Walking Weekend goes ahead this weekend with a wide selection of walks for all levels of fitness and top class entertainment to while away the evening hours.

The event kicks off on Friday evening with two road walks to stretch the sinews. The corresponding walks last year were held in a downpour but still saw over a hundred take part,  so hopefully there will be more clement conditions and a larger participation this year.

On Saturday morning the long, gruelling Hills of Upperchurch walk leaves at ten o’clock. This walk is only for the very fit and experienced and should not be attempted by beginners. There are three much easier and shorter walks later in the day starting in Upperchurch and Rosmult. This latter walk along the Birchill Nature Trail passes through an ash plantation which may not exist in future years due to Chalara (ash dieback) infection.

On Sunday a new one-off walk from Borrisoleigh to Upperchurch is eagerly anticipated by many locals, even to whom the route will have some of the characteristics of a mystery tour. Suffice it to say that there will be fields, farm roads, bye-roads and most appealingly of all a few almost forgotten old laneways.

In Hollyford there will be a fairly easy but long walk with excellent views taking in sites of interest along the way, while in Upperchurch the ever popular Eamon an Chnoic walk will be held.

Also in Upperchurch there will be a 5 km Fun Run and walk around the local bog track. And of course the famous Upperchurch stew will be waiting at the end of your exertions on Saturday and Sunday.

Due to recent rain walkers should bring sturdy waterproof footwear, especially on the Borrisoleigh to Upperchurch and Birchill walks. Off the roads and trails there will be set dancing and music in the local pubs. The Culture Night on Saturday has items such as drama, singing, music, short films,a craft demonstration and talks. The Upper Limits Climbing wall will give a demonstration on Saturday afternoon.

Full details and brochure are available on www.upperchurch.ie or phone 086 0518934. The organisers would like to express their sincere gratitude to the local landowners without whose help the event could not take place.

Programme of events

Friday 10th Walks: Upperchurch-Knockane road walk 12 km and Moher-Gortkelly road walk 7 km both start Upperchurch village 7.30 p.m.

Saturday 11th Walks: Hills of Upperchurch walk 18 km, start Upperchurch 10.00 a.m. Birchill Nature Trail walk 8 km, start Rosmult on Thurles-Upperchurch road 12.00 noon. Knockalough-Red Hugh walk, choice of 6 km, 10 km and 12 km, start Upperchurch 12.15 p.m. Slí Éamoin an Chnoic walk 8 km, start Upperchurch 12.30 p.m.

Sunday 12th Walks: Borrisoleigh to Upperchurch walk 12 km, start Shanahan’s Topaz Centra, Borrisoleigh 11.00 a.m. Hollyford- Red Hill walk, choice of 14 km or 18 km, start Hollyford village 11.00 a.m. Slí Éamoin an Chnoic walk 8 km, start Upperchurch 12.30 p.m. Fun Run around Bog Track 5 km, start Upperchurch village 2.00 p.m.

Friday: Reception and Official Opening 9.00 p.m. in Upperchurch Hall. Seisiún Mór at Kinane’s 10.00 p.m.

Saturday: Climbing Wall demonstration 4.00 p.m. Set Dancing in Oliver Ryan’s 4.00 p.m. Culture Night in Pa’s Bar 8.00 p.m. Traditional Music in Jim o’ the Mill’s 10.00 p.m.

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Upperchurch walking weekend 2016

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11th Upperchurch Walking Weekend

The eleventh annual Upperchurch Walking Weekend goes ahead this weekend, Nov. 11th, 12th and 13th with a packed programme including ten walks, a fun run, a history lecture, set dancing, musical entertainment, indoor climbing, card games and above all the opportunity to meet old and new friends in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
The event has grown in popularity year by year and a large number of visitors from all parts of Ireland and overseas is expected. Walkers, runners, musicians, singers and dancers all add to the colourful scenes. The combination of outdoor fun, sense of history, scenery, music, dancing and the famous Upperchurch stew creates a unique atmosphere that visitors really appreciate.
The event will kick off on Friday night with a choice of two road walks, an easy 7km and a long, hilly 12km. Saturday morning sees the gruelling 18km Hills of Upperchurch walk as well as three easier walks later on. On Sunday there is a repeat of one of Saturday’s walks, the 8km Eamon an Chnoic Loop and also three long but not particularly difficult walks starting from the Ragg, Drombane and Hollyford.
This year for the first time there will be a somewhat experimental 5km Fun Run on the Bog Track on Sunday. There will be traditional music sessions on Friday and Saturday nights, set dancing on Saturday evening and a poker classic on Sunday evening.
March 2017 wil be the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising in which Upperchurch played a big part with one death and a number of attacks which resulted in the imprisonment of a number of locals and a great deal of disruption. Local historian Eugene Shortt will give a talk on the rising on Saturday night, as well as giving an update on progress on the local Photographic Book, now scheduled for publication in February.
Full details are available at www.upperchurch.ie including brochure. For enquiries phone 0504 54443 10 to 2 weekdays or 086 0518934 at other times. Thanks to all helpers and especially the landowners for their co-operation.
Walks list.
Walks start Upperchurch village unless stated otherwise.
Friday 11th:Upperchurch-Knockane Road Walk 12 km and Gortkelly-Moher Road Walk 7 km. Both start 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 12th: Hills of Upperchurch Walk 18 km, start 10.00 a.m. Red Hugh and Knockalough walks 6 km and 10 km, start 12.15 p.m. Eamon an Chnoic Loop 8 km, start 12.30 p.m. Birchill Nature Trail 8 km start 12.00 noon at Rosmult (P.J. Ryan’s pub).
Sunday 13th: Eamon an Chnoic Loop 8 km start 12.30 p.m. Hollyford-Red Hill Walk 18 km and 14 km, start Hollyford 11.00 a.m. Ragg-Upperchurch Walk 14 km, start Ragg (Younge’s) 11.00 a.m.
Drombane-Upperchurch Walk 12 km, start Drombane GAA grounds 12.00 noon.
Other events: Friday: Seisiún Mór in Kinane’s at 10.00 p.m. Saturday: Set Dancing in Oliver Ryan’s at 4.00 p.m. History Lecture on Fenian Rising in Community Centre at 8.00 p.m. Traditional Music in Jim O’The Mill’s at 10.00 p.m. Sunday: 5 km Fun Run on Bog Track at 2.00 p.m. Poker Classic in Kinane’s at 6.30 p.m.

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Upland Players A.G.M

Upland Players A.G.M.: The AGM of the local drama group will be held in Upperchurch Hall on Wed. April 6th at 8.15 p.m. All are welcome and backstage helpers are as important as performers. Thanks to all who supported, helped and participated in our recent comedy “When Are You Going Back” by Gerry Britt. DVDs of the show are available at Nora Ryan’s and O’Dwyer’s for €20 each.

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U.D.D.D.A Christmas Party

Upperchurch/Drombane Disrict Development Associaton are hosting their Christmas Party in Kinnanes Tuesday 22nd December at 8pm,

€10.00 pp

Names and payment must be given to Siobhan in the FAS office or Stacey in the V.I.P office by  1.o’clock on the 18th December.


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