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Upperchurch Walking Weekend 2018

Upperchurch Walking Weekend

The details of events for this year’s Upperchurch Walking Weekend on Nov. 9th, 10th and 11th have been announced recently. There are eight walks in all including two new one off walks as well as the usual favourite trips through the hills and valleys of the scenic Upperchurch area. The annual event has been attracting large attendances since 2006, with visitors lured by the combination of exercise, good company, entertainment and the famous stew at the end of the walks.

The first of the two new walks this year is a 12 km road walk on the opening Friday night on the Moher-Finnahy route, which is probably not familiar even to many locals. There is also a shorter 7 km walk on the same night with both walks starting at 7.30 p.m. Activities on Saturday start with the testing 18 km Hills of Upperchurch Walk at 10.00 a.m. There will be shorter walks of 8 km and 10 km on the Birchill and Knockalough routes starting at noon and 12.15 p.m. Please note that the Eamon an Chnoic walk will be on Sunday only at 12.30 p.m.

Sunday presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to walk from Thurles to Upperchurch via Farneybridge, Moyaliffe Hill, Gurtahoola and the summit of Knockalough. This 20 km journey is expected to take about five hours and is not for the fainthearted. Even though the ascents are gradual some prior training will be needed. The walk is about 40% public road, 40% farm and forest roadway and 20% field. The first 6 km is on road and some walkers may wish to change their footwear at this point. There will be accompanying cars to carry knapsacks along all of the route and a free shuttle bus to return walkers to Thurles afterwards. The starting point is Sarsfield’s Social Centre behind Semple Stadium, leaving at 10.30 a.m.

Another long and scenic walk begins in Hollyford at 10.30 a.m. This is the 14 km Hollyford-Red Hill walk and includes visits to the hideout and burial place of the famous raparee, Eamon an Chnoic. Meanwhile back in Upperchurch the popular Eamon an Chnoic 8 km walk starts at 12.30 p.m. and a 5 km Fun Run round the local bog track is at 2.00 p.m.

There will be plenty of indoor entertainment as well starting with the Seisiún Mór in Kinane’s on Friday night. On Saturday there will be Set Dancing lessons in Oliver Ryan’s at 4.00 p.m. with traditional music at Jim o’ the Mill’s at 10.00 p.m. In between at 8.00 p.m. in Pa’s Bar the local annual Culture night takes place with classical music, opera, film, drama, art, craft and such like activities to be enjoyed. Admission is free to all indoor events.

Full details are on the brochure available in local outlets or online at upperchurch.ie or tipperaryheartland.ie. or phone 086 0518934. The organisers wish to thank all our volunteers, the local landowners and Upperchurch Hall Committee, Hollyford Hall Committee and Sarsfield’s Social Centre.

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Upperchurch Walking Weekend


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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Lotto 10th April 2017



Winning Numbers Drawn


Monday 10th April 2017.


5, 13, 14, 19


6 Match 3 Winners €30:


Fergal Butler, Upperchurch Village.

P.J. McLoughlin, c/o Joan Shanahan.

Kelly Pamplin, c/o Joan Shanahan.

Donal Dorney, c/o Joan Shanahan.

Tom Lowry, Moyaliffe.

Joan Sweeney, c/o Ollie Murray.


Next Draw Tuesday 18th April 2017

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Easter Sunday Sunrise Mass

News of the County

Upperchurch – Drombane.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Mass: This Easter Sunday, 16th April, instead of a Prayer service and walk in Moakland there will be a Sunrise Mass in Ballyboy. Walkers will leave Upperchurch Village at 6 a.m. sharp and walk to the Ballyboy Lookout (approx 1.5 km) to attend an open air Mass celebrated by Fr. Tony Ryan. Transport will be provided for people who are unable to walk. Please note however that cars need to be left in Upperchurch Village as there will be no parking facilities at the site. Drivers are requested not to come via Ballyboy or Gortkelly in order to avoid parking and traffic problems. Breakfast afterwards in Upperchurch Hall. All are welcome!

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Easter Sunday Sunrise Mass in Upperchurch

Easter Sunday Sunrise Mass in Upperchurch
This Easter Sunday 16th April instead of a Prayer service in Moakland there will be a Sunrise Mass in Ballyboy.
We will leave Upperchurch Village at 6am sharp and walk to the Ballyboy Lookout (approx 1.5km) to attend an open-air Mass celebrated by Fr Tony Ryan.
Transport will be provided for people who need it. Please note however that cars need to be left in Upperchurch Village, there will be no parking facilities at the site.
Breakfast afterwards in Upperchurch Hall. All are welcome!

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Winning Numbers Drawn


Monday 27th March 2017.


2, 5, 11, 28


0 Match 3 Winners:


2 Lucky Dip Winners €30 each:

Mariead Greene, c/o Joan Shanahan.

Seamus O’Brien, Ballyboy.


Next Draw Monday 3rd April 2017


Jackpot  –    €3,300

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