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 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.