Archive for: January 2010

4 Provinces – 4 Peaks…. Focus Ireland Four Peaks Challenge 2010

Calling all hillwalking enthuaists looking for a unique challenge for 2010. The Focus Ireland Four Peaks Challenge now in its eleventh year invites teams of between 3 and 5 walkers plus a minimum of two drivers per vehicle to climb the highest mountain in each of the four provinces of Ireland over one weekend while at the same time raisinge €4,500 in sponsorship for people who are homeless. This unique challenge provides you with an opportunity to meet five hundred like minded people in some Read more [...]

32 Marathons, 32 Days, 32 Counties!

32 marathons in 32 days - that's the lofty challenge Gerry Duffy and Ken Whitelaw have set themselves. Staring on 2nd July, the pair are going to attempt to run an amazing 32 marathons in 32 consecutive days in the 32 counties of Ireland to raise funds for charity, a completely unique challenge never before tried in Ireland. The pair need your help in raising funds for Irish Autism Action, Autism NI and the Irish Cancer Society and want you to join them to run, jog or waddle either a full or half marathon. Read more [...]

Dublin Mountain Partnership Recruiting Volunteer Rangers

For all those with a love of the Dublin Mountains.. Get to spend more time in the mountains while at the same time volunteering to do some valuable work.. The Dublin Mountains Partnership (DMP) is currently looking to recruit Volunteer Rangers.  The DMP has been established to improve the recreation potential of the public lands in the Dublin Mountains while at the same time balancing the needs and requirements of the various land owning organisations. Volunteers should ideally live in or Read more [...]

IMRA Season off to a start at Ticknock

The Irish Mountain Running Association got their year off to a start yesterday at Ticknock following the postponment of the Howth race scheduled for earlier in the month due to the adverse weather conditions. The race was the first of the Winter League and consisted of 10.2km crossing Three-Rock and rounding Fairy Castle. In tough conditions which included some residual traces of snow, the race was won by Paul O' Connell of the Sportsworld club in a time of 47:32 with Eoin Brady of the UCD club Read more [...]

Lecture by one of the world’s leading climbers, Dave McLeod

To kick start the year's climbing Dublin University Climbing Club are proud to welcome one of the world's leading climbers, Scottish climber Dave MacLeod to give us his inspirational lecture How soon is now? on Thursday 28th January 2010 in the Synge Theatre in the arts Block in Trinity College at 8 pm (doors at 7:30pm but please arrive early to avoid disappointment). Tickets for the lecture are available at the door at the very reasonable price of €3 for DUCC members and €5 for non-members. Read more [...]

Book Review: ‘The Mournes Walks’ by Paddy Dillon

If you are planning on doing any walking in the Mournes this year, then this quite simply is the book for you. As well as being a stunning and beautiful mountain range combinging rugged coast with high mountains, the Mournes are a remarkably compact group and provide easy access on all sides. I have to start this piece by saying that I have a soft spot for the Mournes. Indeed, Slieve Donard was the first mountain I climbed and it was in the Mournes that my love for the mountains was born. Subsequent Read more [...]

Joe’s Navigation Tips 1: Using your watch to find South

In the first of his regular tips, Joseph Quinn of explains how to use your watch to find South. Read more [...]

DEBRA Ireland Wicklow Mountains Half Marathon

The annual DEBRA Ireland Wicklow Mountains Half Marathon will take place on the 21st March 2010, with all proceeds from the event going to those living with the rare genetic skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB). The half marathon will start in Djouce woods and has been designed to test both stamina and fitness and will encompass over 1,000 meters of climbing and 21km of mountain trails. The route will take participants across beautiful valleys and along remote tracks high in the mountains with Read more [...]