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Another successful walk up Trooperstown Hill

posted 11 Apr 2018, 06:01 by Philip Mulligan

The Tennis walkers are now being joined by the Kickstart hill walkers on the regular Tennis Hill Walks. Last Saturday 18 of us "conquered" Trooperstown Hill but unfortunately we missed out on the views at the top due to the heavy mist. However, Tom gave us a quick run through some map reading basics though it was hard to fully demonstrate these in the conditions. Things started to clear as we descended and we got some idea what we missed out on. Check out photos below from the day. Our next walk is on a Sunday April 29th and will be Tonelagee the third highest mountain in Wicklow at 817m. The plan is to climb Luqnaquilla before the end of May so Tonelagee will be good preparation for this. Hope to see you there. 





Men's Class 6 team lose narrowly in Winter League Final

posted 11 Apr 2018, 05:48 by Philip Mulligan

Hard Luck to the men's class 6 team who lost narrowly against Terenure in the Final of the winter League. Great achievement to make the final and it was hard to miss out after getting so far. Well done to the team on the day and the lads who played throughout the other group and knockout matches. 


Bray – Greystones Hike March 10th

posted 11 Mar 2018, 09:39 by Philip Mulligan

We had another successful if a bit wet hike on Saturday with a great turnout of 16 as we have a real core group now after the kickstart series of hikes. We stayed away from the snow and decided to stick to the coast as we did the Bray Greystones cliff walk, stopped over for a cuppa in Greystones, and then went over Bray Head on the way back. Light rain accompanied us on the way back and unfortunately it was too misty to fully enjoy the views but everyone was happy to get out and about again. The next hike is scheduled for Saturday April 7th and the one after that will be Sunday 29th April (and not Saturday 28th as originally communicated as the Tennis championship finals are now on Saturday 28th ). Full details of the location of the next hike closer to the date. 




Four Teams Through to Knockout Stages of Winter League

posted 28 Feb 2018, 04:02 by Philip Mulligan

Hope the weather clears by Sunday as it was a fantastic achievement by our teams in the Winter League with 4 teams qualifying for the knockout stages which are due to be played on Sunday. Our Ladies Class 2 and 6 teams are at home at 14:00 on Sunday against Monkstown and Charleville respectively while the Ladies Class 5 and Men’s Class 6 teams are away to Skerries at 14:00 and Wicklow town at 11:00 respectively. Please come along and support our teams if you are free as all encouragement will be welcome.  


Week 5 Results

The Class 2 team won 3-0 away to Swords and will now face Monkstown on Sunday, the Class 3 team lost 2-1 at home to Rathgar, the Class 5 team lost 2-1 at home to Shankill and play Skerries away on Sunday while the class 6 team made it 5 out of 5 with a 3-0 win away to Swords and face Charleville at home on Sunday. On the men’s side, the Class 4 lost 2-1 away to Greystones while the Class 6 team won 2-1 away to Shankill and play Co, Wicklow away on Sunday. Best of luck to the teams on Sunday in the knockout matches.. 

Good Start in Charity League

posted 28 Feb 2018, 03:59 by Philip Mulligan

Week 2

Great week in the Charity League with three wins out of three. The Monday team won 3-0 away to Co Wicklow LTC (Bray), the Tuesday 1 team won 2-1 at home to Blackrock while the Tuesday 2 team won 3-0 away to Blackrock. Best of luck to all the teams in next week’s matches.

Week 1

Good start to the Charity League with two wins out of three. The Monday team won 2-1 at home to St. Marys, the Tuesday 1 team won 3-0 at home to Templeogue while the Tuesday 2 team lost 2-1 at home to Monkstown. 

 

Another successful walk in Knocknacloghoge at Lough Dan

posted 28 Feb 2018, 03:55 by Philip Mulligan

The final walk in the kickstart series took place on Saturday as we ventured up Knocknacloghoge at Lough Dan. Another really nice dry day though a bit on the chilly side saw a great turnout of 19 take on the mountain. The group experienced a bit of real hill walking as we trod through the heather and had some gorse bushes were also thrown into the mix. Check out the photos below. We retreated to the Sugarloaf Café for the usual fare of chowder and soup afterwards. The series has been a great success with an average close on 20 for each walk and a core group coming every week. We will now revert to the regular Tennis Club walks and I’m sure many of this group will continue on. The proposed dates for the next 3 walks are March 10th, April 7th and April 28th. 






Kickstart Hillwalkers enjoy a bright day in Glendalough

posted 21 Feb 2018, 04:44 by Philip Mulligan   [ updated 21 Feb 2018, 04:50 ]

Another good turnout on Saturday and thankfully the weather was kind again as 16 hikers set off up Camaderry in Glendalough on Saturday. This was a bit tougher than previous walks as it is close to 700m high and the path was a big boggy in places.  However the extra effort was well worth it as the group enjoyed tremendous views from the top as you can see from the photos below.  

Another successful outing followed by nice lunch in the Wicklow Heather afterwards.

This week's walk is quite a mouthful, Knocknacloghoge at Lough Dan, hopefully people will find the walk is a bit easier than the pronunciation. As usual we will meet in the club at the Hurling arena at 9.





Great start for Teams in the Winter League

posted 14 Feb 2018, 03:27 by Philip Mulligan

Week 3

Another great week this week in the Winter League with 5 wins out of 6 with the Ladies winning all their matches and three of the teams making it 3 wins out of 3. The Class 2 team made it 3 out of 3 with a 3-0 win at home to Castleknock, the Class 3 team won 3-0 at home to Claremount, the Class 5 team again made it 3 out of 3 by winning 2-1 away to Co. Wicklow while the class 6 team also made it 3 out of 3 with a 2-1 win away to Carrick. On the men’s side, the Class 4 lost 2-1 at home to Co. Wicklow while the Class 6 team won 2-1 away to Leixlip. Best of luck to all the teams in this Sunday’s matches

Week 2

More of a mixed bag this week in the Winter League with 3 wins and 3 losses, though all the losses were close matches. The Ladies continued their good start with 3 wins, the Class 2 team won 2-1 at home to Greystones, the Class 3 team lost 2-1 at home to Trinity, the Class 5 team won 3-0 away to Blackrock while the class 6 team won 2-1 away to Stackallen (I didn’t know where it was either, it’s in Slane). On the men’s side, the Class 4 lost 2-1 at home to Clontarf while the Class 6 team lost 3-0 at home to Blackrock. Best of luck to all the teams in this Sunday’s matches. 

Week 1

Fantastic start to the Winter League for both the Ladies and men’s teams with 5 wins out of 6. The Ladies Class 2 team won 2-1 at home to Naas, the Class 3 team lost 3-0 away to Donnybrtook, the Class 5 team won 2-1 away to Greystones while the class 6 team won 3-0 at home to St. Marys. On the men’s side both teams had 3-0 home victories, the Class 4 against Portmarnock and the Class 6 team against Leopardstown. Best of luck to all the teams in this Sunday’s matches. 

Kickstart Hillwalkers enjoy a sweet (sorry) walk up Great Sugarloaf

posted 14 Feb 2018, 03:17 by Philip Mulligan

After three very wet and snowy walks the weather gods finally shone on the kickstart hillwalkers as they enjoyed a dry and mild day on Saturday as they climbed the Sugarloaf. The walkers started at Kilmacanogue GAA pitch on the East side of the mountain and then climbed via the south and west sides before eventually making their ascent on the north side to the top. Here they enjoyed a well-earned hang sandwich and a great 360 view.

After a tricky enough initial descent the walk continued along the north side just above the Rocky Valley and then completed the full loop back to the GAA pitch. A nice 3 hour walk which left plenty of time for a quick snack in the local pub Plucks before heading home to see the Rugby match and prepare for the Gala night that evening.

This week's walk is a slightly tougher challenge of Camaderry in Glendalough which is nearly 700m high (Sugarloaf is 500m). We will meet in the club at the Hurling arena at 9. 






HILL-WALKING KICKSTART GLENALBYN STYLE !!!!!

posted 7 Feb 2018, 04:38 by Philip Mulligan

After very wet expeditions up Maulin and Mullacor for their first two hikes the Kickstart Hillwalking group took on Djouce Mountain from Luggala side for their 3rd outing hoping for better weather. Led by Tom and Philip there was a great turnout of 22 hardened hikers and despite the dry weather forecast we were hit with a horizontal snow storm and high winds but we soldiered on to the top. There was no hanging around at the top mind, due to the near arctic cold and wind. 

Further down on the other side of the mountain there was a brief stopover for some refreshments before joining part of the Wicklow Way back to the cars. All in all a 3 hour walk which in the conditions was long enough. It was then back to the Sugarloaf Café at Djouce Golf Club for the much welcomed afters. Not sure where this week’s walk will be as yet as we are monitoring the weather forecast. 

There will be three more walks each Saturday over the coming weeks and then it will revert to the Tennis club monthly walk. I'm sure the kickstarters will continue with these walks and anyone else who wants to join us is most welcome. 






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