Cork Mountaineering Club (CMC) was founded in 1975 and was Cork’s first mountaineering club. It has a current membership of just over 100 and is affiliated to Mountaineering Ireland (MI), the national governing body for the sport of mountaineering.

CMC’s principal mountaineering activity is hillwalking, but we also go scrambling, backpacking and mountain camping. We walk all of Munster’s mountains regularly – West Cork, Kerry, the Galtees, Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns – and weekend/ week-long trips to other parts of Ireland are also organised, as well as trips abroad.

CMC provides training to members in map-reading, use of compass and mountain navigation techniques, and use of GPS.  First Aid and safety training are also provided as required.  Members’ slide shows and guest lectures on mountain-related topics take place during the winter, and we have a busy social calendar.

Join Our Club

Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age and we welcome new members.

Annual Membership Fee is €60.00 – this includes Mountaineering Ireland (MI) membership and insurance.

Associate Membership fee is €30.00 for those already insured with MI through another club.

If you wish to participate in a walk, please e-mail us on:

As your introduction, we recommend that you choose from our programme a walk appropriate to your current ability, experience and fitness.

At least one walk must be completed before applying for membership.

Appropriate equipment includes: boots, waterproof jacket & trousers, hat and gloves, fleece, lunch and drink, in a rucksack. Denims must not be worn. Bring a full change of clothes to keep in the car for after the walk.  Dogs are not allowed.

PLEASE NOTE: Hill­walking can be dangerous and you are taking part at your own risk.

Documents for download:

Constitution – on members only page


Gear Checklist

Guidelines for Walkers