CMC Open Club Day 29 April 2018: Our Club Open Day was primarily to bring our members together to celebrate all that is excellent in our club, and to give them the opportunity to share their joys with family, friends etc. We based the day at King’s Yard, where we started with coffee & scones (very much an exception to the way we usually do things – but sociability was important on this occasion!) followed by four walks starting at half-hourly intervals, and finished with an early-evening meal at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel. We were blessed with perfect weather. We had two mountain walks, led by club members; a longer, faster route including Galtymore and a shorter route at an easier pace over Monabrack. Another club member, an expert naturalist, led a beautiful Nature Walk along the banks of the Attychraan river. Galtee expert Jimmy Barry (author of Under Galtee Skies), led a Heritage Walk into the Glounreagh Valley. We are still overwhelmed by the depth and extent of Jimmy’s knowledge and feedback indicates that members want Jimmy for every Galtee walk from now on! The event was well-supported by members and friends and, since we acquired a number of new members, we must have done something right. “Old” members were delighted to reconnect with each other and most of the new ones have turned up again on our more recent walks. So it can’t have been just the coffee and scones!
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