A lot of bucket lists were ticked today – many of our members had never set foot on Slievenamon. Just as we were starting our walk, we saw a clutch of newly-fledged coal tits, bundled noisily together in the shelter of a stone wall prior to trying out their wings, while an anxious mammy coal tit flew agitated circles around our heads.  The main ascent track has many points of interest, but these paled into insignificance beside such cuteness.   At the summit, we lunched at “Fionn MacCumhail’s seat” and spent some time taking in the 360⁰ views.

The next phase of the walk was value-for-money and we worked hard over heathery terrain that concealed many a boulder and boghole.  The “long” walkers went as far as the Killusty Holy Year cross.  A track alongside the forest led us all back to the start.  We concluded our day with coffee in in Kilcash.

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