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General Meeting

Our next general meeting will be on Wednesday, 21st August at 11:00 a.m. in the Golf Club. Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be served from around 10:30 a.m.

Please Note: There will be no general meeting in July

Walking Group – Cooley Mountains

Our walk this coming Thursday, 27th June will be our last until September. We hope to complete the walk in the Cooley mountains which had been postponed due to the weather. This is a walk from the Lumpers Pub car park crossing  over  27/28 small bridges and continuing  through the Coolies. The walk should last about 3.5 hrs.,  boots and poles are necessary.

Cycling Group – Loughgall and Scarva

We are booked for Loughgall Pod at 9.15 am on Thursday 20th June and for Scarva Pod at 9.15am onThursday 4th July. 

Our cycle on Thursday, 20th will be considerably shorter than our last outing – Loughgall to Richhill via as many quiet roads as I can find, we will stop for coffee etc after about 9 miles and then we can work out a route back to base

Although it will be much shorter than the 30 plus miles ,there will be more hills than on Tow path, I have tried to keep these to a minimum, but it is RichHILL you are visiting, there’s a clue in the name

See you 9.15 am at Loughgall

These outings should not be as long as the trip to Victoria Lock but will involve a few low hills.  

Walking Group – Cooley Mountains

Our next walk led by Carol and Ita will be the Annaloughan  Loop. This walk in the Cooley mountains lasts for about 2.5/3hrs. It starts from a small layby beside the R153 road from Dundalk to Greenore about 200 meters past Fitzpatricks Pub/Restaurant. The first section is mostly on forest tracks with excellent views of Dundalk Bay.The section across Annaloughan mountain can be wet and rough underfoot so boots and walking poles are needed. The last section is a pleasant walk downhill through Rockmarshal Wood. Just before we get back onto the  motorway there is a recently opened restaurant where we can have tea /coffee etc.

Out-To-Lunch-Bunch – County Armagh Golf Club Restaurant

Our next Out to Lunch is set out below. The restaurant would like you to pre-order your selection from the menu. To simplify things, you can select 2 courses, Eleanor will collect your selection at the May General Meeting or you can contact Florence later in the month.

Date Friday 7 June 2019
Venue.  County Armagh Golf Club
Time 12.30
Please let me know your choice of menu before Tuesday 4 June


Breaded garlic mushrooms
Vegetable broth with crusty roll
Chicken Caesar salad

Irish roast beef, mash, roasted root veg and a rich gravy.
Fillet of salmon , mash, roasted root veg and lemon sauce.
Chicken fillet with Parma ham and Brie with homemade chips, salad and sun dried tomato sauce.

Choice available on the day.


Two courses. £14 ( to include tip )

Please try to have correct money with you.

Walking Group – Tollymore

Our next walk on Thursday, May 30th, in the Cooley mountains has been postponed as the weather outlook is not good. Instead we will walk in Tollymore. We leave from Childrens’ play park at the top of the Palace drive at 9:30 am as usual.

Walking Group – Knockmany

This weeks walk has been organised by Mark Baillie, who writes:

I’ve confirmed with Beryl Suitor to expect our group on Thursday 16th May between approximately 1.00pm and 1.30pm.  Arrangements similar to those previously circulated, that is:
“We will meet at 10:30 am at the Lower Car Park for Knockmany Forest, close to the lower of the two marked car parks on the attached map, that is, close to Grid Ref 539546.   You get there by driving along the main road from Ballygawley to Augher, and then turning right at the mini-roundabout on the main road at Augher.  
If it’s not too wet, I’ll suggest doing a variant of the walk called “Knockmany on the Wild Side”, which makes the walk slightly longer and a little more interesting for those who prefer to stray off the marked forest paths!  The total length of the walk is about 5 miles and should take between 2 and 3 hours depending on how fast we go. 
We’ll have coffee around 12:00 at the tomb.  I’ll try to remember to bring the key in case there’s anyone on the walk who might like to look inside. 
I’ve arranged with Beryl Suitor (Suitor Gallery, Ballygawley), that she should expect between approximately 10 and 15 of us for coffee and light refreshments at the Suitor Gallery between approximately 1.00pm and 1.30pm.  I can confirm numbers and estimated time on the day. 
Finally, Knockmany is a great place for people to walk with their dogs, so please note that well-behaved dogs are welcome!  It’s usually quite all right for them to roam off the lead during the walk.   I’ll probably be bringing our dog Lottie.”

Walking Group – The Mournes

 Weather permitting our next walk on Thursday, 18th April is one we have done before. We will  go over three mountains Rocky, Tornamore and Pierces Castle. This is not as difficult as it sounds. Most of the climbing will be on a good path up Rocky followed by a pleasant undulating walk to Pierces Castle and then back down a good path to the car park. There is a good hotel in Hilltown for anyone who  wants some tea ,coffee etc. Walking poles and boots are necessary.