Walking and our Environment – Newsletters

October 2019

GWC Summer Photo Competition 2019 results:
Tied 1st Place Winners: Sahar Avazzadeh and Anne-Marie Casey
3rd Place: Anne-Marie Casey
We would like to congratulate our two winners and all those who entered the competition.
We would also like to thank our four judges, Pat Moran, Deirdre Langan, John O’Sullivan and Terri Russell, for their expertise and their time.

Mountain Rescue Ireland- Howl at the Moon, Saturday 12th October at 6.00 pm. Galway Wind Park, Seanaphasteen Road, Oughterard, a 17 km moonlit walk along the walking trails through the park. Participants will be provided with a route map and there will be manned checkpoints along the route to provide support. For those who don’t feel confident navigating the route, there will also be a number of guided group walks. For further details and to book tickets: http://www.howlatthemoon.ie

Mountaineering Ireland Autumn Gathering: 18th -20th October 2019. Venue: The Park Hotel, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Hosts: Kilmacthomas Walking Club and the Comeraghs. 9 hillwalks, scrambling training, Members’ Forum, workshops. Guest speaker, Green MEP, Grace O’Sullivan.

Burrenbeo Winterage Festival, 24th-27th October, Lisdoonvara, Co. Clare
A celebration of the Burren’s farming tradition and of other ‘high nature value’ farming landscapes across Ireland and Europe, as well as sharing ideas on how these special places and their custodians might best be supported at a time of great challenge.

Reading: In Praise of Walking: The New Science of how We Walk and Why It’s Good for Us, by Shane O’Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research, Trinity College Dublin. From tetrapod to human bipedalism, Shane O’Mara explains how we evolved as walkers, the mechanics of walking, urban walking, creative walking: ‘Walking enhances every aspect of our social, psychological and neural functioning. It is the simple, life-enhancing, health-building prescription we all need……relax into the rhythm of walking and let your mind wander, deliberate, contemplate; journey into your past, delve into your possible futures; or think of nothing at all.’