Be Part Of It
Please register to be part of ‘Up The Hill For Jack & Jill’ at one of the following locations: (click on each location for details)
- Clare – 12 O’Clock Hills, Belvoir
- Cork – Coomhola, Ballylickey
- Donegal – Croaghlin Mass Rock
- Dublin – Portmarnock
- Galway – Mám Éan, Recess
- Kildare – Donadea Forest Park
- Kilkenny – Castlecomer Discovery Park
- Laois – Ballagh, Durrow
- Tipperary – Slievenamon
- Waterford – Longhill, Comeragh Mountains
- Westmeath – Hill na Uisneach
- Wexford – Carrickbyrne Hill
- Wicklow – Glendalough, Spinc
12 O’Clock Hills Recreational & Heritage Project
Meeting place: The Belvoir Trailhead – 11am
Parking: Car-park available
Point of contact: Pat Neville 087 9691415
Description: The 12 O’Clock Hills recreational and heritage project is based at Knockanuarha hill, which is located 5km to the southeast of Kilkishen village. The main summit stands at 309 metres or 1,014 feet above mean sea level, and there is another peak about 10 metres lower and 400 metres away to the west/south west.
From the 12 O’Clock Hills much of County Clare is on view including West Clare, the Burren and the Shannon Estuary while locally Kilkishen village, Cullaun Lake and Steele’s Turret are prominent.
Coorycommane Loop Walk
Meeting place: Coomhola Bridge
Parking: Sign posted locally
Point of contact: Patricia Tooher 0868580708
Description: The walk starts in a pine forest, steep accent out onto open hillside, with beautiful views of Bantry Bay, Whiddy Island , The Sheeps Head and the Bera Peninsula’s, decending into another forest onto a small country road that takes you back to Coomhola Bridge, Water proof shoes are needed, Warm Clothing Required.
Croaghlin Mass Rock
Meeting place/Parking: Niall Mór Community & Enterprise Centre
Point of contact: Martin McDevitt – 0749741863
Description: The walk will start and finish at the Niall Mór Community & Enterprise Centre and be a loop walk with the focal high point at Croughlan Mass Rock. The route is a mixture of along open road/country lanes/street areas. There will be marshals at appropriate junctions for safety.
‘Mutley and his mates go up the hill for Jack & Jill’
It will start & finish at Mutleys Empawrium – PortmarnockWe break the walk up into two section, the first half of the walk suits everyone all ages and the hill is not too steep, then old people, children, old dogs and puppies return to Mutleys for refreshments while others can go walk down onto the beach and then return to Mutleys for refreshments.
There will be a raffle and face painting after the walk .
Mám Éan, Recess..
Meeting place/Parking: Mám Éan car park, Doire Bhéal an Mháma, Recess. Co. Galway
Point of contact: Rosaleen Ní Shúilleabháin, Rural Recreation Officer, Forum Connemara CLG 087 737 5599
Description: Moderate. The terrain is mainly rough stony trail through the bog. Requires a reasonable level of fitness and walking boots/shoes, along water and outdoor clothing (also preferably waterproof). For walkers from 7 years old.
Donadea Forest Park
Parking: Free (Barriers will be open for entry between 10am and 11.30am for free entry)
Walk: The Aylmer Walk which is an easy walk takes you all round the park and is also a Slí na Slainte trail so it is good for your health and heart.
Castlecomer Discovery Park “Jack & Jill Up a Hill”
Length: 2km / HighPoint: 140m / Ascent: 30m
Point of contact: Kathy Purcell 086 0576800
Description: Castlecomer Discovery Park is set on 80 acres of stunning woodland and lakes in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.The walk will start (11:00am) and finish in the car park of the Discovery Park (The Estate Yard, Castlecomer) which will have free entry from 10am to 1pm.
An easy walk on terrain forestry tracks and paths suitable for all levels of fitness. Minimum gear recommended: sturdy shoes, raingear, fluid, mobile phone.
The Ballagh – Leafy Loop
Meeting Point/Parking: The Square, Durrow
Point of contact: Ann Lanigan 057 8661900
Description: This walk takes in the Ballagh and in particular the steep Ballagh climb after passing Clonageera House on the Derry Road.
It starts in The Square, Durrow, and proceeds in the direction of the Kilkenny road, where we turn right onto the Derry Road, just before the church which is situated on the left hand side. Once you are on the Derry Road the walk becomes an uphill one with a short respite before encountering the Ballagh climb, which is a steep and muscle testing ascent, but ultimately an achievable one.
The Kilcash Side
Distance: 5km (2 and a half hours)
Meeting place: Kilcash – follow brown summit signs/parking available.
Point of contact: Biddy O’Dwyer 0876410352
Description: Slievenamon can be reached going onto the Kilkenny to Clonmel road from which you can take the turn off for Kilcash about 10km before Clonmel. From here, a drive along some minor roads leads ever uphill into the small village of Kilcash. Continue on through the village following the signs for ‘Slievenamon Drive’ until you come to a sign for ‘Slievenamon Summit’.
The group will gather at this area at 10.45 on the 7th October to walk up the hill at 11am.
Longhill, Comeragh Mountains
The Hill of Uisneach
Meeting place: Main entrance
Parking: Car park inside the gate
Point of contact: Helen Moran 086 8336310 or Angela Moran 087 7723249
Description: The Hill of Uisneach in Co. Westmeath has played a part in just about every significant Irish event, be it political, cultural, religious, mythological and geographical. The centre of Ireland in many ways, the enigmatic hill is one of the most sacred and historic sanctuaries in the world. Although it stands just 596ft above sea level, the summit of Uisneach commands extensive panoramic views over the central plain, with no less than twenty counties visible on the horizon. In every direction hills and mountains animate a horizon where green melts into blue, hinting at seas and complete encirclement. It is difficult to match in Ireland the range of prospect from the top. It’s also difficult to quantify Uisneach’s remarkable history.
Please be advised that the Hill is private property and a working farm with livestock, machinery and other dangers. No dogs permitted. Appropriate footwear and clothing are necessary.
The Hill of Uisneach is located between Mullingar and Athlone on the R390. It is 14km west of Mullingar and 24km east of Athlone. Travel Time from Dublin is 1 hour 15 minutes approx. / 90km.
Directions: From New Ross take the N25 for Wexford, for about 13km, Carrickbyrne Hill car park/picnic area is situated on the left hand side of the road.
Description: Carrickbyrne Hill is a historic and scenic 5km long forest trail with multiple viewing points. We will stop a little over 3k for the photos for the jack and Jill people can turn back after the photos of they or continue on the loop of carrickbyrne if they wish there will be refreshment waiting for them as well as face painting for the children.
Blue Route Spinc (short route)
Meeting place: Visitors Center Glendalough (at the bus stop)
Point of contact: Geraldine O’Brien
Description: Although this walk is short in comparison to the other Spinc routes, it still leads you into mountainous terrain where navigational experience is necessary.The walk follows the Poulanass Waterfall before entering the Lugduff Valley. From there, a steep climb up steps brings you onto the boardwalk which hugs the cliff of the Spinc, before cutting down through forest to lead back towards the Information Office. Hiking boots recommended.