Irish Mountain Runners Association Millstreet was the true focal point for numerous energetic Athletes from 6:00 am until Sat. Night when no less that three highly regarded Mountain Races took place. The first group of Athletes were transported to Kealkil in West Cork where at 8am they began their journey to Millstreet. Gavin Byrne of Dublin was the first to reach the finishing flag just before 3pm. A second group were transported to Ballyvourney from where they set off for Millstreet. Official tracking was provided where one could follow on a special phone app at what stage the various participants were. And at 1pm a group of almost one hundred climbed Clara Mountain. Here we share some 24 images from what was a wonderfully sporting occasion in Millstreet. Splendid refreshments were provided in Millstreet GAA Community Hall. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Correction: The poster below should read “Saturday 9th February”, and not “Sunday 9th February” [read more …] “Clara Mountain Run”
The walk up Clara is featured in The Times newspaper today. It’s a nice article and describes visiting the Cilín, the route up, the views from the top, and the burial of the priest on top. But what about the photo in the article, because that’s not Clara!
We share four images of Autumn scenes recorded yesterday and today in Millstreet. Later we shall include further colourful images of this year’s harvest season. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Tomorrow Wednesday evening August 1st, Duhallow IRD are hosting a walk around the Clara Loop, the first of five walks around Duhallow in August. Refreshments will be held at the end of the walk, which takes about two and a half hours to complete. Details in the poster below:
After all the excitement in Millstreet yesterday, today we welcome the Annual Clara Mountain Run which kicks off at the earlier time of 1:30pm from the West End (not to be confused with yesterday’s Ultra Marathon), and also the Techworks Dance Music Festival in the Green Glens where a sold out crowd of over 4,000 revellers will take in some of the best DJ’s from around Europe.
Pictures by Michelle O’Keeffe
Following the storms (Ophelia & Brian) we have had two weeks of nice autumn weather, interrupted this weekend as the wind has turned and is now coming from the north … so it has gotten cold, bringing with dark clouds, heavy showers, but still lovely sunshine. This beautiful photo which was taken yesterday about 12pm catches this, as the showers roll in into Millstreet, throwing up another rainbow over Tubrid – photo: Instagram/Simon Duggan
Thanks to Josef for sending us these nice scenery photos of Millstreet. With the weekend showers and sun, saw rainbows lots of rainbows. The photos were taken from the Boeing Bridge, the Clara Loop, and more
Good morning, I’m just contacting you on the off chance that you might be able to help. Is it possible to get to the top of Clara mountain without walking? My mum is from Millstreet and we are bringing her home to celebrate her 80th birthday. Whilst we ourselves are planning on doing the climb, unfortunately sprightly for her years, mum will not be able to do the climb herself. I she would dearly love to touch the cross again, as will we. Is there anyway you can think of that we can get her up there? Many thanks.
Admin: I’m not sure who would be able to do this. At the Mass on top of Clara in 2000, a double wheeled tractor ferried people to the top in a modified transport box. Maybe there’s another way. The lady is back in Millstreet from the 5th to the 11th of August, and would be extremely grateful if someone could help her.
Clara the old hill that ever looks down
On Duhallow and Sliabh Luachra and Millstreet Town
Inspired long deceased writers over decades of time
To idolize it in their stories and rhyme
Long before the first people to Hibernia came
Clara the old hill was without a name
Bracken and heather on it’s face did grow
Just like the Clara today that we know
In the prime of Summer in sunny July
When larks over Clara do sing in the sky
People climb the old hill whortleberries to eat
The tiny blue berries to the taste buds a treat
[read more …] “Clara The Old Hill”
Locals Matt, Donal, and Kevin flying Clara in the frost last Monday. Taking off from the top, and landing near O’Connor’s Kilmeedy
The cattle in the farmyard sheds bellowing for silage or hay
It is cold and wet by the Mountain of Clara today
The weather temperature a chilly minus three degrees
And the cold wind is soughing in bare deciduous trees
In the old rushy fields west of Millstreet Town
Every waterway bank high in flood waters of brown
Where grass growth is dormant not any wildflowers
And nothing does grow in cold January showers
[read more …] “By The Mountain Of Clara Today”
Andrzej may have gone a little extreme on burning off a few extra calories after Christmas, but while being a bit wet and muddy, i’m sure it was loads of fun going up and down Clara with his bike.
The little mottled brown skylark of human kind shy
Up to the cloud World does sing as he fly
A musical speck in the blue and gray sky
Above Clara mountain in summery July
When the whortleberries the tiny blue fruits of the heather are ripe for to eat
From Nature to the taste buds such a tasty treat
From the slopes of Clara on a clear day on the higher ground
The scenery breathtaking for many kilometers around
Local photographer Tom Corbett of TMC Photography sent us these photos of the two charity walks in Millstreet this morning.
Some of the group that walked the “Up a Hill for Jack and Jill” to the top of Clara
Some of the group that walked for the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer from Coleman’s Centra. There’s more photos from Tom below: [read more …] “Charity Walk Photos by TMC Photography”
Trek 1: Claragh Mountain in Millstreet.
(Decend , hop in cars and drive to …)
Trek 2: Mount Hilary near Banteer.
9am Sunday September 21st 2014
Meeting point; Kanturk car park
€10 (or more if you wish) donation for Marymount Hospice
This is being organised in honour and memory of the most amazing woman that climbed many mountains in her life physically but mostly mentally .
She loved nature and walking was her real love it was her medication she said walking in nature was her time to pray (probably for patience so she wouldn’t kill me for robbing her perfume or lipstick!!)
This woman is [read more …] “MOM Trek … Mind over Mountains”
Officially the walk starts at 12noon, but this year many people prefer to start earlier so organsiers will be there with registration book at 11am. Starting point down Clara Rd. Many of our walkers have sponsorship cards but most prefer to make a donation in the box when they register.
The organisers would be delighted if people from the Millstreet locality joined us on this.
Update (4th June): Photos from the very successful walk can be seen here
Millstreet Juvenile GAA Fun Walk May 5th @ 12pm from the GAA Hall.
The sponsored walk is to raise funds for our club and the Mercy Hospital.
There will be a choice of two routes (Weather Permitting)
- Route A) GAA Hall- Up Clara Mountain- Back to GAA Hall
- Route B) GAA Hall- Drishane Loop- Back to GAA Hall.
All children must be accompanied by an adult for the walk. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the GAA hall. Your support is greatly appreciated !
contact Eileen for details: <email>
Millstreet Juvenile GAA braved inclement weather on Bank Holiday for fund raising walk in aid of Mercy Hospital pic.twitter.com/nLWFk4TmFv
— John Tarrant (@jgtarrant) May 5, 2014
A light cover of snow lay on the mountain and the air had a wintery chill
And the cold damp winds of Winter blew across Clara hill
As we climbed up towards the wooden cross Jerry and John Mahony, Donal Hickey and I
A memory to remember until the day I die.
The Mahonys had their working dog Sandy with them and Donal had Jerry his cattle dog
And the climb up through the snow clad bracken for Schoolboys a hard old slog
The dogs bored without a fox or hare to chase suddenly commenced to fight
For Jerry a bloodless victory though not a pretty sight.
We climbed to the cross on Clara hill overlooking Millstreet Town
The uphill journey it was [read more …] “A Day on Clara Hill”
At the start of July mountaineer Stephen McAulliffe from Banteer trekked from Millstreet train station over Clara, Caherbarnagh, the Paps and onto Rathmore. Blessed with lovely weather, he’s written down his trek in his blog, along with some stunning photographs.
“… By the “Grotto” you turn left and enter a magical little shady lane that rises steadily through woodland. After a while a right turn takes you through some fir trees and then an open trail traverses the slope and offers great views eastward to Mushera and beyond to my home patch of Mt Hillary. There is more than a grain of truth in the saying that Ireland, when the sun shines is one of the most beautiful places on earth and today it was living up to its billing. The problem is getting the sun to shine. Soon you enter the open mountain and it doesn’t take long to reach the summit at 452 meters. There are some masts on the top but it is easy to ignore these as the whole of north Cork and Kerry is laid out below you. It is a great spot to rest a while and soak up the views and sunshine…” Read the full article with photos on the HowlingMist blog