Joan Conquers the Needle with Mid Tipp Hillwalkers

Photograph shows Joan Quinn Upperchurch celebrating the success of her first ascent to the summit of  the Great Needle of Dunshean. This  well-known sea stack off the Kerry coast  rises 140 ft to a vertigo inducing one metre square platform while reaching the start of the climb involves  a 180 ft abseil down a sheer sea cliff. On the same day   the Needle  was also successfully ascended for the first time by  Josephine Tobin,  Turtulla, Thurles  and  Brian Dunne, Templederry,  which completed an excellent hat-trick for the Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers Group.

You won’t have to worry about vertigo but you will certainly have a  great time if you take part on  Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers next big event, which is strictly for those who enjoy keeping their two feet firmly on the ground.   The 14th annual Autumn Charity  Challenge, which this year takes place among the unmatched scenery of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains,  offers all comers some of the best walking in Ireland suitable for all fitness levels.

The event, which  takes place from, Fri Oct 14 to Sun Oct 16, is  open to all – including newcomers to outdoor walking – wishing to support the cause of blind people. If you might like to participate the entire weekend, including hotel accommodation, costs just 189 euro  and further information can be had  from  Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles Co Tipp; Tel:  0504-21482 or 086–4009989; email

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