News 2018 

Title:  Report from Regional Meeting, Clonmel 10th January
Date:  12/01/2018

What skills should somebody have to lead a club walk?

This was just one of a range of questions addressed during last night’s Mountaineering Ireland regional meeting in Clonmel. More than 40 members attended with representation from 11 different clubs, including groups that had travelled from as far away as Tralee and Wexford.

The format included presentations from Training Officer Jane Carney on training schemes and supports available from Mountaineering Ireland, and Helen Lawless who spoke about Mountaineering Ireland’s work on access and conservation matters.

Other topics discussed included ideas on how to encourage younger members to join clubs, suggestions that Mountaineering Ireland engage more with schools, colleges and Gaisce, and tips on how to enjoy the hills responsibly. Some of the resources available on were demonstrated including the Digital Log to record activities in the mountains and the Club Handbook.

Clubs were encouraged to participate in the Club Training Officers’ workshop on 24-25th February (venue TBC) and Mountaineering Ireland’s Spring Gathering which takes place in the Galtees from 23rd-25th March.  There was time for chat and networking too!

Mountaineering Ireland extends thanks to Greg Kenny and Peaks Mountaineering Club who arranged and promoted the meeting. Other clubs that would be interested in hosting a regional meeting should contact the Mountaineering Ireland office on 01 6251115 or

And to answer the question above a club leader doesn’t need to have a formal qualification but should have appropriate experience, be able to navigate, choose and find appropriate routes, look after themselves and others.

Photo: Anna Allen, Tralee Mountaineering Club with Helen Lawless and Jane Carney from Mountaineering Ireland, photo by Ciarán Walsh

Related information:

National Guidelines for Walking and Climbing Leaders

Link to Mountaineering Ireland Skills videos 

Link to Mountain Environment videos

Mountaineering Ireland Club Handbook

Leadership articles from Irish Mountain Log:

When is a Leader not a Leader?

Being a Leader


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