Louise Cantillon and Limerick captain Declan Hannon point the way to the Ballyhouras

Donal O'Regan

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Louise Cantillon and Limerick captain Declan Hannon point the way to the Ballyhouras

Louise Cantillon and Declan Hannon at the Blackrock trailhead on Ballyhoura Country's loop walks

SPRING was definitely in the air this week as Ballyhoura Country got into gear by launching an active spring programme.

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to take to the trails by foot or bike, get active and see the natural beauty on our doorstep in a varied series of events this February. 

SPIN South West and Classic Hits FM presenter, Louise Cantillon, and Limerick captain, Declan Hannon, teamed up with Ballyhoura Country to launch the programme.

“I highly recommend a trip to Limerick's hidden gem in the Ballyhoura Mountains. It’s such a peaceful retreat regardless of the weather. There's nothing nicer than looking out the window at a beautiful view in front of an open fire, and waking up for a morning hike,” said Louise about their stay at the Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges and exploration of the hiking loops in the area.

Ballyhoura Country is renowned for its wild beauty and the couple were treated to dramatic views and even some snow as they took to the trails. Starting from the Trailriders depot in Ardpatrick, Louise and Declan proved themselves up to the challenge by hiking the Blackrock trailhead.

There are a number of ways to get involved and follow the couple’s lead. The ninth biking blitz is taking over the Ballyhouras this Thursday, February 14.

The cross country mountain bike event has categories for all levels and ages of competitor. The public is also invited to join the social scavenger hunt this Saturday, February 16, for an afternoon of fun and games in Glenosheen Woods. Compete in groups to find as many of the scavenger items as you can, where the focus is on making new friends.

Pre booking is essential by emailing amothersoul@ballyhoura.org 

Also taking place this month is the Glenbrohane fun run on Sunday, February 17. It is in aid of the local hub project in Glenbrohane. It sets off from Glenbrohane Church at noon. See Eventbrite to book. On Tuesday, February 19, there is a fun interactive presentation on what makes a super moon special. Following the presentation, weather permitting, there will be a short moon viewing walk.

Operation Transformation is taking over Ballyhoura Country and the first walk of the year in January led by local leader, Jean Tierney, saw 1,500 people attend.

The event was part of the nationwide Operation Transformation walks, taking place in over 80 venues across the country.

A second step into spring 5km walk with Limerick Sports Partnership, in conjunction with Ballyhoura Beo, commences at Lough Gur on Saturday, February 23.

It starts at the Lough Gur Heritage Centre at 11am.

All are welcome.