Archive | January 2015

Busy day for SEMRA

South East Mountain Rescue had a busy day last Sunday 25th January in the Comeraghs (The Club is extremely grateful for the dedicated volunteers of SEMRA)  where coincidentally the Club was also walking – they were thankfully not involved in either incident; their report is below! The photo shows the rather misty scene on the lunch break which was taken during a very windy route along the Knockanaffrin Ridge led by Turlough and John


“South East Mountain Rescue responded to two separate incidents in the Comeragh Mountains today (Sunday, January 25th).

At 1320hrs a call was received from An Garda Siochana in Waterford, seeking assistance for a female hillwalker who had sustained a lower leg injury while descending the western shoulder of Coumtay. She was reported to be on steep ground and in the company of a group of some twenty walkers. Weather conditions at the casualty site were reported as being of high winds and poor visibility.

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Team was placed on Full Team Callout status along with neighbouring team, Tramore Cliff and Mountain Rescue Team.

At 1500hrs while responding to the incident in Coumtay, Mountain Rescue was notified of a second incident, another female walker with a lower leg injury, near to Lake Coumshingaun around 6 kilometres to the North-East of the first incident.

Fortunately, the cloud base was higher and the winds more favourable at this location and Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 117, was tasked. With the assistance of Mountain Rescue personnel and National Ambulance Service Paramedics on scene, this second casualty was airlifted to nearby Rathgormack GAA playing field for transfer to a HSE-NAS ambulance and onward transport to University Hospital Waterford.

Meanwhile in Coumtay, a large scale Mountain Rescue operation was underway involving thirty rescuers from two teams, a technical lower down 400m of steep slope, followed by a 500m stretcher carry over broken ground, a river crossing, and an off-road drive in a Land Rover before the casualty was transferred to a HSE-NAS ambulance at the roadhead, at 1930hrs, some six hours after the initial 999 call. This casualty was also transferred to University Hospital Waterford.

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Team wishes both ladies a speedy return to fitness.

A high level of inter-agency co-operation was a necessity for today’s incidents and we wish to thank our colleagues in the following agencies for their professionalism and support: An Garda Siochana Waterford and Kilmacthomas; The National Ambulance Service; The Irish Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Dublin and Rescue 117 Waterford; and Tramore Cliff and Mountain Rescue Team.


Climbing Session

Climbing practice/training at the new bouldering venue, The Wall’, Sandyford this Wed Jan 28th.
Contact Paul or Colette for more details.

Wilderness First Aid course

A number of club leaders are upskilling their first aid qualifications this week end with instructor Ronan Lenihan. Ronan’s relaxed teaching style, command of the subject matter and his vast experience with the Glen of Imaal Mt Rescue team has given the group a top quality Wilderness First Aid Level 3 course. The group covered topics from breathing difficulties, bleeding, shock, sprains, heart attacks to broken bones. Coping with any of these conditions on a mountainside in remote areas requires a particular set of skills and calm. The group had lots of practice at cpr, bandaging and applying splints.





Winter training for Calpe, Spain, in March

Indoor climbing at Awesome Walls (Finglas) and Gravity (Inchicore) have been regular training sites for some club members over the Winter months. The climbing group will travel to Calpe in SE Spain in early March.
Some members plan to be in Awesome Walls on Thurs Jan 22nd and on Wed 28th from 5.00 onwards. DSCN4547




Navigation Day in the Comeraghs

Colette and Micheál led a walk that focused on enhancing the groups navigation skills in suitably poor visibility.

Erica and Liam who are currently doing the club’s Mountain Skills Course led the easy walk up Farbreaga having ‘recced’ the route earlier in the week with Colette



“Easy Walk” passing Standing Stone” at S 279 371 and 500m

Group pictured at white standing stone under Seefin

Group pictured at white standing stone under Seefin

2 January 1941 Shannon’s Lane

While the Shannon family were sleeping their house on the slopes of Mount Leinster in Carlow was bombed during World War II. At about 6.45am eight bombs were dropped near the village of Knockroe in South Carlow. The bombs appear to have been dropped in a straight line along the mountain slopes. The third bomb directly hit the residence of the Shannon family. James Shannon, his son Raymond together with his brother Patrick and Patrick’s sons James and Michael were asleep in the East end of the house. Mary Ellen, John’s wife, their daughter Kathleen and Bridget Shannon were sleeping in the West end of the house. Mary Ellen, Kathleen and Bridget were killed in the bombing. James and Michael were seriously injured. Hitler’s government excuse for the bombing, as for other bombings in Ireland, was that the pilot mistook the area for the west coast of Britain. However is it generally accepted that the pilot simply wished to offload the bombs in order to make a safe return to base. Hitler’s government later provided some compensation to help rebuild the house. Three members of the Shannon family lost their lives when a German bomb made a direct hit on their home in South Carlow in the year 1941

– Courtesy of    “On this Day”