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The annual club quiz on Saturday 25th March in aid of the RNLI kicked off the start of the clubs 2017 season. 6 teams battled it out in a great contest.
Congratulations to the winners.. team name: ‘Neighbours’ – Paddy, Amanda, Sharon & Seamus with quiz-masters Stephen & Siobhan.
There were several rounds with a good selection of questions ranging from.. “What was Mexico’s boarder length with America?” A 4 answer multi-choice question! For those in the know the correct answer was 1,951 miles!
Another multi-choice question was “What was the circumference of the moon?” If you are curious then the answer was 10,921 km.
Following with tradition, there were the usual and very challenging picture rounds, one of which was to identify ‘Famous Cats’ and the other ‘Famous spaceships” ……….Buck Rogers @ no 2, The Invaders at no 6 and Flight of the Navigator @ no 10 and cats’ No 15 Cheetara from ‘Thundercats’ were all to prove tricky, but were a deciding factor for the eventual winners Neighbours who’s knowledge of these 2 rounds ultimately gave them victory. They were run close by last years winners Fingal flyers who finished 2nd, so well played to them.
Thanks once again to our resident quiz masters for the night Stephen & Siobhan Broaders
They have done a great job in recent years and will be handing over the quiz-master reigns to Paddy & Amanda who will be your quiz-masters for 2018.
Photo courtesy of Patrick Wodhams – More photo’s here.
Christmas Walk 2016
Our annual Christmas walk took place on Thursday 29th December. Over thirty of us assembled at Killakee car park just south of the Hell Fire Club in dull but pleasant weather. From there we moved off at 11.00 to our starting point on the Featherbeds.
As it is our custom we try to stay within the Dublin county border. The route selected this year were old bog trails used to remove turf in years gone by. The location was just west of Glencree in the Dodder River valley.
Conditions along the tracks were muddy and wet until we linked up with the Barneskala Track which cuts through the bog. This we followed south to the end where we stopped for lunch
From there we turned back and criss crossed tracks to our starting point. The area is really wild and peaceful despite it being only two or three miles from the capital. We were all back to our cars by 2.00pm, where we all retired to the Scholars Town inn for refreshments.
Our thanks to Brendan Peavoy who put it all together.
Article by Peter Smyth
Photo courtesy of Paul ‘Darth’ Rainey
The annual club quiz on Saturday 19th March in aid of the RNLI kicked off the start of the clubs 2016 season. 7 teams battled it out in a great contest.
There were several rounds with questions ranging from.. “Who were the seven signatories of the Irish Proclamation?” To “What was the Manhattan project?”
Feel free to google the answers! No such luck on the night, anyone caught with a mobile out would have incurred a €5 fine….Safe to say no one did.
The 2nd placed team Mellow Meadows, Sharon, Donal, Marie and Shea ran the eventual winners close.
The club quiz champions of 2016 were the Fingal Flyers…Rosena, Jackie, Jim and Maura…..Congratulations to them…
Thanks once again to our resident quiz masters for the night Stephen & Siobhan Broaders.
Monies raised for the RNLI on the night amounted to €280…Add the €205 raised on New years day makes a grand total of €485…Well done everyone.
The winners – Fingal Flyers with Stephen & Siobhan.
Article & Photo’s by Patrick Wodhams
Photo courtesy of Sharon Dwyer
S.S.B.C. Mourne Walking Weekend 2016.
The Club held its 5thwalking weekend, based at the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. We had 40 participants lead by Peter Smyth, Michael Madigan and Donal Dwyer.
The mountain walk started at Bloody Bridge up to the Mourne Wall there the group split with a large number climbing Slieve Donard (Ulster’s highest mountain 853m). Both groups then continued on to the Castles and through Hares Gap and back to the Hostel via the Trassey Track and finally through Tollymore Forest just in time for the Irish /English rugby match.
Peter lead his group for a three and a half hour walk around the boundary of the forest park.
After the match we all got together for dinner and a few drinks ( a few to many for some !!!) Singing provided by Ann O’Connor and her Hot Gossip backing group, Peter entertained us with his singing and guitar playing. , Aideen, one of our visitors gave us two great numbers and last but not least Paul provided D.J. / Lighting Engineer services until 4 a.m.
Sunday was a fabulous day ,maybe too bright for many of us . Some were a bit concerned when we ran into a team from the Game of Thrones in full costume and fully armed as we exited the Hostel.
The Hostel provided a great breakfast, which set us up for the day. 19 walkers set out at 10.30 and did the Spinkwee Walk. (approx. 3 hrs)
Unfortunately Robert Murphy had the man flu and was sorely missed by his herd of Mountain Goats.
A special thanks to the staff of the Tollymore Hostel for taking great care of us again.
Don’t forget to book early for 2017.
Article by Donal Brennan
Photo courtesy of Patrick Wodhams – More photo’s here.
The 2015 Christmas walk was held on Tuesday 29th Dec 2015. This year we continued our traditional practice in following sections of the Dublin Way for our annual Christmas Walk. Twenty seven of us gathered on the Tuesday after Christmas at Killakee carpark, departure was scheduled for 11.30. The day was overcast with a light wind. A major storm was forecast to come in later in the day but we had a gap of about three hours to complete our trek.
From the car park we followed the road around to the entrance of Cruagh wood. There we took the trail eastward until we reached open ground on Cruagh Mountain. Then up onto the mountain; the track we followed was more of a stream with continuous pools with flowing water, there had been a lot of rain the previous night. The higher we got the wind in our faces increased to about 40 knts. At the top of the mountain we picked up another wider track, again very wet which took us across Killakee Mountain to the Feather Bed road (Military Rd). We followed the road northwards and at the next junction veered left towards Piperstown. Bohernabreena lakes were below us to our left. The wind coming off Kippure was getting stronger all the time. After about half a Km we turned right into the wood and took a lunch break sheltering behind stacks of large logs. Heading eastward we followed a raised track through a felled wood and back onto the Featherbed road which brought us quickly back to the car park. It took us just less than three hours and we covered 8.5 Km. A good walk in varied terrain with mixed conditions.
Our thanks to Brendan Peavoy & Seamus Greene for organising.
Article by Peter Smyth
Seventeen ladies turned up for our 7th annual event. Clubs represented…SSBC, Malahide, Sutton and Clontarf.
The youngest was 7 and the oldest was………. Most ladies raced singly in Topaz, but we did have one mother/daughter team and a 9/10yr old team.
Six races were held lasting 10 to 15 mins.
Three groups were involved, which rotated between races. The best 9 went into the afternoon final.This consisted of the best of 3 races. Competition was tight at the top places.
Sharon Dwyer won the ‘Mermaid Trophy’, with Cliona Fitzpatrick (Malahide) winning ‘best visitor’. Many thanks to all who helped out.
A very enjoyable day was had by all and so we hope to repeat it again next year.
Commodore. Jackie Malone
Ladies waiting to be ferried to their boats……. Windward mark…………. Sharon Dwyer – SSBC ‘Mermaid Trophy’ winner. With Commodore Jackie Malone Cliona Fitzpatrick – Clontarf Overall winner. With Commodore Jackie Malone
More photos click here – courtesy of Paul Rainey
More photos click here – courtesy of Patrick Wodhams