About

What is Siul Eile?

Siul Eile are rural communities coming together to form walking programs and challenges using the under-utilised local environment in their own community.

We build walking programs using quiet country roads, forest paths, tracks and trails.

It is designed for local communities to live quality healthy lives, socialise together and to combat rural isolation.

Our Aims

Siul Eile’s main aim
is to reconnect people with each other
and with their locality.

Our walking programs not only increase activity levels but also provide opportunities to socialise with those living in our communities and these walking programs bring us to places in the community that have long been ignored or forgotten.

Modern day rural Ireland has become so fast paced in the last couple of decades that we are fast losing touch with each other. We were once a country that was famous for its “cead mile failte”, nowadays we barely have time for a quick “hi” to each other. In the present-day Information age we are more likely to be aware of what is happening thousands of miles away in a foreign country, than what is happening two miles down the road from us.

There is also history and natural beauty all around us in our communities that is being overlooked for the modern day fascination of the next “big story” that is consumed and forgotten in days as it is replaced by the next story and so on it continues as we live our lives by slowly but surely disconnecting ourselves from the people and environment that is all around us.

Siul Eile believes that it is time to stop and take stock of what really matters to us and believes it is time to reconnect with each other and with our local environment.
We aim to bring life back to communities by energising their people and appreciating the local history and natural beauty that is part of our local community and by extension part of each one of us.

All Siul Eile walks on each program are free and open to all. For event walks at the end of some programs there will be a charge. Everyone is welcome, with all levels of fitness and abilities catered for, as we adopt the “all for one, one for all” approach.

How it All Started

The idea was simple – Let’s go for a walk.

One walk become a walking programme, few participants became a large community, neighbours became friends, hidden roads and places were rediscovered.

Siul Eile was born.

It was 2016 and Liam Fleming was the person organising and leading the walks around Clogheen, Co. Tipperary.

Following a successful year of walking, Suil Eile expanded to Clonmel, Co Tipperary in 2017.

Siul Eile in numbers

The walkers are of all ages ranging from 4 years to 89 years, with the vast majority in the 45-65 years old range.

The walks are suitable for most people as almost all walks were between 3 and 8km with everyone walking at their own pace.

By end of 2016

Walks

Individuals

Km walked between all

Location

By end of 2017

Walks

Individuals

Km walked between all

Locations

By end of 2018

Walks

Individuals

Km walked between all

Locations

Our Walks

We have so many beautiful places on our doorstep – fascinating local history and mesmerising natural beauty – all waiting to be rediscovered.

Beal Lough

Beal Lough is a popular spot for all levels of walkers. Family walkers come in their droves, park in the car park and take the 1km path down to the lake. Those looking for a strenuous test, can cross the road from the car park and take on the Sugarloaf Peak and can go a little further to get to the high point of the Knockmealdowns which is also the highest point in Co.Waterford. Beal Lough turns into a purple wonderland towards the end of May/start of June as the Rhododendrons come out in full bloom and turn the whole valley into a spectacular natural explosion of colour.

Mountain Lodge, Glengarra Woods

Viscount Lismore erected a lodge, known as the Mountain Lodge during the nineteenth century. This stunning hunting and fishing lodge is sited in a beautiful location. It is currently being restored through the efforts of the local Burncourt community.

Galtymore Mountains

Galtymore is a 919 m (3015 ft) mountain on the border between counties Limerick and Tipperary. It is the highest of the Galty Mountains and the 14th highest peak in Ireland. Galtymore is notable in that it is the tallest inland mountain in Ireland.

Glengarra Woods

There are two waymarked walking trails in these woods. The Loop Walk (2 kms) is a great introduction to Glengarra for all ages, taking in some of the magnificent specimen trees around the car park, crossing the Burncourt river and into a beautiful stand of Scot’s Pine, our native conifer species. The longer Millennium Trail (7 kms) is particularly beautiful and has many interesting features, including old forest tracks, an enclosed exotic rhododendron canopy, the Mountain Lodge, Galty views, Knockmealdown views and the Burncourt River.

Duck Ponds, Kildanogue

Wildlife sanctuary with boardwalks all around the ponds. Witness wildlife from the observation deck, where Mallards can be seen splashing playfully. Or take in the tranquility at seating areas on your walk along winding paths, over small bridges and along boardwalks.

Knockmealdown Range

Knockmealdown is the highest peak of the Knockmealdown Range of mountains, located on the border between Co Tipperary and Co Waterford. The peak itself is located in County Waterford and is the highest point in that county. The peak is most easily accessed from the layby overlooking Bay Lough on the Vee Gap.

Three Dunes Waterfall

You need to go well off the beaten track to find this waterfall. After going through forest paths, wild remote mountain areas and descending a steep embankment you arrive at this wonderful hidden waterfall where you are automatically at one with nature all around you.

Kilcoran Glengarra Woods

To the west of Kilcoran Lodge Hotel is the magnicent Glengarra Woods and to the east is a multitude of unmarked trails that give fabulous views and great variety.

St Paul's Church Clogheen

St Pauls Church- This building is now Clogheen’s Community Centre, built in 1846. The parents of Thomas Clarke, one of the signatories of the 1916 Easter Proclamation, were married here on 21st May 1857.

Reidh Burial Ground

This burial ground was opened during the Great Famine. Visit here and you will be gripped by the isolation and sadness of the place as you remember those who are buried here in unmarked graves.

Clogheen Loop

This loop crosses the lower slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains above the village of Clogheen and the River Duag. It follows road and forest paths, passing Reigh Cemetery. There are fine views of the village and its surrounding area.

Ballard Waterfall Trail

The trail runs on roadway, forest track and path passing through forest, with a spur to the beautiful hidden waterfall. As well as the stunning waterfall, the trail offers excellent views of the surrounding countryside and hills.

Our Walks

We have so many beautiful places on our doorstep – fascinating local history and mesmerising natural beauty – all waiting to be rediscovered.

Beal Lough

Beal Lough is a popular spot for all levels of walkers. Family walkers come in their droves, park in the car park and take the 1km path down to the lake. Those looking for a strenuous test, can cross the road from the car park and take on the Sugarloaf Peak and can go a little further to get to the high point of the Knockmealdowns which is also the highest point in Co.Waterford. Beal Lough turns into a purple wonderland towards the end of May/start of June as the Rhododendrons come out in full bloom and turn the whole valley into a spectacular natural explosion of colour.

Ballard Waterfall Trail

The trail runs on roadway, forest track and path passing through forest, with a spur to the beautiful hidden waterfall. As well as the stunning waterfall, the trail offers excellent views of the surrounding countryside and hills.

Glengarra Woods

There are two waymarked walking trails in these woods. The Loop Walk (2 kms) is a great introduction to Glengarra for all ages, taking in some of the magnificent specimen trees around the car park, crossing the Burncourt river and into a beautiful stand of Scot’s Pine, our native conifer species. The longer Millennium Trail (7 kms) is particularly beautiful and has many interesting features, including old forest tracks, an enclosed exotic rhododendron canopy, the Mountain Lodge, Galty views, Knockmealdown views and the Burncourt River.

Liam Lynch Loop

This loop (12km) winds up on forest roads to travel along the shoulder of Crohan Mountain and traces a stretch along the Glengalla River. It takes you within 200m of the round tower monument to Liam Lynch, whose death nearby heralded the end of the Irish Civil War. Views are into the Knockmealdown Mountains and the plains spread below.

Three Dunes Waterfall

You need to go well off the beaten track to find this waterfall. After going through forest paths, wild remote mountain areas and descending a steep embankment you arrive at this wonderful hidden waterfall where you are automatically at one with nature all around you.

Mountain Lodge, Glengarra Woods

Viscount Lismore erected a lodge, known as the Mountain Lodge during the nineteenth century. This stunning hunting and fishing lodge is sited in a beautiful location. It is currently being restored through the efforts of the local Burncourt community.

Duck Ponds, Kildanogue

Wildlife sanctuary with boardwalks all around the ponds. Witness wildlife from the observation deck, where Mallards can be seen splashing playfully. Or take in the tranquility at seating areas on your walk along winding paths, over small bridges and along boardwalks.

Knockmealdown Range

Knockmealdown is the highest peak of the Knockmealdown Range of mountains, located on the border between Co Tipperary and Co Waterford. The peak itself is located in County Waterford and is the highest point in that county. The peak is most easily accessed from the layby overlooking Bay Lough on the Vee Gap.

Kilcoran Glengarra Woods

To the west of Kilcoran Lodge Hotel is the magnicent Glengarra Woods and to the east is a multitude of unmarked trails that give fabulous views and great variety.

Clogheen Loop

This loop crosses the lower slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains above the village of Clogheen and the River Duag. It follows road and forest paths, passing Reigh Cemetery. There are fine views of the village and its surrounding area.

Galtymore Mountains

Galtymore is a 919 m (3015 ft) mountain on the border between counties Limerick and Tipperary. It is the highest of the Galty Mountains and the 14th highest peak in Ireland. Galtymore is notable in that it is the tallest inland mountain in Ireland.

Knockshanahullion

A 3km hike brings you to the top of Knockshanahullion where there is panoramic views of the Galty Vee Valley to the north and Dungarvan harbour to the south. Also views of the numerous mountains including the Galtees, Slievenamon, the Comeraghs, Knockmealdowns and Ballyhouras.

Reidh Burial Ground

This burial ground was opened during the Great Famine. Visit here and you will be gripped by the isolation and sadness of the place as you remember those who are buried here in unmarked graves.

St Paul's Church Clogheen

St Pauls Church- This building is now Clogheen’s Community Centre, built in 1846. The parents of Thomas Clarke, one of the signatories of the 1916 Easter Proclamation, were married here on 21st May 1857.

What People Say

Great friendship in the group

I joined Siul Eile because I have always enjoyed walking and the extra challenge appealed to me. We have great friendship in the group and we have set up our local “what’s app” We even have our Christmas party organised. We have become very fit and many say that their breathing has improved. We are visiting shops for leisure wear and discussing the best footwear for hiking. What a wonderful summer and we look forward to our winter walks.

Thanks Liam for bringing these healthy, happy adventures into our lives. 👏

Fantastic scenery around Clonmel

I had the most enjoyable summer doing the couch to mountain top with Liam Flemming as our excellent leader. We discovered some fantastic scenery around Clonmel and met some wonderful people . Not only did we climb Slievenamon at the end of our 8 weeks but continued on to climb The knockmeldowns and galtymore in the 3 hills challenge something I would never thought I was capable of.

I cannot recommend Suil Eile enough, and would recommend you join their next walk.

Met friends for life

Thanks to Siul Eile Its been the best summer in a long time. I so looked forward to our little jaunts in the evenings. Getting out an about and reconnecting with the beauty around us that we totally take for granted, met some great people that I know will be friends for life. Cant wait for October to get going again with all the gang.

Amazing hiking routes

We learned amazing hiking routes right on our doorstep. We made some wonderful new friends along the way. We giggled our way across mountain trails throughout the Summer while Liam subtly got us in shape to climb Tipperary’s three highest peaks. Such a great programme! We are all looking forward to our Winter walks around Clonmel.

Felt like an achievement

I have seen so much of the surrounding areas of Clonmel this summer and met lovely people all through Suil Eile. All the walks were enjoyable and completing the Tipp Top challenge felt like an achievement. Looking forward to some winter walks in another few weeks.

Fantastic holiday

Thanks to Siúl Eile this summer,I enjoyed all the benefits of a fantastic holiday without the hassle of leaving home.
A laugh,a chat ,a helping hand,made each walk enjoyable.
Leader Liam encouraged,motivated & bonded our jolly group.

Great sense of achievement

Have had a fantastic summer of guided walks with Liam of Siul Eile in our own locality that we never knew existed and met a great bunch of people. Achieving the Tipp Top Challenge was the icing on the cake, great sense of achievement.

Great encouragement

What a sense of achievement going from struggling to complete a round of the local football pitch to climbing to the TOP of Galtymore! Received great encouragement from the Leader Liam. He puts alot of effort into researching and organising each walk. It’s almost a year and I’m still walking, even able to do a bit of talking now while I walk. I would recommend you to give it a go.

Meet The Team

The volunteers run the show with regard to Siul Eile walking programs.

Our walks simply wouldn’t be possible without their help!

Next time you are on a Siul Eile walk, lookout for the volunteers and give them your thanks.

It is recommended that EVERYONE volunteer on a walk at least 3 times a year. You can put your name down after your next walk and all training will be provided.

Liam Fleming

Liam Fleming

CEO

 
Lifestyle coach and father-of-five Liam Fleming is the founder of Siul Eile, a walking group in Co Tipperary:

“There are lots of walking routes in Clogheen but there was a time when I wouldn’t meet anyone while I was out on my walk. That’s what triggered it for me. I thought, ‘Why aren’t the local people out here? These tracks are literally on their doorsteps.’ It drove me to get the group up and running.”

In The Press

Irish Independent - 14 January 2018

Walk the talk – this year’s big fitness trend

Irish Country Living - 15 December 2017

It takes a village: Christmas and community spirit is alive in Clogheen

The Irish Times - 14 December 2017

Siúl Eile walking scheme a pathway to tackling rural isolation

The Irish Times - 23 November 2017

New incubator helps social entrepreneurs nurture start-ups

Irish Country Living – 19 October 2017

Rural tourism on the up and up

Contact Us

If you are interested in setting up your own Siul Eile walking programme, would like to join us for a walk or simply get some more information - drop us a line!

Email:

info@siuleile.com

Phone:

087 226 8651

Address:

Clogheen, Co. Tipperary

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