Get Walking with Slievenamon Region – by Kevin Bowen, Region 25

I retired from An Garda Síochána in September 2012. 

I continue to be an active member of IPA in my local branch, Tipperary Slievenamon Region (Region 25).

I would like to showcase some of our local IPA initiatives and I attach, for your information, a sample of articles of our family hill-walks and photographs over the years.
Kevin Bowen
Tipperary Slievenamon Region 25

Each year, Áine Donnelly, Dinny Dunne, Chris Verling and I organise an IPA family hill-walk outing for members, their families, and friends. 

I act as walk leader on the day.  We have been doing this now for about 15 years.  It is always a great day out and usually well attended. 

The walks are in the foothills of the local mountains here in South Tipperary: the Galtee mountains, the Comeragh mountains, the Knockmealdown mountains, and Slievenamon mountains.

In 2015 we travelled up north of the county to the Devil’s Bit mountain (known to countless Garda trainees over the years!) near Templemore. 

The walks are easy and are well within the capabilities of all adults and children who attend.  They usually are about two to three hours long and cover a distance of about five to eight kms. 

After the walks we have a get together, great chat and craic in a local bar with finger food refreshments. 

We also have a draw in aid of the ‘Laura Fund’ with lots of prizes. 

Dinny Dunne is always great fun and he acts as the MC on these great social get togethers after our day on the hills. 

Our IPA family hill walk are always a great memorable day out and a great day to catch up with friends and local colleagues and colleagues from other IPA branches who attend from Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford.   

Perhaps, you might join us for our 2019 hill-walk later this year.  All IPA members and IPA friends are invited and welcome.

Best wishes.

Kevin Bowen

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