Dublin Frontrunners Hike 2015 with Out and About
Out and About hiking group is pleased to organise a hike Dublin Frontrunners on Sunday, 13 September 2015. Hike leaders Grant and Chris will guide a trail walk in the Wicklow Mountains. The walk will give runners an active break from marathon training and races, and a chance to enjoy some nature and meet members of Out and About. It promises to be a fun and sociable day.
Hike Description This year the hike will start from Ballinastoe Woods in the centre of the Wicklow Mountains – on the slopes of Djouce mountain. This area offers many great forest trails as well as access to open mountain trails, including one of the most scenic sections of the Wicklow Way. We’ll choose the exact route on the day depending on the conditions. After the hike we’ll stop at a local pub before returning to the city.
What you need to bring No specialised gear is required for this walk. If you have hiking boots bring them, but we have specifically chosen a route that does not require boots, so if you don’t have hiking boots or fell runners, your old runners will be fine for this hike. However, as this walk is in a remote area and weather in the mountains is often very changeable, please bring the following:
- Rain jacket
- Warm layer (fleece or jumper)
- 1.5 litres of water
- Packed lunch
- Change of clothes , which you can leave in the car
Please don’t wear jeans. If there is rain it will make the hike very uncomfortable and you’ll get very cold. We advise you not to leave any valuables in your car and put your change of clothes bag into the boot.
Getting there We encourage you to carpool as parking is limited. Furthermore carpooling is sociable and better for the environment. For carpooling we will meet in the city centre, outside the gates of the National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 at 10:00. Parking is free at this location on Sundays so extra cars can be left here. Alternatively you can meet us at the hike start at 10:45.
Directions from the National Concert: First drive to Adelaide Road than then turn right at Leeson Street (N11). Follow the N11/M11 south. After passing Bray, turn at the flyover onto the R755. Follow signs for Glendalough/Roundwood. Follow this road for approximately 10km until you come to a cross roads. Here take a right turn onto L5036, follow this to the end (1.5km) you will come to a T-Junction. Turn left here to arrive at Ballinastoe Woords after about 100m.
The hike start is here:
GPS coordinates: Lat/Lon N53.10769 W6.21786
Our annual summer BBQ kicks off on Sunday from 6pm, it’s in the Radisson Blu on Golden Lane. We have an outside area booked until 10pm when we need to head back inside so as not to cause a noise nusance for neighnours. But we’ll probably be on our way to Bingo at that stage 🙂
There are still some tickets left if you want to grab one;
Directions to the hotel for anyone who hasn’t been there, it’s off the top of Georges St/Aungier St on Golden Lane;
Thanks to Gregory for organising.
It’s Gay Christmas!!! I hope everyone’s excited and looking forward to a fun day 🙂
Our run this morning is from the War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge instead of the park, meet near the Islandbridge entrance, see below, usual time of 10am.
5 Mile Race
If you’re doing the 5 Mile in the park this morning, the meeting point is the bag drop area at 9:30am, good luck to everyone running.
Instead of scones after the run (I hear a sign of disappointment) we’ll be having a fabulous brunch and some bubbles in Bleaker St on Dorset St for anyone marching with the club today. Meet there from 11:30am before we move to Parnell Square to assemble for the march.
We’re meeting outside the Hugh Lane Gallery at 12:30pm to assemble for the March, don’t forget to wear a DFR t-shirt for the march either your singlet, running top, Pride Run or Yes Equality t-shirt.
I’ve also emptied the DFR safety deposit box and will have all our good jewellry so share around.
As part of the Gay Theatre Festival we are planning a night out on Saturday 16 May. There is a double bill in the Players Theatre in Trinity College, The Astonished Heart by Noel Coward @ 19:30 followed by St. Joan @ 21:00. We will be meeting up in the Front Lounge afterwards, around 22:00 to discuss the merits of both plays in great detail. If you are interested in coming along please book your tickets.
Hopefully see you on the night.
THE ASTONISHED HEART
BEHIND THE MOON PRODUCTIONS, IRELAND
Gay playwright Noel Coward when asked why he didn’t ‘come out’ replied: ‘I didn’t want to offend other people’s prejudices’. He wrote sexually ambiguous plays. ‘The Astonished Heart’ stars a tormented psychiatrist, his wife, her friend in a toxic love affair that splinters their very existence. A raw and emotional journey through the landscape of repressed love and shattered illusions.
Behind the Moon Productions reveals the now eighty year old play, reclaiming Coward’s queer sensibilities in a stripped down, visually engaging and theatrically inventive presentation.
Contains scenes of a sexual nature.
Written by Noel Coward | Directed by Geoff O’Keeffe
PASCAL THEATRE COMPANY/MANYTRACKS/ADD2PRODUCTIONS
Three women are Joan. All trying to save history from itself. This is a highly physical, darkly funny and entrancing work of theatre.
An exhilarating delve into the heady themes of national identity, purity of race, women as victims and makers of history asks – ‘would Joan the girl fighter, with the voices of God in her head, really boot out the foreigners today’? She challenges the view that only a dead saint is a useful saint and dreams of going back in time to stop history’s atrocities. Can she overturn its course? Can she save one life?
Written by Julia Pascal | Directed by Katrin Hilbe
Gregory has organised dinner in Teberna La Carmencita in Chueca for 9pm, cost is €45 which we’ll collect before the meal, so please be on time and bring the exact amount.
Menu “La Silla de Lorca”
Starters to share:
- Artesian cheeses
- Anchovies from Laredo (basically from Santander which famous for anchovies)
- Monkfish salad with avocado, mango and papaya
- Calamari (specific special type from Santander) and ham croquettes
Main course, choose from:
- Pollo en Pepitoria, a classic Chicken dish from Madrid
- Meat balls
- Fillet steak
- Battered hake
La Carmencita Desserts
Water and red (rioja) or white (rueda from verdejo grape)
Our annual quiz in The George was a huge success with great feedback from lots of participants.
It was a great result for the club with €1,510 raised from the quiz itself and a huge success for Yes Equality, our raffle raised €1,900, we’ll be donating this over the coming days to support the campaign.
There are lots of people to thank, the committee, all the DFR’s who attended and helped out on the night our sponsors who provided prizes for the raffle and of course our wonderful quiz host.
If you haven’t already or want to do a little more, here’s the link to donate to Yes Equality.
It’s the annual DFR table quiz, this year we’re in the George and we’re lucky to again have the fantastic Minnie Mélange as quiz master.
Tables of 4 are €40, and we’ll have a raffle with some amazing prizes, proceeds from the raffle will go to Marriage Equality.
Hope to see you there.
Our resident classical aficionado Séamus is organising a night out at the National Concert Hall. From the man himself…
Dear Frontrunners, Dear Friends
Fancy a night out in the National Concert Hall on Friday 20th February?
There is a fantastic concert on that night as follows:
– Beethoven: Fidelio Overture – beautiful overture to his only opera
– Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D – serenely eloquent!
– Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony – absolutely fabulous – monumental homage to elemental and unchanging nature.
If you fancy coming along, just book yourself a ticket on the NCH website – choir balcony section is only €12 – fab value!
The concert starts at 8pm. If you are free to go for a drink before the concert, we will be meeting in the downstairs bar in the Hilton Hotel, just across the road from the NCH from 7pm onwards.
Let me know if you are able to come along ( email Andy and he’ll pass on ) and very much looking forward to seeing you.
Yours in music and in running!!
Seeing as our 10th anniversary is fast approaching, here’s a little trip down memory lane.