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All the little ducks in a row on the Sliabh Bearna mountains from the summit of Moylussa past Sliabh na Murragh to the Enchanted Lake enroute to the 12 O’Cock Hills for the Great East Clare Hill challenge 2018.

Gear up for The Great East Clare Hill Challenge

AFTER a lapse of two years due to the Covid pandemic, The 12 OClock Hills project team are once  again organising The Great East Clare Hill Challenge.  

This is a 30-kilometre, eight-hour strenuous hike, which takes place on Saturday, July 9. The starting point is Two Mike Gate, Killaloe at 8am and the hike finishes at the 12 OClock Hills, Belvoir carpark at around 4pm.

The hike takes a route to the summit of Moylussa at 532 metres, then across the Sliabh Bearna via Cragnamurragh and the Enchanted Lake. It then descends into Broadford village via OShea’s Acre. Light refreshments will be available in the village of Broadford and then onwards to the 12 OClock Hills via Hurdlestown, Seefin, Knock na mBuachaillí and Knockaphunta.

These are a series of hills with panoramic views across Clare and beyond. The final climb will be The 12 OClock Hills at 309 metres and finishing at the Belvoir Carpark, where light refreshment will again be served. 

Organisers warn that this event is not for the faint hearted, as it takes in very uneven mountainous and boggy terrain. Clothing to suit prevailing weather conditions is recommended. Those taking part are recommended to be prepared and wear boots with ankle support. They are also advised to bring sun-cream, sun glasses and copious amount of water and snacks.

Advance, online registration is recommended via Participants have the option to carpool at the Belvoir Trailhead carpark.

The driving time to the Two Mile Gate from here is 45 minutes minimum. There is also the option of driving direct to the start point and booking a seat back to Killaloe to collect your car. Seats on the bus must also booked online at registration.

The event is limited to 100 participants and with 60 already registered. It is advised to register early to avoid disappointment. Anyone with queries is advised to contact 087-9691415. Proceeds from the event will allow The 12 O’Clock Hills Committee to continue with their ambitious plans for further upgrades to the facility in Belvoir, East Clare.  

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at or telephone 065 6864146.

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