meet the club

The club was founded and set up in March 2004, and started off with a membership of 22, which has now grown. Members are affiliated to Mountaineering Ireland (MI). 

Our Committee

Nick Heffernan

Nick Heffernan


Nick is a long-standing Club member who, in addition to his Chairman Role, is responsible for walk planning.

Michele Cooper-Fay

Michele Cooper-Fay


Michele is one of the Club’s most active members and rarely misses a Club outing. Michele is Club Secretary and manages the Clubs Membership and Committee dealings.

Frank McGonigle

Frank McGonigle


Frank, a member for many years and a former Bank Manager is the Clubs Treasurer. 

Fergal Harrington

Fergal Harrington

Health & Safety Officer

Fergal is a qualified Mountain Leader and the Club’s Health & Safety Officer.

Club Features

Year Round Weekly Walks

Summer Evening and Mid-week Walks

A (Advanced) and B (Intermediate) Walking Groups

Meet in Sneem Village

Walking in Kerry & Cork

Qualified and Volunteer Walk Leaders

consideration for the Mountains & The local community

On behalf of our local environment, those that call it home and Mountaineering Ireland (to which Sneem Walking Club is affiliated), we thank you for:

Helping to protect access and care for the places that provide us with such fantastic experiences.

We all can do this by:

When parking, leave gateways clear and leave room for wide vehicles.

Being prepared – know how to find your way and always being ready for the best and worst of weather.

Taking care to stick to established trails where possible, respecting the privacy of locals and engaging with people you meet.

Help others to appreciate how special the place is and how to minimise our impact on it.

When possible, support local shop, businesses and services.  You’ll find a lot about our Community in the Sneem Newsletter.

we all Thank you!

Please remember

do not Litter

park Considerately

Leave Your Dog at Home

Leave No Trace

look our for others

Appreciate the Beauty

Frequently Asked Questions

Joining Sneem Walking Club is easy and can be done online on our Membership page or by contacting Michele Cooper-Fay, Club Secretary at either by telephone 0851708286 or email

  • Quick-drying loose or stretchy pants.  Avoid wearing jeans and cotton tee-shirts, which can get uncomfortable when warm and very cold when wet.
  • Waterproof walking boots with good grips and good laces.
  • Good Walking Socks
  • 100% waterproof shell type jacket.
  • Spare warm fleece type top (a couple of thin layers).
  • Small backpack for food, spare clothes and other supplies.
  • Hat & Gloves.
  • Gaiters – keep your ankles / calves dry in wet long grass.
  • Waterproof over-trousers.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Smartphone for contact and for fantastic photos.
  • Water bottle – preferably a reusable one.

We recommend that all new Club members have their initial walk with the Sneem B Group. This will allow new member to meet exisiting members on a shorter, less demanding walk and for the Walk Leader to assess the ability of the new member to participate in more challenging A Group Walks.

Prospective members are welcome to join a Group B Walk as a visitor. Mountaineering Ireland provides insurance cover for anyone participating in a pre-membership trial walk.

Sneem Walking Club Members usually meet outside Murphy’s Bar in Sneem village before the walk (mostly Sunday mornings at 10 am). The walk leaders will organise car pooling, if required, to the start/end of the walk. All members must ensure they have suitable walking clothing and equipment and sufficient water and food for the walk.

Ready To join?

Contact us today.

If you want to join one of our upcoming walks, please get in touch with us via our Contact Us Page

If you’ve already decided that you want to become  a member of Sneem Walking Club, then you can submit your details on our Membership Page.