Sun October 9, 2016 – Hungry Hill Hike (Fr. Frank Memorial Walk)
Fr. Frank was an enthusiastic member of the club for many years and died on October 12th, 2003.
He served on the committee and contributed to the club in many ways, particularly in leading the easy walk and offering a warm welcome to newcomers. He is fondly remembered and each year around his anniversary the club has a walk in Hungry Hill in commemoration of him.
Four levels of walks are planned (trial, easy, short and moderate) with each walk taking different routes.
You can still sign up online at: www.corkbackpackers.ie
New Walkers are always welcome to join us for a trial hill walk before deciding to join the club.
With a height of 685 metres (2,247 ft) Hungry Hill is the highest peak of the Caha Mountains and lies on the border of counties Cork and Kerry, although the peak is on the Cork side.
There is a cairn at the summit and a number of standing stones to the south and east of the mountain. At its eastern foot are two lakes — Coomadayallig and Coomarkane — which both drain into the Mare’s Tail waterfall. This is the highest waterfall in Ireland and the UK.
New Walkers are always welcome to join us for a trial hillwalk before deciding to join the club.
Walkers can sign up in person in Counihan’s Pub Pembroke Street, from 9.00pm on the Wednesday before the Sunday walk or online at: https://www.corkbackpackers.ie/
The meeting point for walks is on the South Mall opposite the Imperial Hotel at 8.45am. We car pool from there and leave at 9.00am sharp.
The following description was written around 1841
Hungry Hill, the loftiest of his giant brethren, towers in stupendous grandeur before us. The Sugar-loaf, Berehaven, and Glengariff mountains claim our admiration; while, more distant still, Priest’s Leap, the Reeks, and Mangerton, show betimes their huge proportions through the cloudy veil that shadows them. The town of Bantry is little better than a fishing-village; it possesses no trade, and the remoteness of its situation affords little hope that it ever will have any.
In an historical point of view, it is remarkable as being the place at which, about half a century since, one of the finest appointed armies that ever sailed from the shores of France attempted a landing. In December, 1796, a fleet of seventeen sail, ten of which were of the line, anchored in Bantry Bay.
The fleet originally consisted of twenty-five ships of the line, but they had been scattered and dispersed by violent storms, and when the remnant of this proud armament reached the Irish coast, the dissension and jealousy which existed amongst the leaders of the expedition prevented them taking advantage of the opportunity that offered, of landing the troops without opposition.
Humanly speaking, had this army landed, nothing could have opposed them: the city of Cork would in three days have been in their hands, and Ireland would have been lost to England, for a time at least. But Providence decreed it otherwise; on Christmas-eve, 1796, a tremendous hurricane came on, by which the French fleet were driven out to sea, and the kingdom saved from the horrors of an invading warfare.
The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland | c. 1841 | J. Stirling Coyne & N. P. Willis
Volume I, Chapter I-11 | Start of chapter
Hungry Hill (novel) is also the title and setting of a 1943 novel by English author, Daphne du Maurier. Her descriptions of the mountain and environs are markedly similar to the actual location. In the novel, the name of the mountain is metaphoric, as during the course of the novel the mountain seems to ‘swallow’ successive generations of the Broderick family, who own and mine the mountain. The story is reputedly based on the Irish ancestors of Daphne du Maurier’s friend Christopher Puxley.