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2009-06-10 01:20:19
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Icon u not.
‘Icon’, noun. (Greek. eikõn, an image, from eikõ, I resemble.)

An image or representation; a portrait; This one is very clear cut. The most iconic Irish Mountain is situated in our heads, and our hearts. Not outside, topside, offside but inside.
Let me make reference to folk far more in the know than I. David Kirk’s poetic and quite beautiful publication ‘The Mountains of Mourne – A celebration of a Place Apart’ gives more than a hint or two. Dawson Stelfox writes the foreword, although, by his paraphrasing the poet Patrick Kavanagh, he may mislead the reader to think it is the Mournes that Kavanagh refers to, when in fact it is in the more modest Monaghan hills, that the poet found his iconic images. To quote Stelfox, ‘The Mountains of Mourne have had an overwhelming influence on my life. To paraphrase Patrick Kavanagh, when their story is told “a carbon copy will unfold my being”.

There are few who can come as close to the truth of the iconic as Kavanagh. To paraphrase him, in my mind, is to take three giddy skips off the top of the Devil’s Coach Road, following a picnic of two bottles of rum and a reheated three day old curry. To quote ‘Monaghan Hills’, Kavanagh addresses those same hills thus, ‘Monaghan hills, You have made me the sort of man I am, A fellow who can never care a damn For Everestic thrills. The country of my mind Has a hundred little heads, On none of which foot-room for genius.’ What he would have given to have been born among the Mournes, but no,‘O Monaghan hills, when is writ your story, A carbon-copy will unfold my being’.

My point, yes, there is one, is this, for Stelfox it is the Mournes, for Kavanagh, it was Shancoduff. Very often, what we learn most of ourselves we find not in books, but in the relationship we garner from the natural about us. Whether this is a vast or a modest landscape is irrelevant. It is what shapes the icon for us afterwards. For those unable to get up the mountains get a copy of David Kirk’s book above, and also check out Rob Beighton’s beautiful 2008 publication, titled ‘Ireland’s High Places. From the Mountains to the Sea’, or John Feehan’s, The Landscape of Slieve Bloom. Given the economic climate, visit your local library or check out www.borrowbooks.ie with your library card handy.
I leave you with Kavanagh’s iconic image of his own wee black hills that never saw the sun rising. From Shancoduff, ‘My hills hoard the bright shillings of March While the sun searches in every pocket. They are my Alps and I have climbed the Matterhorn with a sheaf of hay for three perishing calves In the field under the Big Forth of Rocksavage.’

Forsake the rum, and the curry, and go find your own iconic Irish Mountain, when the fog lifts and the mists clear, and if you learn to know it half as well as Kavanagh, Kirk, Feehan, Beighton, Stelfox et al, perhaps when its story is writ, a carbon copy will unfold your being.

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Lake District: Scafell and Scafell Pike
Onzy 22 hours ago.
Route from Wasdale over Scafell Pike and Scafell, Ill Crag, Broad Crag and a couple of other peaks. Route includes 4 ... walk, Len: 12.8km, Climb: 1471m, Area: Lingmell, Lake District - Central & Wes

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Mountaineering Ireland consults on mountains
simon3 a day ago.
Mountaineering Ireland (MI) is attempting to build a consensus on what hillwalkers value in the Irish mountains. It is a very logical step prior to advocating on behalf of hillwalkers to first det...

Castle Hill
Onzy a day ago.
Up and down Castle Hill. Essentially a duplicate of track 2048, but substantially shorter as I parked blocking a gate wi walk, Len: 4.8km, Climb: 398m, Area: Slieve Mish (Ireland)

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Barnahowna: Fine-weather photo
bryanmccabe 4 days ago.
Thought a fine-weather photo of Barnahowna summit was needed!

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Maumtrasna North-East Top: Worth a visit!
Collaborative entry Last edit by: bryanmccabe 4 days ago.
Maumtrasna NE top, approximately 2km NE of Maumtrasna, is worth a visit in its own right. The most direct access is via the steep ridge up to nearby spot height 542. One possible starting point is...

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Torc Mountain W Top: Big brother ....
hivisibility 3 days ago.
Here's a picture of Torc itself from Torc West Top. Approx 600m between the two summits.

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Crossderry: Summit No 2 of a fine ridge walk.
hivisibility 4 days ago.
Here is another view of Crossderry taken from Mothillín. You can see the twin peaks at the summit area. The summit proper is the one on the right. Knocknabreeda in the background.Its pretty rugged...

Caha Mountains: Tooreennamna
Onzy a day ago.
Route taking in Tooreenamna, an outlier to the west of the Cummeenageera circuit and a highly rated hill. walk, Len: 4.5km, Climb: 439m, Area: Tooreennamna, Caha Mountains (Ireland) Too...

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Mothaillín: Fabulous views to the west from the summit.
hivisibility 5 days ago.
Fine view towards Broghnabinnia and Caher from Mothillín summit.

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Cable Car to the Hellfire Club - 20/10
cave-dweller a week ago.
Hello, There is a meeting being held in the Yellow House Pub in Rathfarnham in Dublin 14 tomorrow night at 8 pm about some proposed "redevelopments" in and around the Hellfire Club/Montpelier Hill...

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Mothaillín: Summit area as seen from Crossderry.
hivisibility 5 days ago.
Mothillín summit from Crossderry.

Hart Walk
GSheehy a day ago.
{First off, I wasn't with the lads. Just sharing the info.}What?s not to like reading about the trials and tribulation walk, Len: 115.7km, Climb: 3215m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Cloghernagh,

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