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2009-08-04 06:17:52
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Changing names
Up to recently, the signposting at the Sally Gap in Wicklow gave the Irish name for this mountain pass as Bearnas na Diallaite (Saddle Gap), which always struck me as being quite apt, since it sits astride the head of the Liffey Valley to the NW and the Cloghoge River Valley to the SE. Indeed, it seemed far more appropriate than the English ‘Sally Gap’, given the absence of any obliging specimen of the willow family (Salix) in that whole area. Recently, however, the Irish name has been changed to Bearna Bhealach Sailearnáin (Gap of the Willow Grove Road) on new signs. At first I thought that perhaps some sensitive Wicklow county councillor who could no longer bear the disparity between the English and Irish names had decided to impose harmony, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. A look at the historical testimonies on the website logainm.ie shows that the newly given Irish name is in fact already attested in the 1655 Civil Survey and that the ‘Saddle Gap’ Irish variation would appear to be a later invention. That still leaves the botanical incongruity of the name intact, but I suppose vegetation can change over the years even more easily than names. It’s unusual, nonetheless, to find any coppice of trees or shrubs growing on open bogland in Ireland, though it is not uncommon in other countries.

I wonder if reverting to the older attested Irish name in this instance is the result of the ongoing work of the Placenames Commission? Perhaps we can expect to see other similar changes in the coming years.
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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep 15 hours ago.
I did kayak to the island in 2014. There is a slipway facing the mainland. Lot's of ruined houses. Walking is decent as the island is flat but in places ground is uneven and overgrown, there are o...

  
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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe a day ago.
Decided to make a day out of a Dublin-Waterford drive, despite low-hanging cloud. Knockroe wore a misty white cap as I glanced up from the Sculloge Gap carpark. Planning my attack (so I thought), ...

  
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ewen
ewen a day ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

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Bleantasour Mountain: A boggy but short ascent route
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Go to the forest entrance at S22452 09704. there is room here for a few cars.Walk down the forest track, crossing a ford and follow the track until you can see open ground.Walk south along the edg...

  
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A handy way up two western Monavulaghs.
simon3 2 days ago.
Easy access to the ridge.Improved RouteUsing the hard won experience of others and new forest roads we found a relati... walk, Len: 6.5km, Climb: 263m, Area: Bleantasour Mountain, Comeragh Mountains

  
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Milk Hill: Carry on bagging
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Go to the forest entrance at S22452 09704. there is room here for a few cars.Walk down the forest track, crossing a ford and follow the track until you can see open ground.Walk uphill to the summi...

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Seefin: Fine day spoilt by Scramblers
ewen 2 days ago.
Started at the Coillte gate at 068145 where there is parking for 2 cars. I then followed the forest road around until the first turn off to the left. This takes you along to the fire break/path at...

  
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Local 97
marymac 4 days ago.
An abstract Artist, Charles Shaw, said "Real happiness consists in not what we actually accomplish, but what we think we accomplish." I moved house. So my Local 100 changed. The new list includes ...

  
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Gortrumnagh: Drive or Walk
sandman 2 days ago.
The gravel track at L6133851903 will bring you up to the second quarry workings allowing you to park at L6213651955 and enter the open hillside via a gate just inside the quarry to the left. No si...

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Hacha Grande by following my nose.
jackill 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 636m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
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Derrylahan: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
As this hill is located in a field covered in gorse bushes the easiest access is via the adjacent land owner. Parking at L6670259115 i was fortunate to bump in to the farmer whose farm yard is loc...

  
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Ballynew: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Park at L6231659377 opposite a very modern designed house and follow the non tared track and as it turns right go straight up hill thru an old overgrown trail still used by some cattle on there ow...


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