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padodes
2009-08-11 20:01:07
Iconic Paps
I think paulocon’s comment on the iconic value of the Paps (of Dana) is certainly true in a historic sense. Mountains like these bring us into contact with the deep relationship that not alone the Celts but also the previous inhabitants of our island, going back to Neolithic times, have had with the Irish landscape, and it is one that hasn’t lost its significance in the 21st century either.

In Dana (Danu or Anu) we have the mythological figure of one of the great Mother-Goddesses revered by the Celts, strongly associated with fertility and prosperity. It has often been pointed out that such Celtic divinities relate back to an earlier Neolithic Mother-Goddess, whose cult can be found right across Europe. Without being aware of it, no doubt, the Celts were turning to a Dea Mater in much the same way as the Neolithic farmers had done millennia before them, seeking the same favours. The cairn-covered Paps are a megalithic reminder of this continuity, even though the present Irish name, Dhá Chích Danann, is of Celtic origin. What I find interesting in relation to the Paps is that the mountains are not just considered to be the resting place of the Goddess, a mere topographical footstool. They have taken the actual shape and form of her rich and promising bosom. They are she. One could speak of animistic identity.

All of this might seem far away from our present-day approach to mountains long divested of their divinities and any sacral character. Curiously, though, in the language of modern ecology it isn’t hard to find in all but name a growing reverence for an almost personified Nature on whose threatened bounty our survival depends.


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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 7 hours ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 7 hours ago.
Visited in 2014. There's a sandy beach and a solid pier with slipway and a picnic table facing the mainland. The road from the pier all the way thru the village is a robust concrete one, but it's ...

  
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Inishsirrer: Deserted village
magicstep 9 hours ago.
Mainland on the horizon (left and right)

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Inishsirrer: The only building that is not a ruin.
magicstep 9 hours ago.
Surprisingly Donegal islands have a very good mobile internet reception, sometimes better than in an office in Dublin.

  
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Inishsirrer: Part of a road from the past
magicstep 9 hours ago.
There's a salty tidal lake on the island.

  
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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep a day 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 3 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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