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dhmiriam
2007-02-12 01:22:32
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Clifden to Toormakeady
Clifden to Toormakeady is what Heaney calls in poetry that place for the ‘redress of the soul’. Walking here, strips down, shapes up and reaffirms. One may even suffer an understandable bout of entrapment and lose a day or two. Now, cue bodhrans, fiddle and a couple of uileann pipes! This ‘wilderness’ on the very edge of Europe that our folk has so often had to flee from, we call ‘sa bhaile’. Flying in over Aran, late winter, early Spring, you’d think that Kavanaghs’ Bog God had newly stirred His dark sphagnum pools of creation, and in His deep cuttings, the sun ignited shards of heavens shattered vessels, twinkle up from the black peaty beds and reflect their upward assault in a watery eye. Stone scattered, rubbled with rock blown open by gentian and avens, Atlantic arias rebound off rock face and flood the aural chambers. Flaccid bronchials whip lashed in their dark cage like a fern in a gale, leak the murky smog of city in their bruising, out through eye and nostril, clear air pinking the tissues and flushing out the flues. Wee Davey’s passionate rendering of his fathers account strikes a chord. The uncle joined the Irish Air Corps Base in Baldonnell in 1939, then on to B.A. and when done with them, he flew for Zambian Airways: London, Kuala Lumpar, Zambia and back. In such long hauls he never saw scapes or weather as distinctly varying or in such rapid continuous flux as on our tiny island, particularly round our mountains. Sure the Maamturks have their very own as any local will tell you. These photos were taken seven years ago on an expedition west. Clifden to Toormakeady,Wee Davey, whether you walk it all or not, is pure poetry. As they say up north, slap it into ye, but regardless, such a venture saturates in any case. Bon Chance, my friend! Bring biscuits, its a long walk.
P.S. Au Contraire re verdict assumption! Bloody committees and one devised for such activities as fining folk for ‘endangering the war effort’, is beneath contempt, I’d not go so low as to endorse nor condone any verdict passed on the misunderstood. The view from here is breath taking!


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ewen
ewen 9 hours 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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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe 9 hours 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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Gortrumnagh: Drive or Walk
sandman a day 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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Ballynew: Coastal Hill
sandman a day 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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Murneen: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
With views over Cleggan Harbour this small coastal hill has no access issues. Enter via the access road for the Cleggan Group Water Reservoir at L5989857914 and continue up past the compound and w...

  
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Streamstown East: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Parking at L6466853750 take the small farm track in by the side of the forest crossing a double gate which was padlocked hand rail the forest on your left and thru a second gate to the summit area...

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Bleantasour Mountain: A boggy but short ascent route
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day 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 a day 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 a day 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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dr_banuska
dr_banuska 2 days ago.
Tyrone based hiker who walks all over but especially in my locals, the Sperrins. Completed the County High Points in 2016 (after 8 years!). Enjoy longer trails as well e.g. did the Moyle Way (Co. ...

  
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Seefin: Fine day spoilt by Scramblers
ewen a day 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 3 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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