Year of the jackill
Add to that his recent appointment to Projects/Geography Officer of MountainViews Committee, and steam, it is said issues from his good heels. Speaking of projects and jackill, there is a piece by Tom Hutton in Sep/October '10 edition of Walking World Ireland mag. on Coomloughra Horseshoe which gives a very nice overview of said walk, mooted if I remember correctly, as being a contender for the Scavenger Walk series. Pics included.
Also in same magazine, is an article by Barry Dalby of EastWest Mapping on Placenames of the Wicklow Uplands. Dalby makes, what seems a reasonable assumption, that little effort was made to collect names in the uplands, particularly above 1,000 feet in altitude, when the OS conducted its survey of Ireland in the 1830’s, principally, he states, ‘because the primary areas of interest to the survey were urban areas and rural arable land.’ (translates to; ‘land worthy of public administration, taxation etc,’) ‘This is borne out both by the paucity of names and also the fact that a proportion of the names printed are completely unknown to local people. This doesn’t just apply to Wicklow of course, but to all mountain areas in the country.’ Given that jackill has his own geography projects, Dalby is intent on giving the differing versions but will emphasise the version known to the local people – the hill farmers of Wicklow. This is no mean feat given the multitude of names and the variations on said themes, ( check out barryd’s recent commentary ‘Names around Glendoo’), not to mention what gets lost in translation. Point of note, very few locals of Newcastle knew where ‘Happy Valley’ was on enquiring recently. As Dalby puts it ‘Placenames are part of the human condition – they can have permanence and variability.’ Before we leave the subject of Wicklow, Padraig O’Morain, a relatively newcomer to hill walking had his letter published in same mag. retelling the cutting of his car’s central locking cables in an unsuccessful attempt to break into it. He goes on to say that every second person he has met since, assures him it is a big problem. €2,500 of a problem, apparently if the insurance does not cover it.
Turns out Specsavers are fans of hill walking and it is nice to be able to read again. Good wishes to jackill and all of the new committee, and look forward to hearing who makes man of the match!