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Bleck Cra
2011-01-22 21:04:33
"On Newry
On Newry's doorstep amongst other things (Expand pics)
NEWRY AND MOURN
Newry has few redeeming features. Politically it is bigoted; much of its workforce is indolent; and it is visually hideous. Ugly shopping centres sell cheap alcohol to clamouring Free Staters; many northerners stay away and most Northern Protestants other than those disposed to live here, avoid it like the plague. It takes pride in being Irish but little in itself which embarrasses the city and the nation it represents. It succeeds less by its own endeavours than the happenstance that the North/South exchange rate favours it and when that rate reverts, Newry will resume its default position: asleep on the pavement until the next boom (sic) awakens it.
Very sad, because its potential to be breathtakingly beautiful far exceeds that for it to be ugly; for all of its citizens to be spectacular instead of too many being a spectacle. Much of its architecture is stunning; its canal banks and bridges of whinstone and white Mourne granite are bold and powerful; its old civic and commercial buildings are magical and dominate their space. Space alas too often full of beer cans, rubbish and social jetsam.
The self-righteous confidence that defines its politics is paper-thin: as thin as the line that defines the border. It won’t cherish its city because it is owned lock stock and barrel by Britain. But take it out of its political context into its natural one and you have what could be the most beautiful city in Ireland. Today, folds of liquid white silk billowed out from the pretty ankles of the Cuailnge and poured time-frozen tales of see-ers, Queens and warriors - a heroic Ireland - into Newry’s scruffy hinterland. On one horizon, the magical Mournes; on another, the mystical Cooleys. When you are in either, go and see Newry and be completely heartbroken.
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magicstep
magicstep 19 hours ago.
A leisure climber, I take it easy. If I climb something big then in a good weather only and spend lot's of time on top of the hill picnicking, enjoying the views and taking pictures. Mostly I walk...

  
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Gortnagan Beg: A worthy 500
thomas_g 21 hours ago.
Gortnagan Beg turned out to be my 500th peak. The bog was dryish, the rain threatened but waited until I got back to the car and the midges had other targets; what more could you ask for.The peak ...

  
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Gortnagan Beg: Small hill with great views
Collaborative entry Last edit by: thomas_g 21 hours ago.
Gortnagan Beg might be diminutive in stature but has fine views and some steep ground.The best approach is from the NE where there is a stile on the roadside. Parking is scarce so the best option ...

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Gortnagan Beg from Cappanlea
thomas_g 22 hours ago.
walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 219m, Area: Gortnagan Beg, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Irel...

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Steep climb, sorry trail, great views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
There's a number of ways to reach the top such as starting from the main, paying, carpark near the Glendalough lake at around T1115 9635. Going straight up from here more or less north there is an...

  
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Kirikee Mountain: Kirikee from the NW.
simon3 2 days ago.
From the ridge south of Derrybawn there is this NW view of Kirikee.Courtesy of siteviewer_comreg.ie we can find the owner of this mast: Three Ireland.The amusing conjunction with the cairn below t...

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Galtymore & Galtybeg from King's Yard
conrad1179 2 days ago.
run, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 670m, Area: Galtymore, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
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Brockagh Mountain SE Top: Flattish height NW of Laragh with views, boggy paths a
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Situated at the south eastern tip of a spur from Tonelagee it therefore commands wonderful views out over Laragh to the south east and Glenmacnass valley and waterfall to the north. Glendalough is...

  
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Carrickarede: Island.
sandman 4 days ago.
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BRANDON HILL - THE QUICK WAY
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
A steep but quick ascent along the forestry on rocky terrain, along what I believe has been dug as a firebreak rather ... walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 305m, Area: Brandon Hill, South Midlands (Ireland) B

  
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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 5 days ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 5 days 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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