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2011-05-02 21:59:20
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Burning Ring of Fire
Indignation. There is no human characteristic less attractive. So if I lapse into it here, forgive me.
Today, crossing into the north, in my nostrils, the scent of burning mountain; on my lips a smile; and in my heart of hearts a salute to the audacity of it. I don’t think we have the goods on them yet, but on the street, it is generally surmised that the wee scuzzies are responsible for setting the Mournes on fire.
What may be less known to the rest of us, but certainly to local residents is that the whole shebang is up: not just the Mournes, but bits of the Cooleys and it seems all of the Ring of Gullion.
Until today I have promoted the following view and in general, stick to it. Is the burning of upland heath mortal? No it is not. They do it in Scotland every year to promote the success of grouse and its entourage. It is a visual event, dramatic to behold and primeval in its purpose and spectacle. Sure it is why Scumby Jnr now so enjoys it. So cries of “foul” from armchair alpinistes may be a tad precious. That is the thrust of the argument – although it is paper thin. After closer investigation, I am changing my tune. This is a dangerous thing and very defo NIMBY. A run around the Ring and through Camlough today did not endear the aimless, disaffected wee hoodies to me. Clouds of choking smoke bale out from the tops and drop into the defenceless villages; roaring flames strafe heather and bite at the back gardens of paper-and-pins homes. On the road, safety is compromised, with the entire hill alight only metres away.
Ah well sure, here in the North we never did like visitors anyway.
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Galtymore & Galtybeg from King's Yard
conrad1179 6 hours ago.
run, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 670m, Area: Galtymore, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Steep climb, sorry trail, great views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 18 hours 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 18 hours 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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Brockagh Mountain SE Top: Flattish height NW of Laragh with views, boggy paths a
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 19 hours 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 2 days ago.
Carrickarede island is connected to the mainland by the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. One of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions it is operated by the National Trust but unfortun...

  
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BRANDON HILL - THE QUICK WAY
David-Guenot 2 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 3 days ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 3 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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BLACKSTAIRS CHALLENGE 2017 - A PEAK-BAGGER'S ROUTE
David-Guenot 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 34.1km, Climb: 1629m, Area: Black Rock Mountain, Blackstairs Mountai...

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Inishsirrer: Deserted village
magicstep 3 days ago.
Mainland on the horizon (left and right)

  
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ewen
ewen 5 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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Inishsirrer: The only building that is not a ruin.
magicstep 3 days ago.
Surprisingly Donegal islands have a very good mobile internet reception, sometimes better than in an office in Dublin.


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