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2012-09-05 22:13:43
Tiaracht challenge: then and now
In 1978, when I was 23-ish and as fit as an ox, and before Tiaracht/Tearaght was buggered beyond help by goats, rabbits, burrowing seabirds and Atlantic storms, the southern slopes and the summit rarely posed more than a minor challenge, thanks to broad and firm cliff-top paths, well-vegetated slopes and reliable hand-holds. When up on and near the summit, I used to interrupt my field-work several times a day to dash down to the lighthouse dwellings for coffee, snacks and 'natural breaks'.

In the late-70s, once the Commissioners of Irish Lights were 'on-side', indemnities were signed, Irish Helicopters had one or more spare seats, food and other supplies were purchased and stowed, and the weather gods smiled, access to the Tiaracht was pretty straightforward and the challenge of climbing it was no more than moderate. Clearly, however, Wicklore's recent experiences confirm the marked deterioration of the Tiaracht landscape. They also confirm that my rose-coloured assessment of the degree of "challenge" probably needs updating.

Some of my 1978 Tiaracht photos are on Flickr at

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Knockmore: Ancient Carvings
Aidy 2 hours ago.
The cave near the summit contains many carvings on the walls - some Celtic, and some from the early Christian era.

Summit Comment
Knockmore: Impressive Cliffs
Aidy 2 hours ago.
One of the reasons for Knockmore deserving inclusion is its prominence in the landscape due to its impressive cliffs.

Summit Comment
Knockmore: A Cultured Top
Aidy 2 hours ago.
Can't add much to sandman's excellent comment and directions. This hill is worthy of inclusion on the cultural list due to its impressive cliffs, the fact that it gives its name to a type of rock ...

Glenbeigh to Galway's Bridge
GSheehy 5 hours ago.
I?m putting this one up because it was a club walk and I was thinking about the other day. There aren?t too many clu walk, Len: 40.5km, Climb: 917m, Area: Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Ireland)

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Knockchree: Knockcree
Biker 16 hours ago.
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Knockchree: Views
Biker 18 hours ago.
More pictures Not Quite at the top yet. Foreground slopes of Knockcree above the treeline , looking on to Aughrim Hill and the Blue Peaks in the distance

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Knockchree: Knockcree. The Hillock in question.
Biker 18 hours ago.
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peter1 a day ago.
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Slieve Foye
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Esknaloughoge: Good parking available Oct 2016 at V 63582 65203
melohara 4 days ago.
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