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Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival last weekend.
Good - because it was the Galtees which when in the unlikely event of being dry, are wonderful and in the even more unlikely event of not being perishing are even more wonderful. Which they were.
Bad - because at 20 euro, the registration fee was outrageous if not just plain arrogant. The 2 best hillwalking festivals in Ireland, in the face of the enormous effort by the Wee Binnians Club in the North and the rated (overrated) Ballyhouras event, are Nenagh and Upperchurch who charge 10 euros for some of the best days in the least likely hills amongst us; fabulous hospitality, endless food and the manners to spend time with their charges.
So with Aherlow what did we get for our extra 10 euro, our twice the price? Answer: Nothing or not even that.
Saturday A walk, At Registration and welcome? Not a word. Tea and buns - thanks - that'll be 2 euro. Do this, do that, do the next thing.
..... a walk that presented itself as someone off for a hike with other people following him.
This dour event kicked off from some sterile community centre to which it returned to miserable put-upon faces and so-what baps and sausages - this in the context of the above prime events force-feeding you stew, soup and endless bonhomie - in or beside a pub.
Why would you bother?
Oh yes, and Ugly - other than some splendid exceptions, my companions and myself who are spectacularly good-looking, ugly seemed to be yer ticket in.

There is not one of us in the hillwalking community stuck for twenty quid. That is our profile. I doubt if any of us would complain about stumping it up for twenty quid's worth,
The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival wasn't.
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Mothaillín: Fabulous views to the west from the summit.
hivisibility 5 hours ago.
Fine view towards Broghnabinnia and Caher from Mothillín summit.

Ott Mountain to Slieve Meelmore
Aidy 5 hours ago.
Started at the Ott/Blue Quarry car park on the Moyad Road, and took a route taking in six summits, going over Ott Mou... walk, Len: 10.9km, Climb: 730m, Area: Ott Mountain, Mourne Mountains (Ireland)

Summit Comment
Mothaillín: Summit area as seen from Crossderry.
hivisibility 5 hours ago.
Mothillín summit from Crossderry.

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Crossderry: Towards Knocknabreeda and Stumoa Dúloigh
hivisibility 5 hours ago.
The view towards Knocknabreeda fro Crossderry summit. Stumpa Dúloigh in the background. Knocknabreeda summit is located over to the far left of the ridge.

Glenbeigh to Galway's Bridge
GSheehy 14 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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Cable Car to the Hellfire Club - 20/10
cave-dweller 2 days ago.
Hello, There is a meeting being held in the Yellow House Pub in Rathfarnham in Dublin 14 tomorrow night at 8 pm about some proposed "redevelopments" in and around the Hellfire Club/Montpelier Hill...

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Crossderry: Summit looking East.
hivisibility 5 hours ago.
Summit of Crossderry with view back towards Mothillín.There are 2 similar heights at the summit area. The summit is the one nearest the Eastern Reeks.

Peak bagging in The Sperrins in autumn
peter1 a day ago.
Again, the use of a mountain bike is highly recommended for this route, if you are a solo walker. I left my bike in a... walk, Len: 16.2km, Climb: 1048m, Area: Mullaghclogha, Sperrin Mountains (Irela

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Stumpa Dúloigh SE Top: Fine views to the East...
hivisibility 5 hours ago.
The view to Knocknabreeda, Crossderry and Mothillín as seen from the aooroach to Stúmpa Dúloigh SE Top. Torc in the centre with Mangerton rising over to the right.

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Knocknabreeda: View of Carrauntoohil from the summit.
hivisibility 5 hours ago.
Carrauntoohil from Knocknabreeda summit.

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Quad bikers in the Mournes
mcrtchly 2 weeks ago.
Whilst out in the Mournes on Sunday 2nd Oct, at about 8.30am we were shocked to see a group of half a dozen quad bikers powering up the track from the Banns Road towards Lough Shannagh (below Doan...

Slieve Foye
Onzy 6 days ago.
Sunday route over Slieve Foye and along the ridge for a bit... walk, Len: 9.9km, Climb: 439m, Area: Slieve Foye, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland) Slie...

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