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david kirk
2008-01-04 20:44:06
David Kirk
What is difficult to understand about grieving people erecting memorial tablets etc to mark the passing of a loved relative or friend is why they think the place of their death should be the most appropriate place to put it - in this context on a mountain which presumably had some siginficance in their lives. Without being facetious, death tends to be the low point of anyone's life - is it not more suitable to create a memorial at a place where they lived and were loved? And if it is wished to mark a special relationship which the poor departed had with a particular place would it not be more appropriate to have something useful created, such as a seat at a popular viewpoint where people can take rest and reflect and enjoy, with a suitably inscribed plaque - or similarly a stile over a wall on a popular route. The Mournes are being cited as a 'problem' area and it is an ideal one where such alternative memorials could be sited, or in Tollymore Park. Having said that, the ones reported as being on Bearnagh and Commedagh must be very discreet - I've never noticed them. The one on the lower Trassey Track is to a youngster who died on a school outing and should not cause discomfort to anyone. Donard is, or was, slightly different; it commemorates a man who was killed by lightening on the summit a couple of years ago and the plaque there placed by his Army comrades, is not obtrusive, tucked in at the base of the summit tower. Originally there was a very innapropriate brass and mahogany plaque scewed to the lintel of the tower doorway - obviously done in the moment of grief - but this problem has now been resolved.The reality is that with increasing numbers of people 'finding themselves' by walking and scrambling our mountain areas, there will be increasing numbers wishing to have their ashes scattered where they most enjoyed being - if they are to be memorialised the new Ben Nevis model is probably the best - a small memorial garden near one of the access points, where families if they wish can place a plaque to remember their loved one.


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Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
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Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
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