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wicklore
2013-10-10 12:40:05
Re Size doesn't Matter
MV members Marymac and Peter Walker perfectly sum up the challenge of producing a subjective hills list. Every summit nominated for inclusion will be done so because someone loves that hill, sees its historical, physical or cultural value, or just because they like it with no grander justification. I expect for every hill proposed there will be critics who won’t see what the proposer sees. This is all ok – the Hill of Tara is one of the most important historical locations in Ireland and was the seat of the High King of Ireland, and before that the capital of the Tuatha Dé Danann, (pre-Celtic dwellers of Ireland), dating back 5000 years. It also has wide and expansive views across the land. Modern day Tara does not necessarily give everyone a sense of the history beneath their feet, nor does everyone enjoy the views.

Modern day Tara evokes different responses. Some find Tara wonderful, such as this review on Trip Advisor: ‘We visited here on a recent holiday in the east of Ireland. I found the hill enchanting as I love Irish ancient history. The tour was very good and informative and the old graveyard and church is beautiful’

Others find it disappointing: (Trip Advisor) ’We were with another couple but we didn't find it that great. Disappointing would be better. It was just fields with mounds and if you didn't have sturdy shoes you would be unable to go around. The shop was disappointing the Audio Visual gave you some idea what it was all about, but you would need a good imagination also’,

These views are all valid, and all such views will be welcome on MountainViews when we put the Hill of Tara and others up in our new hills list. There are certainly hills currently listed on MountainViews such as Saggart Hill in Dublin/Wicklow, Seltanasaggart SE East Slope in Roscommon, or Castle Conor in the Slieve Blooms to name but three that attract both ridicule and plaudits in equal measure. It’s clear that the Hill of Tara is dear to marymac, and it’s equally clear that it’s not to Peter Walker. We must continue to allow the variety of views people hold to be aired - both good and bad – as feelings and experiences are valid, even if they don’t make sense to others. Let’s not be too harsh on those who disagree with us.
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Do your VITAL bit for hillwalking maps soon.
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