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CaptainVertigo
2014-03-02 13:23:56
"Walk Upon England
Walk Upon England's Mountains Green (Expand pics)
And did those feet in ancient time?
I wear the trappings of office lightly, knowing that all human constructs are but transient. Such minor powers as are vested in me by my peers in Cumann na mBhinnion (An Mhi), where I have been Runai Contae for several decades, are exercised economically, efficiently and without hubris. If you are looking for tickets to the the WAI/MV annual gathering, I may be able to help you. If you're looking for ego, try somewhere else.
There has been a thread of controversy running through our internal debate for several months which has got under my skin. I have always promoted the notion that mountains transcend national borders, that they exist for human beings, not for citizens or subjects. In that context, I wholeheartedly embraced the extension of the MV Lists to the other island. As a consequence I have been on the receiving end of a campaign of abuse, dressed up as jibing and good humored banter, but it is ill disguised malice. This morning I came down from Tara, tired hungry and soaked to the skin, to find an extract from William Blake's "And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time" plastered onto to my windscreen like a large parking ticket:

"And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon England's mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England's pleasant pastures seen!

And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?"
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ0oCmDXrVk)

"No" is the answer, "No, I have not once tread a contour on Saxon soil." I turned on the car stereo, and drove off at high speed to the strains of Dochas Linn Naomh Padraig followed by shouts of "Hypocrite" from behind the hedge...

"Sléibhte, gleannta máighe,
's bailte mór na hÉireann,
Ghlan sé iad go deo dúinn,
míle glóir dár naomh dhil.
Iarrmaid ort, a Phádraig,
guí orainne Gaela,
Dia linn lá 'gus oíche
's Pádraig Aspal Éireann."

Yes, I am a complex modern Irish Binnioneer. Tolerant to a fault. Sophisticated but in an understated way. Urbanely accepting all undulations wherever they may be. But scratch a savage and you will find the love of a native shore.
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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 18 hours ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 18 hours 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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Inishsirrer: Deserted village
magicstep 20 hours ago.
Mainland on the horizon (left and right)

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ewen 2 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 20 hours ago.
Surprisingly Donegal islands have a very good mobile internet reception, sometimes better than in an office in Dublin.

  
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A handy way up two western Monavulaghs.
simon3 3 days ago.
Easy access to the ridge.Improved RouteUsing the hard won experience of others and new forest roads we found a relati... walk, Len: 6.5km, Climb: 263m, Area: Bleantasour Mountain, Comeragh Mountains

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Inishsirrer: Part of a road from the past
magicstep 21 hours ago.
There's a salty tidal lake on the island.

  
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Hacha Grande by following my nose.
jackill 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 636m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep a day ago.
I did kayak to the island in 2014. There is a slipway facing the mainland. Lot's of ruined houses. Walking is decent as the island is flat but in places ground is uneven and overgrown, there are o...

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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe 2 days ago.
Decided to make a day out of a Dublin-Waterford drive, despite low-hanging cloud. Knockroe wore a misty white cap as I glanced up from the Sculloge Gap carpark. Planning my attack (so I thought), ...

  
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Montana Roja 2
jackill 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 6.1km, Climb: 273m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
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Local 97
marymac 5 days ago.
An abstract Artist, Charles Shaw, said "Real happiness consists in not what we actually accomplish, but what we think we accomplish." I moved house. So my Local 100 changed. The new list includes ...


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