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CaptainVertigo
2008-07-30 22:32:06
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All These Highs n Lows
The sight of young Harro shaking his sore wrist at the Open made me leap from my seat and slam the door behind me. I mean “Come off it, Harro! Whatever bit of damage I did to your precious wrist on Corranabinnia last week was NOTHING compared to what the Government did to me!” I had spent years working on the Mountain Golf Project as Chairman of Comhairle Gailf na Sleibhe. Our vision... Sheiks, Yanks and nouveau riche Chinese racing round our fairest summits for 18 wonderful holes of gravity assisted golf...Corrie lakes to be emptied and replaced with sand as “superbunkers”. Forests as “rough”. Helicopters (and rollercoasters) instead of golf carts. I had to get around the problem of the Greens (I mean the party, not the putting areas). We were talking mega investment: PPPs, giant NRA roads to backward places, Gaeltacht grants, sheep depopulation programs, and , well...expenses. Young Harro (formerly of our Youth Wing, and inclined to hero worship) agreed to caddy for me on a “reccy” on the Nephin Begs. I was thrilled with Corranabinnia as a tee... But the gale kept knocking the ball over before I could drive off towards one of those cute Clew Bay islands... Harro lay down and held that ball in place as if I were Ronan O’Gara going for a vital conversion. Sadly, it was at that very moment, as my Big Bertha came crashing down, that my mobile went off. Harro, fusspot that he is, ran screaming in circles as I said “Yes Taoiseach?”. Can you believe it? “Serious recession; cutbacks; country can’t afford mountain golf; blah blah blah”. And then, the morning of the Open, came the letter from the Department. Comhairle Gailf na Sleibhe was being “subsumed” into Comhairle Lucht an Airgid Yanki, which, in turn, had been “amalgamated” with Comhairle Marcaiocht na nDaoine. In short, I was now a long serving party member...without expenses...
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BRANDON HILL - THE QUICK WAY
David-Guenot 17 hours ago.
A steep but quick ascent along the forestry on rocky terrain, along what I believe has been dug as a firebreak rather ... walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 305m, Area: Brandon Hill, South Midlands (Ireland) B

  
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Carrickarede: Island.
sandman a day ago.
Carrickarede island is connected to the mainland by the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. One of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions it is operated by the National Trust but unfortun...

  
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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 2 days ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

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BLACKSTAIRS CHALLENGE 2017 - A PEAK-BAGGER'S ROUTE
David-Guenot 19 hours ago.
walk, Len: 34.1km, Climb: 1629m, Area: Black Rock Mountain, Blackstairs Mountai...

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 2 days 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 2 days ago.
Mainland on the horizon (left and right)

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THE LONG WAY UP LUG
David-Guenot 19 hours ago.
walk, Len: 21.0km, Climb: 980m, Area: Cloghernagh, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Clo...

  
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Inishsirrer: The only building that is not a ruin.
magicstep 2 days ago.
Surprisingly Donegal islands have a very good mobile internet reception, sometimes better than in an office in Dublin.

  
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ewen
ewen 4 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: Part of a road from the past
magicstep 2 days ago.
There's a salty tidal lake on the island.

  
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CAMADERRY + TONELAGEE + BROCKAGH
David-Guenot 19 hours ago.
walk, Len: 27.6km, Climb: 1295m, Area: Camaderry South East Top, Dublin/Wicklow...

  
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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep 2 days 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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