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“Ugly Lugna” says Eirish Times
Today’s Eirish Times includes a fully frontal and unprovoked savaging of Leinster’s mighty Lugna stating that it “offers little in the way of beauty”. In a poison piece penned by some scurrilous hack writing under the pseudonym MacConnell, wave upon wave of derision is heaped upon the minor massif. I quote: ............“The only reason most people climb it is that it is Leinster's largest mountain and is therefore an Irish Munro: in other words, it is more than 915m (3,000ft) tall and qualifies internationally as a mountain.
The fact is that the Lug, as it is known, is an ugly bit of landscape, and I venture to suggest that were it a human being it would have no friends and were it a horse it would never win a race.
It does not impress me that the mountain is named after Lu or Lugh, the great god of light who led the De Danaans at the battle of Moytura, and who slew Balor of the Evil Eye with his sling. He is a Celtic Hermes or Apollo.
He may well be all of those things, but there is no great pleasure in traversing his flanks, as you are unlikely to see any deer or falcons, but you will hear the rattle of artillery from the army ranges on the northern side of the mountain.”.......
If I may be permitted to reply in the language of the American musician Chuck L. Berry (whose folks on his Mom’s side were Finns of Seefinn*), “if you want to woo her, do not begin South of her Border down Mexico way”. You see the intrepid Big Mac perpetrated an antartic assault on her Imaalese flanks. The fact is that no sane suitor approaches from the rear. Friends, (let us embrace our fallen brother McCain whilst we’re Abel):friends I say, pass through azure ‘malure and zig zag to Art’s Lough, consider Benleagh afar, and swing round Cloghernagh to the Great Plains in the sky. And don’t tell me that it wasn’t where the Tribes assembled long ago. Then,as evening falls, descend into the awesome amphitheatre of Fraughan Rock , and step by pounding waters to the stage below.To those who are too blind to see I say that WE,the hill folk of Eire, are not ashamed to go “weak in the presence of beauty”. (*You may wish to read Chuck L. Berry Finn before your next Lug ascent) (See the vile outburst at http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/travel/2008/1122/1227276708588.html)
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ewen
ewen 22 hours 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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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe 22 hours 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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Bleantasour Mountain: A boggy but short ascent route
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
Go to the forest entrance at S22452 09704. there is room here for a few cars.Walk down the forest track, crossing a ford and follow the track until you can see open ground.Walk south along the edg...

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A handy way up two western Monavulaghs.
simon3 a day 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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Milk Hill: Carry on bagging
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
Go to the forest entrance at S22452 09704. there is room here for a few cars.Walk down the forest track, crossing a ford and follow the track until you can see open ground.Walk uphill to the summi...

  
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Seefin: Fine day spoilt by Scramblers
ewen a day ago.
Started at the Coillte gate at 068145 where there is parking for 2 cars. I then followed the forest road around until the first turn off to the left. This takes you along to the fire break/path at...

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Local 97
marymac 3 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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Gortrumnagh: Drive or Walk
sandman 2 days ago.
The gravel track at L6133851903 will bring you up to the second quarry workings allowing you to park at L6213651955 and enter the open hillside via a gate just inside the quarry to the left. No si...

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

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Derrylahan: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
As this hill is located in a field covered in gorse bushes the easiest access is via the adjacent land owner. Parking at L6670259115 i was fortunate to bump in to the farmer whose farm yard is loc...

  
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Ballynew: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Park at L6231659377 opposite a very modern designed house and follow the non tared track and as it turns right go straight up hill thru an old overgrown trail still used by some cattle on there ow...

  
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MI: Celebration Ireland's mountain environmen
simon3 5 days ago.
Date: 26-28/05/2017Venue: Cappanalea OETC, Killorgin. Co. KerryTo coincide with National Biodiversity Week, Mountaineering Ireland is hosting a weekend celebration of Ireland’s mountain environmen...


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