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IainT
2022-01-14 13:39:31
Irish runner Eoin Keith wins the Spine Race
For those who haven't come across it, the Spine Race is a 268 mile hill run up the Pennine Way in Northern England, run in January, so usually in foul weather, making it one of the world's toughest ultra marathons. This year was the 10th anniversary so a star-studded cast took part, but nearly all failed to finish! The exception was Eoin Keith from Cork, who just took it steady and ran his own race, finishing as the winner by a fair distance, his second win (he's also won the summer version). Eoin is an absolute legend and by all accounts a true gent. Shout out too for Liam Vines from Wicklow, who has just finished with more than a day to spare. Anyone who even gets to take part in the Spine is a genuinely tough cookie.
Bunsen7
2022-01-13 17:54:06
Court Case Highlights Stag Attack Dangers
Worker attacked by stag on mountain access road.

Employer (admittedly one that has no problem writing cheques) admits liability - worker "permitted to work alone in a mountain area during the deer mating season when it ought to reasonably have been known that it was dangerous and unsafe to do so."

How many hillwalkers even know when deer mating season starts and ends? Might be worth finding out!

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/esb-worker-attacked-by-stag-sues-in-high-court-41230349.html
maurice12
2022-01-10 10:39:09
Access to Leenaun Hill
Thank you Simon for the update and for the news that MI are active on this. Delighted with the location of the alternative access form Leenaun village. It saves me walking out the Western Way particularly if I have individuals who are new to walking the hills.
simon3
2022-01-08 11:54:21
"Possible ways up Leenane Hill." from simon3 Contract pics
Picture: Possible ways up Leenane Hill. (Contract pics)

re Access Issues, Leenane Hill
I understand MI (Mountaineering Ireland) have been active for some time on this one.
Apparently the land there is a commonage but one of the shareholders, one of perhaps only two still actively farming the land, has turned a number of walkers back.

MI indicate that there are two other access points, for people without dogs, as shown on map. Both access points are indicated by the red boots symbol on the EastWest 1:25k Connemara map (which of course is not an indication of any right or formal access agreement, it simply notes that walkers use this point for access to the mountains).
maurice12
2022-01-07 09:56:45
"" from maurice12 Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)
Access Issues
Hello all, the attached picture has been on this gate at the foot of Leenaun Hill (An Meall Dubh/Black Knoll ) on the road to Maum Bridge. It has been here for a year now and I was wondering if any readers can shed any light on it's presence. I have climbed Leenaun hill from this entrance on many occasions. There is a rough pathway to about 300ft to ease the walker in and out. I have never been told I can't walk here by any local. There are many other routes to Leenaun Hill so it's not a major problem but hopefully it's not the start of a trend in this beautiful area. Ben Gorm , The Devils Mother, Gorgeous Garraun ,and Mweelrea are all close by. In general there there has never been an issue walking in this area. On Stephens day I rambled the green road on the western shore of Killary Harbour in splendid sunshine, visiting the deserted village en-route, access was easy, stunning,

Ath Bhliain Faoi Mhaise Dhiobh

Maurice Healy. (Maurice 12)
Bunsen7
2021-12-23 17:18:57
Viewranger is shutting down its smartphone ap
Wondering if anyone has come across a smartphone app that offers gps tracking service and OS Ireland discovery series mapping?

The ViewRanger android smartphone app has been providing this service for a number of years - in a very affordable offering whereby you only paid to purchase small sections of maps as you needed them and then you supposedly had them forever (or at least until the app's owners decided to shut it down). This app allowed users to download sections of Discovery series maps and then track a route walked across the mapped area using the gps locator on your smartphone. Once the map was downloaded it could be used offline - i.e. outside of mobile phone service.

ViewRanger has been taken over by another provider called OutdoorActive which does not have OSI mapping, is subscription based and its functionality appears to be less user-friendly.
tomlug48
2021-12-22 14:27:11
"Coming down off Two Rock" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Coming down off Two Rock (Contract pics)

Mist on Two Rock on a clear blue day
Heading towards Glencullen from Fairy Castle
tomlug48
2021-12-22 14:22:04
"Coming down off Two Rock " from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Coming down off Two Rock (Contract pics)

Two Rock Mountain
A crisp and clear blue day on Two Rock mountain with beautiful cloud and mist patterns .
Jim Holmes
2021-12-16 16:46:39
"Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way" from Jim Holmes Contract pics
Picture: Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way (Contract pics)

Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way
Sugar Loaf (in the distance) as viewed from The Wicklow Way, off the slopes of Djouce. The lower sun and longer shadows highlight long lost potato drills and deep furrows!
Jim Holmes
2021-12-16 16:42:49
"Maulin from The Wicklow Way" from Jim Holmes Contract pics
Picture: Maulin from The Wicklow Way (Contract pics)

Maulin from The Wicklow Way
Longer shadows in December yet still some lovely days to be had!


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Forum: General
Two Rock Mountain
tomlug48 3 weeks ago.
A crisp and clear blue day on Two Rock mountain with beautiful cloud and mist patterns .

  
Summit Comment
Lick Hill: Another one Licked west Cork
eamonoc 2 months ago.
Used Sandman`s excellent directions, have to say it was a bit wet underfoot and took longer than expected. the weather the day before was really bad

  
Track
Clear views, mottled skies: Mount Leinster on a good day.
simon3 a month ago.
We started from Kiltealy forest entrance in Ballycrystal. We went up through the reasonably open forest and then ... walk, Len: 14.8km, Climb: 701m, Area: Black Rock Mountain, Blackstairs Mountai|...

Summit Comment
Barryroe Hill: On the go to Ballyroe
eamonoc 2 months ago.
On Thursday 28th Oct, ventured out on a wet west Cork morning towards Barryroe Hill, also studied google Earth arrived atW13654 29656, just about enough room to park one car without blocking ...

  
Summit Comment
Barryroe Hill: Farmer Bart.
sandman 2 months ago.
Arriving in the area on a nice October morning parking the best I could on an narrow road studying the map and Google Earth for the best route to the summit Farmer Bart arrived and after the ...

  
Bibliography
Ireland's Best Walks - A Walking Guide by Fairbairn, Helen
aidand 2 months ago.
224 pages, many full colour photographs. The book describes 65 walks throughout Ireland. Each walk has an outline map and full route description.

Summit Comment
Sheep Island: Island Names
Pepe 2 months ago.
Going by Gerald Geoffrey Spencer's excellent "30 Year Study of the East Waterford Coast", the outermost of the two Sheep Islands is known as Vales Island. The large boot-shaped stack alongsid...

  
Track
Lacken to Black Hill via Hampden Memorial
ceadeile a month ago.
At O 03323 08968, on the side of Black Hill, a memorial - an upright Granite column (a recycled gatepost?) and a pla... walk, Len: 4.8km, Climb: 420m, Area: Black Hill, Wicklow (Ireland) Black Hill||

  
Summit Comment
Carrigoona Commons East: An easy bag with some nice views
csd 2 months ago.
As other contributors have said, a very easy walk from the suggested parking spot up to the summit for an easy bag. Some nice views in all directions - here's one looking west towards Djouce ...

Summit Comment
Cromaglan Mountain: Very remote feel to this
markmjcampion 2 months ago.
This is one of my favourite Kerry hills. It's got loads of character and is ideally located as a lookout to loftier locales. The ground to the north is full of cliffs and native forestry with...

  
Summit Comment
Craig Ffynnon: Long trek to summit and back along Llyn Cowlyd resrvoir
Fergalh 2 months ago.
From Pen yr Helgi Du a steep descent leads to the col followed by a steep ascent up Pen Llithrig y Wrach. From here a narrow track leads north. At the bottom of the first ascent where the tra...

  
Track
Altnapaste
Peter Walker a month ago.
It had been a fair while since I'd indulged in a bit of summiteering with Indy the Wonderhound, so after we&#... walk, Len: 4.9km, Climb: 147m, Area: Altnapaste, Bluestack Mountains (Ireland)|...


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