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padodes
2009-06-10 18:49:33
Iconic vision
dhmiriam, it’s nice to have a poetic perspective on the quest for an iconic Irish mountain. True it is that poetic imagination can turn even the mounds of Monaghan into a Matterhorn. Yet for all this creative conferral of grandeur, these mighty mountains of the mind still only refer to molehills. In the end, no artistic magnification of a pebble can give you the same vertigo as an encounter with the symmetry of a soaring, sky-scraping, scintillating colossus of rock. Yes, there is always more to a mountain than meets the eye, but what does actually meet the eye is far from indifferent.

My own query about an iconic Irish mountain lies a bit more on the philosophical side, perhaps. I could put it this way: If we assume there is some kind of Platonic ‘Form’ of ‘mountain-ness’, a quintessential expression (a ‘paradigm’ or ‘icon’) of what makes a perfect mountain and of which all our visible mountains are but partial and imperfect embodiments, then what Irish mountain could be considered the best embodiment of that Idea or Ideal of ‘mountain-ness’? To frame the question differently, if you were to choose an emblematic Irish mountain to appear on our national flag – just as the Slovenes have chosen their iconic Mount Triglav for their own – then what mountain would you select? I don’t think the answer can lie alone in the inner vision of poets.
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simon3 2 days ago.
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simon3 2 days ago.
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...

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Caherbarnagh East Top: A worthwhile addition.
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
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TommyV a week ago.
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Croghan Kinsella & Tops
Peter Walker a day ago.
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TommyV a week ago.
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Musheramore: Follow the fence.
TommyV a week ago.
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Corrigasleggaun and Slieve Maan
Peter Walker a day ago.
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