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Larceny on Luggala
After a tramp up Kippure, where the only view available was that of our boots, we were surprised to see the mist lift and the rain stop as we drove towards Laragh. After quick discussion we decided on a quick round of Luggala & Knocknacloghoge and parked in the carpark at around 137087.

The afternoon progressed well, with good views opening up from the summit of Luggala and on our ascent of Knocknacloghoge, where we walked past a huge herd of deer. In good spirits as we approached the car, that was till we found our car had been broken into.

Whilst the malcontents were long gone, as was our clean clothes for that night and spare hill gear for the morrow, it didn't stop me thinking up various ways of dealing with the thieving Bas***ds. The favourite 3 being 1. thrown into a room full of angry walkers who have had their cars broken into and are wearing their winter walking boots with crampons on, death a la from russia with love, 2. thrown into the wrong end of an Old Firm game in Glasgow with the opposite teams jersey on & 3. Hung drawn & quartered and displayed at the Sally Gap, as a warning to other car thieves.

Alas, we were not the only ones to suffer this fate, on the way to report it we passed another car with broken windows at the Tonelagee carpark. We learned later that cars were also broken into at Glenmalur and at the Sally Gap, the Garda, when we called at the station, were out at another car break in, so someone was very busy indeed.
The one possible positive thing was a walker had seen one of the thefts and had given a description to the Garda, so hopefully they might catch this one.

We cancelled our B&B for the night and drove home hoping our insurance would cover our kit and clothes and with one of our number having to go on a buying spree to replace her gear for a trekking holiday in South America this week. Of course it is not just the loss of gear that comes into play here, but the loss to the local economy of the tourist euro, 3 of us cancelling our B&B, meals & drinks for the night is not insignificant, and if any of the other car owners who were broken into did the same the amount would start to add up quickly. A spur for the local authorities to sort out this problem perhaps?
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Collon hill loop walk and summit.
simoburn less than an hour ago.
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A bush-wackery experience to the trig point of Barranisky.
simoburn 4 hours ago.
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Oughtmore the lesser
Peter Walker 6 hours ago.
walk, Len: 1.6km, Climb: 117m, Area: Oughtmore, Sperrin Mountains (Ireland) Oug...

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Slieve Rushen
Peter Walker 6 hours ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 41m, Area: Slieve Rushen, Breifne (Ireland) Slieve Rus...

  
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Forest walk to the summit of Westaston Hill
simoburn 7 hours ago.
walk, Len: 3.9km, Climb: 109m, Area: Westaston Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) W...

  
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Short walk even shorter! Killeagh Hill views & ring fort.
simoburn 22 hours ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 20m, Area: Killeagh, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Killeagh

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Belmore Mountain: A standing stone gathers all moss.
TommyV a week ago.
As mentioned by Harry Goodman, it's possible to drive along Belmore forest for almost two kilometers as far as a black forestry gate. There is also a standard gate here on the right giving access ...

  
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Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc a week ago.
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Brougher Mountain: A quick bag.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing much to add to the comments already. Drove most of the way up from the North side of the hill to within 450 metres of the trig point. Nothing to recommend to anybody who is looking to get ...

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Croghan Hill: Broken Trig Pillar to be replaced
TommyMc a week ago.
The recent damage to the Croghan Hill trig pillar is covered in an article in this week's Offaly Independent. The good news is that Offaly County Council plans to replace the damaged pillar to its...

  
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Slievereagh: To drive or not to drive?
TommyV a week ago.
Geo's directions are spot on. At the aforementioned Coilte forest entrance there is a sign staing no unauthorized vehicles beyond this point as the gate may close at any point. However as the Lazy...

  
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Mullacor
JoHeaney 22 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.1km, Climb: 537m, Area: Mullacor, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Mullaco...


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