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Bleck Cra
2011-01-22 21:04:33
"On Newry
Picture: On Newry's doorstep amongst other things (Contract pics)

NEWRY AND MOURN
Newry has few redeeming features. Politically it is bigoted; much of its workforce is indolent; and it is visually hideous. Ugly shopping centres sell cheap alcohol to clamouring Free Staters; many northerners stay away and most Northern Protestants other than those disposed to live here, avoid it like the plague. It takes pride in being Irish but little in itself which embarrasses the city and the nation it represents. It succeeds less by its own endeavours than the happenstance that the North/South exchange rate favours it and when that rate reverts, Newry will resume its default position: asleep on the pavement until the next boom (sic) awakens it.
Very sad, because its potential to be breathtakingly beautiful far exceeds that for it to be ugly; for all of its citizens to be spectacular instead of too many being a spectacle. Much of its architecture is stunning; its canal banks and bridges of whinstone and white Mourne granite are bold and powerful; its old civic and commercial buildings are magical and dominate their space. Space alas too often full of beer cans, rubbish and social jetsam.
The self-righteous confidence that defines its politics is paper-thin: as thin as the line that defines the border. It won’t cherish its city because it is owned lock stock and barrel by Britain. But take it out of its political context into its natural one and you have what could be the most beautiful city in Ireland. Today, folds of liquid white silk billowed out from the pretty ankles of the Cuailnge and poured time-frozen tales of see-ers, Queens and warriors - a heroic Ireland - into Newry’s scruffy hinterland. On one horizon, the magical Mournes; on another, the mystical Cooleys. When you are in either, go and see Newry and be completely heartbroken.
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Summit Comment
Lettershinna Hill: Simple ascent , tremendous views, bring insect repellant.
Colin Murphy 5 hours ago.
Parking available at at L 83197 43862. Open hillside to the east - a gentle climb over rocky/grassy terrain. A mere 95m ascent will see you at the summit, which is marked by a cairn and presents t...

  
Summit Comment
Garraun South Top: Great scenery, top nothing to write home about
Colin Murphy 5 hours ago.
The summit itself is unremarkable - grassy mound with a few stones, but the surrounding views are tremendous, especially of Doughruagh.

  
Summit Comment
Meall Cheo: Small is beautiful
Colin Murphy 5 hours ago.
This is officially an Arderin Beg, but to be honest it is barely visible as a separate entity and the 'summit' consists of a small cairn of sorts perched precariously on the edge of a low peat hag...

Summit Summary
Meall Cheo: Middle of a good ridge walk
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 5 hours ago.
See comments for Leenaun Far North top for an approach via Bucán.

  
Summit Summary
Leenaun Hill Far North-West Top: Little ascended top with fine views
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 5 hours ago.
One approach is to bag this via Bucán. Start from the Western Way at L836 612 C and began ascending in a SE direction over grassy, fairly gentle slopes that eventually become very steep. This appr...

  
Summit Comment
Búcán: More bang for your buck(án)!
Colin Murphy 5 hours ago.
A majestic day's walking in the Maamturks, we accessed Bucan from the Western Way at L836 612 and began ascending in a SE direction over grassy, fairly gentle slopes that eventually become very st...

Summit Comment
Altnagaighera: Interesting looking top
Colin Murphy 6 hours ago.
Often done in conjunction with the likes of Benchoona and Garraun, but you could access this top independently also. One approach is to start at the Lettergesh beach car park at L737631 A D and fo...

  
Summit Comment
Garraun: Grassy summit with spectacular views
Colin Murphy 6 hours ago.
As we ascended Garraun from Benchoona East top the weather cleared sufficiently to present some views, including these two tiny loughs nestling in the col.

  
Summit Comment
Benchoona: Great summit on a good day!
Colin Murphy 6 hours ago.
Have been up here before on a beautiful autumn day when the panoramas were quite spectacular. Heavy rain severely limited the views on a recent climb, which was a pity, but there was a brief clear...

Summit Summary
Benchoona East Top: A short hop from the main summit.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 6 hours ago.
This is usually done in conjunction with Benchoona itself. One approach is to start at the Lettergesh beach car park at L737631 D and follow the uphill road and track up towards Benchoona, which e...

  
Forum: General
3 lists completed by 2 Mountainviewers in 1 w
liz50 8 hours ago.
On a perfect August day in Kerry we undertook a momentous walk encompassing both Kells mountain summits and the 2 Knocknadobars. Millsd1 completed the VL list on Kells mountain and Geo completed b...

  
Track
Burren: Ballyvaghan Woods Loop
Onzy a day ago.
walk, Len: 9.3km, Climb: 132m, Area: West Clare (Ireland) ||


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