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Bleck Cra
2011-06-20 23:53:35
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THE WILD FRONTIER
I have a customer in the North. She would be described by enlightened Northern Catholics as a “Protestant Lady”, by others as one of “them’uns” and by Protestants of a different hue as a “Wee P”. A Presbyterian. Her views on Ireland are educated, erudite, informed and outrageous. One getting a blustery airing at the moment comes from the wardrobe of widows’ weeds she wears in mourning for the death of Protestant Ireland in the eyes of the media, the movies, history and America. This view unfolds as follows: on his lunchbreak stop in Moneygall, American President Barack Obama chose to visit neither the local church of his ancestor nor the graveyard. How so - and she answers. “Because Obama’s Irish heritage is of course Protestant.” Is she right then – when we remember Davy Crocket, Kit Carson, Mark Twain, James Stewart, Stonewall Jackson, Arnold Palmer and umpteen American Presidents that we forget they all come from the Irish Protestant tradition?
At the foot of imposing Meall Garbh on the Ben Lawers Group ridge, above a heavenly Loch Tay in the Southern Scottish Highland, he came over the rise. His eyes were bright as diamonds; they sparkled like the dew. “That is a fine afternoon” he proposed and we talked; I in my Galloway-come-Belfast bastard brogue and he in his immaculate Tennessee. “Your ancestors and mine were probably related,” I eventually suggested "– and Protestants?” “Indeed Sir they probably were. Why, my mother was a Sullivan.” And he said this like a Protestant Sullivan was the most natural thing in the world.
Meall Garbh rises like its mad sister, An Stuc and their big brother, Ben Lawers, directly from Lochan nan Cat, all of whom hover haughtily over limitless Loch Tay. Today Birnam Wood came to Dunsinane and other interesting revelations.


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Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc 5 days ago.
Since a big gorse fire in 2016, this hill is once more easily accessible to casual walkers and has been widely visited this summer. An easy approach is possible by taking the L6636 minor road off ...

  
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Knockastia: Behind quarry
Fergalh 2 days ago.
At Moate take road to the pretty village of Rosemount. Drive through village and turn left around west side of mountain. At quarry there is a sign for site of old church (N2401043352) proceed up t...

  
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Belmore Mountain: A standing stone gathers all moss.
TommyV 6 days 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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Brougher Mountain: A quick bag.
TommyV 6 days 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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MV Gathering & Awards - This Friday!!
Onzy 2 days ago.
ALL WELCOME !

  
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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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Coastal Walk west of Mannin Bay
Onzy 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 107m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
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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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Seefin Mountain W Top: Two summits one hike.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing to add to the directions provided by melohara. Just to mention two things, the parking place was littered with close to a hundred empty beer cans, it looks like there was a party there or ...

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Knockatagglemore
caiomhin 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 30m, Area: Knockatagglemore, W Limerick/N Kerry (Irela...

  
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Knocknaskagh: The fast and the furious.
TommyV a week ago.
Knocknaskagh is a fairly prominent hill in North Cork. It's possible to access via a Coilte forest entrance on the South East side mentioned by jackill. After about 500 metres, there is a smaller,...

  
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Camlough Mountain: Army Dreamers
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a week ago.
Relatively recent history has liberated Camlough Mountain from the bonds of the military: some metallic paraphernalia remains high on its slopes but if one puts that aside it's a cracking little e...


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