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2011-08-10 22:01:54
There IS an Irish Appalachian Trail!
(from Failte Ireland): Ireland will be included in the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) – an extension of the world renowned and globally popular walking route, the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine and welcomes an estimate 2.5million hikers each year.
The proposed link will see the Irish section of the international trail start at the spectacular coastal cliffs of Slieve League in County Donegal and extend to the stunning Antrim coast, finishing in Ballycastle.
It is proposed that the new section will utilise existing trails in south Donegal eastwards from Slieve League (Bealach Na Gaeltachta – Slí Colmcille, Bluestacks Way etc) and would then continue into Northern Ireland.
Organisers hope to link the IAT to all terrains that were once the Appalachian Mountains of Pangaea which includes Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Norway and Greenland as these regions share a common geological heritage.
It is anticipated that such a link, based on a shared geology, would promote greater tourism and education opportunities between these regions and also serve to promote the fantastic walking opportunities that exist in each country.
Ciara Scully from the Destination Development Division at Fáilte Ireland said -
“We are delighted to support the extension of the IAT to Ireland. It will help position Ireland in the USA and Canada as a top walking destination and it is a fantastic marketing opportunity to position particularly Donegal & Northern Ireland with a cross-border walking trail.” 
Ms Scully continued -
“Research carried out by Fáilte Ireland into the potential of walking for tourism shows walking as the most popular activity to attract visitors to Ireland over the next five years. 
“Over the past four years, Fáilte Ireland has invested €10 million in upgrading linear walking routes as well as supporting the development of 250 fully off road looped walks in scenic areas.  We will continue to invest in the infrastructure required to position Ireland as a world class destination for walkers.”
Some stats about walking –
Walking represents one of Ireland’s top activities and was enjoyed by almost 1.9m visitors in 2009.
Walking is extremely popular with both domestic holidaymakers (over 860,000 people) and overseas visitors (up to 830,000) enjoying the wide range of walking facilities around the country during the same period.
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jackill an hour ago.
I started hillwalking in mid 2003 after being pestered by a friend of mine to try it. The first walk was 10 km with a total climb of about 300 meters - and I nearly died! The funny thing was I kep...

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The Derryveagh Mountains to the sea.
jackill an hour ago.
On a blustery St.Patricks day Bleck Cra and I with a few old scavenger buddies headed up, and were almost blown off, Errigal.As it turns out though it gave some great opportunities to catch up esp...

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Those thieving Cork Bas*#?&$ !
jackill 2 hours ago.
Apparently we may need to consider moving one of our mountains south a bit. Apparently an eagle eyed Donegal resident spotted this in a picture at Cork airport. And sure we've also stolen Rory Gal...

Devil's Glen
jgfitz 3 hours ago.
walk, Len: 11.1km, Climb: 409m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

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Black Hill: Against the Odds
Geansai 19 hours ago.
After reading about it in the Ireland lonely planet walking guide ,did the second leg of the Antrim Hills way from the Larne- Ballymena road jump off point to Glenarm the day after the hurricane l...

Near Galty Mountains (Ireland)
mlmoroneybb a day ago.
walk, Len: 6.8km, Climb: 141m, Area: Galty Mountains (Ireland)

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FrankMc1964 a day ago.
Navigate most of the mountains along the west................member of Limerick Climbing Club.....One of the founder members of Mountain Meitheal Southeast doing Path repair around the Galtees.

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mlmoroneybb a day ago.
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Sheegouna: Tipp of the iceberg #2
madfrankie 2 days ago.
Slievenamon dominates the view SW from Sheegouna's low cairn

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Trailtrekker a day ago.
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Sheegouna: The Tipp of the iceberg
madfrankie 2 days ago.
A couple of pics from a frigid hike up Slievenamon that continued on to the NE top, Sheegouna.Amazing how even the most unremarkable hills are transformed by the white stuff.

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peter1 4 days ago.
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