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patmccarthy
2012-09-05 22:13:43
Tiaracht challenge: then and now
In 1978, when I was 23-ish and as fit as an ox, and before Tiaracht/Tearaght was buggered beyond help by goats, rabbits, burrowing seabirds and Atlantic storms, the southern slopes and the summit rarely posed more than a minor challenge, thanks to broad and firm cliff-top paths, well-vegetated slopes and reliable hand-holds. When up on and near the summit, I used to interrupt my field-work several times a day to dash down to the lighthouse dwellings for coffee, snacks and 'natural breaks'.

In the late-70s, once the Commissioners of Irish Lights were 'on-side', indemnities were signed, Irish Helicopters had one or more spare seats, food and other supplies were purchased and stowed, and the weather gods smiled, access to the Tiaracht was pretty straightforward and the challenge of climbing it was no more than moderate. Clearly, however, Wicklore's recent experiences confirm the marked deterioration of the Tiaracht landscape. They also confirm that my rose-coloured assessment of the degree of "challenge" probably needs updating.

Some of my 1978 Tiaracht photos are on Flickr at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/83327151@N08/sets/72157630719302028/detail/

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