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2013-06-04 00:05:08
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GOOD BAD UGLY
Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival last weekend.
Good - because it was the Galtees which when in the unlikely event of being dry, are wonderful and in the even more unlikely event of not being perishing are even more wonderful. Which they were.
Bad - because at 20 euro, the registration fee was outrageous if not just plain arrogant. The 2 best hillwalking festivals in Ireland, in the face of the enormous effort by the Wee Binnians Club in the North and the rated (overrated) Ballyhouras event, are Nenagh and Upperchurch who charge 10 euros for some of the best days in the least likely hills amongst us; fabulous hospitality, endless food and the manners to spend time with their charges.
So with Aherlow what did we get for our extra 10 euro, our twice the price? Answer: Nothing or not even that.
Saturday A walk, At Registration and welcome? Not a word. Tea and buns - thanks - that'll be 2 euro. Do this, do that, do the next thing.
..... a walk that presented itself as someone off for a hike with other people following him.
This dour event kicked off from some sterile community centre to which it returned to miserable put-upon faces and so-what baps and sausages - this in the context of the above prime events force-feeding you stew, soup and endless bonhomie - in or beside a pub.
Why would you bother?
Oh yes, and Ugly - other than some splendid exceptions, my companions and myself who are spectacularly good-looking, ugly seemed to be yer ticket in.

There is not one of us in the hillwalking community stuck for twenty quid. That is our profile. I doubt if any of us would complain about stumping it up for twenty quid's worth,
The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival wasn't.
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