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david kirk
2008-01-04 20:44:06
David Kirk
What is difficult to understand about grieving people erecting memorial tablets etc to mark the passing of a loved relative or friend is why they think the place of their death should be the most appropriate place to put it - in this context on a mountain which presumably had some siginficance in their lives. Without being facetious, death tends to be the low point of anyone's life - is it not more suitable to create a memorial at a place where they lived and were loved? And if it is wished to mark a special relationship which the poor departed had with a particular place would it not be more appropriate to have something useful created, such as a seat at a popular viewpoint where people can take rest and reflect and enjoy, with a suitably inscribed plaque - or similarly a stile over a wall on a popular route. The Mournes are being cited as a 'problem' area and it is an ideal one where such alternative memorials could be sited, or in Tollymore Park. Having said that, the ones reported as being on Bearnagh and Commedagh must be very discreet - I've never noticed them. The one on the lower Trassey Track is to a youngster who died on a school outing and should not cause discomfort to anyone. Donard is, or was, slightly different; it commemorates a man who was killed by lightening on the summit a couple of years ago and the plaque there placed by his Army comrades, is not obtrusive, tucked in at the base of the summit tower. Originally there was a very innapropriate brass and mahogany plaque scewed to the lintel of the tower doorway - obviously done in the moment of grief - but this problem has now been resolved.The reality is that with increasing numbers of people 'finding themselves' by walking and scrambling our mountain areas, there will be increasing numbers wishing to have their ashes scattered where they most enjoyed being - if they are to be memorialised the new Ben Nevis model is probably the best - a small memorial garden near one of the access points, where families if they wish can place a plaque to remember their loved one.


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Quick up and down Knockakishaun
markwallace 6 hours ago.
Starts from layby opposite a house about 1km before the road crosses the bridge over the Bunowen River.Short traverse ... walk, Len: 4.4km, Climb: 308m, Area: Knockakishaun, Croagh Patrick (Ireland)

  
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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET SEPTEMBER 2018
liz50 a day ago.
Traverse of Brandon Ridge is scheduled for Saturday 8th September. The walk from the Connor Pass to Brandon Creek is around 18km with 1300m ascent taking around 7 hours. There is a slightly shorte...

  
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Near Slievanea, Central Dingle (Ireland)
simon3 19 hours ago.
Important note. The end of this route is at Ballyduff Graveyard around Q54076 10104. We no longer recommend finishing ... walk, Len: 16.5km, Climb: 849m, Area: Slievanea, Central Dingle (Ireland) Sli

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Crocknafarragh: The High Route around Glentornan Lough
jsramsey1491 3 days ago.
Last Thursday (16/08/2018) a few friends and I decided to do a recce of a walk around Glentornan Lough. We started close to the Gaelic pitch on the southwestern shore of Lough Nacung Upper, passed...

  
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Knockakishaun: Bunowen River can present problems
markwallace 2 days ago.
Parked at a layby further up the valley from the crossing point mentioned in James Sheerin's comment to do a circuit of Laghta Eighter and Knockakishaun. Access to Laghta Eighter was easy from hig...

  
Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 4 days ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

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Burrane Upper
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 43m, Area: Burrane Upper, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland)...

  
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Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 4 days ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

  
Track
Kilmore
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 26m, Area: Kilmore, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland) Kilmo...

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Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 4 days ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

  
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Oileán an Bhromaigh
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.1km, Climb: 21m, Area: Oile?n an Bhromaigh, Galway Islands (Irelan...

  
Summit Comment
Knockafeehane: Easily Accessible and not overly demanding
Bunsen7 4 days ago.
There is a waymarked trail to the summit which loops over the ridge leading west from this hill. See track 3881.The quickest route to the top would see you park in Annascaul village and walk up th...


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