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So what was behind the Carrauntoohil Cross incident? Was it what people call "a random act of vandalism" ? Typically such attacks are perpetrated by opportunistic young hoodlums on their way home from the pub. Here in leafy Trim we lose many a hanging basket in that fashion. In other places the messers knock the heads off statues, break windows, especially in derelict buildings, and occasionally urinate in letterboxes. (A friend of mine whose box was penetrated in that fashion attached a car battery to the opening in what was to prove a very successful "sting" operation.)
But the key ingredient in random acts of vandalism is the absence of malice aforethought. The likely lads spot something that the others have put in place and they wreck it, like an "on the spot" fine they impose on the hardworking and civic minded. It is summary injustice.
The kind of opportunistic destruction perpetrated at sea level does not generally happen a few hundred metres up. Gobdaws simply don't have the discipline and the endurance to reach such places. In fact the hillwalking community is as benign and peaceloving a species as you could hope to find, lovin' d'environment and lovin' d'people. The facts simply don't add up. There was nothing "random" about hauling a battery operated angle grinder to the highest spot in the land. It was a well thought out operation involving motive, planning, discipline and some skill.
So the what was the motive? The cross is more than simply a piece of steel. It is a Christian symbol on the highest spot on the island. It is totemic. The chief suspects, therefore, must be iconoclasts. Do you know any anti-Christian iconoclasts? I don't although I have heard that they exist (in other countries). Round here when folks cast off their Christian heritage I suspect that the majority are of the "lapsed" variety (going into neutral rather than into reverse), and rarely give a monkey's about ecclesiastical matters any more than that they would stalk the many shop Santa Clauses who promoted the Big Lie of their youth.
The perpetrator could be deranged, as in hearing voices urging them to slay the cross. Yes. That's a possibility. Delusions tend to be grandiose, and if you're going to knock a cross why not attack the highest one?
Someone might have a specific hatred arising from severe childhood trauma at the hands of Christians. That would be...a lot of people. Or it might just have been performance art of a kind.
I'm not really in favour of the intrusions of modern life on mountaintops (pylons, masts and windmills) but I love the simple trig pillar, and have no problem with the odd cultural piece. I thought the steel cross on Carrauntoohil was intrusive, but not so intrusive that I would chop it down. After all its not mine to chop. Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's.
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Omey Island
Onzy 2 hours ago.
A circuit of Omey ... cut short by my fear that may car wouldn't make it back across the sound... walk, Len: 5.6km, Climb: 60m, Area: Galway Islands (Ireland)

  
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Short Loop north of Omey
Onzy 2 hours ago.
walk, Len: 2.1km, Climb: 33m, Area: Galway Coast (Ireland)

  
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Coastal Walk noth of Cleggan
Onzy 2 hours ago.
A spectacular walk circling the peninsula immediately north of Cleggan ... a detour to Olivers for lunch and a fast coun walk, Len: 22.5km, Climb: 386m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

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Scarr: A walk in the clouds.
TommyV a day ago.
This route starts on an old forest road at Oldbridge, there is room for parking 5 or 6 cars near the top at O15162 01916. From here follow the road West until you reach a gate at O14832 01892. Go ...

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Glenealo Valley and Miners Village
sev 2 days ago.
Glenealo Valley and Miners Village - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Glendalough Upper Lake
sev 2 days ago.
Glendalough Upper Lake and the valley - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

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Seefin: "Megalithic Fallout Shelter"
sev 2 days ago.
Wicklow Mountains - Megalithic tomb on Seefin Mt.http://youtu.be/u--BKEqB-JM

  
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Skregmore: Incidental summit in the Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 3 days ago.
Much climbed but little remembered, Skregmore is a victim of its location. One of the highest summits in Ireland but adjacent to still higher tops, impressively rocky but still far less dramatic t...

  
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Near Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland)
Gus 5 days ago.
Tough ascent from the carpark, but once on the ridge is reasonably easy with an identifiable track. On the return kee... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 413m, Area: Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullio

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Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 4 days ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

  
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Wicklow: Cullentragh Mountain
Onzy a week ago.
Easiest route to an hill that is really just a point on the way to Mullacor and beyond ... run, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 185m, Area: Cullentragh Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Irela...

  
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Tievnabinnia: Bulky Sheeffrys summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 5 days ago.
Tievnabinnia is the easternmost of the higher Sheeffry Hills, a distinctly bulky eminence where gently grassy upper slopes contrast with a series of steep corries to both north and south of its ge...


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