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simon3
2014-11-24 10:34:23
"Statue and memorial on Minaun, 2008" from simon3 Contract pics
Picture: Statue and memorial on Minaun, 2008 (Contract pics)

Re Sparks Flying
CaptainVertigo makes some good points about why this cross was cut down, distinguishing between vandalism and something done with purpose.
I go part way with conormcbandon who characterises what happened as "a crime against the hills", in that I agree that the hills are special and we should be concerned about what happens to them. I would even agree that windmills can look great. Nevertheless I would say that hillwalkers can have an opinion as to what we would like to have on hills and what is a distraction.

This is hardly a new concept. For years planners have generally kept the built environment off hills in favour of preserving the landscape for those that live and visit nearby. The hundreds of thousands who walk to the tops are entitled to express an opinion.

Take a look at the picture here taken in 2008 on the top of Minaun on the Achill Peninsula. The natural view of sea, cliff, beach and mountain from this place is superb in most directions. How many hillwalkers want a religious statue, symbol of both religion and a particular sort of religion, positioned on top of this naturally beautiful place? And then take a look at the memorial, directly in the line of sight of anyone near the top? While all of us experience grief and empathise with loss does another person really have the right to permanently impose their particular tragedy on everyone else?
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Summit Comment
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MountainHunter 8 hours ago.
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madfrankie 10 hours ago.
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Summit Comment
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madfrankie 10 hours ago.
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Track
Kate's to John's - Na Sléibhte Club Walk
GSheehy a day ago.
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Track
Carrauntoohil via the 'Back Ladder' from the Bridia Valley
peter1 2 days ago.
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Summit Comment
Mweelrea: Coastal mountains
simon3 3 days ago.
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot 6 days ago.
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot 6 days ago.
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Summit Comment
Binn Bhriocáin: Long views of a stepped descent.
simon3 3 days ago.
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Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: A worthwhile addition.
David-Guenot 6 days ago.
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The Paps East: Two shapely hills.
TommyV a week ago.
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