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in yer pants ....
I turn my attention to mountainviews.ie. So much for focus.
I see that its English translation of Irish hill names remains - and in remaining, (for the Mountains of Mourne at least) .... , remains ridiculous.
This is not to take a potshot at mv but to highlight its conflict with the most basic rule of human survival ie - that a man says it, does not make it so.
Mountainviews and its advisers have not concocted these translations with a lot of beardy strokey, biro in the eary, specs on the nosey contemplation. On the contrary, it has drawn on the authority of existing sources. And so now itself becomes the authority - ergo that a man says it, does make it so. Not.
Some time back I prepared and presented a paper to mountainviews with my thoughts and proposals on the matter. That did not license the work to be considered but it did license me to have the courtesy of a reply - which I never got. Mountainviews doesn't much like to have its protocols probed. A right good probe in the protocols wouldn't do it any harm.
Anyway I shan't labour the point and simply present the most glaring example. Meelmore.
According to mountainviews.ie Meelmore in English means Big Hill of the Ants; on the premise that miol in Irish is ant in English.
You don't need to be an historian, a geographer or a linguist; if your highest academic achievement is a failed O level in applied farting you will still know there is something wrong here.
Why? Because ......
Meall a' Bhuiridh, Meall Buidhe, Maolan Bui, Meall a' Coire Leith, Meall Corranaich, Meall Dearg, Maol na Damh, Knockmealdown, Meall Garbh, Meelbeg, Maolan Mosog, Mweelrea, Slieve Meel, Meall nan Tarmachan .... etc, etc.
And not a nip of formication in sight.
So come on mountainviews. You can do better than this.
It's not an option. You are and will increasingly be the authority on and source for all things mountain in Ireland. It's your responsibility to get it right so that the next man doesn't get it wrong.
As for Meelmore, it's a bit like a joke in a Carry On movie. It's not that the joke's funny. It's that they had the audacity to get away with it.
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Camenabologue SE
Bunsen7 an hour ago.
This shortish alternative track makes use of a forest ride (as heralded by Simon3) from Glenmalure to reach Camenabol... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 664m, Area: Camenabologue SE Top, Dublin/Wicklow (Ir

  
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Mullaghcleevaun circuit
osullivanm 2 hours ago.
A very pleasant circuit although some difficult ground between Duff Hill and the return to start of hike. walk, Len: 17.3km, Climb: 792m, Area: Black Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Blac...

  
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An Alp for OAPs...
Colin Murphy 2 days ago.
If you an ageing hillwalker like myself who might have liked to bag an ‘Alp’ but are too long in the tooth to contemplate such an adventure, fear not, there is a simple little Austrian Alp you can...

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Divis: Great views
Wilderness 3 days ago.
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Scrabo Hill: Hill with a tower on top
Wilderness 3 days ago.
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Great Mell Fell
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET APRIL 2018
liz50 3 days ago.
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Bonscale Pike-Wether Hill Loop
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
A beautiful route which takes in 6 wainwrights (Bonscale Pike, Arthur's Pike, Loadpot Hill, Wether Hill, Steel Knotts... walk, Len: 17.3km, Climb: 948m, Area: Swarth Fell (Ullswater), Lake District -

  
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Little Mell Fell
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.2km, Climb: 130m, Area: Little Mell Fell, Lake District - Eastern ...

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Keelogyboy Mtn Far E Top: A small beautifully shaped mountain.
Wilderness 4 days ago.
This mountain is easy to recognise because of its shape. A good place to start is at Doon Lough car park at G794363. From here walk down the R278 towards Sligo and take the second country road on ...

  
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The Ullswater Way
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
The Ullswater Way with a diversion up to the top of Gowbarrow (481m) and down via the Aira Force. walk, Len: 34.7km, Climb: 818m, Area: Lake District - Eastern Fells (Britain) G...

  
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Cloghernagh: Snow Covered Plateau
davsheen a week ago.
Cloghernagh and Lug taken from Croghanmoira


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