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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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Tievecrom: Ring of Hills
Bunsen7 22 hours ago.
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Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin a day ago.
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Summit Comment
Barr na Coilleadh: Shapely perhaps phallic tower.
simon3 a day ago.
Barnacuillew and it's Irish Aviation Authority radome pictured from the north.

Track
Circuit of Dirkbeg Lough - easier ascent
simon3 a day ago.
The purpose of this walk is to reach the Maumtrasna plateau and Maumtrasna NE top (MNET). The lattter is quite possib... walk, Len: 11.6km, Climb: 564m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce

  
Forum: General
Riddle of the Spinc
BleckCra a day ago.
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hour...

  
Summit Summary
Lenadoon Point: Huge panorama on geologically interesting shoreline.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
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Benwee Coastal Walk
simon3 a day ago.
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Summit Comment
St. John's Island: A Tunnel Runs Through It
Pepe 2 days ago.
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Summit Comment
Gull Island South: A Kingdom of Cormorants
Pepe 2 days ago.
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Lenadoon Coastal Walk
simon3 2 days ago.
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Summit Comment
Maumtrasna North-East Top: Small top, big drop.
simon3 3 days ago.
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Forum: General
Lofoten Islands Norway
brenno 5 days ago.
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