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2008-07-30 22:32:06
"Risking a Wrist" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
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All These Highs n Lows
The sight of young Harro shaking his sore wrist at the Open made me leap from my seat and slam the door behind me. I mean “Come off it, Harro! Whatever bit of damage I did to your precious wrist on Corranabinnia last week was NOTHING compared to what the Government did to me!” I had spent years working on the Mountain Golf Project as Chairman of Comhairle Gailf na Sleibhe. Our vision... Sheiks, Yanks and nouveau riche Chinese racing round our fairest summits for 18 wonderful holes of gravity assisted golf...Corrie lakes to be emptied and replaced with sand as “superbunkers”. Forests as “rough”. Helicopters (and rollercoasters) instead of golf carts. I had to get around the problem of the Greens (I mean the party, not the putting areas). We were talking mega investment: PPPs, giant NRA roads to backward places, Gaeltacht grants, sheep depopulation programs, and , well...expenses. Young Harro (formerly of our Youth Wing, and inclined to hero worship) agreed to caddy for me on a “reccy” on the Nephin Begs. I was thrilled with Corranabinnia as a tee... But the gale kept knocking the ball over before I could drive off towards one of those cute Clew Bay islands... Harro lay down and held that ball in place as if I were Ronan O’Gara going for a vital conversion. Sadly, it was at that very moment, as my Big Bertha came crashing down, that my mobile went off. Harro, fusspot that he is, ran screaming in circles as I said “Yes Taoiseach?”. Can you believe it? “Serious recession; cutbacks; country can’t afford mountain golf; blah blah blah”. And then, the morning of the Open, came the letter from the Department. Comhairle Gailf na Sleibhe was being “subsumed” into Comhairle Lucht an Airgid Yanki, which, in turn, had been “amalgamated” with Comhairle Marcaiocht na nDaoine. In short, I was now a long serving party member...without expenses...
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Pilgrimage : The Road To Santiago
Jim Holmes 2 days ago.
Pilgrimage : The Road To SantiagoFriday BBC2 9pmMountainViews Irish Mountain Gathering preferred MC of choice - Ed Byrne - can be seen as he walks with friends (kind of) on a three part travelogue...

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Thanks BlackCra
Aidy 2 weeks ago.
Thank you BlackCra for the extremely generous words on my photo - your description is truly humbling.

Fuerteventura: La Oliva to Lajares.
simon3 5 days ago.
This walk starts in La Oliva, which is served by various bus routes including one that returns from the finish. Casa de walk, Len: 16.7km, Climb: 333m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

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Corn Hill: Nice Views Visible Again
TommyMc 4 days ago.
I visited Corn Hill on a sunny morning in March 2018 and was pleased to see that some of the forestry that had blighted the area near summit has been felled in recent years and as a result there a...

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Chimney Rock Mountain: Fine views in the NE Mournes
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Trailtrekker a week ago.
Chimney Rock Mountain sits proudly above the Irish Sea in the north-eastern Mournes. Evidence of extensive mining exists along the side of the mountain at places like Carr’s Face, and the route up...

Glenbeigh Loop
GSheehy 4 days ago.
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Lehaunstown to The Scalp
jgfitz a week ago.
This track is accessable by public transport. Starting at Lehaunstown Luas Stop (spelled Laughanstown by Luas), head ... walk, Len: 10.0km, Climb: 367m, Area: Carrickgollogan, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland

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Aidy's "A" pic.
BleckCra 2 weeks ago.
Aidy's pic of the month ....... just sensationally good.That is not to say mountainviews' potms aren't all fabulous but are often it seems constrained (not, I imagine always by the photographer), ...

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Mullaghmeen: A Delightful Walk, Muddy near Summit.
TommyMc a week ago.
I enjoyed a delightful walk to the summit on a nippy but very sunny Sunday 25 February. Sadly the narrow track on the final approach to the summit has been cut up badly over the winter, and quite ...

Lanzarote: Femes to Playa Blanco, Minor Woes
simon3 a week ago.
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Lugduff SE Top: Great views
ewen 2 weeks ago.
A cold but sunny day ensured the boggy top and col between the top and Lugduff was frozen and firm underfoot. Did from Glenmalure lodge, following the Wicklow way. On such a clear crisp day, the L...

Fuerteventura: Lobos Island
simon3 a week ago.
Isla de Lobos is an island just off the north coast of Fuerteventura. It has a lot of visitors and somewhat problematica walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 64m, Area: ()

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