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The goings on and such in the land of the Lug

Some Passage Tombs on Mountain Summits by Tom Barragry ©

Archaelogy you can visit. Seefin Some Passage Tombs on Mountain Summits by Tom Barragry Seefin The megalithic passage tomb of Seefin is situated on the summit of a 622 m high mountain in North Wicklow. Nearby on the other summits - Seahan and Seefingan - and in clear view, are other cairns covering similar types of passage tombs. Seefin in fact is one of the four hills in the so called ‘Circuit of Kilbride’, taking in Seahan (648m), Corrig (618m), Seefingan (724m) and Seefin (622m). Corrig can be described as the poor relation of all of these summits as [...]

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Some Passage Tombs on Mountain Summits by Tom Barragry ©

Walk Report #06 Sun 24th March 2019 Shankill River & Butter Mountain (West)

Stats: Weather, Sun, somewhat cloudy and windy ; distance 12.1 Km, Height gain 364m.   Five Lugs convene at Ballinteer house (Dermot, Hugh, Ken, Norman & Rob), we had one (meetup) lady due to join us for this walk, but (probably unsurprisingly) she opted to withdraw as she was on her own. Also a regular Sunday walker (John) couldn’t join us as he is teaching English in Spain, he was however there in spirit as he had advised us on the walk, suggesting changing it from a two car walk to a linear walk and back. Leaving [...]

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #06 Sun 24th March 2019 Shankill River & Butter Mountain (West)

Walk Report #05 Sun 10th March 2019 Derrybawn via Jack-the-rags

Weather, ALL OVER THE SHOP ; distance 9 Km, Height gain 140m, Descent 380m. Some of our regular Lugs of Ken, John and Rob were joined by our new meetup members Cristina (originally from Italy), Tatiana (originally from Brazil), Amer (originally from Hungry) and the spritely Blundel (originally and still from Leixlip). Unfortunately two other members from meetup declined to walk probably because of the weather warnings. Our grand master Dermot was unable to lead for this walk as his son was home from London. We embarked from Ballinteer by 10.15 and luckily escaped any cycle groups on the [...]

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #05 Sun 10th March 2019 Derrybawn via Jack-the-rags

Walk Report #03 Sun 10th February 2019 Over Cruagh to Massy’s Wood

Weather, cold and windy with weak wintery Sun; distance 10.7 Km, Height gain 300m. Four brothers, John Cruise, Dermot Gunn, Norman MacLachian and Hugh Sweeney met at Ballinteer Inn at the appointed time on another cold winter’s morning. Noel Doyle was doing his own split thing starting from the Cruagh car park and we were hoping to meet up with him on the boardwalk later. We set out to find a parking spot in the Hellfire Club car park where we left one car and then on to the parking space on the Military road just beyond the track [...]

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #03 Sun 10th February 2019 Over Cruagh to Massy’s Wood

Walk Report #02 Sun 27th January 2019 Glen o’ the Downs

Weather cold, strong wind with sunny spells;  Distance 9.8 km,  Height gain 225m. Having glanced at the programme for this year I, for some inexplicable reason, thought that this walk was in the Devil’s Glen, even to the extent of checking the map before the appointed day. It’s an age thing I suppose but the surprise wasn’t, it hit me right in the teeth. At Ballinteer I innocently asked if it would be better if we all met up in Ashford before the walk to be answered by ‘what the f*%* would we go to Ashford for, we’re only [...]

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #02 Sun 27th January 2019 Glen o’ the Downs

Walk Report #01 Sun 13th January 2019 Castlekevin & Paddock Hill

Weather cold, Damp with occasional Sunny spells; distance 10.7 Km, Height gain 300m. Four brothers, Dermot Gunn, Ken Keaveney, Norman MacLachian and Hugh Sweeney met at Ballinteer Inn at the appointed time on a cold winter’s morning. Being as it was a looped walk we all traveled in Ken’s recently valeted car to the start of the walk. As we couldn’t spoil Ken’s spotless car we were still wearing our normal shoes so we booted-up and then set out on the first part from Kastlekevin House through the woods to the bridge over the Avonmore river near the Wicklow [...]

By | January 20th, 2019|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #01 Sun 13th January 2019 Castlekevin & Paddock Hill

Walk Report #24 Sun 2nd December 2018 Lough Bray Upper & Lower from Glencree

Weather cold, overcast and misty; distance 5.7 Km, Height gain 100m. John Cruise, Ken Keavney and Dermot Gunn met at Ballinteer House on a very cold, overcast day for what was to be the last mountain walk of 2018, where the hell did that year go? Having waited a suitable length of time for any stragglers to arrive, but none did, we set out for The Reconciliation Centre in Glencree to park our cars and meet up with Robert Dixon who waited for us there. Having booted up and prepared for the rain that was expected, and looked menacing, [...]

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #24 Sun 2nd December 2018 Lough Bray Upper & Lower from Glencree

Walk Report #23 Sun 18th November 2018 Bray to Greystones

Weather sunny; distance 12.4 Km, Height gain 252m. On another Sunday morning, cold but with the winter Sun shining bright, John Cruise, Ken Keavney and Dermot Gunn met at Ballinteer House. Hugh Sweeney rang to say that he had a puncture in one of his tyres so we drove past his house to collect him on our way to Bray. The last time we did this walk one of the Lugs had a nasty accident that required assistance from Wicklow Mountain Rescue people as we descended down a rocky section of the track leading from the summit, this fact [...]

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #23 Sun 18th November 2018 Bray to Greystones

Walk Report #22 Sun 4th November 2018 The Scalp and Carrickgollogan

Weather sunny; distance 6.4 Km, Height gain 252m. There were four Lugs at the car park in Ballinteer, John Cruise, Noel Doyle, Dermot Gunn and Hugh Sweeney. Ken Keaveney was cooking up a storm, or vegetables or something, for his family and would not be with us. We waited for a few minutes, not unusual, in case someone else would arrive and we were proved right when Norman McLachian arrived just in time not to be too late. Apologies and handshakes all round later and before we left the car park Norman said that he was the only person [...]

By | November 25th, 2018|Categories: Walking|Comments Off on Walk Report #22 Sun 4th November 2018 The Scalp and Carrickgollogan
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