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Snow watch Winter 2014/2015

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MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum confirm Carrauntoohil Cross has been re-instated

The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum are pleased to announce that the cross on the summit of Carrauntoohil has been re-instated earlier today-Saturday the 29th of November. The mammoth task was undertaken on a voluntary basis by Mike O’Shea, Work at Height, staff from Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney, members of Beaufort Community Council and local landowners. The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum wish to thank all those who offered their support and assistance and said Read more [...]

MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum confirm Carrauntoohil Cross will be re-erected

The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum, which is made up of representatives of all the stakeholders involved in the area, including local landowners, local community and business groups, NPWS, local guides and users, Kerry County Council, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and facilitated by South Kerry Development Partnership, have confirmed following a meeting today (Tuesday) that it is their intention to ensure the cross at the top of Irelands highest mountain Read more [...]

‘Days Like This’ wins Living Landscapes Category in Photography Competition

We love seeing shots of the Mourne Mountains from Brian McCready, a regular contributor to Walking & Hiking Ireland. Brian recently landed the Living Landscapes Category in the Ulster Wildlife's photography competition. The winning shot was one of of Brian's that was featured on the website previously. It is a stunning shot taken on mighty Slieve Bearnagh just before sunset. Brian now goes through to a public vote to determine the overall winner of the competition. It would be great to Read more [...]

Spectacular skyline views open up over Belfast, Northern Ireland

A new walking trail, set high above the City of Belfast in Northern Ireland, has just opened. The 4.2 mile circular Divis Ridge trail is located in the Belfast Hills and offers spectacular skyline views over Belfast. Other views from the viewpoint include the Mourne Mountains, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Divis at an elevation of 478m (1,568ft.) is the highest point in the Belfast Hills which tower over the north west of the city. Although situated high in the Belfast Hills many local people Read more [...]

2013 sees Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team have its busiest year to date

At 11:30 am on the 6th of January 2013 the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain rescue team and the Red Cross Glen of Imaal Mountain rescue team were tasked to an incident in the Miners Village, Glendalough Co Wicklow. The call to a walker with head and neck injuries sustained in a fall would mark the beginning of what would be the busiest year on record for the team. Heavy snowfalls in the early part of the year saw high levels of people, becoming stuck in heavy snow and icy conditions on the high passes Read more [...]

You think you know Killarney National Park.. think again!!

Norman McCloskey, a photographer from Kenmare in County Kerry, has spent three years working tirelessly photographing Killarney National Park. In doing so, Norman has managed to capture the area in a way no other National Park in Ireland has been photographed before. His project is now captured in a new photography book, Parklight The abundance of stunning scenery and ever-changing light throughout the seasons provided a huge amount of material for this collection of images, showing the park at Read more [...]

Now we have Ireland’s first snowman of the Winter!

We brought you news earlier on about the first snow of winter on Errigal. Billy Horan, who previously submitted a stunning shot of a cloud inversion above the gap of Dunloe, caught not only the first snow of the year but also the first snowman of the year! Billy and his father ‘Nelius reached the top of Carraunthoohil to discover about an inch of snow at the summit, the first snow of the year at the top of the mountain. This surely must be the first snowman of the winter in Ireland! Billy Read more [...]