Galtee Map of Year Award
Galtee Map of Year Award

Galtee Map of Year Award

The Galtee Mountains have plainly been a busy place this past year, notwithstanding travel restrictions and lockdowns.  This is evident from the Ireland Walking Awards run by Kieron Gribbon in…

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Paper v Digital
Paper v Digital

Paper v Digital

Anyone around in the late 1970s will recall the hit song ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ by the Buggles. Video hasn’t quite killed radio yet, but I’ve no doubt that…

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Coronation Plantation
Coronation Plantation

Coronation Plantation

The scattered Scots Pine and Oak trees of Coronation Plantation near Sally Gap in Wicklow are the subject of many a photograph. Planted in 1831 by the Downshire Estate, the…

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Blind Brooks
Blind Brook

Blind Brooks

Those who ramble the hills and venture across valleys and rocky slopes will be familiar with hearing the tinkle of running water under their feet, even though no stream is…

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Courtnacuddy Update
Blackstairs Update

Courtnacuddy Update

Users of our Blackstairs, Mount Leinster & Barrow Valley 1:25000 map should take note of new walking trails in a small wood near Courtnacuddy, Co.Wexford. The local community group have…

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Kilbride Army Camp
Kilbride Army Camp

Kilbride Army Camp

Kilbride Army CampThis photo taken c1915 of Kilbride Army Camp in the Dublin Mountains was posted on the Tallaght FB page a while back. It shows a series of permanent…

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Crotty’s Cave
Crotty's Cave

Crotty’s Cave

William Crotty is a nebulous figure in the folklore of Clonmel and Waterford. An 18th century rapparee in the same mould as Freney the Robber, Caher Roe and Cock a…

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Flooded Valley
Flooded Valley

Flooded Valley

I’m currently recompiling map detail around Poulaphuca Reservoir or Blessington Lakes. This large body of water was created in 1940, following construction of a dam and hydro electric scheme at…

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Galtee Map Update
Galtee Map Update

Galtee Map Update

Many thanks to Maureen O'Brien for spotting and sending on details of this new forest road construction in the Galty Castle/ Corrigeen area of our Galtee 1:25,000 map. Probably been…

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Where is Saggart Hill?

Where is Saggart Hill? I’ve always thought that Saggart Hill lies west of the Brittas in Co.Dublin. Planted with a Coillte forest and known by the name Slieve Thoul, there’s…

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