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Ireland’s Mountain Environment

“Celebrating Ireland’s Mountain Environment”

Mountaineering Ireland recently hosted a weekend seminar entitled “A celebration of Ireland’s Mountain Environment”. The event took place from May 26th to May 28th at Cappanalea Outdoor Education and Training Centre near Killorglin Co. Kerry

Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre

Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre

The club asked me to represent them at the event so I travelled down for the Saturday workshop and field trip.

Helen Lawless of Mountaineering Ireland opened proceedings with a talk on current access issues.

It seems the situation at Lough Guitane has deteriorated. A private security firm is now employed at the site, preventing access to the mountains beyond the property of the new hostile owner.

Ireland’s Mountain Environment

Gosia Horajska, a polish Geologist now living in Tralee gave talk and slide show on the Geology of the Mac Gillycuddy Reeks.

Apparently, Geological Tourism is very popular in Poland and she thinks the same is possible in the Reeks area. The MacGillicuddy Reeks have many varied geological features including Corries, Glacial valleys, minerals and Rock formations etc.

Following this our group of approximately 20 people went by mini bus to the Hydro Road car park. From there we hiked to the Coomloughra valley where Gosia showed us examples of geological features which she spoke of earlier. We also got to see the famous Kerry Slug, while a Mink observed us as we were having lunch. Helen Lawless revealed some of the Flora and Fauna which we encountered there. 

Finally we returned to Cappanalea for dinner. All in all this was a most interesting, informative and insightful exploration of Ireland’s Mountain Environment.

Photographs of the day’s events were shown on screen later.

More information is available here: www.macgillycuddyreekskerry.com

Pat Sheehan

Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club

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