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AnSionnachRua  ·  258 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 6, 2018

I'll have to be more active on Instagram! I've never been great with social media, but I've also tended to focus on FB at the expense of Instagram and Twitter.

I'm looking forward to all of them in some way, though particularly Carrauntoohil because it's the tallest mountain in Ireland. Many would scoff at calling it a mountain at just over 1000m, but hey, that's what we have! And with almost all of our mountains being on our near the coast, most of them are climbed from near sea level, so the views can be very dramatic.

I'm very much looking forward to climbing Sawel Mountain in the north, it's a quick climb but it's in the middle of nowhere. But the Irish name carries a certain significance that I find hilarious. My friend/base camp/driver is named Méidhbhín, a diminutive of Méabh, who was a central character in one of our legends - the Táin Bó Cuailgne, or The Cattle Raid of Cooley. You might've heard of the hero Cú Chulainn; this is one of the stories in which he features. Anyway, the name "Sawel" comes from Samhail Phite Méabha, meaning "the likeness of Méabh's vulva". There's apparently a gorge up there that was involved in the tale somehow, and it looks like a...