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STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS: WINTER ON MUCKISH MOUNTAIN

first_imgIn this slightly colder article on the Donegal great outdoors, hidden gem series we are going to visit the north face of Muckish Mountain on a very wintery day.Winter in Ireland is a very fleeting mistress with a sudden drop in the ambient air temperature and an even swifter rise in temperature, Winter conditions in the Irish mountains can come and go in a single day.It is when a period of extended cold weather hits the Emerald Isle, it is then that its mountains are transformed into a true winter wonderland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBrVLA_nSUMNorth Face of Muckish FilmAt the northern end of The Derryveagh Mountains in County Donegal lives a huge flat topped mountain called Muckish named from the Irish, Mucais or an Mhucais, meaning the pig’s back.The south face of the mountain holds the easiest and most popular route to it’s huge flat topped summit. With the north face of Muckish is a completely different beast as the entire face is dominated by a huge steep sided corrie.This corrie holds the remains of the ancient mining works used long ago to extract the high grade quartz sand from the mountain, the sand was then used to produce high quality glass.The old miners track into the corrie provides an excellent and easy summer navigation route into the corrie and up onto the summit of the mountain.When winter hits county Donegal this corrie is transformed into an outstanding winter mountaineering venue.The steep normally wet sides of the corrie freeze and are plastered with snow. With a few freeze/ thaw cycles this snow soon consolidates and is quickly transformed into superb neve.This neve provides outstanding underfoot conditions for winter walking into this magnificent corrie.The miners track is quite steep in places and a single walking axe and crampons are recommended as the track weaves it’s way up and through several amazing but steep gullies to the huge summit plateau.From the summit of Muckish Mountain the views are vast, uninterrupted and breathtaking as far as the eye can see towards the Slievetooey massif to the South. The Inishowen Peninsula to the North and the surrounding Derryveagh mountains. Muckish Mountain is living proof that you do not have to travel abroad for a truly great winter mountaineering experience.STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS: WINTER ON MUCKISH MOUNTAIN was last modified: January 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalIain MillerMuckish Mountainpicture specialThe Great Outdoorswinterlast_img read more

Man’s car became airborne during high-speed Garda pursuit

first_imgA Letterkenny man has been ordered to do 120 hours community service after what was described as an “appalling case” involving a high-speed chase through areas of the town.Gardai had detected John McKelvey of Correnagh driving at a speed of 147 kms in a 100km zone when they were operating a speed check-point at Dromore on January 25th last. A previous sitting of the court had heard that the 21-year-old defendant, who faced five charges of dangerous driving, had failed to slow down and had continued on in the direction of Lurgybrack.Gardai reported that he had been travelling at 115 km as they approached a humpback bridge and the car had become airborne.The defendant had continued on driving at between 110 and 120 kms per hour before Gardai decided to stop pursuing it as it was deemed unsafe.Shortly afterwards, Garda Kilcoyne spotted the defendant’s vehicle, a black Corsa, having crashed into a ditch. McKelvey had subsequently been arrested at just after 3.a.m. following the 18 km pursuit.Defendant’s solicitor, Patsy Gallagher said his client understood that his behaviour could have resulted in a fatality.He had observed the blue lights of the Garda patrol car and had subsequently panicked.Addressing Letterkenny District Court, Judge Paul Kelly said it was an “appalling case” involved a pursuit that had lasted up to thirteen minutes at high speed.Mr Gallagher told the court that his client had undertaken the Pro-Social Drivers course which had been “extremely beneficial” to him. “He has learned his lesson and the Probation Report on him is good.”McKelvey is now residing and working in Waterford.Judge Kelly agreed that the Probation Report had been “very positive” and noted that the defendant had completed the Pro-Social Drivers course.He ordered him to undertake 80 hours of community service in relation to one of the charges while disqualifying him from driving for two years.He further imposed 40 hours of community service on a second charge with a disqualification period of two years.The charges are to run consecutively.Man’s car became airborne during high-speed Garda pursuit was last modified: December 14th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdangerous drivingdonegalGardaiJOhn McKelbeyletterkennylast_img read more