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Michael Dwyer Opening

Michael Dwyer Opening. Aa Great Weekend in Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork. Musicians from all over the country and one or two from abroad turned up to celebrate traditional music.

From the opening on Friday evening all the way through till late at the end of the weekend, some great performances and activities. Put on the the Michael Dwyer Festival committee.

Here are some pictures and videos from the Friday, more to come later…

watch some videos of performances here

Richard Dwyer opening the Festival

Florianne Blancke and Dermot Byrne in O’Neills Bar

Laura Ugur and Friends in Jimmy’s Bar

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The Opening first an exhibition by Aoife Layton

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Then Richard Dwyer’s book launch

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Followed by music in the Bars

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Dermot Byrne and Florianne Blancke
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Climb Carrauntoohil Howling Ridge

Climb Carrauntoohil Howling Ridge was an idea that came to me thanks to Piaras Kelly, who runs www.kerryclimbing.ie We met briefly in September of 2014 at the Crows Head Crossing where once I found out he was a guide I asked him about multi pitch routes on Carrauntoohil Ireland’s highest mountain. He told me about Howling Ridge and the plan was made with John Houlihan and myself doing our first route together in almost thirty years.

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I had to ride my bike from Allihies to Kenmare with a rucksack to meet up with John and his camper van. We drove onto Kilarney and then to the car park at Lisleibane. We set off at 12:30 to walk into the start of the climb. Just before the start there is an emergency hut where we stopped for a bite to eat. We then scrambled up a groove called the “Heavenly Gates” where you arrive at the start of “Howling Ridge”. The climb is rated at V-Diff which would have been very easy for us back in the day. We had a little bit of looking around to find the start and then roped up for the climb which finishes just a few metres from the summit.

We had a thirty metre 10mm rope two lightweight harnesses and a small rack of gear, with some handy long slings. We wanted to carry as little as possible.

Climb Carrauntoohil Howling Ridge, most of the time we moved together Alpine style as we were both happy with the exposure and the difficulty of the climb. John lead maybe three sections with me belaying him, and then to his disgust I suggested once I reached him the third time that I would lead on through. He passed me his gear and I carried on doing the crux of the climb….

Saying that, as he came up I filmed him so he pretty much soloed it anyway. We made it to the summit of the mountain in an hour and thirty minutes. Both arriving at the highest point in Ireland together, also both for the first time. It was a beautiful day and we stayed there maybe thirty minutes talking to a few other people who had walked up.

I think the climb was a great way of getting to the top, and if you have a head for exposure is probably less tiring than walking up. Indeed I found the walk down “Brother O’Sheas” hard work on my knees and it took three hours from top to get back to the van.

If you fancy doing this climb but feel unsure of your expertise give Piaras Kelly a shout, look up his details at www.kerryclimbing.ie

Climb Carrauntoohil Howling Ridge

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Near the end of the Howling Ridge
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The Summit of Carrauntoohil
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Beautiful mountain
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The sign that greets you at the top of the Howling Ridge, indeed not a good way to try and go down

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St Patricks Day

St Patricks Day in Castletownbere 2015 was a great event. The weather was with the crowd and lots of floats turned up for the day hoping to take the first prize for the best dressed up team. There was the normal inter school competition to see who would be the top of the bunch and some of the principals were fighting for the top position…

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I still don’t know who won. In any case I put together a video of the floats and did it twice, one with the natural sound of what was going on and the second backed by the Lehanmore Community groups playing in Mac Carthy’s bar after the event.

Pictures are good but a film makes it real

Looking forward to next year. In any case I reckon Bike N Beara should have it….

St Patricks Day

watch the videos here below and try and spot your self

Video with normal sound

Video with session music

More snaps

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