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Slievenamon , Co.Tipperary, Ireland , “I Choose The Mountain” By: howard simon

Slievenamon, Co,Tipperary Irish landscapes

Slievenamon, Co,Tipperary
Irish landscapes

Slievenamon

Slievenamon (Irish: Sliabh na mBan, [ˈʃlʲiəw n̪ˠə ˈmˠanˠ], “mountain of the women”)

Rising as a huge heathery dome amid gentle green countryside, Slievenamon’s profile naturally attracts the eye. This is an easy mountain with with a broad and clear track leading all the way to the summit cairn.

On fine days there are extensive views, taking in all the best walking areas in the South East of Ireland.

Slievenamon is a mountain of history and mystery of lore and legends. Its name means the ‘Mountain of the Women’ and the story is told how all the fairest women raced to the top to claim the hand of the warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhail. Fionn secretly fancied Grainne, the daughter of the High King of Ireland, so he advised her how to win the race!

Although it looks like a solitary height, Slievenamon is surrounded by a series of lower heathery humps. Some of these, like the main summit, are crowned by ancient burial Cairns. The highest cairn is said to mark the entrance to the mysterious Celtic underworld.

Slievenamon mountain view

I Choose The Mountain

Poem by howard simon

The low lands call
I am tempted to answer
They are offering me a free dwelling
Without having to conquer

The massive mountain makes its move
Beckoning me to ascend
A much more difficult path
To get up the slippery bend

I cannot choose both
I have a choice to make
I must be wise
This will determine my fate

I choose, I choose the mountain
With all its stress and strain
Because only by climbing
Can I rise above the plane

I choose the mountain
And I will never stop climbing
I choose the mountain
And I shall forever be ascending

I choose the mountain

Morning Star Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington


Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

2 responses

  1. Nigel, thank you for sharing a beautiful post once again.
    I enjoyed every word and view.
    All the best,
    Hanna

    August 7, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    • Hello Hanna 🙂 🙂

      Thank you , I am SO lucky to live so close to this mountain , so its a pleasure to share some history and views 🙂

      Thank you !

      August 8, 2015 at 8:02 pm

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