News 2014

Title: MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Report
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Date: 03 February 2014
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A Mountaineering Ireland organised meeting took pace on Friday, 31st January in Beaufort where members had the opportunity to attend a presentation on the draft MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access report by consultants, Deirdre Lewis and Alan Hill.

The meeting was attended by 40 people, including members from Mountaineering Ireland clubs and individual members. Members again unanimously endorsed the core principles of Comhairle na Tuaithe's Mountain Access proposition, including working in partnership with and respecting landowners, support for an indemnity for participating landowners, providing mechanisms to avoid any frustrations (nuisance parking, dogs, etc.) caused by recreational users. Members also confirmed the willingness of recreational users to contribute voluntarily to mountain access projects and were in full support of  landowners who provide services to recreational users.

There were a number of concerns raised regarding the draft MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access report and the consultants offered members an opportunity to feedback through Mountaineering Ireland their comments by Friday, 15 February 2014. All comments should be emailed to helen@mountaineering.ie.

Mountaineering Ireland would like to thank Beaufort GAA for making their facilities available for the meeting.

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24th January 2014

Following completion of consultation on the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Project, Mountaineering Ireland has arranged a meeting for Friday 31st January to update members on this project. Deirdre Lewis from SLR Consulting, who prepared the report, will attend to present the key findings from her consultation. The meeting will take place in Beaufort GAA Clubhouse,starting with tea and sandwiches at 7.30pm.

We strongly encourage Mountaineering Ireland clubs and individual members who regularly use the Reeks to participate in this meeting. There is an opportunity here to influence the future management of the MacGillycuddy Reeks and to ensure that plans are informed by the views of those who walk and climb in the area. The report recommends the formation of a Steering Group for the MacGillycuddy Reeks and it has been proposed that Mountaineering Ireland will nominate two people to the Steering Group.

See below for a briefing note with some additional information regarding the request for nominees to the Steering Group, as well as the Executive Summary from the Reeks report, and an outline of Comhairle na Tuaithe’s Mountain Access Project.

To get to Beaufort GAA Clubhouse, take the Killorglin road (N72) out of Killarney, after about 8km turn left across a bridge for Beaufort, turn right at the Beaufort Inn (stone building on your left), continue past the Inn Between and Galvins pub on your left, the GAA grounds are on your left opposite the Crock of Gold B&B.

If you are planning to attend, please let us know, so that we have an idea of numbers for sandwiches. If you are interested, but unable to attend, please feel free to email through any comments before the meeting (helen@mountaineering.ie).


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