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Great story, good advice!
by: Esther

Thank you Gareth, for your story. It is a great feeling being on top of the world and lost to the world too! I hope your mum had a book to read and a flask of tea to pass the time… It is an awful time to wait, especially if you don’t have a mobile to text all your friends, LOL. Enjoy the Mournes!

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Hello George! Glad the website has helped you. I am sure you are going to LOVE Northern Ireland. I wouldn’t worry about the rough areas so much George. Let your common sense guide you as it would in any other part of the world and you will be grand!

You might want to read again this page again, that states some facts. Not warnings, just facts.

If I can help you in anything else, please leave your email in the contact form (it won’t show publicly) or contact me directly on esther@my-secret-northern-ireland.com.Looking forward to hear from you again! Don’t forget to pack something warm and do take a lot of photos! Regards,

Esther

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by Lyn
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Wall atop Slieve Donard

I hiked Slieve Donard with a boyfriend of mine a summer ago and, wouldn’t you know it, he got so annoyed with me taking time for photos, he powered up to the top, leaving me to myself. Although at first I lacked appreciation for his impatience, I might not have captured this gem of a picture, which as it turns out, is my favorite picture from my trip across the pond to see him. Cheers!

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by Gareth
(London)

As I am ‘coming home’ to Northern Ireland for 2 weeks on Sunday I was thinking about what I might do while I am over and I remembered the second time I climbed Slieve Donard. I must have been in my early 20s and I was in Newcastle with my mother. We walked up through the forest to the edge of the natural tree line and to where the ice house is. My mother decided to head back down and I said I would carry on for a while as the weather was nice. I climbed and climbed and just kept pushing myself to get to the top. I think this was before the days of mobile phones (not THAT long ago!) and there was no way of letting anyone know where I was … I think it’s this that really made it such an incredible experience. Everyone is so utterly contactable these days, so it’s nice to NOT be contactable once in a while! The Mourne Mountains is one of the most beautiful areas in the world that I have seen. Of course I do see it through rose-tinted specs as this was the area that my family always went on holiday for a month in the summer. Anyway, I heartily recommend this climb. One thing to say though, if you haven’t climbed it before. When you get above the natural tree line (there are still conifers planted to the right), and past the ice house on the left, be sure to keep walking straight ahead and don’t be tempted to go off to the left and across the river – to do that is the most direct route, but will take you to Eagle Rock which is very shear and certainly NOT a walk! Keep going straight on for ages (the bit as far as the ice house is only approximately 1/5 of the way up) until you eventually get to the Mourne Wall, then turn left and walk up beside the wall right to the top.

Happy climbing!

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BREAKFAST!

by Garreth
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The great Ulster Fry is fantastic to taste and smell but what about calories and cholesterol? Well, here is a healthier version. Enjoy!It is different from the English breakfast for several reasons. It does not contain baked beans, ever. It will also feature both soda bread and potato bread. Soda bread is a kind of flat bread. Potato bread is made with potatoes and is one of the nicest things in the world! Now, a while ago, I ‘created’ a new breakfast kind of by chance, and, being a nice kind of a guy, I am going to share it with you. It is a layered affair, and here are the layers from the bottom up:-slice of fried potato bread (must be fried until crispy)one or two slices of Quorn Streaky Strips (a vegetarian and healthier meat substitute) (again, fried till crispy)some fried mushrooms – big flat mushrooms are best one poached egg – with the yolk still softholandaise sauce

MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!