‘Forsake all 21st-century Celtic superhighways in favour of boreens.’
So says Paul Clements as he sets off to visit the highest point in each of the 32 counties of Ireland.
Travelling on the GMRs (Great Mountain Roads), Paul spends time with the eccentric and quaint, who teach him that Irish culture is defined by our connection to the landscape. He meets a poet who tells him how to stop Errigal’s ego deflating, and a man who knows the difference between people from Derry and Tyrone simply by their facial features. Travelling through remote corners of little-known counties, some flat, some not, Paul uncovers a miscellany of Irish life. Listen to tales of how to smell fairies, life in a Cistercian monastery, the legacy of Cromwell, standing stones, the 1798 Rebellion, druids, horse racing and the bogs. He learns how to make a walking stick, and how to celebrate the summer solstice with a high priestess. If that isn’t enough, he’s privy to local gossip and loose women in the pub at night.
PS He only found 28 county tops!
“Stacks of free copies should be sent to all our tourist desks abroad.” – The Irish Times. “For sheer pleasure, nothing I read beat Paul Clements’ ‘The Height of Nonsense’.” – The Observer. “A compulsive, educational, laugh-out-loud read.” – Sunday Independent. "A fascinating journey around the hidden corners of Ireland." – BBC Radio
Also by this author: “Wandering Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way”, "Burren Country: Travels through an Irish limestone landscape"
But at the other end of the political spectrum, slower changes were happening within unionism in north Antrim. The mainly rural constituency has long been a DUP stronghold with three sitting MLAs including former finance minister Mervyn Storey. Party leader Jim Allister was the first to be re-elected last year and appears to have lost none of his popularity. Before the Ulster Unionist/SDLP opposition was formed last year, Mr Allister functioned as a thorn in the side of the executive and in recent months has been the DUP's harshest critic over the renewable heat incentive (RHI) scandal - set to cost... North Antrim is home to several named RHI beneficiaries, including Ballymoney farmer Tom Forgrave, poultry chairman of the Ulster Farmers' Union, who has six wood-pellet boilers for his business. Mr Storey himself is an elder in Ballymoney's Hebron Free Presbyterian Church which stands to receive £270,000 over 20 years from the scheme. However his colleague Philip Logan, who was the last DUP MLA to be elected in May, could be vulnerable to a charge from the TUV's Timothy Gaston, provided Mr Allister's high profile does not overshadow his colleague. Mr Allister's plans to "drain the swamp", a slogan unfortunately borrowed from US President Donald Trump, are likely to chime with hardline unionist voters who remain exceptionally uncomfortable with any power-sharing agreement with Sinn Féin. With the number of seats in every constituency to be reduced from six to five, Ulster Unionist veteran Robin Swann could fall victim to a greater split in the unionist vote. Mr McGuigan's predecessor Daithí McKay clinched the sixth seat at the May elections but was forced to step down in December amid allegations of 'coaching' at a Stormont inquiry on Nama. Mr McKay, loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson, and Sinn Féin activist Thomas O'Hara have since been reported to the Public Prosecution Service over claims Mr Bryson had been coached before he gave evidence to the assembly's finance committee in 2015.... The row is unlikely to affect the party too badly at the polls although former Sinn Féin Ballymena councillor Monica Digney, now standing as an independent, may cost Mr McGuigan some of his support, leaving the race for the fifth seat much tighter... Source: www.irishnews.com
He said it sent out a very clear signal to the DUP. The UUP's Robin Swann retained his seat. Jim Allister (TUV), Paul Frew (DUP) and Mervyn Storey (DUP) have been elected in North Antrim. Phillip Logan (DUP) has lost his seat. North Antrim final result
The row caused a dispute within Sinn Féin in North Antrim, with councillor Paul Maguire and more than a dozen activists quitting the party in protest at Mr McKay's treatment. The row is unlikely to affect the party too badly at the polls although
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