“The Mountain Rising Blue in the Distance”

“It is not of mountains that the stranger thinks when [they] imagine Ireland; not the hard rock, the driven snow, the dark lake cradled in the lonely corrie; rather of something green and pastoral. Yet for Irish [people themselves] the mountain rising blue in the distance across the level brown of the peat bogs or the green of the undulating fields, form an essential part of [their] picture of [their] country” – D. D. C. Pochin Mould 1976, The Mountains of Ireland. Dublin; Gill & Macmillan Limited, 15