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ARTICLE: My Map of the World

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Niall Grimes writes about his early days of climbing in Donegal...

When I was little, I hardly knew what the world was, nor my place in it. On the dinner table there was a salt and pepper set, two little cubes of glass with silver tops, and they both sat inside a round plastic holder with the world printed on the outside. On the top was a gold-painted eagle and you used the eagle to lift the top half off and get at the salt and pepper. I would sit at the dinner table and use the eagle to spin the globe and look at the different shapes painted on: Africa, Greenland, Black Sea, Sicily, Antarctica. I liked the names but they really meant nothing to me because all I knew was Violet Street and Chapel Road, the Convent Field and the Triangle.

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 McHeath 20:31 Thu
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Brilliant. Don´t think I´ve ever read a better piece about starting climbing; every sentence resonated. Thanks Niall!

 pasbury 00:10 Fri
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Beautifully written. Thanks.

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Cheers Niall - a delightful read on my birthday. Oh, to be young again! 

 simes303 10:09 Fri
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This is great Grimer. I was wondering just this week if you had written anything recently.

Si.

 make 10:21 Fri
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Lovely read! So emotive, when you bringing out your book? 😎👍

 tomverse 10:26 Fri
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Loved this one Niall


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