Ballyryan

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Introduction

This little crag is comprised of pillars, corners and chimneys and can be seen clearly from the road. Most of the routes were climbed by Tiglin groups before they were recorded. Access - From the car-park of Ailladie (Stone Wall area) walk south for a few hundred metres until the roadside crag swings sharply east and becomes a bit higher.

KINDER SURPRISE HVS 5a
J. Hawkins 1994
Start on the face left of ‘Whose corner’ and 1m right of the descent, climb the thin crack over a tricky bit to the top.

WHOSE CORNER VS 4c
C. Torrans (solo)
The short, right-facing corner 15m left of the chimney.

TESCO VALUE HANGOVER HS 4b
This climb has been climbed for years but unnamed and never recorded.
First ascent unknown. Recorded M .Campbell, T. Fegan 14/07/2013
Climb the crack line 1.5m right of 'Whose Corner'. An easy start provides protection for a thoughtful finish.

WACKEY HS
Climb the broken crack, loose.

CAOIMHE HVS/E1 5a
Alan Flood, Derick Tully, July 2010
1.5m to the right of Wackey follow the thin left trending crack that eventually disappears to a featureless crux finish. NO NAME

FROST IN MAY S
Start below the left-facing corner crack at half height. Climb over the bulge, up to the corner crack and up this to the top.

COUCH POTATOES S

B Watts E Fitzgerald Feb 1998

Start right of Frost in May, climb easily up the wide crack to a ledge and gain the top using the left hand crack.

RIB VD
The flakey rib just left of the chimney.

CHIMNEY D
The chimney with the jammed chockstone. (6)

BETWEEN LEFT CRACK S
Brian Rodgers 1/8/2009
Start just right of Chimney and far left of Left Crack. Climb directly to the top

NO BARTRA BLUES S?
Brian Bateson, P. Joyce 8/10/2012
Right of Rib and left of Left Crack. Climb the face straight to the top, enjoyable climbing but with poor gear at the top.

LEFT CRACK HS 4b
The crack just right of chimney. (7)

RIGHT CRACK * VD
Easy to start, difficult to finish. (8)

BALLYALPINE S
Unknown
Climb 2 m up ‘Right crack’ then veer right up the slab and wall to the top.
Note: It’s been climbed for years but I heard it referred to by Clare climbers as Ballyalpine (9)

VULGARIAN S
R. Mullen, T. Ore 01/12/98
Start just left of the base of Wide Chimney. Up over short vertical cracks to a tiny slab then direct to the top. (10)

WIDE CHIMNEY D
The second chimney on the crag, just left of the steep wall. (11)

CHEAP LABOUR E1 5a
(Tim and John O'Connell, March 09)
This route is to the left of Slave Labour. Follows the blank slab then runs into a crack before topping out. (Red)

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SLAVE LABOUR E1 5b
C. Torrans.
This route climbs the thin crack in the steep west-facing wall. Good climbing on sound rock. (12)

MANNERLESS MONSTER * HS 4b
C. Torrans.
This excellent little route climbs the broad rib on the left edge of the alcove. Climb the rib to the top. Poor protection.

AGONY ANT
Brian Rodgers 1/8/2009
Start on the slab wall left of the arete next to The Alcove Crack. Climb directly to the top of the crag on small holds with pockets to start. Do not use the arete

THE ALCOVE CRACK * HS 4b
This route takes the left of the two wide cracks in the alcove. Strenuous climbing on sound rock.

TRIUMPH CRACK * HS 4b
The right-hand of the two cracks. Strenuous but delightful climbing.

€40 PARAGONIA HAT Diff
Adam West and Fionn Delahunty 16/04/2017
An adventure through the crag, pass through Triumph Crack into the narrow chimney, then squeeze in behind the chockstones and slither to the top.

LOUISE
Brian Rodgers 01/8/2009
Start in the centre of the wall between Triumph Crack and Hippy to Yuppy. Climb directly to the top. Tricky to adequately protect.

HIPPY TO YUPPY HVS 5b
C. Torrans, C. Sheridan, 27/4/86
Up the arete to the ledge and continue up the right edge.

CRAZY GAME OF POKER E3 6a
Cian Kearns, Brian Bateson, 8/9/2014 (practiced on top-rope)
Climb the slightly overhanging arete to the right of "Hippy to Yuppy" staying mainly on the face. The crux is getting your feet onto the obvious, hollow-sounding flake around one third height. Protection is poor after halfway. [Headpoint]

DOLMEN CORNER HS 4b
unknown
The obvious corner crack left of Ballyryan Dasher has been climbed for years but never recorded, It's worthwhile and I think a grading of HS 4b would be accurate, I'm not aware of any local names for it but something like 'Dolmen corner' would be keeping in with tradition and the environment ! - Barry Watts.

see above INTERVIEW WITH A JELLYFISH
R. Kernan, S. Oakes 14/7/2013
A slightly eliminate but good line which takes the bulging corner 1m left of Ballyryan Dasher (i.e. Where you generally have your right foot). Plenty of bridging and good gear.

BALLYRYAN DASHER S 4a
This route is situated in the bay just right of the square-cut alcove and climbs the broken, wide crack. Take care with the rock.

LEGOVER VS 4c
The right-hand crack in the bay. Treat the rock with care.

SCOWER BALL E3 5c
D.Ayton, C.Harney (lead onsight) July 04
An overhanging arête to the left of Crack 90. Loose rock at the top and no gear past mid height, medium wires in a thin crack up to that point. A NO star route but a route non-the-less.

CRACK 90 E3 6a
D. Johnson, August 1988.
Climbs the overhanging thin crack left of Elvis Who?

ELVIS WHO? HVS 5a
D. O Sullivan, April 1986.
Several metres right of the bay is a right-trending wide crack. This is climbed to the top.

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MR PRESIDENT VS 5a
A. McDaniel, S. Klaver, 11/4/96.
The crack right of Elvis Who?. Climb the crack and move left to the arete and finish up the crack above the overhang.

Is Anyone In The Jacks HS 4b/c
R. Dalton, B. Walsh, 27/01/11.
The obvious crackline 3m right of 'Mr President.' Varied climbing, well protected