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Carrauntoohil Mountain Corrán Tuathail A name in Irish
(Ir. Corrán Tuathail [GE], 'Tuathal's sickle' [OSNB]) County Highpoint of Kerry, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 1038.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V80363 84421 This summit has been logged as climbed by 1570 members. Recently by: Cathal-Kelly, KevinRoche, paulmcquaid, jcincork, cathalferris, Helenha, Oona, oldpragmatist, bigmac63, wild_brian, marchiggins, Dee68, Eirepur, wjnunan, GillSte
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Longitude: -9.742693, Latitude: 51.99945 , Easting: 80363, Northing: 84421 Prominence: 1038.59m,   Isolation: 0.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 480339 584480,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crnthl, 10 char: Crnthl
Bedrock type: Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)

Just as the summit of Ireland's highest mountain is often covered in mist, its name is shrouded in uncertainty. Unlike some lesser peaks, such as Mangerton or Croagh Patrick, it is not mentioned in any surviving early Irish texts. P.W. Joyce suggests that meaning of this name is 'inverted reaping hook' and that this sense can be appreciated from the middle of the Hag's Glen. He proposes that the reaping hook is inverted in the sense that it is convex rather than concave [Irish Names of Places, vol. i, p. 6]. The serrated ridges which run up the north face of Carrauntoohil are certainly amongst its most distinctive features and are therefore likely to have given name to the mountain. However, the image of a 'convex reaping-hook' is a very odd and complex one on which to base a place-name, and the use of tuathal to mean inverted, while found in dictionaries, seems to be without parallel in other Irish place-names. It seems more likely that the second element is simply the personal name 'Tuathal' as John O'Donovan believed. This forename was common in Medieval Ireland and is the basis of the surname Ó Tuathail (O'Toole). It also occurs in Lios Tuathail (Listowel, Co. Kerry) and Carraig Thuathail (Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork), which the Flanagans interpret in both cases as a personal name (Irish Place Names). Intriguigingly, one of the earliest accounts to mention Ireland's highest mountain, written by Isaac Weld in 1812, refers to it as 'Gheraun-tuel', which suggests that the first element was not corrán, but rather géarán, 'fang', which is found in the name of several other Kerry mountains. On the basis of this one reference, it is difficult to say whether this represents an earlier form of the name or whether it was a corruption. For further information on the name, see Paul Tempan, Some Notes on the Names of Six Kerry Mountains, JKAHS, ser. 2, vol. v (2005), 5-19.   Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland. Carrauntoohil is the highest point in county Kerry.

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Caher in winter raiment from the summit of Carrau .. by John Finn   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Reached the summit of Carrauntoohil via the ridge .. by Dan   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
After reading lewvaltons account of Hags Tooth an .. by bushman   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
On Sat. 19/9/09 at 10:30am myself and 11 friend .. by kevin dockery   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Sunset in the Reeks .. by MickC   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
 
jackill on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by jackill  10 Aug 2004
Pat looking back at the Devils Ladder.
We were forced to descend by it on the May weekend due to bad weather/fog.
this picture was taken on the day after(camped overnight at Loch Gabhrach)
The descent was very tricky with lots of loose rock and very slippery conditions.
Started at V772 871 A and finished at Kate kearneys cottage the next day.
Once again hello to the Bishopstown Hillwalking club ,(we met Sean Cotter and the gang on top of Caher).
And there is a stream (V805 838 B) on the side of Carrauntoohil next to the track about 500m from the top of the Devils ladder.This little waterway is mentioned in some of the guidebooks as a place to fill up if you are caught short. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/1079/
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