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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 1560 members. Recently by: Dee68, Eirepur, wjnunan, GillSte, IainT, Lauranna, toblereoghan, jcincork, HeartTrek, hawkeye.john62, breathp, Bunsen7, 21yearsgone, TriHarder, Philhanson
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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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View from top of Curved Gulley, Saturday 3th Janu .. by Inazone   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Carrauntoohill in the Mist
A great day out!
by Hilltop-Harrier  19 Aug 2012
Part 1. Please forgive this what may seem a bit long winded, but it is purely for the amateurs among us. I have to tell you about my walk up Corrán Tuathail (1039m) Carrauntoohill, and only you hill walkers will understand the trials that lay ahead for me as I am still an amateur. I set off from Donegal in late July, my co-walkers the Hilltop Harriers would not be coming with me on this one due to injuries etc. but I was going to be near Kerry and I wasn’t going to miss out on a great opportunity. My husband, eldest daughter and her family came with me to Cronin’s yard and I just didn’t know if I was on the verge of insanity to even think on climbing this hill. Why I hear you say? Well there are two reasons one I have a bad head for heights and the other which is just as bad I have a very poor sense of direction. These are two very bad qualities to have if you’re a hill walker but I wasn’t going to let them stop me. I downloaded the route map with pictures etc. as I haven’t used an Etrex (although I told hubby to turn it on for me and I would take it to record the trek and worst case scenario someone else would get lost and they might be able to use it ). Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/14763/
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First time on Ireland's Peak .. by SpiritOf84   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Carrauntoohil from the Beenkeragh Ridge Feb. 2001 .. by GWPR   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
April27.2007. Flew home from the States to climb .. by stevet   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Cloud walkers .. by MickC   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
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