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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 1584 members. Recently by: odonovansf, Pinger, tagoona, Dee68, jcincork, Dean, Daingean, Juanita, Blackrock, Murray-Tucker, timmyc, NoelCulbert, Mushhaze, annemariebbrenna, Hadleigh
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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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with Dillon and Rachel
by paddyobpc  23 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 18 Aug 2015. We were waiting for a good time to tackle Carrauntoohil and finally a suitable day arrived. Rachel, Dillon(dillonkdy) and myself set off from the Hydro Track Carpark around 1:30 in the afternoon. The weather was fine and very suitable for the climb. At the top of the Hydro road we made our way across the boggy section, zigging and zagging to avoid the worst sections where possible. We were glad to get on to the solid surface of Caher and climbed until we reached its summit. From here we made our way across to the summit of Carrauntoohil taking care with the steep drop to our left as we went across. It was a bit windy at the top and views were a bit restricted but cleared every so often. This was Dillon’s (dillonkdy) first time to the top and at 8 years of age meant he had conquered the highest point of Ireland and his 5th County High Point. We took a few pictures and had some food before heading off. Initially we went slightly off our route but quickly corrected that. It was an uneventful decent until we returned to the edge of the boggy area where Rachel insisted in taking a direct route across it, “I see my destination and I’m going straight there, NO DETOURS!” she said. Within minutes I was dragging her out of a bog hole where she was up to her waist in muck and leaning forward to stop herself sinking any further. Needless to say she stayed with us for the rest of the walk. We returned to the car after spending an enjoyable 6 hours on the mountains. This route is quite safe once you are careful in the boggy area and the on ridge between Caher and Carrauntoohil. I used this route years previously when Rachel made her first trip to Carrauntoohil at the age of 8 also.
See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/18807/
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