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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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To avoid Hag's Glen and eroded routes we tackled .. by djouce   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Climbed via zig-zag route .. by deirdre.obrien   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Dawn from the summit of Carrauntoohill. This was .. by John Finn   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
A view of the three main peaks of the Coomloughra .. by sliabh   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
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Picture: Big Mal takes on The Big Gun
 
orra on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by orra  3 Sep 2005
August 10 2005, I can only describe this as the perfect walk: the weather was exceptional with blue skies from start to finish. Using the 1:25000 new Reeks map we (Mal & Jimmy) set off from Kate Kearneys and headed up towards Strickeen Hill. Once up at the end of the "turf" lane we swung south towards Cnoc an Braca, from there it was onto Cruach Mhor and the 3000 foot grotto, which was a time for some route planning, map and weather considerations before heading for the Big Gun and Knocknapeasta. The lake in the photo is of Coomeennapeasta where there is a wing of a WW2 aircraft which crashed high up on the ridge. After the excitement of making it across the airy scary and wary part of the walk we headed for Maolan Bui and Bearna Rua, over Cnoc an Chuillin and Cnoc na Toinne down to the Devils ladder and up Carrauntoohil. From here it was onto Caher and then down to the Hydro Road. Don't know how many 3000 foot summits we passed over or even if all the names were correct but it was a walk that will stay with us for a long long time, truly magnificent. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/1930/
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(29/08/04) well getting to the top of the highest .. by babyclub   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
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