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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 1558 members. Recently by: wjnunan, GillSte, IainT, Lauranna, toblereoghan, jcincork, HeartTrek, hawkeye.john62, breathp, Bunsen7, 21yearsgone, TriHarder, Philhanson, corkrats, caseyc481
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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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The record breaking ascent/descent pt I .. by Conor74   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
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jamestmasterson on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by jamestmasterson  13 Aug 2006
Walked the Horseshoe yesterday.The weather was amazing and as was first time was very lucky. Approahed from west and started at hydro road.The initial walk is hard, up a steep road. Headed for Caher and half way up the mist was bad but easy enough to navigate. Stayed well to the right.Eventually got to the top.hard ascent with loose rocks all round. On the peek the mist lifted and never returned. To be honest the ascent to caher was the toughest part of walk.The ridge to carrantoohil was fine with an ok climb towards the right where all the devils ladders climbers join..Ran most the final part as legs were well loose...views were breathtaking...did not stay for too long as rather crowded.Straight towards Beenkeragh. Was fine to find your own way as drya nd clear but would be careful otherwise. Some fun rock climbing and ascent not too bad...next up and down ridges. Hard going with loads of loose rocks. decided against skegmore as under time pressure but the descent down across mountain face was hard and prob should have kept on ridge. Once reached bottom at Coomloughra Lough walk was fast..ran most of it....A thoroughly enjoyable day and so lucky with weather.Later Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2454/
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