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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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Climbed this last week on the 20th on a very good .. by murphysw   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
A warm fine day at the top of the Devil's Ladder .. by deswalk   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
On the way to Carrountoohill via Caher , a good .. by Buny Clare   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Since pictures of temperature inversions seem to .. by hugh mcmanus   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
I intended to do the Coumloughra Horseshoe but I .. by GregFM   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
yecul on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by yecul  14 Sep 2006
5 of us went up Carrauntoohil in Aug 06, whether was great till we got up to the wee lough at the botton of brother O'sheas gully. we got a rest while waiting for the white out to clear.

half way up the clouds surrounded us again and we went up the central gully. wasted an hour having to back track in zero visability.

came back down via the heavens gates. a much better option that the devil ladder. thanks to Ann Mary who took us out of O'Sheas Gully and to the sumit and down the best route.

best addvice, go up O'Sheas Gully but stick to the right side like glue, you'll find the path on the other side of the scread....... Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2490/
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