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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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Carrauntoohil viewed from the south on a sunny da .. by djouce   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Heading for the summit of Carrauntoohil from the .. by deswalk   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Peter Walker on Carrauntoohil, 2007
by Peter Walker  12 Sep 2007
Did Carrauntoohil by myself via the Coomloughra Horseshoe on a clear, reasonably non-windy day in February 2007. Blessed with wonderful visibility the whole way round; I know of people who've done Carrauntoohil ten times without seeing the view, and some jammy English bloke lucks out first time! The Beenkeragh ridge is the highlight, and in good conditions it should be relished by all save the highly nervous (only the section over The Bones really demands any scrambling or route-finding, although the final slope to Carrauntoohil is a smidge loose).

I came down the Devil's Ladder (having done the eastern Reeks) in early September, and would echo all the comments regarding its unpleasantness. For an experienced mountain walker who's concentrating, it isn't at all dangerous in good conditions (unless someone kicks a rock down on you), but it's horrendously eroded, confined and vaguely claustrophobic. I found myself wondering; just how many people have done Carrauntoohil by that route as their first mountain climb and been put off for life? Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2821/
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Took the tourist route up to the ridge, from the .. by jimgraham   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
I climbed Carrauntoohill last March. My only oth .. by marymac   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
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