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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 1560 members. Recently by: Dee68, Eirepur, wjnunan, GillSte, IainT, Lauranna, toblereoghan, jcincork, HeartTrek, hawkeye.john62, breathp, Bunsen7, 21yearsgone, TriHarder, Philhanson
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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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On Saturday 26th of May I climbed Carrauntohill w .. by toolers25   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
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Al on Carrauntoohil, 2008
by Al  5 Sep 2008
Struck out up along the Hags Glen 31/08/08. The plan was to do the Curved Gully Ridge as described in "Munster's Mountains" having done Howlers a couple of months previous. We followed the route as described in the book, up underneath the hags tooth to the "first level". We got up to the second level by scrambling (easy) up alongside the waterfall. The route begins at the back of the second level where curved gully starts. Some nice moderate scrambling gets you up onto the third level above the small lake and to the start of the ridge proper. Rope and climbing gear required for the ridge as it mostly consists of sustained v diff and severe steps (more technical than Howling Ridge). The climbin was great, holds and protection where you wanted them all the way and the views across to Beenkeragh and down to the coum below were quality. When the climbing finally finished it was a short walk across to Carrauntoohill summit. The long haul back down the glen via the Devils ladder finished off the day, 7 hours in total and a super route to the roof of ireland! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/3283/
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