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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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(Walk description continued from Cnoc na Toinne.) .. by denise-vosges   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
keithkingston on Carrauntoohil, 2008
by keithkingston  17 Nov 2008
Tried climbing Carrauntoohil via Heaven's Gate for the first time recently, and loved it. From a distance it looks like it should be very difficult, but its not at all as bad as it looks. It is quite a direct route, has stunning views over Eagles Nest and Hags tooth, and for my money, is the best of the easier assents of Carrauntoohil. I couldn't find a description of it here, so here goes:

From Hag's Glen, follow path along North side of Lough Gouragh. Path leads up small valley between Hag's Tooth and Carrauntoohil - involves some scambling. When path levels into small boggy area, look for path leading up Carrauntoohil on left (southwards). A path also follows on up the left side of the valley - a rewarding detour if you have time, but dont be tempted to go up Carrauntoohil that way unless you are prepared for serious climbing. You can see "Heaven's Gate" from the boggy area - a small pillar of rock separated from the mountain by a small ravine. Follow path in that direction. After some more scrambling path levels out and passes an emergency mountain shelter - a small container clad with stone and furnished with 2 bunk beds. Scramble on up through the "gate" and from there on its easy, the path coming out on the saddle above the Devil's Ladder and continuing to the peak. It took me under 3 hours from Cronins Yard to the top. I returned over Beenkearagh and down the valley between Beenkeeragha and Knockbrinnea, which is fairly direct, but their are plenty of other options. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/3449/
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Probably my toughest hike to date and I've hiked .. by pheonix   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
On Bank Holiday weekend 6.05.2007 with a group of .. by Kulpix   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
The record breaking ascent/descent Pt II .. by Conor74   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Twins aged 10 conquer the summit .. by MMulli2   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
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