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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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Carrantoohil as part of ridge circuit .. by dewhelan   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Tough day, unfortunately no view this time .. by Derry_Danderer   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Starting up the curve. I never really climbed thi .. by Lynchieboy   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
tommyhogan on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by tommyhogan  21 Sep 2009
We climbed on 19/09/09 for the 1st time. Picked the Hydro road to Caher route to the summit of Carauntoohill & back the same way. Started a bit late at 12 noon but was wet in the morning so decided to chance it & give cloud a chance to clear away before setting off. Hydro road is a tough slog to begin with, straight up more or less but levels off nicely after about 300m & then pretty easy going to the 1st lake where we had lunch. Off to the right then following the train which looked like it could be really boggy in bad weather but luckily it had been dry for about 10 days before so it was pretty clear & fine. Up the spur leading to Caher then, steep but nothing too difficult until the end where it gets pretty steep between the various summits. Lost some height after that before heading across the ridge for Carauntoohill. Great views all the way up & not too dangerous apart from 1 or 2 moments where you go close enough to the edge. We had perfect conditions, wind really dropped off & the mist cleared but on a bad day it could be dangerous. Made the summit then & still clear so could see all the way into Cork, Limerick & across to Clare as well. Time was against us so a few snaps & back down the same route which was tiring & sore on the legs but not dangerous. Met some experienced climbers on the way & by the sounds of it the Beenkeeragh route is really not for beginners, very dangerous & need a serious head for height which neither myself or my wife have! Caher route is more than possible though on a good day & with decent equipment, etc. Back down around 6.30 just as the sun was getting low. Great climb. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/4116/
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One particular morning when I could see the whole .. by tiktiktik3   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
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