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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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From above the area known as The Black Mare IV 80 .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Caher in winter raiment from the summit of Carrau .. by John Finn   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Reached the summit of Carrauntoohil via the ridge .. by Dan   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
kevin dockery on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by kevin dockery  22 Sep 2009
On Sat. 19/9/09 at 10:30am myself and 11 friends started our walk at Cronin's Yard and climbed Carrauntoohil via O'Shea Gully.It was misty with light rain early on but cleared around mid-day to be replaced by sunshine for the rest of the day.On reaching the summit I had finally climbed all of Ireland's 212 mountains over 2,000 feet.I got the inspiration to achieve this goal after purchasing Paddy Dillon's book "The Mountains of Ireland" in 1994.I had only climbed 9 peaks at that stage so it's taken me another 15 years to achieve my goal.From my research on the internet, I reckon I'm the 13th person to complete all the "Dillon's".Champagne flowed freely on the summit along with the presentation of a plaque in the shape of Carrauntohil .We descended to the gap at the top of the Devil's Ladder and continued onto Cnoc Na Toinne (2,776 ft.).From there we followed the zig zags track down into the Hag's Glen and then onto the finish at 5:15pm in Cronin's Yard. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/4121/
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Sunset in the Reeks .. by MickC   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Pat looking back at the Devils Ladder. We were f .. by jackill   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
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