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East Coast Area
Maximum height for area: 251 metres,   Summits in area: 6,   Maximum prominence for area: 176 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 35, 36, 42, 43, 50 For all tops   Highest summit: Mount Oriel, 251m
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Mount Oriel Hill Sliabh Collann A name in Irish
(poss. Ir. Sliabh Collann [PDT], 'mountain of the height') Louth County, in Binnion List, Black mudstone, siltstone, greywacke Bedrock

Height: 251m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 36 Grid Reference: N98164 83284 This summit has been logged as climbed by 52 members. Recently by: Niamhq, bryanjbarry, GoldCircle, Pepe, Garmin, la1ena, chalky, jackill, jlk, eannanilamhna, turfymccloud, eamonoc, FEARGALS, Fergalh, Ben-Ban
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Longitude: -6.51134, Latitude: 53.79001 , Easting: 298164, Northing: 283284 Prominence: 176m,   Isolation: 8.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 698089 783300,   GPS IDs, 6 char: MntOrl, 10 char: MntOrl
Bedrock type: Black mudstone, siltstone, greywacke, (Rathkenny Formation)

Mount Oriel is located above the village of Collon (collann, 'height'). In the Book of Ballymote (late 14th century), its name is given as Sliabh Collain or Sliabh Leitreach, the latter meaning 'mountain of the wet slope'. It is the highest point in a range of hills on the Louth/Meath border which was anciently called Sliabh Breagha. Those peaks on the Louth side of the border are known in English as the Ferrard Hills, from the name of the local barony. Oriel is a very ancient name denoting a population group, the Airghialla, whose territory extended at its height all the way from North Louth to the vicinity of Derry in a diagonal band across Ulster. However, it was later much reduced and the name Oriel came to be used as a by-name for Co. Louth. The application of the English name Mount Oriel to this hill seems even more modern. It may be linked to the title of Baron Oriel of Ferrard, granted to John Foster, whose residence was at Collon, in 1821.   Mount Oriel is the highest hill in the East Coast area and the 1274th highest in Ireland. Mount Oriel is the most northerly summit in the East Coast area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Mount Oriel in area East Coast, Ireland
Picture: A serene scene
wicklore on Mount Oriel, 2009
by wicklore  2 May 2009
I took a side trip to Mount Oriel as I headed up to the Cooley peninsula yesterday. I followed paulocon’s directions and turned at the Campus garage in the village of Collon. 2 miles up this road brings you to the service lane (N977 831 A) which heads up to the top of the hill. I was able to drive up the service lane to the gate which leads out onto the summit field. The summit is a grassy field with six masts and service buildings around its perimeter. In the field were frolicking lambs, and several large deciduous trees dot the landscape. The trig pillar (N981 832 B) is atop a large barrow, with another smaller barrow next to it. Because Mount Oriel is relatively isolated there are expansive views across the plains to the south and east. Views to the north were somewhat restricted by some trees and communications towers at the edge of the field. If you can ignore the encroaching forest of masts the summit is actually a nice place with a peaceful feeling to it.

I came across an explanation for the name ‘Oriel’ on http://www.mythicalireland.com/highman/places-mount-oriel.html. They say that it comes from ‘Ór Giall’, the "golden hostages", an ancient kingdom which stretched from Louth to Donegal. They say Mount Oriel is the highest of the "Ferrard Hills". Ferrard (fear ard) means ‘High Man’, and apparently there is a gigantic outline of a warrior called the High Man wielding a sword spread across the Meath/Louth landscape. The image is outlined by the road network in the area. The website mythicalireland.com shows this image. Just click on 'High Man' at the top of the page. Apparently much of the area covered by the High Man can be seen from the summit of Mount Oriel. They also say Mount Oriel is lined up with the Hill of Slane, Realtoge and Tara. Isn’t it amazing what powerful mythology could lie behind such an obscure hill! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1002/comment/3742/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Mount Oriel in area East Coast, Ireland
Picture: The view over to the Cooleys from Mount Oriel. Note the cows closing in, shortly before they started
Beware of the livestock!
by csd  11 Jul 2010
Following in wicklore's footsteps, I accessed Mount Oriel from the same service track mentioned in his comment. Note that I wouldn't take a normal family car up this track, as some of the potholes are now quite deep and the track is becoming quite eroded in places. There isn't really anywhere to park on the main road, so perhaps a better idea might be to park in Collon and walk up from there to make something of a walk of the experience.

Cows had replaced the frolicking lambs of wicklore's serene scene, and not thinking much of it, I went through the gate and up to the trig pillar. The bovines seemed to be paying me a lot more attention to me than I'd ever experienced previously, and before I knew it I was surrounded by a group of increasingly agitated and aggressive cows. GPS reading taken, and after firing a quick few shots off on the camera, I beat a retreat, which quickly deteriorated into a panicked rout, with me being knocked off my feet by the most aggressive of the cows.

I managed to escape relatively unscathed, leaping over the fence with greater energy than I would have thought possible, but the whole incident was quite frightening, all the more because it was so unexpected. If there are any cattle farmers reading this, after you've finished chuckling at me, the hapless townie being chased off the land by a herd of cows, I'd be interested to hear if this is a common occurance. I don't normally walk through livestock fields anyway, so wouldn't have a whole lot of experience of cows close-up. I certainly won't be doing it again! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1002/comment/5933/
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Picture: Access via phone call?
paddyhillsbagger on Mount Oriel, 2010
by paddyhillsbagger  16 Mar 2010
Just a warning to fellow walkers. Took this snap on 5th March with Mount Oreil trig tantalisingly close behind shut gate. There were workmen nearby so I asked about access and was given the go-ahead so didn't ring the number. Not sure what the official response will be.
Lovely views across to Cooley where I'd done Slieve Foye earlier in the day. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1002/comment/4510/
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Picture: Mount Oriel
paulocon on Mount Oriel, 2008
by paulocon  8 Oct 2008
Being the closest peak to me that's listed on MountainViews, it's somewhere I am pretty familiar with. Mount Oriel is less a mountain, more a big ugly hill that is home to several communications towers and masts. The hill is accessible by heading West at the petrol station in the village of Collon, County Louth (on the main Dublin/Derry Road). The masts are visible on the right-hand side around 1/4 of a mile up the road. The peak is accessed via a short walk (5 minutes) over the service laneway at the top of the hill. The Cooley Mountains are visible from the top but the view is pretty average. Not worth a visit unless you are looking for an easy and quick way to up your 'summit count'. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1002/comment/3347/
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Picture: Trig Pillar
paulocon on Mount Oriel, 2008
by paulocon  8 Oct 2008
Having paid Oriel a very quick visit last week on the way home from work - I decided to return today and take my time to have a look around. The weather was a great help - complete contrast to the overcast misty evening I had last week. Parked my car at the bottom of the lane and from there it's literally a short walk up to the top of the hill. First thing to strike you are the towers - this place seems to be a breeding place for them and along with their associated service buildings (humming away), they take away from the aesthetics of the place. To get to the summit, go to the gate at the end of the lane and the trig point is in the field to the right just under a tree (pictured). The clear day let me re-evaluate the views and I have to say they are quite good. If you can ignore the comms towers, you can see the Cooley mountains and the bay at Dundalk as well as the Wicklow Mountains. I could see a hill in the Cavan direction but not sure what it was. A better experience this time around and will take a walk back up with the camera and kids some clear Sunday afternoon to get some decent pics of the summit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1002/comment/3367/
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Picture: View south.
simon3 on Mount Oriel, 2010
by simon3  3 Mar 2010
A thoroughly farmed and rural summit except for the nearly inevitable telecoms towers of any small prominent place.

The view of rounded low east midland ridges is to the south on a misty day. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1002/comment/4464/
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