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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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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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Being the closest peak to me that's listed on Mou .. by paulocon   (Show all for Mount Oriel)
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