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Mount OrielHillSliabh Collann A name in Irish (poss. Ir. Sliabh Collann [PDT], 'mountain of the height')LouthCounty, in Binnion List, Black mudstone, siltstone, greywacke Bedrock
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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 1159th highest in Ireland. Mount Oriel is the most northerly summit in the East Coast area and also the most westerly. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1002/