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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: -6.51131, Latitude: 53.790001 , Easting: 298164, Northing: 283284 Prominence: 176m,   Isolation: 8.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 698091 783299,   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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I took a side trip to Mount Oriel as I headed up .. by wicklore   (Show all for Mount Oriel)
 
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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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Just a warning to fellow walkers. Took this snap .. by paddyhillsbagger   (Show all for Mount Oriel)
 
Being the closest peak to me that's listed on Mou .. by paulocon   (Show all for Mount Oriel)
 
Having paid Oriel a very quick visit last week on .. by paulocon   (Show all for Mount Oriel)
 
A thoroughly farmed and rural summit except for t .. by simon3   (Show all for Mount Oriel)
 
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