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Dublin/Wicklow Area   Wicklow Mountains Subarea
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,   Summits in area: 128,   Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 49, 50, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW For all tops   Highest summit: Lugnaquilla, 925m

Summits in area Dublin/Wicklow:
Ballinacorbeg 336mBallinastraw 284mBallycurry 301mBallyguile Hill 188mBallyhook Hill 288mBray Head Hill 240mCarrickgollogan 276mCarrigeen Hill 298mCarrigoona Commons East 242mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mCupidstown Hill 378.6mDunranhill 342mEagle Hill 296mKilleagh 249mKilliney Hill 153.5mKilmichael Hill 267mKilnamanagh Hill 217mKnockannavea 400.8mKnockree 342mMount Kennedy 365.9mSlieveroe 332mWestaston Hill 270m
Dublin Mountains:   Corrig Mountain 617.1mGlendoo Mountain 586mKippure 757mKnocknagun 555mPrince William's Seat 555mSaggart Hill 396.9mSeahan 647.3mSeefin 620.6mSeefingan 722.9mTibradden Mountain 467mTwo Rock Mountain 536m
Wicklow Mountains:   Annagh Hill 454mBallinacor Mountain 531mBallinafunshoge 480mBallineddan Mountain 652mBallycumber Hill 431mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mBaltinglass Hill 382mBarranisky 280mBenleagh 689mBlack Hill 602.2mBrockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain North-West Top 548mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCarrick Mountain 381mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigleitrim 408mCarriglineen Mountain 455mCarrignagunneen 561mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682mChurch Mountain 544mCloghernagh 800mCollon Hill 238mConavalla 734mCorriebracks 531mCorrigasleggaun 794mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 561mCullentragh Mountain 510mCushbawn 400mDerrybawn Mountain 474mDjouce 725mDuff Hill 720mFair Mountain 571.2mFananierin 426mGravale 718mGreat Sugar Loaf 501mKanturk 523mKeadeen Mountain 653mKirikee Mountain 474mKnocknacloghoge 534mLakeen 357mLittle Sugar Loaf 342mLobawn 636mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mLuggala 595mLugnagun 446.2mLugnaquilla 925mMaulin 570mMoanbane 703mMoneyteige North 427mMullacor 657mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 790mMuskeagh Hill 397mPreban Hill 389mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 641mScarr North-West Top 561mSeskin 344mSilsean 698mSleamaine 430mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 550mSlievecorragh 418mSlievefoore 414mSlievemaan 759mSorrel Hill 599.5mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mStoney Top 714mStookeen 420mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563mTinoran Hill 312mTomaneena 682.4mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTonlagee South-East Top 546mTrooperstown Hill 430mWar Hill 686mWhite Hill 630.9m
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Moanbane Mountain Móin Bhán A name in Irish
(Ir. Móin Bhán [PNCW], 'white bog') Wicklow County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale grey fine to coarse-grained granite Bedrock

Height: 703m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O03333 06886 This summit has been logged as climbed by 345 members. Recently by: DesHoulihan, Summit2Summit, Krumel, GerLeahy, Val Jones, Oughterard74, hannukkah, Cobhclimber, Astrofizz01, tsheehy, Wilderness, kevinmbyrne1, crankechick, pcnovice, eugeneryan959
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Longitude: -6.457968, Latitude: 53.102845 , Easting: 303333, Northing: 206886 Prominence: 108m,   Isolation: 1.6km
ITM: 703259 706919,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mnbn, 10 char: Moanbane
Bedrock type: Pale grey fine to coarse-grained granite, (Type 2e equigranular)

Moanbane is the 108th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Moanbane in area Dublin/Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Moanbane, left with Silsean to the right.
Flattish boggy ridge ovelooking Blessington Lake.
Short Summary created by simon3, wicklore,  27 Jul 2014
Moanbane is rarely mentioned, or climbed, without reference to its almost twin summit Silsean. The two tops are the highest points of the area of mountain overlooking the hamlet of Ballyknockan to the east of the Blessington Lakes and Phoulaphuca Reservoir. If you catch an inversion over the lakes it can be disorientating as it looks like there is sky above and below the cloud, and land floating in the air! Moanbane also offers great views over to Mullaghcleevaun

Moanbane can be reached from the Black Hill car park at O04387 10862 A, which would involve a 6km or so hike via Black Hill. A quick approach can be made from the car park and picnic site in Ballyknockan at O01141 07290 B. Alternatively it could be reached after Silsean by starting at O00415 06643 C.

Moanbane is covered in bog cotton in the spring/summer, giving it a lovely white aura. The summit is a typical flat bog Wicklow job. There is no summit cairn. However a small pond at the summit adds variety and can be a frozen wonderland in winter, or a hive of insect life in the summer. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/4867/
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Picture: The head on a frothy pint?
White bog and cottongrass.
by padodes  23 Jun 2013
On a recent visit to Moanbane, I found the little pond on top had frozen over and the lingering snow that had fallen on it had risen into a puffy meringue or soufflé, or a bowl of whipped cream, or the head of a frothy pint – wherever your taste buds take you (see photo, with snow-ribbed Mullaghcleevaun in the left background).

The name Moanbane (Móin Bhán: white bog) must surely be derived from the carpet of bog cotton (cottongrass) that covers this and the surrounding hills in early summer. Seen from the far side of Blessington Lake in that season, the domes of Silsean (another luminous name), Moanbane and even unpromising Black Hill can look snow-white in the sunshine.

A bog slide was recorded somewhere on the slopes of Moanbane in 1938. Even today, dropping down to the lower reaches on the western side, you will now and again come across a few ominous, gaping holes in the vegetation, sometimes with the throaty gurgle of water below. One is left calculating the uncomfortable odds against another part of this blanket of bog shearing off some black day under the heavy stomp of one’s all-too-confident boots. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/3605/
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Small pool at the top.
by csd  23 Jun 2013
Poor visibility today made finding the actual summit of Moanbane quite tricky. There's nothing obvious in the vicinity of the grid ref in the database, so I've entered a small pool 705 m elevation as the summit on my GPS. The pool isn't marked on the Harvey map, but it appears to be just where the summit is marked. Nice views over to the Barnacullian ridge on the way up, but alas all was obscured by low clouds long before I reached the summit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/527/
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darrenf on Moanbane, 2010
by darrenf  18 Mar 2010
From Silsean its a short hop accross to Moanbane. There is evidence of quadbike/scrambler activity in the area. The going can be very soft in places and in particular in the saddle between Silsean and Moanbane where there is a virtual marsh to cross. The reascent to Moanbane from Silsean is not taxing in the slightest and along the way great views accross Blessington and the reservoirs are on offer.

As discussed previously on this website there is no clear summit cairn or marker but judging by GPS readings the little pond is indeed the most likely candidate. This pond is not marked on sheet 56. Mullaghcleevaun can be tackled from Moanbane but I had other summits in mind to bag and decided to return to the car. From Moanbane I took a bearing for one of the streams feeding into the Ballinagee River. The descent from Moanbane to the head of the stream is not as knree jerking as it may appear. When I reached the location of the stream it was infact dried up but the river bed was clearly visible and I simply follwed this down to the where it forks with the Ballinagee River itself at O045053 D. I came upon two seperate large herds of deer (perhaps 13-16 deer in each) as I approached the fork in the river, and judging by their reactions they are not used to seeing people pass this way. The valley below Billy Byrnes Gap is in itself a fine palce to be, and I decided to take lunch at the river side.

From this fork in the river a faint track or indeed number of tracks are evident which all eventually lead onto one main stone/gravel track which seems to be used by local farmers to herd and feed sheep and cattle. This track brought me right around the spur of Silsean and directly into the farm houses at the end of the road O038043 E. From here the road can be followed back to the car with views over the Ballinagee river valley on your left hand side. All in all a nice little loop albeit very short. 10.1Km in total over 3.5hours. For me the day was not over yet as I headed for Sorrel Hill and Lugnagun. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/4518/
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Picture: Moanbane pond.
simon3 on Moanbane, 2009
by simon3  17 Mar 2009
There's no distinct top but, as csd says, it seems to be somewhere near this pond.

I was up here on a fine summer day to find dragonflies cavorting. Not so the cold windy January day of this picture. The group were huddled together for warmth, just willing me to finish fiddling with the camera.

The view behind them glimpsed across the Glenbride valley is Carrigunneen. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/2595/
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Picture: Pool on Moanbane summit, Mullaghcleevaun in the background.
kaybee on Moanbane, 2008
by kaybee  11 May 2008
Climbed Moanbane from Black Hill on a lovely summer afternoon, cloudy but very warm. Met nobody else walking, but the tranquility of the hills was interrupted by a group of 6 or 8 scrambler bikers who were buzzing about all over Moanbane, Mullaghcleevaun and Black Hill. As previously proposed, I am in agreement that the pool at the summit is good to mark the high point and here's how it looked on this fine summer's day.... Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/3097/
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