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The Paps East Mountain An Dá Chích Anann - An Chíoch Thoir A name in Irish
(Ir. An Dá Chích [OSI], 'the two breasts') Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Green sandstone & purple siltstone Bedrock

Height: 694m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 79 Grid Reference: W13323 85542 This summit has been logged as climbed by 244 members. Recently by: wjnunan, IainT, jacek22m, DaveMc, Martinpeak, jgdarcy, Farley58, Wildrover, t.jay, tommccarthy, jasonmc, davidsloan_1, kissanepat1, PeakPaul, Michael-n
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Longitude: -9.263222, Latitude: 52.015642 , Easting: 113323, Northing: 85542 Prominence: 623m,   Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 513291 585601,   GPS IDs, 6 char: ThPpsE, 10 char: ThPpsEst
Bedrock type: Green sandstone & purple siltstone, (Glenflesk Chloritic Sandstone Formation)

The Dictionary of Celtic Mythology gives the full name as Dá Chích Anann, 'the two breasts of Anu'. This goddess was reputedly responsible for the fertility of the whole province of Munster. A line of stones, known as na Fiacla, connects the two tops and is believed to have formed a processional route.   The Paps East is the highest mountain in the Paps/Derrynasaggart area and the 121st highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain The Paps East in area Paps/Derrynasaggart, Ireland
Picture: The Paps East and its southern tail to the right.
 
Steep pull up rewarded by fine views.
Short Summary created by simon3,  21 Feb 2011
This is the east of the two Paps, the most shapely pair of summits in Ireland. One good approach is from the Duhallow valley at around W14304 85244 A. There are a number of tracks, not totally consistent, that can be found that will take you through the steep heather covered lower slopes to the higher ground which has lower vegetation cover.
It is possible to park to the north on the Rathmore side at W1475 8687 B or to the south, Clydagh Valley side, at W14446 84029 C.
Another way of reaching the summit is from the West Pap.
The summit itself has great views of the West Pap and a ridge of over 1km descending due south. There are also views towards particulary the Derrynasaggarts to the East.
The East and West Paps are on almost an exact east west line, have very similar shapes when viewed from most angles except south and are only around 4m different in height.
Allow around 2.5 to 3 hours round trip to get to the top and back. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/116/comment/4876/
 
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pdtempan on The Paps East, 2003
by pdtempan  23 Nov 2003
Here the Paps are seen from Banard, near Gneeveguilla, about 5 miles to the north. Their name in Irish is An Dá Chích Anann ('the two breasts of Anu', a pagan Irish deity said to be responsible for the fertility of the whole province of Munster). The megalithic cairns on each summit, which enhance the resemblance to the goddess' breasts, have recently been excavated and confirmed to cover passage tombs, which may be as old as the Neolithic era. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/116/comment/756/
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mart on The Paps East, 2002
by mart  18 Sep 2002
It's a good straghtforward climb and a great place to be and the climb between the Paps is quite special. I don't recommend the area to the North-East between the mountains and Shrone Lake which has cliffs and tumbled rock hidden in deep bracken. Progress is very slow and the possibility of injury quite high, especially when it's getting late. That kind of terrain is no fun. I think to avoid this you need to be sure that you head to the North of the lake. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/116/comment/119/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain The Paps East in area Paps/Derrynasaggart, Ireland
Picture: Lough Glannafreaghaun track
 
Colin Murphy on The Paps East, 2008
by Colin Murphy  12 May 2008
A barely surfaced 'road' allows you to drive to the northern tip of Lough Glannafeaghaun where you'll find a gate and space for a couple of cars to park beyond it. From there a track (pictured) leads along the eastern side of the lake past some ruggedly beautiful scenery. From the southern end of the lake you can then ascend to The Paps East over some steep and rough terrain. Taking in Paps West is relatively easy after that, unfortunately though the only route home is to retrace your steps. Unfortunately also the day we chose our view from the tops through a soupy mist was about ten metres. Second pic shows the impressively large Paps East Cairn. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/116/comment/3098/
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paulocon on The Paps East, 2009
by paulocon  9 Aug 2009
Surely one of Ireland's iconic mountains and it's easy to see why it cast such a spell on the pre-Christian inhabitants of the area. I took an early start on holidays to tackle the Paps. Went via the route outlined in the book 'Kerry Walks'. Basically, on the Killarney to Ballyvourney road, take the first turn for Clonkeen on the Killarney side. You will pass Clonkeen church and shortly afterwards a road to the left is signed 'Clydagh Valley'. Follow this narrow road for just over 2.5 miles after which you will see a laneway/trail to the left surrounded by some farm buildings and some evergreen trees. There is space here to park your car. Follow this laneway through 2 gates and after the second a firebreak in the trees to the left takes you up onto the open slopes of Paps East. Note that the climb up the firebreak is very steep and extremely wet and slippy in places. Once on the open slopes, pick a pathway up to the summit through the heavy heather where the going can be quite tough. I had one of those 'why the hell am I doing this' moments as I struggled up the hill at 6 in the morning as the rain came down and the mist moved in over the summit. The cairn upon the summit is massive but the heavy mist hid any views across to the second pap or out to the surrounding region. You have the option now to head across to the Paps West or head straight back down. If heading over to the Western Pap, make sure not to stray too close to the cliffs that run down to Lough Nageeha. On your desent, take care descending back down the firebreak as it's quite treacherous in places. Treated to a rainbow over the mountain as I took the trail back to my car and back home to join the rest of the family for breakfast! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/116/comment/4007/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain The Paps East in area Paps/Derrynasaggart, Ireland
Picture: Bird of Prey on the Cairn
 
What about this for a resting place!
by stargazer  25 Sep 2010
Inspired by fellow contributors and Paddy Dillon's book "The Mountains of Ireland: A guide to walking the summits" I decided to set out to conquer the Paps on a fine late September day. I walked along the trail mentioned in the previous posts beyond yet another gate and climbed up a heathery slope thereby avoiding the now notorious fire break. Going was steep and probably a good deal drier than the fire break but with dense heather it can be treacherous in places on the descent.

I noticed a couple of birds of prey on the cairn on the summit-(see photo). The two birds circled the summit as I approached. Can anyone identify this creature- apparently mostly black with a long wing span?

I continued on to the Paps West. Due to the individual prominences, the Paps present an excellent workout to summiteers as, given that many will return via the same route, it involves three seperate ascents. It can at least equal many higher ranges with summits less prominent. Still you always have the option of resting your head between the Paps!! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/116/comment/6110/
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