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KnocksheegownaMountainCnoc Sí Ghamhna A name in Irish (Ir. Cnoc Sí Ghamhna [PND*], 'hill of the calf's fairy mound ')WaterfordCounty, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Green thick-bedded conglomerate Bedrock
Height:678mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 75Grid Reference: S27776 16532This summit has been logged as climbed by 188 members. Recently by: ilenia, IainT, Kiwitrekker, wwwalker, lw24, ckilm, brendevlin, tommccarthy, hivisibility, dmc, Peter Walker, maike, eoghanm, Kennyj, a_whelan99 I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
Sídh Ghabhnaighe and Carraig Sídhe Ghabhnaighe [Carrigsheegowna] are minor names given by Canon Power under the townland of Glenpatrick. The more famous Knocksheegowna is near Ballinderry in North Tipperary. There is much fairy folklore connected with it, as it was considered to be the residence of Úna, queen of the fairies of Ireland and guardian of the O'Carroll family, the dominant Gaelic dynasty in this district. The name Cnoc Sidhe Úna (Una's fairy-hill) sounded so much like Cnoc Sidhe Ghamhna (the calf's fairy-hill) that a story of the fairy queen taking the shape of a calf came to be told of it and is printed in Croker's Fairy Legends of the South of Ireland [MacNeill, 216-17]. The Waterford Knocksheegowna seems to be secondary and refers only to a calf, not to Úna, so perhaps it was named once the tale of the calf had become popular and spread beyond its point of origin in North Tipperary.
Knocksheegowna is the 147th highest summit in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/143/