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Slieve Donard Mountain Sliabh Dónairt A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Dónairt [PNNI], 'mountain of (St.) Domhangart') County Highpoint of Down, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 850m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J35796 27690 This summit has been logged as climbed by 1137 members. Recently by: Dee68, GillSte, William-J, IainT, Lauranna, Bunsen7, HeartTrek, Kiwitrekker, 21yearsgone, damo11, johncromie, declanohagan, colmdoggett, tmsr, robertodon
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Longitude: -5.920976, Latitude: 54.180221 , Easting: 335796, Northing: 327690 Prominence: 822m,   Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 735710 827693,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvDnr, 10 char: SlvDnrd
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland and in 9-county Ulster. St. Domhangart (modern form Dónart), a contemporary of St. Patrick, founded a monastery at Maghera north of Newcastle. According to tradition he was appointed by St. Patrick to guard the surrounding countryside from the summit of Slieve Donard. He is supposed not to have died, but to be a 'perpetual guardian' (see MacNeill, 84-96). In pagan times this mountain was known as Sliabh Slainge. Slainge, the son of Partholon, was the first physician in Ireland. According to the Annals of the Four Masters, he died in Anno Mundi 2533 (2533 years after the creation of the world according to Irish mythology) and was buried here in a cairn. On the top of Slieve Donard there are two cairns, one on the very summit and the other, called the 'Lesser Cairn', on the Ordnance Survey maps, some eight hundred feet to the north-east. Both of them have been much disturbed. The Summit Cairn has been tampered with by sappers and water commissioners: the Lesser cairn has small piles of stones about it, but it is difficult to say whether these are ancient structures or just re-arrangements by modern hands. Dr. Estyn Evans, who calls the Summit Cairn 'the oldest mark of man in the Mournes', says that it is a 'corbelled passage grave of the early Bronze Age.' The Lesser Cairn, he points out, is visible from the sandhills of the shore, although the Summit Cairn is not (MacNeill, 85).   Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in the Mourne Mountains area and the 19th highest in Ireland. Slieve Donard is the highest point in county Down.

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Bleck Cra on Slieve Donard, 2004
by Bleck Cra  18 Oct 2004
People climb Bearnagh, walk Commedagh and "do" Donard - y'know, the way you "do" Shakespeare or Yeats. Although the views into Dundrum Bay on hot summer days are singularly sweet, she is simply not the most exciting (if tallest) of the Mourne tops.
So how do you "do" Donard and make it interesting. Simple - come off her. Exit South through the back door towards the brown bog of the same name. The descent will give you completely mindblowing vistas over the strange Annalong river to the tops Binnian to Beg. By negotiating the Buttress (you have to go looking for the track made by a one legged sheep, above the Buttress face) you get that strange sensation of almost touching the other side if only the glen weren’t between you and the target.
There’s lots to see and do - as say the brochures - Hare’s Castles, old quarry works, hints of olde worlde humans, a fascinating (well for the moraine hunters) dunno what it is - some kind of glacial oxbow, beautiful flora and fungi, in the summer buzzy bees and perfumed bell heather, ravens swimming the air - the whole heap.
Drop down to the river - if you can tear yourself away, you have the choice of coming back up the main Annalong track West of the water and in the lee of the terrifying Lamagan slabs, and spooky gullies of Cove and Beg.
Or you can follow a wall up to Binnian’s Back Castles and top-hop back to Donard.
To “do” Donard, leave her - and I promise you, she’ll call you back.
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