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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 1146 members. Recently by: hilde, Golly, paulmcquaid, nmoran, David-Guenot, Helenha, maike, oldpragmatist, danifergie87, Dee68, GillSte, William-J, IainT, Lauranna, Bunsen7
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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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Slieve Donard being the highest peak in the Mourn .. by jkerr   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
I just thought I would share an interesting story .. by tony   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
Inspired by David Kirk’s excellent book “The Moun .. by GWPR   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Donard in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
 
Bleck Cra on Slieve Donard, 2005
by Bleck Cra  9 Jan 2005
Sunday, I took myself, non-detoxed grey face and distended Christmas stomach up the Glen River. It was a hummer, still, better than listening to Eamonn McCann and some unfortunate prelates explore God’s (or is he?), role (or are they?) in natural disasters (or is it?). As always, when you think only you could be fool enough to go out in a day like this, you find the whole world is out before you - or at least, strangely, all the beautiful world: not a gap tooth or a bad complexion among them. I believe there’s no snow in Chamonix yet - which explains it. Ma Nature of the North was doing her bit for destruction, by trying to wipe County Down off the planet. Great oaks reduced to kindling, ancient hollies (he ain’t heavy, but he’s jaggy) shaved clean and power-dressed pine, sliced in half. Very wet, very windy and ultimately fairly pointless and very brief - sad wuss who but a decade ago did the whole Carn Mairg Group in an afternoon, minus 15 and complete white-out. Few highlights included the bullet-proof gate at the ice house, ripped from its moorings; the Glen River becoming one; and in parts, a carpet of crimson berries. Incidentally, if you haven’t already got one of these new waterproof hats with the wire brim and ear muffs, get one now: they’re in the same class as widgets! Tiso’s have one at “only £30” - ONLY?! ….. and Millets and Marks’s do stonkers for a lot less. They do turn a handsome track rat into Benny Hill, though. A stroll on to Donard and a brisk trot off ……. into a deranged Springer (what other kind is there?) and its mad outdoorsman owner. “Desperate day,” I said, dully. “Rough ….” said one of them. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1413/
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David Kirk (19.02.05) By accident (embarassingly .. by David Kirk   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
While enjoying a few days break in Newcastle over .. by darrenf   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
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