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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 1145 members. Recently by: Golly, paulmcquaid, nmoran, David-Guenot, Helenha, maike, oldpragmatist, danifergie87, Dee68, GillSte, William-J, IainT, Lauranna, Bunsen7, HeartTrek
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Longitude: -5.920898, Latitude: 54.180238 , Easting: 335796, Northing: 327690 Prominence: 822m,   Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 735715 827695,   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)
 
Sunday, I took myself, non-detoxed grey face and .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Donard in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
 
David Kirk on Slieve Donard, 2005
by David Kirk  19 Feb 2005
David Kirk (19.02.05) By accident (embarassingly because of an ego-tripping Yahoo search on my own name) I have discovered the wonderful world of Mountainviews through the generous comment by GWPR (10.02.04) on a book on the Mournes I had published a couple of years ago.It is absolutely brilliant (Mountainviews, I mean). As regards 'decent, kindly' Slieve Donard (H.V. Morton) you don't have to follow the 'tourist trail' which some commentators seem to find so mundane. Try going up by the Black Stairs for instance (cross the river at the Ice House and up by left of the waterfall gully.) This will give you a bit of hairy scrambling, and exposure, especially when wet. It's a cracker, but take care if you're not experienced. From there the ascent up the north slopes is exhiliarating if you lift your face out of the bog and boulder-fields and turn round frequently to look at the views of County Down as they unfold beneath.(The Black Stairs are just behind the swan on the right in the pic below) A great walk. Another cracker is again to cross at the Ice House, contour round to the base of Eagle Rock, slope up round it to a grassy gully. Scramble up (no problems). It brings you out to the top of the cliffs and you can romp up to the North Cairn, again enjoying big, big views. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1488/
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While enjoying a few days break in Newcastle over .. by darrenf   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
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