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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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Ever seen hens up a tree - him below, barking on .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
Donard and the Castles taken from the Brandy Pad .. by shippy   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
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ghmcbride on Slieve Donard, 2005
by ghmcbride  24 Mar 2005
Of the walks i've done in the mournes, donard probably is is most standard, if you want it to be. There is a well established path to follow which myself and a friend walked on the way up from donard car park.
Following our route you will pass through a forest following a reassuring river up the mountain. Exitting from the forest we turned to take in the already beautiful view of Newcastle and surroundings. At the top of the saddle turn left and enjoy the Castles and Analong Valley.
A couple of hours later you will be at the top enjoying the best view in Northern Ireland.
Fortunately we had the pleasure of getting a cold snap of weather which meant ice, snow and other challanging factor to overcome.
However my friends the best is saved for last. In the words of my companion, Phil, "ahh it's not to bad" Reilly the best way down is to head N N E at the summit and take the black stairs route down. This is a steep,challanging and slippery path but very rewarding (and yes i did fall on my ass).
Donard, boring and simple, only if you want it to be. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1583/
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My first Mourne climb, but not my last, the views .. by KenG   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
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