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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 place has been logged as visited by 1189 members. Recently by: DaveMc, Xiom5724, JRyan, dmurnane, asgoodasitgets, PaulNolan, pwbellarby, Owenloughrey, Boho_Hobo, Cmore_2, sarahryanowen, Pepe, Krumel, m0jla, DeltaP
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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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David Kirk on Slieve Donard, 2005
by David Kirk  1 Sep 2005
Have I just got big feet or is the new pitched path being laid to the summit of Slieve Donard positively lethal in places on the descent? The work on laying the path, up from the Donard-Commedagh saddle,has been going on for at least three summers, the work being done by a small team on behalf of the National Trust using stone helicoptered in from a nearby abandoned quarry. But if you want people to use a path rather than trampling tthe adjacent vegetation the first rule is that it must be comfortable and safe to walk on - and this path, apart from being strictly a 'one man' job in width is constructed in long stretches of small stones, giving mini-steps maybe only a couple of inches high and four inches from front to back. This is OK on the way up when you're on your toes but coming down they either catch your heel or pitch you forward. I reckon Donard is going to become known as 'take-a-tumble mountain' in a few years. Certainly as it is, it is much more comfortable - and safer - to romp down the grass beside the path, which rather defeats the purpose! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1924/
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