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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: -5.920898, 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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Another appoach to Slieve Donard is from the car .. by frankor   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Donard in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Taken near the summit with friends on the way up!
 
richrua on Slieve Donard, 2006
by richrua  18 Apr 2006
Well, that's it done! After some time regarding Donard, I finally had an opportunity to give it a go. Weather was fantastic, so incredible views were had. Plenty of people about - it being Easter Saturday. Surprisingly, a few little patches of snow, and enough time fo a mid April snowball fight!
This is no easy climb for the less experienced- we went up from Donard Park, Newcastle, and from go it is a rocky path on what the OS calls "The Brandy Pad". We followed the popular route up the Glenriver. In Donard's favour is the ease of navigation - straight up the glen, follow the rough almost paved track, then go left at the wall and straight up to the summit. Next time we will choose a route with more challenging navigation. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/2279/
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Slieve Donard must not be dismissed! By no means .. by ct_armstrong   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
31/1/06 Slieve Donard rises above the clouds thro .. by MickC   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
Climbed Slieve Donard in the rain from the car pa .. by djouce   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
Climbed in the snow up the Glen River to the midd .. by stephenfarley   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
 
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