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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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mhughes on Slieve Donard, 2002
by mhughes  23 Dec 2002
Its the highest hill in the mournes but its not the best hill in the Mournes height is not everything. Slieve Bearnagh and Slieve Binnian are my two favorites in the mournes and make for a more enjoyable walk. If you plan to visit the mournes for a first or second time try to stay away from Donard and try a route which includes either Slieve Bearnagh or Slieve Binnian i can guarantee a more enjoyable days walking and guarantee you to want to come back to the Mournes. Donard is a nice hill to do at some stage but i think there are better ones in the Mournes to do if its you first or second visit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/246/
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