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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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cullen on Slieve Donard, 2007
by cullen  23 Aug 2007
I climbed Slieve Donard on the best day of the summer on the 23rd of August. First time I have climbed in the Mournes and the trail from Donard car park to the Mourne wall was unexpected and challenging. Unlike mountains like Croagh Patrick were the ascension up the mountain is visible the path leading to the Mourne wall gave panoramic views of Donard Forest and of the river running through the valley of Donard and Commedagh. My aunt and younger sister found the path to the wall demanding and when reaching the wall were astounded that they still had to ascend a good part of the mountain. Finally I went ahead and reached the summit and had lunch. I meet a sheep, who EAT Biker's crisps. I was pleased to conquer Donard as I always wanted to as I seen it everytime I climbed The Black Mountain in Belfast. Climbing Donard was a good way to celebrate my GCSE results I had recieved the previous day. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/2804/
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