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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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Donard in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Looking SW from Donard's summit
murphysw on Slieve Donard, 2008
by murphysw  24 Jan 2008
Climbed from the Donard car park on a Saturday, when the mountain resembled more a day out at the park such was the traffic on its slopes. But can you blame the locals given the accessibility of the range on their doorstep, which raises the question are Newcastle's residents some of the luckiest on the island given they are wedged between the mountains and the sea. The views are amazing, we could make out the Isle Of Man clearly but didn't have the equipment to get a good snap of it. One word of warning would be that the rocks in the Donard forest are treacherous enough, a few of us had a few wobbly moments on them! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/2949/
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