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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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Slieve Donard being the highest peak in the Mourn .. by jkerr   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Donard in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Tiernan on Slieve Donard
tony on Slieve Donard, 2008
by tony  21 Feb 2008
I just thought I would share an interesting story with you. My self and my son Tiernan are keen Hikers and have spent many happy weekends rambling the hills of the mournes. Every weekend Tiernan packs his backpack and checks his kit before we set off. For the last year and a half we have spent most of our time on the route to Slieve Donard from Donard car park. Every weekend Tiernan gets a little bit further than the last time before stopping for his lunch and heading back to the car. On Saturday the 16th February Tiernan made it for the first time to the summit of Slieve Donard. This story might not seem out of the ordinary except for the fact that Tiernan was born on the 17th May 2004 which makes him nearly four years old. Tiernans day was made when some hikers greeted him at the top by shacking his hand and congratulating him. This is a respectful achievement for people of all ages but for Tiernan it was nothing short of incredible. I always bring my camera so I can take loads of pictures and put them on the net for our friends and family. Naturally I have loads of pictures of this particular event which I would be delighted to share with you if you are interested. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/2972/
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Inspired by David Kirk’s excellent book “The Moun .. by GWPR   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
Sunday, I took myself, non-detoxed grey face and .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
David Kirk (19.02.05) By accident (embarassingly .. by David Kirk   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
While enjoying a few days break in Newcastle over .. by darrenf   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
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