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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 place has been logged as visited by 1180 members. Recently by: sarahryanowen, Pepe, Krumel, m0jla, DeltaP, jcro, doopa, seamaspeineas, livelife2thefull, bobbar, NualaMc, breathp, sharonporter, Nuala-Mc1, Sherpaterbear
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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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paulocon on Slieve Donard, 2008
by paulocon  29 Sep 2008
Finally got to make my debut in hill walking yesterday and how lukcy we were with the weather. Myself and a friend tackled Donard from Bloody Bridge. Left Drogheda at 6:30AM and were on our way up for 8. After crossing the streams in two places, we made our way up the rocky ascent by the old quarry where we rested briefly and up to the Mourne Wall. I done a quick test of walking the wall but decided to stay on firm ground. Made our way up the East side of the wall where we were bathed in sunshine and sheltered from the wind. Ascent was quite steep in places with the ground underfoot uneven and rocky. After a couple of stops for an apple, we eventually hauled ourselves to the top to be greeted by some amazing views. Enjoyed a cup of tea and some sandwiches and took some time to explore the top and take a few snaps. The wind at the Cairn at the Northern end of the summit was extremely cold and quite strong. Made our way back down the same trail we'd come up. Back home in Drogheda for 4:30pm. Excellent day and can't wait to get back to the Mournes to takle Binnian. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/3343/
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