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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 1132 members. Recently by: HeartTrek, Kiwitrekker, 21yearsgone, damo11, johncromie, declanohagan, colmdoggett, tmsr, robertodon, DeirdreRafter, DelStewart, dillonkdy, paddyobpc, Damien25, brendevlin
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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: Slieve Donard from Newcastle Beach
 
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman,  12 Jul 2010
Suggested routes (a) From Donard Park J375306 A SW through Donard Wood up the Glen River track, then out across open ground and a steep climb up to the Mourne Wall J350279 B. Go left steeply up stone steps to the top. (b) Alternatively once on open ground J364296 C go S down across the river and then up by the Black Stairs, a short steep rocky climb, alongside a stream, which soon gives way to a less steep slope of grass/heather. At J365289 D swing SW and continue up to steeper rocky ground to the Lesser Cairn J360279 E. Walk up and across to the Great Cairn and the top. (c) Start at Bloody Bridge Car Park J389272 F. Go S along the road for 150m and turn right on to a track up along the Bloody Bridge River, crossing it at J376268 G. Follow the track up to the Mourne Wall J354268 H. Turn right and up along the wall to the top. A combination of these routes for ascent and descent makes for a more enjoyable walk. From Donard, other peaks of the High Mournes, the Sperrins (NW) and the Belfast and Antrim Hills (N) can all be seen. Additionally in very clear conditions the Galloway Hills (NE), Isle of Man (E) and the Wicklow Mts (S) all stand out While the accepted high point of Slieve Donard is 850m, a man made high point marked by the trig pillar, sits atop a stone shelter tower at a corner in the Mourne Wall and is credited in the OSNI Mourne Activity 1:25,000 scale map with a height of 853 metres. A living rock spot height is also shown as 849m. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/4779/
 
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