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Devilsmother Mountain Binn Gharbh A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Gharbh [TR], 'rough peak') Galway/ Mayo County In Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists

Height: 645m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L91568 62447 This summit has been logged as climbed by 128 members. Recently by: Moneenman, SFlaherty, aidand, sandilandsn, StephenH16, peter1, John Smyth, acastanikic, Fergalh, dtlibra, eamonoc, jimgraham, Aongus, Cobhclimber, EdepOmoh
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Longitude: -9.638664, Latitude: 53.600814 Prominence: 280m,   Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 491541 762466,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Dvlsmt, 10 char: Dvlsmthr

An anglicised form of Binn Gharbh is found in some sources, e.g. Ben Garrif on Bald's map of Co. Mayo (1830) and Bengoriff on the map accompanying Knox's The history of the County of Mayo (1908). The Discovery map has Magairlí an Deamhain, 'the demon’s testicles', as the Irish name. This, however, appears originally to be the name of a knobbly ridge located north of the summit (see Devilsmother North Top), whereas Binn Gharbh applies to the hill as a whole. The English name Devilsmother appears to have some relationship with Magairlí an Deamhain, either being a euphemistic false translation or deriving from a variant name. The Caoránach, the female demon of Irish mythology, whom St. Patrick banishes to Lough Derg, is also known as the Devil's Mother, though there is no evidence to support a connection with this hill. For a road walk in Glannagevlagh, see Walking in Connemara, 8.1.   Devilsmother is the second highest mountain in the Partry/Joyce Country area and the 202nd highest in Ireland. Devilsmother is the most westerly summit in the Partry/Joyce Country area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Devilsmother in area Partry/Joyce Country, Ireland
Picture: Devilsmother from the east
 
Don't be frightened by the name
Short Summary created by wicklore  29 Apr 2011 Devilsmother is the summit at the southern end of a long ridge stretching north towards the secondary Devilsmother North Top summit above Killary Fjord. There is no easy approach as access to the ridge and the summit is up steep slopes. When wet, these steep slopes will present quite a challenge and you must consider how to get back down as well as how to ascend.

There is room for several cars in a lay by next to the bridge at L935 655 (Point A) on the N59 road. Go through a gate at the lay by and cross the river to access a track. Follow the track for 400 metres to its end before turning SW to head for the steep slopes of the ridge. The steep climb begins at L929 648 (Point B). The summit of the North Top is reached at L919 643 (Point C).It is then a relatively easy walk along the wide ridge to the main Devilsmother summit about 2kms distant.

An alternative approach can be made from L936 611 (Point D) which is the end of a minor road at a little hamlet. A climb of 400 metres over 2 km can be made up to the ridge connecting Knocklaur and Devilsmother. Turn left for another 200 metre climb up steep ground to the main Devilsmother summit. Amazing views of Killary Fjord, the Ben Gorms, Maumtrasna and the Maumturks make this a worthy climb.
Point A: L935 655 Point B: L929 648 Point C: L919 643
Point D: L936 611

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by eoin  4 Mar 2003 A typical Connemara mountain - the route we chose started just along the side of the road on the way to Westport out of Leenane. We climbed roughtly 1/3 of the way from the eastern end of the mountain about 200m to the right of the large gully as you look at the mountain. There is no path, trail or hint of the best route so we accessed the field via a farm gate. Crossing 50m of field we went basically straight up for 600m to the ridgeline. It is a steep grassy slope, wet in spots but not exposed. Once on the ridge it is an easy stroll to the main summit on the western end overlooking Killary Harbour and Leenane. The views of the Twelve Bens, Mweelrea and other ridges are excellent. Just to the north of the summit a second small cairn marks the point where you descent following the slow eastward sweep back down to the road and a cluster of houses and farm buildings. A short walk along the road back to the start. The photo shows the Devil's Mother, looking East from the ridge we followed down, you will note the 45-50 degree slope we climbed viewed in profile.
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Picture: A view from Devilsmother to Killary Harbour and the ascent route
 
by Himiwack  31 May 2009 Climbed Devilsmother on 2007-06-03. Was a beautifull sunny sunday. Started the walk on the east end of Killary Harbour by the last pub in county Galway. There is no path to climb but it´s easy to find a way to the ridge. Followed the ridge which is the Mayo/Galway border in southeast direction. Then turned the direction to east and climbed the last steep ascent to the summit of Devilsmother. Here are brilliant views to Killary Harbour, Mweelrea and Maamturk Mountains. Back on the ascent way. The walk takes about 3,5 houres.
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Picture: Killary Fjord Panorama From Devilsmother
Great mountain, excellent views
by ahendroff  11 Jul 2010 This is an mountain with excellent views from its summit (see photo), so best to leave for a clear day. It can be climbed as a short there-and-back, or linked in with Maumtrasna as a longer walk. I opted for the latter, as it was a glorious May day and I felt energised after doing the Sheffry hills the day before. If you haven't done this summit before, plan it now! You won't regret it ...
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by Dan  15 Oct 2004 Walked to this peak by crossing the ridge from Maghairli an Deamhain. This is a nice easy walk and takes about half an hour. This mountain is really worth the effort on a nice day because the views of the twelve bens and the mweelrea mountains are fantastic.
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