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DevilsmotherMountainBinn Gharbh A name in Irish (Ir. Binn Gharbh [TR], 'rough peak')Galway/ MayoCounty, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists
Height:645mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37Grid Reference: L91568 62447This summit has been logged as climbed by 140 members. Recently by: simoburn, melohara, chalky, trevorf, hivisibility, Rob_Lee, HillmanImp, turfymccloud, douginireland, pavelbodi, Onzy, oldsoldier, Moneenman, SFlaherty, aidand I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
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. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/202/