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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, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 645m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L91568 62447 This summit has been logged as climbed by 163 members. Recently by: salford7, Garmin, DesHoulihan, Wendy, Colin Murphy, guestuser, markwallace, Danger, PeakPaul, paddyman, juliewoods, scapania, Wilderness, maike, Ulsterpooka
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Longitude: -9.638619, Latitude: 53.600824 , Easting: 91568, Northing: 262447 Prominence: 280m,   Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 491544 762467,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Dvlsmt, 10 char: Dvlsmthr
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

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 207th 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 summit cairn in distance
 
Don't be afraid of the name!
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy, wicklore,  2 Jun 2016
Devilsmother is at southern end of long ridge stretching north to the secondary Devilsmother N Top summit above Killary Fjord. No easy approach as access is up steep slopes. When wet, slopes present quite a challenge.
There is room for several cars in a lay by next to the bridge at L935 655 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 B. The summit of the North Top is reached at L919 643 C.It is then a relatively easy walk along the wide ridge to the main Devilsmother summit about 2kms distant.

Another approach can be made from L936 611 D which is the end of a minor road. 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.

A third option is more direct, but very steep. Park at small layby (1 car) at L912 650 E and proceed directly up steep slope in SE direction. Terrain is short grass mostly, and was solid underfoot in late May. Reach the ridge at L917 640 F after 1 hour 20 minutes and turn almost directly south for 2km, with 95 of the climbing behind you. Pic shows cairn in distance.

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A typical Connemara mountain - the route we chose .. by eoin   (Show all for Devilsmother)
 
Climbed Devilsmother on 2007-06-03. Was a beautif .. by Himiwack   (Show all for Devilsmother)
 
Great mountain, excellent views .. by ahendroff   (Show all for Devilsmother)
 
Walked to this peak by crossing the ridge from Ma .. by Dan   (Show all for Devilsmother)
 
Stunning descent .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Devilsmother)
 
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