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MangertonMountainAn Mhangarta A name in Irish (Ir. An Mhangarta [OSI], poss. 'the long-haired (mountain)')KerryCountyIn Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists
Height:838.2mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78Grid Reference: V98034 80782This summit has been logged as climbed by 456 members. Recently by: quino70, Willyc, MichaelO, GSheehy, vic the lip, Fergal1972, Moneenman, clairecoleman86, cianolaoithe, comsean, dreilly, Bridie-Hills, eoghano2, Cossie, mFrank I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
The Horses' Glen and the Devil's Punchbowl carve deep hollows on the north side of Mangerton, but the southern flanks form a huge plateau, one of the most extensive areas of mountain wilderness in Ireland. Herds of red deer and sika deer roam this moorland. The northern slopes of Mangerton were the scene of a great battle in 1262 between the MacCarthys and Geraldine (Anglo-Norman) forces, following the rout at Callan Glen near Kilgarvan the previous year. The battle-site is known as Tooreencormick (Tuairín Cormaic, 'little field of Cormac') from the fall of Cormac MacCarthy, brother of the chief Fingen MacCarthy, in this battle. The battle was less decisive than Callan, but as a result of these two encounters the Anglo-Normans were kept out of South Kerry and West Cork for over three centuries afterwards. An alternative interpretation of An Mhangartach may be worth considering: it could be the noun mangart + suffix -ach. Dinneen defines mangart as 'movement' or 'shaking'. Thus the adjective (not listed in any dictionary) could mean 'moving', 'shaking', 'quaking'. This could refer to the physical movement of the bog which is prevalent on the southern slopes, but perhaps it could be understood figuratively as 'vacillating' or 'fickle'. For further information on the name, see Paul Tempan, Some Notes on the Names of Six Kerry Mountains, JKAHS, ser. 2, vol. v (2005), 5-19.
Mangerton is the highest mountain in the Mangerton area and the 25th highest in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/25/