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Caherconree Mountain Cathair Conraoi A name in Irish
(Ir. Cathair Conraoi [OSI], 'Cú Roí’s stone fort') Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Aeolian sandstone Bedrock

Height: 835m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 71 Grid Reference: Q73317 07260 This summit has been logged as climbed by 226 members. Recently by: Eirepur, wjnunan, IainT, Martinpeak, Wilderness, eamonoc, ericjones, Humpelman, brendevlin, DaveMc, PeakPaul, tommccarthy, brieno, Michael-n, muddyboots
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Longitude: -9.853696, Latitude: 52.203029 , Easting: 73317, Northing: 107260 Prominence: 129m,   Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 473296 607314,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Chrcnr, 10 char: Caherconre
Bedrock type: Aeolian sandstone, (Kilmurry Sandstone Formation)

A narrow but easily passable ridge connects this peak to its higher neighbour, Baurtregaum. Caherconree is named after a stone fort situated two-thirds of the way up its western flank, overlooking the mountain road called Bóthar na gCloch ('road of the stones'). This is an inland promontory-fort, consisting of a natural projecting ledge surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, the fourth side being defended by a stone wall. In legend this is the fort of Cú Roí mac Daire, hero of Munster, who was able to make it spin around at night to perplex any attackers looking for the entrance. The best known story connected with it relates how Cú Chulainn attacked the fort with the aid of Blathnaid, the daughter of the king of Man, whom Cú Roí had taken, none too willingly, for his wife. Blathnaid taunted Cú Roí that his fort was too small for such a magnificent chieftain as himself, and when the walls were down during the construction of bigger fort, she poured milk in a stream (now the Finglas River, from Ir. An Fhionnghlaise, 'the white stream') as a signal to Cú Chulainn that the moment was right to attack. For a fuller account of the story, see The Dingle Peninsula by Steve MacDonogh, pp. 31-33. Nor is this the hill's only legendary association. The summit is known as Fin Mac Cool's Table, while a rock feature on the northern ridge connecting to Gearhane is called Fin Mac Cool's Chair.   Caherconree is the second highest mountain in the Slieve Mish area and the 27th highest in Ireland.

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a well fortified summit .. by group   (Show all for Caherconree)
You can select from various ways to reach Caherco .. by simon3   (Show all for Caherconree)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Caherconree in area Slieve Mish, Ireland
Picture: Dingle Bay shimmers beyond the snow covered fort of Cú Roí
In the Snowy Footsteps of Cú Chulainn
by ciarraioch  23 Oct 2011
During the Big Freeze on 2 January 2010, I slid to a halt by the traditional starting point on Bóthar na gCloch Q 716 056 at around 12.35, perhaps a little late to be starting given the short days. Following the line of poles, tramping upwards in snow was much more pleasant than the usual boggy slog, although the snow was nearly a metre deep in places. Eventually I gained the summit in weak mid-winter sunshine in Siberian temperatures. The batteries of the camera had to be warmed after every 10 seconds or so and removing gloves to do so was well-nigh impossible. The sacred mountains of the Kingdom were visible in their snowcapped majesty, from the Breasts of the Goddess Dana (Dá Chích Danann aka The Paps) to the south east, Drung Hill and Cnoc na dTobar to the south west, and Brandon to the far west. I sometimes wonder whether the visibility of these aforementioned summits, themselves the focus of prehistoric religious cults, may have influenced those who built the awesome promontory fort on the flanks of this mountain. I returned in fading light, the snow covered fort of Cú Roí an eerie sight as the sunset reflected in icy-calm Dingle Bay. I went for a more southerly line of descent towards the starting point, the deep snow facilitating what would otherwise have been too steep under normal circumstances. I arrived back at the car at 15.30, two attempts being required to get the car up the hill to on the return route to the south! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/26/comment/6595/
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They were a hardy lot .. by wicklore   (Show all for Caherconree)
After a beautiful walk up Derrymore Glen, a tough .. by ssmith   (Show all for Caherconree)
A wonderful viewpoint. Done as part of a round fr .. by Peter Walker   (Show all for Caherconree)
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