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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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The Peninsula Valley .. by Kingdom   (Show all for Caherconree)
It was a beautiful sunny and calm morning, last S .. by Fergal Meath   (Show all for Caherconree)
Parked my car on the little road between Camp an .. by HimiWack   (Show all for Caherconree)
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Picture: Cú Roi's Mighty Ramparts
Jeremiah King's Capital of West Munster
by ciarraioch  29 Nov 2011
Jeremiah King, that eccentric encyclopaedist of Kerry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was obsessed with Caherconree fort and its supposed links to the 'Tuatha Sen Erann', or the indigenous people of the southwest. Some excerpts from his extremely lengthy entry for Caherconree in his tome 'Kerry Past & Present' (written in the British Library ) are as follows:
'Caher Conroi, Caherconree, on Sliab Mis, is two acres in extent, on a triangular spur of the mountain, 2050 feet above the sea level, with two cliffs 200 feet deep. The rampart is 350 feet by 14. It is one of the three old forts of Erin, with Dun Sobairche and Dun Cearnmna. In the tale of Cath Fintraga it is called cathair na Claenraithe, because of its sloping garth...Below the fort is the ogham stone marked Conuneatt moqi Conuri and Fect Cununi...Cathair Conraoi was built by Ciagdorn, who was the cashel builder to Curoi Mac Daire...Caherconree is built of uncemented stones. Curi Mac Dara lived in the first century AD and is one of the chief characters in several ancient tales of the Red Branch knights....The tuath sen Erann, or people of old Erin, made temair Erann on cathair Conroi, their headquarters in West Munster...Conroi and Lugaid mac Conroi were kings of West Munster, a line from Cork to Limerick cities...Lugaid Mac Conroi, the sun hero, slew Cuchulainn, who killed his father Curoi by treachery at Cathair Conroi....'
The fort which lies some 700 feet below the summit is more than reason enough to climb this mountain. The labour involved in its construction at this height suggests that this must have been an extremely important site in preChristian Ireland, and this importance is reflected in its place in the old Gaelic sagas. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/26/comment/6639/
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Climb 19/11/12 .. by hivisibility   (Show all for Caherconree)
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