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Purple MountainMountainAn Sliabh Corcra A name in Irish This is almost certainly a name coined in English.KerryCounty, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Well-bedded grey sandstone Bedrock
Height:832mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78Grid Reference: V88640 85172This summit has been logged as climbed by 410 members. Recently by: IainT, amgall, jacek22m, Terry-Parker, JoannaS, hawkeye.john62, Eoin75, Damien25, 40Shades, ShayGlynn, Ulsterpooka, ericjones, Corentin_Cerutti, Martinpeak, Mushhaze I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
In his Topographical Dictionary of Ireland of 1837, Samuel Lewis reports that Purple Mountain is ‘so called from the colour of the shivered slate on its surface.’ The Irish version looks like a back-translation from the English by OSI. References to Tomish or Toomish Mountain (i.e. Tomies) in The Ancient and Present State of the County of Kerry (1756) by Charles Smith make it clear that this name applied to the whole of what is now known as Purple Mountain. A number of 19th century sources confirm this, and this explains why Purple Mountain is not marked on the 6 map, though Tomies and Shehy Mountain are.
Purple Mountain is the highest mountain in the Purple Mountain area and the 28th highest in Ireland. Purple Mountain is the most westerly summit and also the second most southerly in the Purple Mountain area. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/27/