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Benchoona Mountain Binn Chuanna A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Chuanna [OSI], possibly 'peak of Cuanna') Galway County, in Arderin List, Greywacke sandstone, siltstone, mudstone Bedrock

Height: 581m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L76312 61673 This summit has been logged as climbed by 133 members. Recently by: Aongus, IainT, Lauranna, wwwalker, roscorrocket, trevorf, Aciddrinker, eoghancarton, HazelDoyle, conormcbandon, On-the-hills, David-Guenot, killyman1, polovirus, kakamaka17
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Longitude: -9.868678, Latitude: 53.590487 , Easting: 76312, Northing: 261673 Prominence: 36m,   Isolation: 0.3km
ITM: 476289 761692,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnchn, 10 char: Benchoona
Bedrock type: Greywacke sandstone, siltstone, mudstone, (Lettergesh Formation)

Cuanna is probably a personal name. A townland nearby is named Tooreenacoona (Tuairín Uí Chuanna, 'O'Cooney's green') [TR]. Around noon, I reached the summit: a rough broken tableland of flat rocks, perhaps a quarter of an acre in area, and planed smooth by the old ice. There was a single small cairn, and on its top sat a horned sheep's skull. I picked up the skull, and as I did so water streamed from its ragged nose-holes in sudden liquid tusks, and ran on to my hand and up my sleeve. I put it back on the cairn top, having turned it so that it faced eastward and inland, looking over miles of empty land glinting with lakes, on which thousands of wild geese over-wintered each year. The sun came out, breaking fitfully through the clouds and warming my hands and face. Seawards, I looked across the intricate tasselwork of inlet and peninsula. Close at hand, sheets of mica scattered the sunshine, so that even the dry rocks shone in the light (Robert MacFarlane, The Wild Places, Granta, 2007). Walks: for a route from the NE, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 40-41.   Benchoona is the 334th highest summit in Ireland. Benchoona is the second most northerly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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by maurice12  13 Mar 2017
Climbed this on Sat 11th March '17 on a bright sunny day with stunning visibility. We commenced the walk at the western end of Lough Muc, a few hundred meters up from the now renovated Salruck primary school. There is a wooden bridge across the Cuffin river on to soft marshy ground. Our poles were used here to test the ground for firmness. A steep climb took us on to the spur named Lettergesh East on the OS map and we joined the walk described at C on the map. We reached the summit and stopped at Benchoona Lough for lunch. While there we noticed a number of 4 to 5 inch fish in the lake but were unable to identify them. It's a small lake and we certainly did not expect to see fish at this height. The large amount of frog spawn may be sustaining them. From here we carried on to Gorgeous Garraun and enjoyed panoramic views from the Bens to The Devils Mother over Mweelrea and out to Inisbofin. We descended on the Eastern spur from Garraun towards Lough Fiadh (Fee) and dropped to the lake as the spur levels out at 250 meters. We stopped on the way down to examine the gabbro which is exposed at several locations here. It's difficult to fathom that we were touching stones that were rounded by wave or river action and lifted to this height. A gentle stroll past point A on the map and and back to the car for a perfect days walking. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/18858/
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