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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 335th highest summit in Ireland. Benchoona is the second most northerly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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Summit Plateau of broken Rock .. by group   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benchoona in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
 
simon3 on Benchoona, 2003
by simon3  13 May 2003
I visited Benchoona on a route from Doughruagh and Garraun. The late Tony Whilde recommended ascending [Irish Walk Guides West] via a route above the place between Loughs Fee and Muck, though only if it wasn’t slippery. Whatever about up, I wouldn’t be a bit keen coming down that way. It is to the right of the ridge shown in the picture taken from the slopes of Garraun. Perhaps we can learn from HC Hart [Climbing in the British Isles: Ireland 1895] who seems to have a salutary experience on Benchoona: “The rock here is uncommonly dangerous to climb, being loosely constructed and apt to disintegrate in unexpectedly massive segments. On such an occasion, although against the dogma of climbing, a swift and sudden jump or spring is sometimes the only escape. The block – perhaps a ton or two in weight – which is quietly sliding, or more probably overturning, with its captive, yields momentum enough for a final kick to clear altogether to any preferable station.”
Carefully avoiding dogma or swift escapes, my tame suggestion for a descent is via the spur which goes directly East from Garraun. There’s some firmly attached but interesting conglomerate rock to look at on the way down. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/493/
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The (eastern) cairn and view north from Benchoona .. by csd   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
Benchoona’s western-most summit, shown here, is s .. by simon3   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
I parked at northern end of Lough Fee ,at start o .. by gerrym   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
Having parked at the top of the track between Lou .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
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