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BenchoonaMountainBinn Chuanna A name in Irish (Ir. Binn Chuanna [OSI], possibly 'peak of Cuanna')GalwayCounty, in Arderin List, Greywacke sandstone, siltstone, mudstone Bedrock
Height:581mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37Grid Reference: L76312 61673This summit has been logged as climbed by 132 members. Recently by: IainT, Lauranna, wwwalker, roscorrocket, trevorf, Aciddrinker, eoghancarton, HazelDoyle, conormcbandon, On-the-hills, David-Guenot, killyman1, polovirus, kakamaka17, simoburn I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
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. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/