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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 132 members. Recently by: IainT, Lauranna, wwwalker, roscorrocket, trevorf, Aciddrinker, eoghancarton, HazelDoyle, conormcbandon, On-the-hills, David-Guenot, killyman1, polovirus, kakamaka17, simoburn
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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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A contender for the best panorama in Ireland. .. by garrettd   (Show all for Benchoona)
Benchoona seen from Little Killary. .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Benchoona)
weedavie on Benchoona, 2003
by weedavie  3 Jul 2003
We climbed this along with Garraun from Loch Muck in a dry spell last October so there wasn't the bog experience the summit plateau clearly offers under normal conditions. We descended from the west cairn to the west end of Loch Muck. It was steep, gravelly, wet and with greasy slabs. Not particularly difficult but not one I'd repeat. The slope looked better from the east cairn but you'd have to find a suitable break in the upper crags. Views were excellent. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/577/
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