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Sugarloaf MountainMountainGabhal Mhór A name in Irish (Ir. Gabhal Mhór [OSI], 'big fork')CorkCounty, in Arderin, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock
Height:574mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85Grid Reference: V87376 52951This summit has been logged as climbed by 83 members. Recently by: normanwhite, frankmc04, simoburn, chalky, dmc, jcincork, Mick_Kelleher, DenisMc, JohnnyTade, suiladoir, Flatout, bananaporridge, dodser, slebog, nickywood I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
The Irish name Gabhal Mhór may seem odd as a name for a mountain, but it appears to have developed from Sliabh na Gaibhle, 'mountain of the fork'. This accounts for the anglicised form Slieve Goul found in several 19th century sources. It is unclear what exactly the fork is, but it may be a confluence of streams referred to in the name of the nearby townland, Kealagowlane (Ir. Caol an Ghabhláin, 'marsh/narrowing of the little fork'). Gabhal Mhór stands in contrast to Gabhal Bheag, Gowlbeg Mountain, its lower neighbour. For the origin of the English name, see Sugarloaf Hill in Wicklow for an explanation of hills called Sugarloaf.
Sugarloaf Mountain is the 321st highest summit in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/319/