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Nephin Mountain Néifinn A name in Irish
(Ir. Néifinn [OSI], poss. 'sanctuary' [PDT]) Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartzites and psammitic schists. Bedrock

Height: 806m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 23/31 Grid Reference: G10347 07975
Place visited by 286 members. Recently by: Reeks2011, mickdylan, Fergal Meath, ckilm, PaulNolan, msammon, dodser, Onzy, Ulsterpooka, Sherpaterbear, Pinger, Hadleigh, eoghancarton, JakeG, eflanaga
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Longitude: -9.368335, Latitude: 54.013253 , Easting: 110347, Northing: 307975 Prominence: 778m,  Isolation: 3.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 510317 807981,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Nephin, 10 char: Nephin
Bedrock type: Quartzites and psammitic schists., (Nephin Formation)

Nephin is a problematic name and few sources venture an interpretation. It is mentioned as one of the twelve great mountains of Ireland in Cath Maige Tuired (The Second Battle of Moyturra), where it is called Nemthenn. This is suggestive of nemeton, a Gaulish term for a sacred clearing in a wood or sacred grove. The word recurs throughout the Celtic world, from the Galatian Drunemeton ('sacred oak-grove' in modern Turkey) to Nemetobriga in Spain and Aquae Arnemetiae, the sacred spring at Buxton in Derbyshire. The Old Irish fidnemed refers to a shrine in a forest. [Barry Cunliffe, The Ancient Celts]. There seem to be no survivals of traditions connected directly with Nephin to confirm this. However, Nephin's much lower neighbour Tristia (322m, 4km to the NW) was the site of Lughnasa celebrations until recent times [Máire MacNeill]. Glen Nephin is the only example of an Irish glen (apparently) named after the mountain overlooking it. Walks: for a route to the summit from the E, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 69.   Nephin is the highest mountain in the North Mayo area and the 36th highest in Ireland. Nephin is the second highest point in county Mayo.

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baxter on Nephin, 2004
by baxter  4 Jul 2004
Walked Nephin on Sat 3rd July at 10:00 from the west, starting from the Glenisland road just beyond the forest with a layby and gate for easy access. Thought it would take 1 hour up and 0.5 down, but it took 1.75 up and 0.75 down. Deceptive in reaching the initial ridge, but once reached it's an easy but long walk to the triangulation point at summit - not unlike the post commeenapeasta ridge to Carantouhill. Very flat top with great views in 360. Very cold at top with strong winds and some cloud cover. Cairns are provided for route safety. No problem with cliffs, except for crags on the north side of ascent and steep corried just below summit on the east. Temperature changed very quickly for a summer's day.
This is a good warm up climb for anyone considering either the Galtees or other simple ridge walks. Very little climb damage. Not always easy to find tracks. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/1012/
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A wonderful experience .. by keith_flynn   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Climbed Nephin from the west in the mist on Frida .. by rmilne   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Climbed Nephin to-day 29.12.2008, started off fro .. by donieg   (Show all for Nephin)
 
september 2010 .. by davidkilleen   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Northern circuit .. by concorde   (Show all for Nephin)
 
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