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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 This summit has been logged as climbed by 271 members. Recently by: IainT, Lauranna, johncromie, bryanjbarry, Eva-j, Peter Walker, ColinCallanan, brianmccrossan, guestuser, Danger, Piney, Ben-Ban, HazelDoyle, Singo, walker26
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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 37th highest in Ireland. Nephin is the second highest point in county Mayo.

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Great views, easy long climb on isolated, iconic .. by group   (Show all for Nephin)
Update on Harry Goodman
by mcrtchly  7 Jul 2014
We climbed Nephin in July 2014 and met with the helpful farmer mention by a number of MV members. He told us it is better not to follow the track through his farm yard, so as to avoid the dogs, but to take the forest track on the left of the parking spot. After about 500m (at G08816 04915 G) take a new forest road on the right and follow this to the edge of the forest. Cross a stile and turn left to follow the forest boundary and then proceed as described in Harry's comment. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/17534/
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Four Sides .. by Gazelle   (Show all for Nephin)
A very pleasant surprise .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Nephin)
Climbed 26.3.05. Was going to follow route descri .. by gerrym   (Show all for Nephin)
Climbed Nephin on 31/1/09. Parked at the entrance .. by bryanmccabe   (Show all for Nephin)
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