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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   (Show all for Nephin)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Nephin Ice
Four Sides
by Gazelle  4 Jan 2016
I've summited Nephin many times and from all directions.
The East route is closest to my house and is therefore my most well trodden although this was before the building of the new water treatment station and I am now considering and advising other routes as there are 2 locked gates at the water station that have to be climbed over and there are plenty of No Unauthorised Entry signs displayed. I did prefer to ascend the most direct route following a straight line as is posible from the stream to the summit.
The North route is now my preferred route and is quite steep but short and sharp and the quickest for me, I usually follow the east ridge of the 'holla', its a great route in bad weather if you're worried about losing your bearings.
The South route from Pruglish forest is probably the most popular particularly with groups as there is a resemblance of a path to the summit, it is long and drawn out and the route through the forestry at the bottom can be tricky to navigate before making it out onto open ground and starting the mountain proper. The West route is my least ascended mainly because it is furthest away from home, it has a wet boggy section to cross at the start before making it onto firmer ground and up the west ridge of the 'holla' .
An excellent challenge is to ascend from the North route and circle the 'halla' ascending one side and descending the other. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/18415/
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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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