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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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Great views, easy long climb on isolated, iconic .. by group   (Show all for Nephin)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: The bridge ridge
 
New Comment: Less trodden path
by Fergal Meath  1 Oct 2017
Parked near the gate to the pump house (point D on the map). The route up the ridge on the right of the stream looked like a mud-fest, so I headed left up the heather and onto the ridge described by Helen Fairbairn's book. Initial going through the ferns was a bit rough but things quickly improved. The picture shows the ridge about half way up, that brings you between the two east facing gullies. Listen and look out for the waterfall plunging into the gully on your left. Finding your way back to the top of this ridge could be a bit tricky in poor visibility. There are two small cairns to show the way but you need to veer east off the summit ridge before you can see them. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/19735/
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Four Sides .. by Gazelle   (Show all for Nephin)
 
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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)
 
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