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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 37th highest in Ireland. Nephin is the second highest point in county Mayo.

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Climbed Nephin on 31/1/09. Parked at the entrance .. by bryanmccabe   (Show all for Nephin)
 
The isolated mountain central on the pic is Nephi .. by simon3   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Parked at Grid ref 083 052 A (close to rmiln .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Jamessheerin on Nephin, 2008
by Jamessheerin  9 Aug 2008
Jamessheerin- I was on Nephin yesterday and was devastated by the amount of damage done to the mountain since I was last up there - I am referring to the cairns littering the hillside, 15+ on the SW slope alone; and the sign writing antics - people spelling their initials with rocks on the ground! The sign writing might be expected on Croagh Patrick which attracts all sorts, but it was shocking to see it here. This is an environmental CRIME! The proliferation of cairns on Nephin (and most Western mountains) is evidence of an increasing aspect of hillwalking - environmental ignorance and gross stupidity! The only cairn that should be on any mountain is the one that is shown on the map! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/3264/
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Climbed Nephin 2nd Jan 2009, parking the car at D .. by Big-Foot   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Anything but dull ... .. by osullivanm   (Show all for Nephin)
 
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