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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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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)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
donieg on Nephin, 2008
by donieg  29 Dec 2008
Climbed Nephin to-day 29.12.2008, started off from G08354 05073 where there is parking place just off the R312. If you walk north up the road a bit there is a place to enter over a roadside fence. The roads from the midlands to Nephin were a bit iffy with frost this morning as we drove, outside temperature guage showed 0 degrees when I parked at start. Conditions were lovely for walking until we climbed to 2199ft (G09794 07035 C) where visibility dropped to approx. 30yds and the wind chill was something else. From here to the trig point, the East wind combined with freezing fog made it a very interesting climb ( more like Siberia). Did not meet any other walkers, we did not hang about at the summit, a quick photo and back down to under 1500ft before stopping for refreshments. The views from under 2000ft after comming out of the freezing fog made it well worth the effort. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/3493/
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september 2010 .. by davidkilleen   (Show all for Nephin)
Northern circuit .. by concorde   (Show all for Nephin)
My starting point was as G 117 060 F on the .. by damobreh   (Show all for Nephin)
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