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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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Walked Nephin on Sat 3rd July at 10:00 from the w .. by baxter   (Show all for Nephin)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Neiphin over Lough Conn (from Gortnor Abbey Pier, Crossmolina)
 
A wonderful experience
by keith_flynn  2 Jul 2010
I climbed Nephin June 25, 2010 for the third time following the third route I've tried (climbing along the south spur). Nephin is a tough walk no matter which side you come at it from, but it's always worth it. A wonderful experience...

I followed Harry Goodman's excellent directions (see entry for 8 Jun 2010), and I had to laugh because my experience was so similar to his description. We set off from the same gate, passed the same cottage, got greeted by the same eight dogs, chatted with the same farmer and his wife and got the exact same story about how welcome we were to cross the land along with some local advice on where to climb and where to find the stiles he had prepared for walkers... It was a wonderful feeling of mutual respect and appreciation between lovers of the outdoors and freedom. We walked away realising that it is this part of Irish culture that we need to cherish and encourage, as it is people like this farmer that will keep people coming back to this country forever. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/5913/
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Climbed Nephin from the west in the mist on Frida .. by rmilne   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Climbed Nephin to-day 29.12.2008, started off fro .. by donieg   (Show all for Nephin)
 
september 2010 .. by davidkilleen   (Show all for Nephin)
 
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