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The Priests Leap Mountain Léim an tSagairt A name in Irish
(poss. Ir. ‡Léim an tSagairt [PDT], 'the priest's leap') Cork/ Kerry County, in Arderin List, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 519m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85 Grid Reference: V97826 60646 This summit has been logged as climbed by 74 members. Recently by: PeakPaul, Lauranna, millsd1, tomodub, muddyboots, David-Guenot, Garmin, CaptainVertigo, ciarraioch, ckilm, Flatout, mountainmike, Wildrover, markmjcampion, frankmc04
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Longitude: -9.481223, Latitude: 51.78917 , Easting: 97826, Northing: 60646 Prominence: 54m,   Isolation: 2.1km
ITM: 497816 560691,   GPS IDs, 6 char: ThPrst, 10 char: ThPrstsLp
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

The Priest's Leap is properly the name of a rock at the top of the pass between Kenmare and Bantry. There are various versions of the story which account for the name. Seán Ó Súilleabháin reports that the most commonly accepted one relates how a Father James Archer SJ, in search of volunteers for the defence of the O'Sullivan Beara castle at Dunboy in 1602, was chased across the mountain by enemy soldiers. From the rock here, he is said to have jumped his horse onto a rock a mile from Bantry town. As you reach the road below, you meet an iron cross erected to commemorate the feat (Walk Guide - Southwest of Ireland, 28). The circumstances behind the pursuit of the priest are historical, though the fantastic leap recalls the superhuman feats of earlier eras by legendary characters such as Cú Chulainn and the Cailleach Bhéirre. Previously Cummeenshrule in MV. Also Knockboy West Top.   The Priests Leap is the 506th highest summit in Ireland.

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A minor diversion
Short Summary created by jackill,  1 Feb 2013
Turn off the N71 at V99630 54365 A and make your way to V98520 61100 B, room to park 4-5 cars. Note that the 3/4 kms of road leading to the parking spot are very narrow with a steep drop on the west side. There are a few passing places but reversing may be required should you meet any traffic. From the parking spot the summit is an ok 1km trek over boggy ground to the summit area. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/5172/
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain The Priests Leap in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
simon3 on The Priests Leap, 2003
by simon3  28 Apr 2003
Nearly 3k West of Cummeenshrule and just before Lough Nagarriva this interesting feature caught my eye. The ridge on the skyline is Barraboy Mountain (height around 465m). Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/452/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain The Priests Leap in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: Turf Cutting at The Priests Leap
A Minor Diversion
by paulocon  14 Aug 2011
About as handy as it gets. Having been up and down Knockboy, I tacked on Priest's Leap as I had a bit of time to spare. The summit is just 800m from the road itself. Someone had recently cut and stacked turf a short way up the hillside leaving a very picturesque scene. A row of fence poles can be followed to close to the summit which is marked by a pool of water. The top is flat but the summit-proper appears to be an indistinct hump to one side of the pool. Following my recent run of luck, I was greeted at the summit by a yet another heavy shower of rain. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/6473/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain The Priests Leap in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: Priest's Leap pass, view to Bantry Bay
Priest's Leap pass, views to Bantry Bay
by kabe  21 Nov 2012
We started from Priest's Leap pass to Cnoc Bui on a sunny November day.
After some days of rain it was quite boggy. With some photo breaks we returned after 2 1/2 hours.
A nice walk following the fence line. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/14885/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain The Priests Leap in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
simon3 on The Priests Leap, 2003
by simon3  28 Apr 2003
Towards the right of this picture there is a low hump of a mountain. This is Cummeenshrule. Between the camera and this summit is a narrow road which is at some 460m where it crosses the ridge. The area is known as Priests Leap after an improbable story of a priest who escaped from English soldiers.
Only a hill-bagger would be motivated to specifically search out Cummeenshrule, though you will encounter it if you are doing the Beara Borders walk. Its summit has nothing more interesting than a mucky pond. The left of the picture shows a long ridge which leads South over the visible bump of 468m. The ridge continues behind this bump to Cobduff, a hill which overlooks the East of Glengarriff. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/451/
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madfrankie on The Priests Leap, 2003
by madfrankie  19 Aug 2003
The most alarming thing about Cummeenshrule is the drive up to Priest's Leap, but there can't be any easier hills over 500m to climb anywhere in the country. In fact I brought my 6 and 9-year old up and they had great fun jumping from Cork into Kerry and back again. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/413/comment/608/
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