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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
Place visited by 79 members. Recently by: Wilderness, melohara, oakesave, Juanita, Dean, PeakPaul, Lauranna, millsd1, tomodub, muddyboots, David-Guenot, Garmin, CaptainVertigo, ciarraioch, ckilm
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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 place 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/
 
Nearly 3k West of Cummeenshrule and just before L .. by simon3   (Show all for The Priests Leap)
 
A Minor Diversion .. by paulocon   (Show all for The Priests Leap)
 
Priest's Leap pass, views to Bantry Bay .. by kabe   (Show all for The Priests Leap)
 
Towards the right of this picture there is a low .. by simon3   (Show all for The Priests Leap)
 
The most alarming thing about Cummeenshrule is th .. by madfrankie   (Show all for The Priests Leap)
 
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