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Knockmealdown Mountain Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh [OSI], 'hill of Maoldomhnach') County Highpoint of Waterford, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Medium grained pink-purple sandstone Bedrock

Height: 792.4m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 74 Grid Reference: S05797 08410
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Longitude: -7.915891, Latitude: 52.227902 , Easting: 205798, Northing: 108411 Prominence: 682.74m,  Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 605745 608465,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckml, 10 char: Knckmldwn
Bedrock type: Medium grained pink-purple sandstone, (Knockmealdown Sandstone Formation)

Knockmealdown gives its name to the range as a whole, but the earlier name for these hills, along with the lower hill country to the east, is Sliabh gCua. There is a traditional air entitled Sliabh Geal gCua na Féile, meaning 'bright Sliabh gCua of the festival'. The name Maoldomhnach means ‘devotee of the church’. The surnames derived from this are Ó Maoldomhnaigh (anglicised Muldowney) and its variant Ó Maoldhomhnaigh (anglicised Moloney). Moloney is still a common surname in the vicinity. Some sources translate the name as Cnoc Maol Donn, 'bare round hill', but this is a poor attempt to interpret the name only on the basis of the modern anglicised form. The form Knockmealdowny, recorded in the Civil Survey in 1654, shows that was clearly an additional syllable.   Knockmealdown is the highest mountain in the Knockmealdown Mountains area and the 47th highest in Ireland. Knockmealdown is the highest point in county Waterford.

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David Bell on Knockmealdown, 2003
by David Bell  16 Jun 2003
Climbed the Sugarloaf mountain-Knockmoylan-Knockmealdown we took our time 5 hrs in all , beautiful day .
Re Simon3 about grave of Mr Henry Eeles , we found a possible grave on the SE slope of Knockmealdown. A large unmarked slab about 200 metres from the summit.
The mountains offered a challenging walk for a beginner and provided fantastic views south and north. Walk along the ridge to Knockmealdown from Sugarloaf was rugged to start but the boundary wall provides a good walk way to make the journey slightly easier. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/550/
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Picture: View of Glengalla Valley
 
Sharing the mountains with half of Israel
by kernowclimber  10 Aug 2010
The growing popularity of the Knockmealdowns was evident as a swarm of cyclists buzzed by us at the cark park at the first hairpin bend at the Vee. We headed downhill along the East Munster Way towards the stream looking for a track running up Glenmoylan on the opposite (east) side of the river, marked on the OS Map. Crossing a rustic wooden bridge we headed up forestry track showing signs of recent usage, the air heavy with the aromatic smell of pine resin from newly felled trees. A kindly local man with a dog directed us on to an upper pathway informing us to ignore the sign on the gateway that said ‘NO DOGS, NO WALKERS, NO ATVS’. The track led onto the sparsely wooded lower slopes of Knockshane dotted with gnarled and stunted conifers, towards Lough Moylan, a boggy depression partially overplanted with pines. With hindsight we would have been better to ignore the OS map track and taken an unmarked route up the other (west) side of the valley that was visible from Lough Moylan, thus avoiding the controversial gateway.

From the lough we crossed a small stream misty with crowfoot and climbed a path/gully to the broad ridge between Sugarloaf and Knockmealdown, the county wall undulating along its spine. From here we followed the wall SE towards the trig point on the latter, clearly visible in the fine weather. The hills around were covered with a faint purple blush from the heather that contrasted with the emerald of the conifers spread out in the valleys below. This is indeed fine country. The Galtees to the NW and the Comeraghs to the SE, a colourful late summer patchwork quilt of fields filling the broad fertile valleys between; the Blackwater River running languidly towards Cork to the west; the faint outline of the Waterford coast visible in the haze.

Just as we were congratulating ourselves on attaining the heights of Waterford, the peace was shattered by several quad bikes and scramblers approaching the trig point, engines droning like angry hornets, scattering the sheep in all directions. We beat a hasty retreat, casting them black looks and lamenting the scars they had cut deep into the heath. It was particularly galling to see them nonchalantly dismount their machines without having even broken into a sweat to stand on a county top!

From here we crossed to Knockmoylan and thence back to the county wall which we followed up the Sugarloaf, a steep and very rocky climb. Our moment of solitude at the cairn here was also shattered, not by quad bikers, but by a large group of very noisy Hassidic Jews arriving from the Gap! No longer wishing to share the mountains with half of Israel and their quad bikes, we headed back towards the Vee down the steep and much eroded pathway from the top of the Sugarloaf. These mountains are very underrated and beautiful, but sadly appear to lack protective legislation to prevent them from becoming a playground for some of those who would destroy what they have come to see. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/5997/
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Picture: View of Knockmealdown (on left) from Knocknafallia
wicklore on Knockmealdown, 2008
by wicklore  6 Aug 2008
I traversed from Sugarloaf Hill to Knockmeal on Monday last. I will post a report but I wanted to add in this picture of Knockmealdown and Knockmoylan as taken from Knocknafallia. Knockmealdown is on the left. I wanted to add it here so that those searching for Knockmealdown on MV would see this alternative view. Having come from Sugarloaf Hill this steep drop on the other side of Knockmealdown comes as a bit of a surprise (even using a map!) Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/3259/
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Looking to the Comeraghs
by John Finn  17 Jun 2010
From Knockmealdown looking east towards the Comeraghs. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/1135/
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John Finn on Knockmealdown, 2004
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004
Knockmealdown summit looking north west towards the Galtees. Knockmealdown was the first mountain I climbed. It was in the summer of 1970 and I rode up to The Vee from Youghal on my Yamaha 200 motorbike. I had neither rucksack nor water and it was a blistering hot day. What sustained me was the thought of a draught of vintage Harp lager in the Cat's Bar on the way back. Which I duly had and it tasted like nectar of the gods. I've been back to the Knockmealdowns many times since and they have a special place in my heart. You always remember your first time. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/1134/
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mwatchorn on Knockmealdown, 2003
by mwatchorn  10 Nov 2003
Have always enjoyed my walks in Knockmealdowns, East & West. Recently approached from the Vee, climbing up the valley through thick undergrowth, although ther is a pathway. Some nice scrambling at top of valley to reach the ridge, care needed as the gulley is quite steep. Very poor conditions on ridge summit at the time but the wall provided good shelter for a bite to eat. Came down direct from Sugarloaf, again a bit slippy in places, but all in all a nice mix of walking, scrambling, treking. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/741/
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