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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 This summit has been logged as climbed by 491 members. Recently by: sglennon, Kennyj, ciaranr, robertbrown, Hilldweller, brendevlin, thebigyin, Maurice-N, jcincork, Bosco66, TommyV, mazamegaza, shanec, vivisectus, maike
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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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockmealdown in area Knockmealdown Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Summit trig looking north west to the Sugarloaf, Galtys in the distance
A tough ascent from all sides
Short Summary created by CaptainVertigo, jackill,  16 Oct 2014
The most travelled routes to this summit are from the direction of the Sugarloaf.
Starting at the Vee, where there is lots of room to park safely by the roadside, and heading up the rough, often boggy track past the Grubb monument (large stone cairn by the roadside), join the stone wall just after the Sugarloaf summit cairn and follow the wall to Knockmealdown.
You can also park in Bay lough carpark S031 101 A(watch out for the Ghost of Pettycoat Loose!), cross the main road and follow the steep rocky track, keeping the stone wall to your left to the top of the Sugarloaf, turn east then to follow the wall on to Knockmealdown.
You can make the ascent somewhat easier by parking at the Vee, walk to the sharp apex of the Vee itself and follow the Munster way( signposted as St Declans way here) down into Glenmoylan. Do not cross the stream instead follow the path to the right going up the glen almost as far as where the non-existant Lough Moylan is shown on the OS maps , look for a rocky zig-zag path going up to the col between the Sugarloaf and Knockmealdown and follow it up. Cross the col to find the wall as mentioned and follow it east to Knockmealdown. A longer walk can be had by starting at S112 083 B on the road between Mellary and Newcastle. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/4805/
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Picture: Heading towards Knockmealdown
New Comment: Splendid Isolation
by Kennyj  26 Sep 2015
Climbed Knockmealdown today,parking at the car park above bay lough near the Vee just after two stone buildings,one either side of the road,the one on the left has a statue of Our Lady beside it.Crossing the road and heading NE up a rough stony track beside the county boundary wall all the way to the summit of Sugarloaf hill.I found this to be a steep energy sapping climb over loose rock and certainly got the heart pumping.From here the going was easier,down off sugarloaf following the boundary wall SE and up two gentle climbs before making the ascent on Knockmealdown itself.Super views NW to the Galtees and back towards the Comeraghs.On the way back I crossed over to Knockmoylan marked as spot height 768 before descending to the col below sugarloaf,not wishing to tackle the steep descent over loose rock from Sugarloaf I picked up a track heading downhill SW which brought me out onto the road at Glentaunemon bridge and a short walk back along the road to the car.Time taken 2 hrs 41 mins,distance 9.36 km,ascent 710m,descent 740 m. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/18328/
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Picture: Jeep on Knocklealdown
Jeeps on the hills
by deswalk  17 Jun 2010
On my approach to the summit of Knockmealdown last Monday, 14 June, I was horrified to see a Jeep type car just getting to the trig point ahead of me. I waited for ten minutes in the heather until it departed before moving up to the top.

I've been climbing these hills since the 1970's and apart from a bulldozer doing some work about thirty years ago this is the first time I've seen a vehicle on the top.

Should I have been outraged or angry? Perhaps some would say that the hills should be available to those of all persuasions. I have observed a massive increase in erosion since I first climbed the hill all those years ago.

Incidentally, I watched the car retracing its path and it appeared to be travelling towards the easier slopes adjacent to Sugarloaf Hill.

The photo shows the offending vehicle but taken from a distance on my phone so may not be very clear. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/5881/
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simon3 on Knockmealdown, 2003
by simon3  17 May 2003
Knockmealdown boasts two interpretations of the Irish origins of its name, either Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh Muldowneys' Hill or Cnoc Maol Donn bald brown hill. Leaving aside such literary argument, it is the tallest mountain in Waterford.

Our view from beside the trig pillar is towards the north west. Just left of centre on the skyline is Sugarloaf Hill, while nearer and at the right is the ridge leading to Knockmoylan (768m and unnamed on the OS).

Reputedly, buried at the summit in a place he himself chose is Mr. Henry Eeles, an author, with his dog and gun. We didn’t see any signs of interment on our visit. However, as you can see, there might well be a funeral if anyone ventured over the steep NE facing side of Knockmealdown. There is a drop of over 300m to two tiny lakes at about 480m Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/498/
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Another county top!
by paulocon  28 Sep 2011
1st top of a short horseshoe walk on the Knockmealdowns on 14/09/2011. Started at the Glennandaree Bridge from which the going is relatively easy. Some heather needs to be encountered on the lower stretches of the mountain but this gives way as you gain height to rockier ground. The summit is marked by a trig pillar from which the ground to the North falls dramatically so care is needed in low visibility. Superb views encompassing the Knockmealdown Range as well as the Comeraghs, Galtees and solitary Slievenamon. Further away is the South coast and the Celtic Sea. A handy walk to gain the top of Waterford. Continued onto Knockmoylan and then Sugarloaf Hill. Done a write-up of the walk at: http://climbingirelandsmountains.blogspot.com/2011/09/evening-in-knocmealdowns.html Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/6541/
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simon3 on Knockmealdown, 2003
by simon3  17 May 2003
Robert Lloyd Praeger [The Way That I Went 1969] wasn’t wholly impressed by the Knockmealdowns. He said “.. forms a fine upstanding row of peaks, rising to 2609 feet: but this is merely clever window dressing. There is nothing except this single row of summits – no lakes or corries or deep glens or cliffs; very little bare rock: and so, while they furnish fine walking, the zoologist or botanist will find these hills somewhat monotonous.” We can certainly agree about the walking which gives great views and a succession of relatively unfrequented hills.

This view of Knockmealdown was taken one fine day in February en-route to Knockmoylan. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/45/comment/499/
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