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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 527 members. Recently by: dunnejohn, Murray-Tucker, 21yearsgone, daithileonard, Krumel, declanohagan, DeirdreRafter, jcincork, Reeks2011, dr_banuska, johnballinger, maryt, ericjones, lw24, dillonkdy
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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 second highest point in county Waterford.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockmealdown in area Knockmealdown Mountains, Ireland
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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I traversed from Sugarloaf Hill to Knockmeal on M .. by wicklore   (Show all for Knockmealdown)
 
Looking to the Comeraghs .. by John Finn   (Show all for Knockmealdown)
 
Knockmealdown summit looking north west towards t .. by John Finn   (Show all for Knockmealdown)
 
Have always enjoyed my walks in Knockmealdowns, E .. by mwatchorn   (Show all for Knockmealdown)
 
Approaching Knockmealdown(just visible ahead in t .. by jackill   (Show all for Knockmealdown)
 
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