Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Overview
Detail
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any mountain area or any detail feature.
Detail Map Features
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill or mountain
Videos
(none available)
Users Online:
Guests online: 53
Recent Contributions

Ben Alder: Culra Bothy is closed due to asbestos problem

Cuilkillew: Another Route.

Lake District: Helvellyn, Up Striding and down Swirral Edges

Lake District: Scafell & Scafell Pike

Knockaglana: Trespecers Beware.

Fei Sheehy Challenge 2016

Tonelagee: Unusual view

Kungsleden trail from Saltoluokta to Kvikkjokk

Lugnaquilla: How's Your Concentration?

Croagh Patrick 10/09/2016

Pic du Midi d'Ossau

Bouleevin: "Smelly Goat Hill"?

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions.
General information about the site is here.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks or shared GPS tracks may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk see conditions.
Credits and list definitions are listed here Credits
Video display
Slieve Bloom Area
Maximum height for area: 527 metres,   Summits in area: 12,   Maximum prominence for area: 420 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 54 For all tops   Highest summit: Arderin, 527m
Rating graphic.
Wolftrap Mountain Hill Offaly County, in Carn List, Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone Bedrock

Height: 487m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 54 Grid Reference: N27328 04762 This summit has been logged as climbed by 73 members. Recently by: lw24, Cobhclimber, markmjcampion, Garmin, bryanjbarry, delboyir, GoldCircle, hivisibility, jasonmc, mountainmike, colmocnoc, newpark-cc, simoburn, garrettd, Jamessheerin
I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

Longitude: -7.592621, Latitude: 53.092989 , Easting: 227328, Northing: 204762 Prominence: 42m,   Isolation: 2.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 627286 704788,   GPS IDs, 6 char: WlftMn, 10 char: WlftrpMntn
Bedrock type: Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone, (Cadamstown Formation)

Wolftrap Mountain is the 602nd highest summit in Ireland. Wolftrap Mountain is the most northerly summit in the Slieve Bloom area. Wolftrap Mountain is the third highest point in county Offaly.

Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/494/
COMMENTS for Wolftrap Mountain 1 of 1
Loping up the Lupine .. by group   (Show all for Wolftrap Mountain)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Wolftrap Mountain in area Slieve Bloom, Ireland
Picture: Wolftrap Mountain - scene of slaughter?
 
The extermination of wolves
by wicklore  29 Jul 2010
The history of where Wolftrap Mountain got its curious name is not easily found. Wolves had flourished in Ireland for thousands of years, and indeed ringforts and other defensive settlements were built between 1000 BC to AD 1000 partly to protect livestock from these creatures. The earliest evidence of wolves in Ireland comes from bones found in Cork that are 34,000 years old. It is known that Ireland had a large wolf population all the way up to the 18th century. They were seen as a serious problem to farmers for centuries, and in 1584 the first official scheme was devised to destroy them. However it was when Cromwell arrived that the elimination of wolves became a priority.

In 1652 Cromwell’s government introduced substantial bounties for every wolf destroyed, with females attracting the highest price. It is estimated that there were between 400 and 1000 wolves in Ireland before they were seriously targeted. In fact one of the nicknames for Ireland in Cromwell’s time was ‘Wolf Land’. This was probably because wolves had been made extinct in England and Wales by about 1500, and they would have been a real curiosity for the invading Cromwellians. (Wolves survived in Scotland until the 1700's) The widespread presence of wolves in Ireland is reflected in the Irish name for the animal – Mactire – or ‘Son of the Country’.

In a sad vicious circle, it was Cromwell’s destruction of the people and the land that led to an increase in the numbers of wolves, resulting in the perceived need to destroy them.
I couldn’t find the origin of the name Wolftrap Mountain, but knowledge of the government policy of 1652 to exterminate them makes things clearer. Whole packs of wolves were targeted at a time, and the Irish Wolfhound was instrumental in hunting them. Indeed a law was passed by Cromwell’s government to ban the exportation of Irish Wolfhounds as they were seen as too vital to the hunting of wolves at home. Perhaps Wolftrap Mountain was the scene of a famous hunt that resulted in some particularly notable extermination of wolves. Records show that a Mr John Boate received a reward for killing the last wolf in Laois in 1700. The boundary of Laois and Offaly passes through the summit of Wolftrap Mountain. Who knows if this was the scene of John Boate’s endeavour? (It is generally agreed that the last wolf in Ireland was killed on Mount Leinster in Carlow in 1786)

A tale describes how in 1182, a priest travelling from Ulster encountered a talking wolf, which revealed itself to be a man of Ossory. The Kingdom of Ossory included the Slieve Blooms in its domain. So as far back as then wolves were connected to the Slieve Bloom area. That is about as much as my research revealed. The elusive naming of Wolftrap Mountain may well remain lost in the mists of time. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/494/comment/5966/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
It's fair to say Wolftrap isn't much of a challen .. by csd   (Show all for Wolftrap Mountain)
 
I climbed this hill as part of an evening walk ov .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Wolftrap Mountain)
 
Parked at the viewpoint/picnic area just after th .. by darrenf   (Show all for Wolftrap Mountain)
 
(End of comment section for Wolftrap Mountain.)

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence)
"ASTER+": Hillshade and Contours
Courtesy of Tiles GIScience Research Group @ Heidelberg University More detail here