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Diamond Hill Hill Binn Ghuaire A name in Irish
also Bengooria an extra name in English
(Ir. Binn Ghuaire [TR], 'Guaire's peak') Galway County, in Carn List, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 442m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L73138 57049 This summit has been logged as climbed by 229 members. Recently by: maryt, Gus, IainT, Lauranna, Caoilfionn, JustinCase1, lw24, Humpelman, tsheehy, Aciddrinker, Ulsterpooka, marchiggins, TommyV, camellia, JoannaS
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Longitude: -9.914705, Latitude: 53.548208 , Easting: 73138, Northing: 257049 Prominence: 277m,   Isolation: 1.8km
ITM: 473115 757069,   GPS IDs, 6 char: DmndHl, 10 char: DmndHil
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

This is the westernmost peak of the Twelve Bens. On the north-west of Ballynahinsy [Ballynahinch], are the twelve high mountaines of Bennabeola, called by marriners the twelve stakes [i.e. stacks], being the first land they discover as they come from the maine (O'Flaherty, 106-07). Guaire Aidne was a king of Connacht. His name was a by-word for hospitality and generosity. He was known as ‘Guaire of the extended hand’. He is the title character in W.B. Yeats’ play, ‘The King’s Threshold’. He is also associated with Dún Guaire, a castle near Kinvara. Bengooria is an anglicised form of Binn Ghuaire. Oddly enough, the Discovery map shows the name Benhoowirra on the western slopes, which appears to be an alternative anglicisation of the same name.   Binn Ghuaire is the 760th highest summit in Ireland.

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond .. by shaneanddearbh   (Show all for Binn Ghuaire)
 
Excellent ratio of reward to effort .. by hibby   (Show all for Binn Ghuaire)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Binn Ghuaire in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: View of Ballynakill Harbour from Diamond Hill
 
pdtempan on Binn Ghuaire, 2008
by pdtempan  1 Jul 2008
With Diamond Hill / Binn Ghuaire having been closed for some years while a better path was made by the National Park authority to combat erosion, I was keen to climb the peak now that it is open to the public once again. It is well worth it for the view, which takes in Letterfrack, Tully Mountain, Ballynakill Harbour (the bay immediately below) and many islands to the west, including Achill, Clare Island, Inishturk and Inishbofin. There is also a fine view to the NE of Doughrough overlooking Kylemore Abbey. The waymarked route starts at the National Park centre and follows one of the nature trails before bringing you to more open moorland. About 2km from the start you reach a path junction where the National Park authority asks you to go left and circulate in a clockwise direction, ascending the west side of the hill, gaining the summit and then descending the east side, before looping back to the junction. On the day that I climbed Diamond Hill with a group of French walkers, a fierce east wind (which is probably something of a rarity) made a descent on the exposed east side a very unattractive prospect, so we doubled back from the summit. Now that Diamond Hill is open again, it would be great to see more trails and improved access for walkers in the National Park. There are possible routes on Cnoc Breac and Binn Bhán to the east, but when I was last there it was a fight through the high grass (due to absence of sheep?) and it would have been nice to see a stile over the deer fence and markers indicating an approved crossing point. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/649/comment/3192/
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A Diamond among Bens .. by Geo   (Show all for Binn Ghuaire)
 
The first peak in Ireland I have climbed up on 18 .. by katekat   (Show all for Binn Ghuaire)
 
Couple of 'auld dogs - (two two legged and two fo .. by John71   (Show all for Binn Ghuaire)
 
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