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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
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Farbreague Hill Fear Bréige A name in Irish
(prob. Ir. Fear Bréige [PDT], 'false man') Offaly County In Carn List

Height: 430m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 54 Grid Reference: S20314 97171 This summit has been logged as climbed by 29 members. Recently by: eamonoc, Fergalh, millsd1, liz50, Geo, madfrankie, marymac, jackill, tbenney, melohara, jlk, aidand, toda, Asho-and-Dave, Daithic
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Longitude: -7.698088, Latitude: 53.025131 Prominence: 45m,   Isolation: 1.8km
ITM: 620254 697203,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Frb430, 10 char: Farbreague

Also known as Hardyman. There is a local tradition that the weather for the festive assemby on Arderin was nearly always wet, due a curse put on it by a priest when a man was killed in faction-fighting at the Hardyman [MacNeill, 223]. Farbreague (from Ir. Fear BrĂ©ige or Fear BrĂ©igeach, 'false man') is a common name throughout Ireland for a heap of stones, sometimes occurring as Buachaill BrĂ©ige or BrĂ©igeach ('false boy/shepherd'). Although these heaps are often unremakable nowadays, they may once have stood as tall columns, resembling a human figure when seen from a distance. Hardyman seems to be an English translation of such a name, probably being a variant pronunciation of the word herdman or herdsman. Cf. the surname Hardiman, common in Galway and Mayo, often used as an anglicisation of Ă“ hArgadáin, but perhaps with the same origin as the English names Herdman and Hardman, common in Ulster.   Farbreague is the 690th highest summit in Ireland. Farbreague is the second most southerly summit in the Slieve Bloom area.

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by peterturner  30 Mar 2008 Farbreague (aka Hardyman) has a real wilderness appeal. There are virtually no tracks leading to the summit and my ascent was via the road at Roscomroe Bridge (Explorer Map 54) parking the car at the forest track on the corner at Clashroe A S185 969 (Point A). Follow the gravel forest track to the bitter end ignoring other different-coloured gravel tracks then take the forest ride as far as that goes. Turn right crossing the rivulet at the end of this forest ride into an ever-compacting pine plantation. 'Bushbash' (NZ term) uphill for 2-3 minutes and then follow the left edge of the more mature forest that you get glimpses of during the bush-bash. Finally out of the forest head NE to the summit which is still about 25 minutes away or so. Summit is marked with a multi-coloured (Laois/Offaly GAA colours mostly I think) pole.
Point A: S185 969
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Picture: The coloured pole, located a few meters from the summit of Farbreaga
 
by csd  7 Jun 2009 I parked at the same spot as peterturner (though my GPS ref is S18327 96964 (Point B)), and headed up into the forest. I took the northmost track shown on the OS map, which is more grassed-over than gravel track. It soon peters out into what looks like a scene of a meteorite hit, but if you perservere around the fallen trees, you can pick up the track further into the forest, which takes you up onto open ground without too much difficulty. From there it's 1 km to the summit, and you can use faint tracks in the bog to limit the lifting-legs-over-heather experience. Although not a very high summit, there are good views from the top.
Point B: S18327 96964
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Picture: Lens bag way
Blooming well finished.
by eamonoc  12 Sep 2013 Wed 4/9/2013. Climbed Farbreague from Garraunbaun, was able to follow a line of old fence posts north down to an obvious col, then spotted an old lens bag attached to a small marker pole, the ground dropped steeply here and where the old fence posts veered left I spotted a white marker pole directly uphill, this marked the start of a small well trodden path I followed all the way to the top of Farbreague. This made for easy going through the knee high heather that abounds here, fine views toward Ard Erin from Farbreague, followed outward route back to Garraunbaun and down to car parked at forest track T junction above S 204 942 (Point C). Total time to climb these two hills 1hr 55mins car to car. So ends my affair with the Slieve Blooms.
Point C: S204 942
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Picture: Route up to Farbreague
 
by csd  7 Jun 2009 This picture shows a Google Earth representation of the GPS trace I took. Up and down from the parking spot to the summit takes about 1h20m. It's 4.5km there and back with a total rise of just under 200m. Not very challenging, but Garraun doesn't make an ideal partner to make a circuit out of it either!
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by YoungJohn  20 Sep 2009 Travelled forth towards Farbreague with my learned Friend who was wise enough to avoid the well hidden(by heather) narrow drain! Another wet foot for me. Parked at the forestry entrance on Bohernaphuca. Traversed Gurraunbawn down a boggy slope over a small rise and headed up Farbreague. The terrain was 'rough' heather, grass and mossy boggy patches which caused us to take detours. Farbreague had lovely views to the west and east and to the south blocked a bit by Gurraunbawn(beagh). The best view to me was that of Ard Erin which stood proud to the north (roughly). To avoid the disturbed blanket bog of Gurraunbaun we decided to travel back down a track to the west but the track ran out and we ended up on a forestry road which led us to the Kinnitty/Roscrea Road eventually. Much thanks to a decent man for a lift back to my car! Quite enjoyable was Farbreague and its multicloured wavin pipe pole!
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