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Mount GabrielHillCnoc Osta A name in Irish (Ir. Cnoc Osta [logainm.ie], poss. 'hill of the encampment')CorkCountyIn Carn List
Height:407mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 88Grid Reference: V93120 34862This summit has been logged as climbed by 42 members. Recently by: Flatout, slebog, Moneenman, germac, scobrien8, Aongus, mcgrathe, bandre, sandman, sub3000, jimbloomer, mishfitz, garrettd, harry66, kernowclimber I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
Mount Gabriel was an important source of copper in the Early Bronze Age, with more than 30 mines having been found on its southern slopes, consisting of small tunnels dug into the mountainside. These are remarkably well preserved since they were mostly covered over by massive bog growth, leaving them untouched since the miners of the Early Bronze Age abandoned them [Daphne Pochin Mould, Discovering Cork]. The area was excavated in 1985 by William O'Brien, who judges that the mining was on such a large scale that it cannot have been merely for use in Ireland, but rather that the copper was mainly exported to Europe. The Irish name of the hill recorded by Bruno O'Donoghue in his Parish Histories and Placenames of West Cork is Cnoc Fhosta, 'hill of the encampment'.
Mount Gabriel is the highest hill in the Mizen/Sheeps Head area and the 799th highest in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/792/