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Blackstairs MountainMountainNa Staighrí Dubha A name in Irish (Ir. na Staighrí Dubha [GE], 'the black stairs')Carlow/ WexfordCounty, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist Bedrock
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Caher Roe's Den is a cave on the SW ridge of this peak. A jutting pinnacle at this place is called Sthurra [MacNeill, 225]. Caher Roe's Den is named after Cathaoir na gCapall of the O’Dempsey family from Laois. After he was dispossessed, he turned rapparee and stole horses. He was hanged at Maryborough (Port Laoise) in August 1735. The Den is reputed to hold his treasure. However, Máire MacNeill remarks: We doubt if Cathaoir na gCapall ever had to take refuge there. The cave-dwelling abductor, the owner of treasure in the bowels of the mountain, was not, we are sure, the eighteenth century raparee, but an ancient deity, possibly the remote divine ancestor of the Leinstermen, Cathair Már. Local people used to climb to Caher Roe's Den on Mountain Sunday, the last Sunday of July [MacNeill, 225-27].
Blackstairs Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Blackstairs Mountains area and the 86th highest in Ireland. Blackstairs Mountain is the second highest point in county Carlow and also the second highest in Wexford. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/85/