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Blackstairs Mountains Area
Maximum height for area: 794.4 metres,   Summits in area: 14,   Maximum prominence for area: 706.4 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 68 For all tops   Highest summit: Mount Leinster, 794.4m
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Blackstairs Mountain Mountain Na Staighrí Dubha A name in Irish
(Ir. na Staighrí Dubha [GE], 'the black stairs') Carlow/ Wexford County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist Bedrock

Height: 735m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 68 Grid Reference: S81059 44833 This summit has been logged as climbed by 249 members. Recently by: IainT, Turlo143, strangeweaver, Pepe, fitzsimj, glencree, johncromie, Jerpoint23, Krumel, lw24, scannerman, Wilderness, millsd1, thomas_g, IndyMan
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Longitude: -6.805818, Latitude: 52.549212 , Easting: 281059, Northing: 144833 Prominence: 540m,   Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 680990 644879,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BlckMn, 10 char: BlckstMntn
Bedrock type: Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist, (Ballybeg Member)

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.

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Maybe the Blackstairs should be re-christened the .. by murphysw   (Show all for Blackstairs Mountain)
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csd on Blackstairs Mountain, 2004
by csd  2 Aug 2004
As recommended by "Best Irish Walks", we parked at grid ref S 7924 4508 B, and headed for the summit via the green road that leads to the saddle between Blackstairs and Bran Scultair. The rocky outcrops of Caher Roe's Den make the southern approach interesting, but alas we were wreathed in fog for the duration of the ridge walk. The picture shows one of the three cairns on the flat and rather uninteresting summit. Rather than complete the full walk from the book we descended SW back to the car after traveling approx 1 km north of the summit. Although the descent looks quite steep, it was easily manageable with a bit of care. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/85/comment/1043/
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