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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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Picture: A cold day on the summit!
murphysw on Blackstairs Mountain, 2008
by murphysw  17 Feb 2008
Maybe the Blackstairs should be re-christened the Anti-Dartrys, its such a pro-walker area. Sli na Slainte signs and waymarkers abound, with plenty of signs warning drivers to be mindful of walkers. I too parked up at the spot recommended by Joss Lynam's book, and the elderly farmer himself was there carrying a huge load of hay on his back. I checked with him if there were any access problem, he said 'no problem, walk away, sure everybody does here. Great day for it.' It was, although my luck with the Blackstairs had yet to change, and a small yet thick cloud perched on the summit, and was there for the day. It should be noted by anyone using Joss Lynams book that there have been a few changes. Park up across from the farm, while the lane swings away to the right, you go through a gate straight on. This lane will take you up to a brand new bungalow. The green road runs parallel to his about 200 yards to your left. Dont go all the way to the bungalow. When you are in line with a grey barn and roofless building across the field to your right, there should be a stream to your left where there is a break in the stone wall. Go through this and cross a very wet, though not boggy, field to reach the green road. You can follow this if you want, I chose to plough straight up to Caher Roe's den. The ground is excellent, firm and dry, if somewhat rocky in parts. A minute or so short of the summit are two crosses. The summit itself is obviously the domain of someone with a cairn fetish as there are now 4 of them up there. I further note, driving to the start at about S810477 A I noticed somebody had put up a large signpost marked 'Blackstairs Mountain' pointing up a path leading to the mountain. It seems the locals are indeed keen to get people on their mountain Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/85/comment/2964/
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