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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: 732.1m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 68 Grid Reference: S81000 44800 This summit has been logged as climbed by 250 members. Recently by: jackill, IainT, Turlo143, strangeweaver, Pepe, fitzsimj, glencree, johncromie, Jerpoint23, Krumel, lw24, scannerman, Wilderness, millsd1, thomas_g
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Longitude: -6.806695, Latitude: 52.548924 , Easting: 281000, Northing: 144800 Prominence: 540m,   Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 680931 644846,   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 88th highest in Ireland. Blackstairs Mountain is the second highest point in county Carlow and also the second highest in Wexford.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Blackstairs Mountain in area Blackstairs Mountains, Ireland
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Great viewpoint above a patchwork quilt of fields
Short Summary created by Onzy,  9 Jun 2014
Blackstairs Mountain is a prominent hill on the main ridgeline separating Carlow from Wexford. The hill’s prominence means views are good in all directions, mostly over flatlands, but dominated by the mast-arrayed peak of Mount Leinster to the north.

Blackstairs is a hill-walker friendly region and there are a number of approaches marked locally. Perhaps the most straight-forward ascent is from the Scullogue Gap, parking at S81378 47884 A. There is a well-worn track from here which can be quite wet. About 2 to 2.5 hours.

Another approach is from the south-east, at the start of a forest track at S 809 410 B. Follow the track up to the col between Carrigalachan and Caher Roe’s Den and head north along the ridge from here. A further approach, recommended by Joss Lynam, is to park at S 7924 4508 C, head east onto the right, then north to the top.

The entire ridge can be traversed also, starting from around S75817 35576 D, taking in Bran Scultair, Carrigroe and Carrigalachan, before reaching Blackstairs Mountain itself and then descending to the Scullogue Gap, with the option of extending further to Mount Leinster and coming off the ridge at the Nine Stones (S81643 54638 E). The entire traverse would be in excess of 8 hours.

Among the rocky outcrops of Caher Roe’s Den (S801 439 F), on the southwest spur of Blackstairs Mountain, is a cave, reputed to hold the treasure of the O’Dempsey family of Laois. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/85/comment/4845/
 
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