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SlievecallanHillSliabh Calláin A name in Irish also Mount Callan an extra name in English (Ir. Sliabh Calláin [logainm.ie] , poss. 'mountain of the height')ClareCounty, in Binnion List, Sandstone, siltstone & mudstone Bedrock
Height:391mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 57Grid Reference: R14422 77360This place has been logged as visited by 27 members. Recently by: MichaelE, jimbloomer, johnnyireland, chalky, TommyV, Fergalh, jlk, conormcbandon, dtlibra, taobear, jackill, sheilaterry, acorn, sandman, eoinmalone I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
Slievecallan is an isolated peak, the highest in SW Clare. Given the altitude and boggy, infertile terrain, Callán/Collán is more likely to be the element meaning 'height' which appears in names such as Sliabh gCallann (Slieve Gallion in Derry) and Collann (Collon, Co. Louth) than coll(-án), 'hazel' . The monuments and place-names on the mountain were the subject of some considerable controversy in the late 18th and 19th centuries, when theories were advanced that rituals of pre-Christian sun worship took place here. See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 193-201) for details of the festive assembly on Slievecallan.
Slievecallan is the highest hill in the West Clare area and the 971st highest in Ireland. Slievecallan is the second most southerly summit in the West Clare area. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/850/