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Slieve BeaghHillSliabh Beatha A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Beatha [DUPN], prob. 'mountain of birch')Fermanagh/TyroneCounty, in Binnion List, Shale, laminated carbonate, evaporite Bedrock
Height:380mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 18Grid Reference: H52385 43639This summit has been logged as climbed by 70 members. Recently by: Colin Murphy, brendanjrehill, Cobhclimber, ckilm, Garmin, hivisibility, eamonoc, TommyV, skhg, scapania, CaptainVertigo, mountainmike, jimcummins, simoburn, wwwalker I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
This hill straddles the counties of Fermanagh, Tyrone and Monaghan. A point just E of the summit is the highest point in Co. Monaghan (366m), but the summit itself is on the Fermanagh/Tyrone border. According to Irish mythology, Bith, a son of Noah, was buried here. He took part in the first invasion of Ireland led by his daughter, queen Cesair. However, it is likely that 'mountain of Bith' is a re-interpretation of the name and that its original meaning is more mundane: 'mountain of birch'. The summit of Slieve Beagh is marked by a cairn named Doocarn. Near the summit is a Shane Barnagh's Lough and a rocky area called Shane Barnagh's Stables. These are named after the rapparee Shane Barnagh O'Donnelly. His activities must have covered a wide area, as there is also a knoll known as Shane Barnagh's Sentry-Box in the hills above Pomeroy, some 30 km to the north-east. On the northern slopes of Slieve Beagh is Altadavin Glen, which was once a place of pagan or druidic worship. Saint Patrick is said to have banished the evil spirits into Lough Beg nearby. See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 153-55) for details of the festive assembly at Altadavin.
Slieve Beagh is the third highest hill in the Fermanagh/S Tyrone area and the 994th highest in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/866/