Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by
conditions. General information about the site is
here. Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks or shared GPS tracks may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk see
conditions. Credits and list definitions are listed here
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 place has been logged as visited by 73 members. Recently by: DeltaP, NualaMc, eejaymm, Colin Murphy, brendanjrehill, Cobhclimber, ckilm, Garmin, hivisibility, eamonoc, TommyV, skhg, scapania, CaptainVertigo, mountainmike I have visited this place: 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/?PHPSESSID=8bk53m4uhv8klis8nqdk02ttq2