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Shannavara Hill Seanadh Bhéara A name in Irish
(Ir. Seanadh Bhéara [logainm.ie], 'slope of Béara') Galway County, in Binnion List, Paragneiss, migmatite, pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 358m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 45 Grid Reference: L93334 43718
Place visited by 18 members. Recently by: markmjcampion, Murray-Tucker, erun, sandman, eamonoc, frankmc04, MichaelE, conormcbandon, jimbloomer, chalky, taobear, eilismoylan, patmoran, juliewoods, Jamessheerin
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Longitude: -9.605383, Latitude: 53.432119 , Easting: 93334, Northing: 243718 Prominence: 301m,  Isolation: 2.2km
ITM: 493321 743646,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Shnvr, 10 char: Shannavara
Bedrock type: Paragneiss, migmatite, pebble beds, (Cashel Schist Formation)

On Tim Robinson's map of Connemara, Seanadh Bhéara (Shannavara) only appears as a townland name. This hill is named Cnoc Úraid. A legend predicts that Cnoc Úraid / Oorid Hill will be the site of the last battle for Christianity. [TR]   Seanadh Bhéara is the highest hill in the South Connemara area and the 1034th highest in Ireland.

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bryanmccabe on Seanadh Bhéara, 2010
by bryanmccabe  28 Mar 2010
This is the first comment on Seanadh Bheara, but somebody obviously beat me to the summit as there are tiny cairns (sitting on rocks) to mark two points competing for the highest!! (they are about 100m apart). Although small in height at 358m, it is an isolated summit and has fabulous panoramic views. The first section of the Maamturks (Corcog to Binn Mhor) looms to the north. The Twelve Bens are also visible, with Ben Lettery and Bengower most prominent on the skyline(west north west). However the views west and south are the most spectacular; Seanadh Bheara is the perfect vantage point for those million or so lakes in South Connemara, as it is much closer than the Maamturks or Bens. I lost count at about ten thousand. The Aran Islands were clearly visible, and the shower that was west of Inis Mor when I was at the summit caught me within 20 mins and before I had reached the car! My point of access was the end of the cul de sac road that leads south east (on average) from the N59 past Oorid Lough (931 450 A). I asked for permission to access the hill at the second last house as the start of the walk goes through a farmyard area and there are several gates and fenced enclosures on the first few minutes of the walk. An absolute gem to compete with any in Connemara. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/888/comment/4541/
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by TommyV  14 Aug 2017
I was bagging a few hills in the South Connemara on Saturday 12th August. Shannavara was to be my 4th hill of the day. I followed bryanmccabe's directions and met the landowner who was out and about. I asked if it was okay to access the hill through his property (expecting a friendly yes as bryanmccabe had no issues). Instead I was surprisingly met with a friendly no. The farmer was very friendly and explained that he has had issues with walkers bringing dogs onto the land and leaving gates open.There was also a case where one walker hurt his ankle on the farmers property and tried to unsuccessfully to sue the farmer. Due to these reasons the farmer has imposed a blanket ban on walkers accessing the hill through his farm. I just wanted to let the hill walker community know that this is no longer an option to access Shannvara. Does anybody know if the route mentioned by Sandman is still an option? Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/888/comment/19682/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Seanadh Bhéara in area South Connemara, Ireland
Picture: Shannavara cairn
 
Rain on the way!
by paddyhillsbagger  23 May 2011
After cycling the 75 mile Tour De Lough Corrib what do you do but bag some nearby hills?
Followed bryanmccabe's excellent directions and made it to the top in slightly damper conditions which hindered the fine views.
Rather boggy climb but up and down in hour and a half as was getting cold and wet. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/888/comment/6358/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Seanadh Bhéara in area South Connemara, Ireland
Picture: MV Summit.
A Tale of Two Cairns.
by sandman  16 May 2016
Having received permission from the farmer to access the open hillside thru his property i parked at L9514244903 B. On reaching the summit area you will notice two cairns one whose photo i included is the MV pick for the summit but the other cairn at L9334843623 C seems to be higher, a photo of same included in previous post. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/888/comment/18526/
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Access
by sandman  15 Aug 2017
To answer the query raised by TommyV for at the time to facilitate parking on a narrow road and not wishing to park on the N59 i parked beside the farm yard with a view to access the hill via the route described in Track 925 but as i parked i noticed the track up thru the farmyard. Whether the farmer is still happy to allow hill walkers i can't answer . But as a safe guaranteed no access issues approach from the south parking in the small car park at L9271638708 D see my comment on Gortmore Hill. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/888/comment/19684/
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