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Slievenamon Mountain Sliabh na mBan A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh na mBan [OSI], 'mountain of the women') Tipperary County In Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists

Height: 721m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 67 Grid Reference: S29782 30722 This summit has been logged as climbed by 266 members. Recently by: murphysw, chalky, bsheils, davidsmyth, melohara, reidyden, kernowclimber, mcrtchly, pavelbodi, simoburn, alanshep, keith_flynn, basilbailey, geohappy, GrendanB
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Longitude: -7.562913, Latitude: 52.427613 Prominence: 711m,   Isolation: 2.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 629725 630770,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slvnmn, 10 char: Slvnmn

This mountain is steeped in mythology. The name is derived from the following legend: Fionn Mac Cumhaill sat waiting at the top while women raced up it to win his hand. Since Fionn and Gráinne were in love, he had shown her a short-cut and she duly won the race. Yeats preferred the name Knockfefin. The mountain rises from the plain of Femen, which represents ‘woman’ or ‘femininity’. The song Slievenamon is the Tipperary anthem.   Slievenamon is the highest mountain in the South Midlands area and the 95th highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievenamon in area South Midlands, Ireland
Picture: From Knocknalougha
 
A good easy to follow track
Short Summary created by jackill  5 Jun 2013 Start from the roadside north of Kilcash at S317 288 (Point A) just in front of a farmyard.Park on the roadside, which is narrow, as best you can. Be careful not to obstruct the farm entrances. A rough signposted track leads off to the west, up the mountain. The route up the mountain is on a substantial track so you can't really go wrong, just follow it uphill with the forestry on your right.
At the top of this track is a concrete bunkhouse with bits of decaying aerial near it. Go past this uphill to the north on a gradual slope to the summit pillar.
Point A: S317 288

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievenamon in area South Midlands, Ireland
by simon3  6 Dec 2003 One place to start is just north of Kilcash at S317288. (To get to this, go north of Kilcash for about 500m, take a left turn and follow the road for about 400m). Here a rough signposted track leads off to the west, up the mountain. Most of the route up the mountain is on a substantial track, some of it to the west of a forestry plantation.
At the top of this track is a concrete bunkhouse with bits of decaying aerial near it. One possible place to aim for on the flattish summit is a trig pillar as shown below.
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by deswalk  11 Apr 2007 I climbed Slievenamon on 5 April 2007 Easter Week. The weather was extraordinary with high pressure and clear blue sky. I took the popular route signposted as 'Slievenamon Summit' from point 317288 just up from Kilcash.I first climbed this in 1980 and the last time before Thursday was about twenty years ago. The track has grown in width over the years and is now almost a road to the summit. However the view is still as magnificent. I was up at the top at 7pm and it was deserted. Superb.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievenamon in area South Midlands, Ireland
Picture: A place to sit and contemplate
 
History and Folklore
by wicklore  25 Jul 2010 Slievenamon may appear unremarkable, but by digging a little deeper it reveals some quite interesting things. It is a special mountain to the people of Tipperary, and the song ‘Sliabh na mban’ is their county anthem which is sung at sporting and other celebratory events. So protective are the locals of their hill that they were outraged at plans for a windfarm to be developed on its slopes. They successfully challenged this and Slievenamon remains windmill-free today.

The name ‘Slievenamon’ derives from Sliabh na mban, the Mountain of the Women, or Maidens. It is said that Fionn Mac Cumhaill chose his wife by picking the winner from a group of women who raced up the mountain. Grainne won, and it is said Fionn helped her to do so by showing her a shortcut to the top! Slievenamon was also home to a group of Faeries known as the Horned Witches. When these witches caused trouble to a local woman by invading her house she tricked them into leaving by shouting that their mountain, Slievenamon, was on fire. When they left she successfully kept them out for good.
Watch out for Horned Witches on the stony track that leads to the summit. The track makes route-finding simple, and Slievenamon attracts all levels of walkers. Contributors here say it is a 45 minute walk to the top along the track. I would suggest that it is a 45 minute walk for fairly fit, regular walkers. The track is steep in places, and several stops for water or breath may be required. I think it is perfectly ok to say it may take some walkers well over an hour to complete. I make this point as a couple I met on the hill felt bad that they had not reached the summit after an hour’s walking. I encouraged them to go at their own pace.

Slievenamon was the scene of some activity during the 1798 rebellion. In July 1798, a pitched battle occurred between the United Irishmen rebels and Government troops nearby. The rebels were defeated, and some say a betrayal resulted in their swift demise. Slievenamon also featured in later Irish History. In 1922 the British Army handed over 13 Whippet Rolls-Royce armoured cars to the fledgling Irish Free State Government. One of these vehicles was allocated to Michael Collins, who had just been appointed Commander-in-Chief of the rapidly expanding Free State army. Each of the Rolls-Royces was given a name, and the car allocated to Michael Collins was proudly named Slievenamon. Slievenamon was an escort vehicle with machine guns mounted on the day of the ambush of Michael Collins in Beal na Blath.

More recently on 26th December ’03, Slievenamon was the scene of tragedy when a businessman from Kilkenny, Tom Manning, died while descending the mountain. A large cairn on the upper reaches of the tourist track bears a plaque dedicated to his memory. There is also a well built ‘Memory Seat’ next to a large cross near the beginning of the access track. From the seat fine views can be had across to the Comeraghs.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievenamon in area South Midlands, Ireland
Picture: Looking south east from Slievenamon
by mneary34  10 Oct 2005 I climbed Slievenamon from the same starting point as Simon at S317288 just north of Kilcash. The start point is at the 240 metre contour so to the summit at 721 it is a 480 metre climb. The route up is easy to follow along a path all of the way and there are two crests on the route where the subsequent journey is revealed. As others have described there is a cairn, standing stone and trig point at the summit. Great views extend south and to the Comeraghs. This photo shows the route back down.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievenamon in area South Midlands, Ireland
Picture: Slievenamon trig pillar
 
Slievenamon
by waldobk  18 Apr 2010 I climbed Slievenamon for the first time on 16th April 2010 from the starting point S317288 (Point A). I found the climb tough but this was probably due to my lack of fitness! It took me just under an hour to reach the summit. I met another hillwalker near the summit and he informed me that it normally takes 45 mins to reach the top. The views are just magnificent . Hopefully the next time I climb this mountain, i will find it a much easier climb.
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