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South Midlands Area   Slievenamon Subarea
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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 Lists

Height: 721m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 67 Grid Reference: S29782 30722 This summit has been logged as climbed by 255 members. Recently by: keith_flynn, basilbailey, geohappy, GrendanB, Pepe, GSheehy, DaveClinton, comsean, thomasgaffney, nickywood, dreilly, diarmuidoc, jasonmc, fmacm, frankmc04
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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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by paulocon  4 Nov 2009 I'd read somewhere that Slievenamon is regularly used as a venue for Mountain Running so having recently got back into running and finding myself with a bit of time to spare on a trip back up the country this afternoon, I decided to throw on my runners and give it a lash. After all, how hard could it be? The answer is that it's not so much hard as practically impossible - those mountain runners must be a different breed. I was barely over the gate leading out onto the open slopes when I had to stop for water so I quickly downgraded my plans to a swift walk.

It's a pretty easy walk effort wise and you literally can't get lost - just follow the wide track up to the cairn at the false summit from where a short walk along a less distinct track leads to the summit proper. Take your pick from the large summit cairn or the rather bedraggled looking trig point as to where the actual top of Slievenamon is.

Misty and very windy on top so views across were limited to glimpses through the clouds but these glimpses hinted at excellent views across to the Comearghs (which seem to loom over the mountain) and the Galtees. With the wind on my back and the onset of a heavy and prolonged shower of hail, I found that while running down a mountain may be a lot easier than running up, it does present challenges all of its own! My style on the desent wasn't so much running as semi-controlled falling but good fun all the same!

Despite the worsening conditions and the now low-lying mist, I met a number of people making their way up - can only imagine how busy the mountain must be on a good summers day!
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by hivisibility  4 Nov 2012 did this climb today. Steeper than I expected but enjoyable. After the memory seat the track up is badly eroded after the wet summer of 2012 but just as easy to ascend by walking to the left of the path. Unfortunately the mist descended half way up so no views today, but a good workout none the less.
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by peter1  14 Feb 2010 February 14, 2010, my first time to climb Slievenamon. Started from above Kilcash having driven over from Limerick. High, thin cloud and some blue sky made for a day spent eye-balling the surrounding peaks, massifs and lowlands. The views extended from Mount Leinster, still with a cape of snow, around to the sea at Waterford; the Comeraghs, Knockmealdowns and Galtees; possibly the Ballyhouras just to the right, Keeper Hill and the Silvermines, Devils Bit and the Slieve Blooms; and further towards the west, the Slieve Bernagh group above Killaloe and Lough Derg. Stunning! Completing a circuit that entailed dropping down from the summit in a westerly direction, taking in two smaller tops and returning to the car along the track on the south side of the mountain...all in 3 1/2 hours with warm spring sunshine once down out of the cold north wind. I will be back and this time I will have numbers with me!
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by bogtrotter_ie  17 Feb 2003 Returned for my regular walk around Slievenamon yesterday 16th February 2003. It was a lovely dry, cold and windy day and it was a most enjoyable walk. Unfortunately, because of the misty haze, visibility wasn't everything it could have been. Highly recommend this walk to everyone.
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