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GravaleMountainDroibhéal A name in Irish (Ir. Droibhéal [PNCW], 'difficult passage')WicklowCounty, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite with microcline phenocrysts Bedrock
Height:718mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56Grid Reference: O10490 09420This summit has been logged as climbed by 401 members. Recently by: hilde, IainT, Murray-Tucker, Pepe, Damien25, tsheehy, Krumel, lw24, bryanjbarry, strangeweaver, Gerkennedy, Bissboy, KevinRoche, KowaiBaz, AndrewH I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
Eoin Mac Neill believed that the name Drobeóil, mentioned in the Metrical Dindshenchas and seemingly referring to a pass, had survived in the mountain name Gravale (JRSAI lxv, 14). On Nevill's map of 1760 the high ground W of Gravale is marked as Lavarna. Price says that this is pronounced Lavarnia and is derived from Leath-Bhearna. On the Downshire Estate map of 1806 Lavarna Gap is marked on the ridge above Lavarney Spout, between Gravale and Duff Hill. Price comments that this was a route from Lough Dan to Blessington.
Gravale is the 100th highest summit in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/97/