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South Wexford Area
Maximum height for area: 268.5 metres,   Summits in area: 6,   Maximum prominence for area: 187.5 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 68, 69, 76, 77 For all tops   Highest summit: Slievecoiltia, 268.5m
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Slievecoiltia Hill Sliabh Coltair A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Coltair [logainm.ie], 'mountain of Coltar') Wexford County, in Binnion List, Green & grey slate with thin siltstone Bedrock

Height: 268.5m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 76 Grid Reference: S72794 21327 This summit has been logged as climbed by 48 members. Recently by: TommyV, bryanjbarry, bbarry2015, Harry Goodman, jlk, eamonoc, chalky, Pepe, Gobbledygook, simon3, thomasgaffney, Fergalh, thomas_g, Bernieor, madfrankie
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Longitude: -6.932739, Latitude: 52.33919 , Easting: 272795, Northing: 121328 Prominence: 187.46m,   Isolation: 7.5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 672727 621379,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slvclt, 10 char: Slvclt
Bedrock type: Green & grey slate with thin siltstone, (Ballylane Formation)

Coltair is the personal name from which the surname Ó Coltair (Coulter) is derived.   Slievecoiltia is the highest hill in the South Wexford area and the 1230th highest in Ireland. Slievecoiltia is the most westerly summit and also the second most southerly in the South Wexford area.

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Drive up summit with great views on a good day. .. by group   (Show all for Slievecoiltia)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievecoiltia in area South Wexford, Ireland
Picture: Summit of Slievecoiltia with Blackstairs Mountain to the left of the Trig Pillar
 
wicklore on Slievecoiltia, 2009
by wicklore  10 Nov 2009
Slievecoiltia is a hill next to the JFK Arboretum in Wexford, and is part of the same overall park. It has an access road that has opening times. Unlike the JFK Arboretum you dont have to pay. The entrance road for the hill is at S729 194 (OS Map 76). There are numerous places to park along the 3 km road that leads to the top so its your choice where to start walking. (You can even park at the summit if you want)

The summit area is a pleasant grassy field next to the car park. Stunning views are available in all directions. As Sunday was a lovely clear day I could see Hook Head Lighthouse, Waterford City, the Comeraghs, the Galtees (85 kms away),Slievenamon, the Blackstairs, Brandon Hill, and a host of minor hills and villages. There were many people about enjoying their Sunday outing and one of them, an elderly man, came over to chat. He must have seen my gps unit as I was busy capturing the summit info for MV. He introduced himself as Danny Burke who used to work for the Ordnance Survey of Ireland. We enjoyed a great chat as he explained about the work he used to do. He told me that in the 1960s he was one of many staff that were sent out to find and rediscover the many hundreds of Trig Points that had been used in the original ordnance survey. He said that these were only clay tablets in the ground and he described the difficulty and adventure in seeking them across the country in often terrible conditions. They then built the modern trig pillars in their place that we see today, which they used for their new survey. Of further interest was that he said the measurements were done at night, with people on each summit using bright helium lights to be visible to other surveyors up to 40 kms away.

I thought this was fascinating stuff and it really brought these anonymous concrete pillars to life for me. I considered some of the trig pillars I had seen buried in forests and gorse that had slipped into obscurity, probably never to be used again. With modern technology they would now be as defunct as the original clay tablets Danny referred to.

The pleasant summit includes a board pointing out the many distant mountains and their names. There is also a 1798 memorial stone at the summit which states: - The rebels camped on Slieve Coillte from the 7th to 10th June. Bagenal Harvey resigned his command here. He was succeeded by Fr Philip Roche. A detachment under the command of Thomas Cloney attacked the gunboats on the river Barrow at Fisherstown. -

This odd, stilted account no doubt refers to a meaningful episode of the 1798 Rebellion, but it could have been expanded to be more informative

Despite the crowds Slievecoiltia is really well worth a visit if you are in the area, but only on a day that allows you to get the most out of the amazing views. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/982/comment/4264/
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Serial Summiteer! .. by paddyhillsbagger   (Show all for Slievecoiltia)
 
This hill is part of Kennedy Park. The road goes .. by andodenis   (Show all for Slievecoiltia)
 
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