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Curlew MountainsHillAn Corrshliabh A name in Irish (Ir. An Corrshliabh [logainm.ie], 'the rough or rugged mountain')RoscommonCounty, in Binnion List, Sandstone & thin mudstone Bedrock
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These hills are just north of the town of Boyle. They overlook Loughs Gara, Arrow and Key. The name has nothing to do with the bird, the curlew. This is merely an anglicisation of Ir. Corrshliabh. However, the precise meaning of the first element is unclear. The interpretation 'pointed mountain' offered by Flanagan & Flanagan does not fit the landscape at all. Joyce's 'rough or rugged mountain' is more plausible, but even this seems a bit exaggerated for these hills, which are rather gently rolling, especially in comparison to their immediate neighbours, the Bricklieve Mountains. An earlier name for this range is Sliabh Seaghsa. Segais is a legendary well of wisdom to which the goddess Boann was forbidden to go to. She defied this taboo, and to show her displeasure at the prohibition walked three times tuathal (anti-clockwise) around it. This ritual, often used in cursing, showed disrespect at least, and the water from the well rose up and chased her to the sea at Drogheda, thus forming the river named for her, the Boyne. On a point of geography, it should be noted that the real source of the Boyne is actually some way to the south-east near Carbury in Co. Kildare. Though the name Sliabh Seaghsa seems to have some relation to the Well of Segais, the Curlew Mountains are west of the River Shannon. Has been called Brislagh.
Curlew Mountains is the third highest hill in the Bricklieve/Curlew area and the 1149th highest in Ireland. Curlew Mountains is the most southerly summit in the Bricklieve/Curlew area. Curlew Mountains is the second highest point in county Roscommon. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/997/