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pdtempan
2007-08-17 18:23:59
Mountain Names in Mayo
Writing on Tievnabinnia in 2003, Wee Davie remarked "None of the summits on the ridge are named on the OS - but I've visited the grid references." In 2005 Milo commented "Top naming is interesting hereabouts. Whence was it obtained?" and Wee Davie asked the same question a week ago. As I've had a hand in providing some place-name information for MV, I'll have a go at answering this question. I understand that the name Tievnabinnia was taken from Claude Wall's 'Mountaineering in Ireland' (1930) and that Tievummera was taken from the old 1 inch map. As Wee Davie pointed out, none of the Sheeffry Hills are named on the Discovery map. In fact, the problem of unnamed summits is particularly noticeable in Co. Mayo, probably due to depopulation. It is very noticeable in other areas of the county, such as the Nephin Beg range. There were probably relatively few people for the Ordnance Survey to consult on hill-names in Mayo even when they were making the original 6" maps back in the pre-Famine 1830s and 1840s. The subsequent revisions, which were responsible for filling in many of the minor names in most areas, were carried out after the Famine, so there were far fewer people to ask at that stage. If anybody knows of any names we have missed or sources which they think we should consult, I would be very interested to know. Incidentally, Tievnabinnia is a curious name which occurs in two other places in the locality, once in Tonatleva townland on the slopes of Mweelrea, and once as a townland on the N. slopes of Ben Creggan (spelt Teevnabinnia in both cases). It comes from the Irish Taobh na Binne and means 'side of the cliff' (Breandán S. Mac Aodha - "Minor Names in an Irish Mountain Area", Studia Celtica xxiv/xxv, p. 146). The other name, Tievummera, appears to be from Taobh Iomaire, 'side of (the) ridge'. Glenummera is a townland in the vicinity. Wee Davie found the views more inspiring than the Sheefry Hills themselves and I would accept that the matter-of-fact names are not particularly inspired or inspiring either.
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Scarr: Three ridges, many routes and good views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 11 hours ago.
Scarr has three useable ridges off it, to the north, south and east. The easiest perhaps is the Glenmacnass Waterfall carpark O11380 03009 (notorious for break-ins). From here head for the north ...

  
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Near Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
ewen 12 hours ago.
Note this will take considerably less time in my opinion. I take too many photos so it adds about an hour to the trip.... walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 469m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggau

  
Summit Comment
Scarr: A walk in the clouds.
TommyV 2 days ago.
This route starts on an old forest road at Oldbridge, there is room for parking 5 or 6 cars near the top at O15162 01916. From here follow the road West until you reach a gate at O14832 01892. Go ...

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Omey Island
Onzy a day ago.
A circuit of Omey ... cut short by my fear that my car wouldn't make it back across the sound... walk, Len: 5.6km, Climb: 60m, Area: Galway Islands (Ireland)

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Glenealo Valley and Miners Village
sev 3 days ago.
Glenealo Valley and Miners Village - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

  
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Camaderry South East Top: Glendalough Upper Lake
sev 3 days ago.
Glendalough Upper Lake and the valley - view from south slope of Camaderry South East Top (Aug. 2010)

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Short Loop north of Omey
Onzy a day ago.
walk, Len: 2.1km, Climb: 33m, Area: Galway Coast (Ireland)

  
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Seefin: "Megalithic Fallout Shelter"
sev 3 days ago.
Wicklow Mountains - Megalithic tomb on Seefin Mt.http://youtu.be/u--BKEqB-JM

  
Summit Summary
Skregmore: Incidental summit in the Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 4 days ago.
Much climbed but little remembered, Skregmore is a victim of its location. One of the highest summits in Ireland but adjacent to still higher tops, impressively rocky but still far less dramatic t...

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Coastal Walk north of Cleggan
Onzy a day ago.
A spectacular walk circling the peninsula immediately north of Cleggan ... a detour to Olivers for lunch and a fast coun walk, Len: 22.5km, Climb: 386m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
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Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 5 days ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

  
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Tievnabinnia: Bulky Sheeffrys summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 6 days ago.
Tievnabinnia is the easternmost of the higher Sheeffry Hills, a distinctly bulky eminence where gently grassy upper slopes contrast with a series of steep corries to both north and south of its ge...


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