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Carrauntoohil Mountain Corrán Tuathail A name in Irish
(Ir. Corrán Tuathail [GE], 'Tuathal's sickle' [OSNB]) County Highpoint of Kerry in Munster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 1,038.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V80363 84421
Place visited by 1756 members. Recently by: Kilcoobin, Kilcubbin, Maire-Ni, conormcg, odrisceoil146, Tomaslj, Q35on, LauraG, colmo23, garybuz, daitho9, Hjonna, jackos, chairmanmiah, the-wren
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Longitude: -9.742693, Latitude: 51.99945 , Easting: 80363, Northing: 84421 Prominence: 1038.59m,  Isolation: 0.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 480339 584480,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crnthl, 10 char: Crnthl
Bedrock type: Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)

Just as the summit of Ireland's highest mountain is often covered in mist, its name is shrouded in uncertainty. Unlike some lesser peaks, such as Mangerton or Croagh Patrick, it is not mentioned in any surviving early Irish texts. P.W. Joyce suggests that meaning of this name is 'inverted reaping hook' and that this sense can be appreciated from the middle of the Hag's Glen. He proposes that the reaping hook is inverted in the sense that it is convex rather than concave [Irish Names of Places, vol. i, p. 6]. The serrated ridges which run up the north face of Carrauntoohil are certainly amongst its most distinctive features and are therefore likely to have given name to the mountain. However, the image of a 'convex reaping-hook' is a very odd and complex one on which to base a place-name, and the use of tuathal to mean inverted, while found in dictionaries, seems to be without parallel in other Irish place-names. It seems more likely that the second element is simply the personal name 'Tuathal' as John O'Donovan believed. This forename was common in Medieval Ireland and is the basis of the surname Ó Tuathail (O'Toole). It also occurs in Lios Tuathail (Listowel, Co. Kerry) and Carraig Thuathail (Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork), which the Flanagans interpret in both cases as a personal name (Irish Place Names). Intriguigingly, one of the earliest accounts to mention Ireland's highest mountain, written by Isaac Weld in 1812, refers to it as 'Gheraun-tuel', which suggests that the first element was not corrán, but rather géarán, 'fang', which is found in the name of several other Kerry mountains. On the basis of this one reference, it is difficult to say whether this represents an earlier form of the name or whether it was a corruption. For further information on the name, see Paul Tempan, Some Notes on the Names of Six Kerry Mountains, JKAHS, ser. 2, vol. v (2005), 5-19.   Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland. Carrauntoohil is the highest point in county Kerry.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: South from Corrán
hugh mcmanus on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by hugh mcmanus  6 Feb 2006
Since pictures of temperature inversions seem to be the order of the day, this might be of interest, taken from the top of Corrán Tuathail in October 04. Linkback:
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GregFM on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by GregFM  13 Jul 2006
I intended to do the Coumloughra Horseshoe but I was choking with a cold and it was suggested that I take a more sheltered route to Corrán & return to Hags Glen via the Bone. Blessed with clear weather with sea level temps. at +16 Celsius we set out up Hags glen but started a climbing traverse under the the Hags Jaw. This took us through two small hanging valleys until we reached the corrie between Corrán and Beancaoracha, a combination of steep walking and simple scambling. The lake in the corrie is Ireland's highest lake and I survived filling me bottle from the stream coming from it. After a quick bite we had options, Howlers ridge (a rock climb not for a novice) or O'Sheas Gully, a steep scree slope that finishes on the Beancaoracha ridge. From here its an easy trek to the summit of Corrán Tuathail. The views were spectacular for 360 degrees. We continued down the cairned route to the Devils Ladder. Thanks to this site I had no intention of bum scooting down what is now a mud slide. We continued around the ridge of Hags Glen taking us over four more peaks two of which were over 3000 feet. The views back to Corrán and Beancaoracha were stunning as were those into the Black Valley and towards Muckross Lake. The trip down the Bone was a combination of soft grass and short rock scrambles with great views around the valley. We did not follow the Bone to the valley floor but took the easier going grssy spur to the right that took us closer to the valley's mouth. Tired legs but cold cured, a fantastic day out. Eight hours in the best views on these islands. I think I'll be back for the Horseshoe! Linkback:
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yecul on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by yecul  14 Sep 2006
5 of us went up Carrauntoohil in Aug 06, whether was great till we got up to the wee lough at the botton of brother O'sheas gully. we got a rest while waiting for the white out to clear.

half way up the clouds surrounded us again and we went up the central gully. wasted an hour having to back track in zero visability.

came back down via the heavens gates. a much better option that the devil ladder. thanks to Ann Mary who took us out of O'Sheas Gully and to the sumit and down the best route.

best addvice, go up O'Sheas Gully but stick to the right side like glue, you'll find the path on the other side of the scread....... Linkback:
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Picture: A hard slog.
toolers25 on Carrauntoohil, 2007
by toolers25  30 May 2007
On Saturday 26th of May I climbed Carrauntohill with a group of 9 other experienced hill walkers. Unfortunately the weather was wet, but bearable. We decided to ascend via Curvy Gully to gain height quickly. The route was in poor condition with lots of loose rock. I would only recommend this route for an experienced group and in small numbers. The rock is so loose and will slip away very easily. When in groups keep close together and watch your footing. What amazed me the most on our decent via Devils Ladder were the amount of people so ill prepared for walking or climbing in Irish mountains and it seemed to be mostly tourists. It is no surprise that there are so many accidents and rescues on the hills. Please people, always be prepared for the unexpected. Bring plenty of food and water, waterproof clothes and a change of clothes. Try and travel with somebody who has experience in navigation. Linkback:
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Picture: Skateboarding on Carrauntoohill
Al on Carrauntoohil, 2008
by Al  5 Sep 2008
Struck out up along the Hags Glen 31/08/08. The plan was to do the Curved Gully Ridge as described in "Munster's Mountains" having done Howlers a couple of months previous. We followed the route as described in the book, up underneath the hags tooth to the "first level". We got up to the second level by scrambling (easy) up alongside the waterfall. The route begins at the back of the second level where curved gully starts. Some nice moderate scrambling gets you up onto the third level above the small lake and to the start of the ridge proper. Rope and climbing gear required for the ridge as it mostly consists of sustained v diff and severe steps (more technical than Howling Ridge). The climbin was great, holds and protection where you wanted them all the way and the views across to Beenkeragh and down to the coum below were quality. When the climbing finally finished it was a short walk across to Carrauntoohill summit. The long haul back down the glen via the Devils ladder finished off the day, 7 hours in total and a super route to the roof of ireland! Linkback:
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Dedalus on Carrauntoohil, 2008
by Dedalus  2 Nov 2008
My first trip to Carrauntoohill today. I had been told that Hungry Hill was a harder climb, but having done it I must say I don't agree.
Went up O'Shea's Gully and came down Heavens gates. Have to admit my legs are tired but it was well worth the pain.Well I am pretty much a beginner!
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