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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 1749 members. Recently by: LauraG, colmo23, garybuz, daitho9, Hjonna, jackos, chairmanmiah, the-wren, mwalimu2, deggy66, spailpin, dregish, doogleman, cactustravelfan, Grimsbyforever
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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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Gay1 on Carrauntoohil, 2002
by Gay1  26 Jun 2002
Great to be there on New Years Eve. Usually has lots of snow. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/34/
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quarryman on Carrauntoohil, 2008
by quarryman  25 Oct 2008
On a July Sunday we walked the tourist route. There were literally hundreds of walkers - and some runners. The ladder is aptly named, a piece of hell on earth. We didn't bring our sticks but remembered to bring a little champagne. Someone had thoughtfully placed a Cork GAA flag at the top of the cross. Continuing the sporting theme my mate Jim is wearing a Clondalkin RFC jersey - I'm an AC Milan fan. On our return we detoured to Caher. Great mountains, great day. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/3402/
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cormacg on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by cormacg  2 Jul 2009
Brother O'Shea patrols his gully. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/3897/
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josvanderlinden on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by josvanderlinden  1 Nov 2009
Memorial plate for Ger McDonnell, the first Irish climber to reach the K2 summit. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/4244/
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Djouce on Carrauntoohil, 2002
by Djouce  24 Oct 2002
On top of Carrauntoohil - Feb 1976 - Trinity College Climbing Club members Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/178/
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Angel_Steel on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by Angel_Steel  19 May 2004
My husband and I climbed Carrauntoohil via the Devil's Ladder - could not see much on the way up so it didn't look as scary as I was expecting. It was a good scramble but I did not feel unsafe at anytime. View from the top was non-existent, after lunch with some fellow Englishmen and some Americans we decided that we would not come off via Caher as the visibility was worsening, so we came back down the Devil's Ladder. We would love to come back and complete a different route - perhaps with better visibility! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/971/
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