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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 County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 1038.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V80363 84421
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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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Picture: Above the clouds approaching the summit of Carrauntoohil, MacGillicuddy's Reeks. Photo: Mick Crowley
 
Cloud walkers
by MickC  8 Feb 2011
No longer a virgin! Have finally climbed the highest mountain in Ireland and my first time walking in Kerry! And boy did it live up to my expectations – and more. A long hard day in fabulous conditions – hard frost and clear blue skies. Up onto Knockbrinnea straight from the car park at Lisleibane. Onto Beenkeragh, with a fabulous view of the Hag’s Tooth, and then along the ridge to The Bones and finally the top of Carrauntoohil. Stopped for a quick lunch on the top as we were conscious of finishing the horseshoe and getting off the Reeks before dark. Around onto Cnoc na Toinne - Cnoc an Chuillinn - Cnoc an Chuillinn East Top - Maolán Buí - Cnoc na Péiste – scramble across The Big Gun – and finally onto Cruach Mhór. From the top of Cruach Mhór headed NW, through the boulder field, keeping Lough Cummeenapeasta on our left. Across the Gaddagh river to the Hag’s Glen and back to the car 7hrs later just as it got dark. What a day. Best I’ve ever had in Irish mountains. Can’t wait to get back. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/6235/
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Picture: Kerry Alps, with igloo!
Snowy November
by Ben Quinn  29 Nov 2010
Went up last Sunday nov 28th (the coldest it has been on that date in 17 years!) And thanks to Horslips, I needed to clear my head.I expected clear skies and cold that would keep conditions grippy. I got both, and the reward to those of us on top was spectacular..My mama said there'd be days like this! Ladder was interesting but fine, a lot less cover than the last time I went up in 1998! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/6170/
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sliabh on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by sliabh  20 Jan 2004
The weather on the 29th of December 2003 was stunning. With sno won the ground an inversion layer formed and we had some of the best views of the mountain I have seen for years while doing the Coomloughra Horseshoe. More views at http://sliabh.net/images/ireland/xmas2003/images.php Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/815/
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Picture: Carrauntoohil Summit Cross
deandarvill on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by deandarvill  30 Aug 2005
Walked MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Ridge in September of 2004. Started from Breanlee and finished at Kate Kearney's Cottage. Beautiful weather a perfect days hill walking. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/1922/
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Picture: Carrauntoohil & Beenkeragh
 
deandarvill on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by deandarvill  4 Sep 2005
Great views across the Hags Glen Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/1935/
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John Finn on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004
Carrauntoohill from The Hag's Glen. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/1130/
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