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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
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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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Sparkey on Carrauntoohil, 2010
by Sparkey  8 Mar 2010
In Killorglin over the Bridge that crosses the river go up the hill a bit & take the left hand turn at the Bianconni Inn, Turn right along this road to Glencar. Continue on up this road to where you will meet a Y in the road. Continue on from this where you will see a wooden gate on your LH side. The pathway you are on is up to the Hydro station. 20 minutes of hard slog up this brings you to the foot of Skregmore on your left. Ahead is Caher & if your gaze follows the ridge from Caher along to the left to Carrauntoohil you should be able to make out the imposing slope of the Beenkeragh ridge. From here turn to your right & make for the lowest part of Caher across a small boggy area. Try to veer right following a rough stony path. A distinct path can be seen here leading up to along slope to Caher above you. The last few 100 mts should be taken slowly as conditions underfoot will make for slow progress. From Caher the rest of the ridge walk can be seen. A steep descent will bring you to a clear path about 100 mts from Carruantoohil. After reaching the top clearly marked with a cross Beenkeragh ridge can be seen below to the left. Retrace your steps a bit down the slope until Caher is on you left with the cross behind you to the right and the beginnings of the ridge is directly below and in front you. From here along the ridge care must be taken as there is ample opportunity for mistakes. If the weather has turned for the worse or time is against you it would be advisable to turn back along the route you've come because this ridge is very exposed and high winds or rain will slow you up considerably. Most of this ridge is either scrambling up and along rock or bone jarringly picking your way down steep rocky slopes. The whole Beenkeragh section of the walk deserves a lot of concentration and respect due to the underfoot conditions but none more so than the first hour or so. If in doubt of the path try to stay to the left of the ridges-but there will be times where you will be forced to the right ! While the path may drop down only to climb again the alternative of climbing along and over the rocks should only be undertaken by those who do not suffer from vertigo. This whole section is a series of dips and rises until a rise first of Skregmores peaks at 851 mts is reached up some large scattered slabs. The second peak of Skregmore at 848 mts is directly in front of you but we took a bearing directly west along the side of a slope here which will bring you to the last rise of Skregmore at 747 mts . Keeping directly west at all times with Lough Eighter below to your left pick your way carefully down a path worn by sheep as you zig zag down to the gate near the Hydro station . The short but steep walk down the partially concreted path brings you down to the Gate at the road again. Linkback:
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