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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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Picture: Devil's Ladder or Gully
by Hilltop-Harrier  19 Aug 2012
Part 2. I set off at 7.30am on a 28th July 2012 on a fine morning, the weather forecast was poor but I knew or rather I assumed I wouldn’t be on my own. I like the tranquillity of the hills as long as I can see and away off I set. I had talked to people coming back from Carrauntoohill the evening before and I had made a decision if I get to a point where I think it’s too dangerous I will turn back. The path meandered up through the fields until I came to the first forded crossing on the Gaddagh River which was about 1.6km into the walk, I was glad not to take off my boots at this early stage. I continued on the path uphill into the famous Hag’s Glen to the next crossing of the River which is not forded and just has big boulders to assist your crossing and that was fine as it was summer and the water level low. I mentioned my poor sense of direction earlier and the little printout I had was very detailed and spot on. After a very short rise I was onto the flat and waterlogged valley, which has the most astounding breathtaking peaks surrounding me. The sun was shining brightly and of course the camera was flat out. In the distance I could see a walker coming towards me, we chatted and he warned me of the perilous Devil’s ladder after checking out my walking gear. I passed between the twin lake of Lough Callee on my left and Lough Gouragh on my right, the path was now becoming rougher. Up ahead was a woman with a young boy of say 10yrs making slow progress. I was now at the foot of the gully and had decided it would be a good time for sandwiches and coffee. I thoroughly enjoyed my food and after 20min began up the Devils Ladder, two young fit lads passed me here and began up the gully, but youth also has it’s limits as the ladder began to take it’s hold on them. I struggled up the ladder more with my poor fitness level rather than the challenge itself, one thing I will say I always carry a walking stick and it was essential here, it became my third leg so to speak. I lost track of time here but I seemed to be a very long time in the Devils ladder. I decided from the onset to zig zag up, I know its slow but I was on my own and it worked well. One thing I will say here, my leaflet advised to think about your return journey and if heavy fog came in how you would come back down. I took this advice and thought worst case scenario I’ll be on my backside. At last I’d conquered the Ladder and was now on top of Cnoc na Toinne ‘Ye Ha!!. My joy was short lived as I knew this mountain was dangerous and I was constantly watching the weather. I had seen the dark thunder clouds coming my way and sure enough just as I got out the top the fog and heavy rain started before I could have a look around me. Linkback:
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