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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: 1,038.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V80363 84421
Place visited by 1738 members. Recently by: doogleman, cactustravelfan, Grimsbyforever, conororourke, justynagru, epona2018, Dalcassian, Andy1287, kieran.ruby, conorb, Patrickdoyle, darragh3277, chelman7, Grumbler, MountainHunter
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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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New Bridge In Place .. by ahendroff   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
A day from Heaven .. by Cemalina2010   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Carrantoohil as part of ridge circuit .. by dewhelan   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
Tough day, unfortunately no view this time .. by Derry_Danderer   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
it doesnt get any higher here! .. by wild_brian   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Unnamed lake at the bottom of Brother O'Shea's Gully.
 
Ireland's highest
by TommyV  30 Oct 2018
Irelands's highest mountain is always going to be extensively documented on Mountain Views. I won't clog the map up with more marker points. Took a challenging route from Cronins Yard going along Hags Glen before veering right at Lough Gouragh to head for the steep climb up Brother O'Shea's gully to a little col at the end of the Beenkeeragh ridge. From here head in a South East direction for the last 100m climb to the summit. To descend, continue South East down the mountain to the top of the Devils ladder. From here the Heavenily Gates are to the left and lead back to the start of Brother O'Shea's gully. From here climb back down to the Hags Glen and follow the track back to Cronins Yard. The day started out with blue skies but the cloud rolled in as we neared the top of Brother O'Shea's Gully so my wait for a view at the top continues. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/20117/
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