Carrauntoohil 1038.6m mountain, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Kerry Ireland at
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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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The record breaking ascent/descent Pt II .. by Conor74   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Twins aged 10 conquer the summit .. by MMulli2   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Cross purposes .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Carrauntoohil, from the summit of Benkeragh. Beca .. by csd   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
davestuart on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by davestuart  2 Apr 2006
We intrepid band of ageing walkers, numbering 7 on this trip ,have taken time out of our schedule to do the Coomloughra Horseshoe on Fri. the 24th of March, whilst over on a flying visit from England. We started from road just before L Acoose at around 10.30,up the concrete track to L Eighter and then up on an oblique angle to Skregmore, by which time we had walked above the cloud base. The path over to Beenkerragh was not too bad, easier to climb the rocks than to be stumbling down over them as one of our guides described the route in reverse. By this time it was obvious that our mocking of Gary since he got his GPS was folly indeed. What an invaluable tool for weather like this..... not only to be able to pinpoint height and position to the nearest metre... but to know which way to strike out when there would normally be a difference of opinion based on intuition and compasses. The one advantage of poor visibility is to concentrate fully on where your next footfall will land! the cloud turned to horizontal rain as we traversed the arrete to Carrauntoohill and the iron cross(anyone tell us the story behind the cross?) Pressed on with magic GPS leading us to Caher. It had been a tough walk to this point, with the added sting in the tail of the extra peak just after Caher ...just when the legs are in downhill mode... the slog downhil just about finished off with the boggy ground and heather to cross to reach L Eighter. We were glad to make the walk anti rather than clockwise as it seemed the sfaer way in the conditions. One member of the party suggested it was like climbing with aTesco carrier on your head,a little unfair but at least we can come back in fair weather for the views. When you are over for a day you have no choice but to bag it and move on. The views over L Acoose were stunning as we dropped out of the cloud... just like a blind man cured! We would like to think of ourselves as experienced walkers who have done most the Lakeland, Snowdonia,Scottish and yorks. peaks along with the Pennine Way along with trips to the French, Italian and Julian Alps between us, but this walk despite being only 12 k ish is certainly as tough as anything you would normally take on in one day,especially in poor visibility( perhaps tougher than some books suggest?), more than a few stiff legs the morning after. Total time was around 7 and a half hours....not bad for a load of fifty year old duffers.The exhilarating views on this site will surely lead us back to the Reeks before long....... Trackback:
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I climbed this mountain over 3 day trip with my d .. by conorob   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
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