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MacGillycuddy's Reeks Area   Cen: Reeks West Subarea
Place count in area: 29, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, EW-KNP, EW-R 
Highest place:
Carrauntoohil, 1038.6m
Maximum height for area: 1038.6 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 1038.6 metres,

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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
Place visited by 1994 members. Recently by: Lyner, Moirabourke, Padraigin, Cunn2000, DoloresMcmenamin, Nailer1967, Lucy.boland, Krzysztof_K, niallellis, Marykerry, paulbohs, Ainegavgav, westside, Kaszmirek78, Sarahjb
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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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil (<i>Corrán Tuathail</i>) in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: The summit cross at midnight
 
A Night Climb of Carrauntoohill
by JohnFinn  5 Jun 2023
I set out from Cronin's Yard at 8:30 p.m. on 3rd June and walked up the Hag's Glen and ascended to the ridge of the Reeks via the Zig Zag path (easier to negotiate than the more popular Devil's Ladder ascent).

The sun had set as I reached the ridge but I was greeted by a beautiful full moon rising in the east. The night was calm, barely a breath of wind, and there was no need of a jacket as I made my way to Cnoc na Toinne (845m) on my way to Carrauntoohill.

There was then a drop down to the saddle just above the Devil's Ladder and then an ascent to the summit of Carrauntoohill which I reached at 11:30 p.m.

The light of the moon was bright enough for me to make out the path and I didn't need to use my head-torch.
As I neared the summit - I could see the iron cross in the near distance - a dog started barking. It belonged to a man who was in a bivvy bag nearby. There was no one else around.

I stayed on the summit for about an hour taking in the atmosphere - the full moon, the clear sky with the stars and planets, the stillness, the lights of the towns and houses in the distance, the majestic panorama of the Reeks - and then made my way back down. I used my head-torch at this stage so as to avoid any problems on the descent.

Having reached the saddle above the Devil's Ladder I had to ascend Cnoc na Toinne to get to the ridge and then I descended to the Hag's Glen via the Zig Zag path.

On my way back the Glen a group of hikers on the way up looked like dancing fireflies as their head-torches were the only things of theirs visible until they came near. They were on their way to the summit to greet sunrise which was at 5:20 a.m. I hope they got there in time.

As I neared Cronin's Yard - it was now 4:15 a.m. - the dawn chorus was beginning. Among several other birds two cuckoos were loudly greeting the glimmer of pre-dawn light on the north-eastern horizon.

The last time I did a night climb of Carrauntoohill was about 30 years ago and the conditions then were practically identical. It was a great privilege to be able to do it again. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/23978/
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