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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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GregFM on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by GregFM  13 Jul 2006
I intended to do the Coumloughra Horseshoe but I was choking with a cold and it was suggested that I take a more sheltered route to Corrán & return to Hags Glen via the Bone. Blessed with clear weather with sea level temps. at +16 Celsius we set out up Hags glen but started a climbing traverse under the the Hags Jaw. This took us through two small hanging valleys until we reached the corrie between Corrán and Beancaoracha, a combination of steep walking and simple scambling. The lake in the corrie is Ireland's highest lake and I survived filling me bottle from the stream coming from it. After a quick bite we had options, Howlers ridge (a rock climb not for a novice) or O'Sheas Gully, a steep scree slope that finishes on the Beancaoracha ridge. From here its an easy trek to the summit of Corrán Tuathail. The views were spectacular for 360 degrees. We continued down the cairned route to the Devils Ladder. Thanks to this site I had no intention of bum scooting down what is now a mud slide. We continued around the ridge of Hags Glen taking us over four more peaks two of which were over 3000 feet. The views back to Corrán and Beancaoracha were stunning as were those into the Black Valley and towards Muckross Lake. The trip down the Bone was a combination of soft grass and short rock scrambles with great views around the valley. We did not follow the Bone to the valley floor but took the easier going grssy spur to the right that took us closer to the valley's mouth. Tired legs but cold cured, a fantastic day out. Eight hours in the best views on these islands. I think I'll be back for the Horseshoe! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2424/
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