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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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Picture: Corrán Tuathail from Knockbrinnea West Top
 
eflanaga on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by eflanaga  17 Jul 2006
From above the area known as The Black Mare IV 80201 84154 A (see Caher for previous walk stage) there is a sharp rocky drop, requiring care and attention, to the shoulder/saddle marking the NE turn towards Carrauntoohill. There follows a fairly steep but straightforward climb up a clear path to the summit and the large iron cross. When I reached the top - GPS reading at the base of the cross was IV 80358 84424 B - I met a young couple from Hull having lunch. I hunkered down in the remains of a shelter beside the cross and took a break myself hopeful that the cloud which had followed me from the top of Caher West Top would clear to allow some decent pictures. The young couple left for Beenkeeragh and were soon replaced by another couple this time from Snowdonia. I spent about another forty minutes with these two very friendly people awaiting a window of opportunity for some photographs. Every so often the mists would clear offering a tantalising vista only to close again by the time we had cameras raised ready to snap! Eventually, I decided I could wait no longer leaving the couple in the certain knowledge that as soon as I reached the base of the Bones/Tooth the weather would clear on ‘Toohill. Sure enough that’s exactly what happened. As I began my ascent of the Tooth I looked back up to the Cross to see the couple I had left behind merrily snapping away for all their worth. Ah well! They had travelled much further than me so good luck to them. Onward across the Tooth and the arête known as the Beenkeeragh Ridge the next stage in the walk. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2427/
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