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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Starting up the curve. I never really climbed thi .. by Lynchieboy   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
We climbed on 19/09/09 for the 1st time. Picked t .. by tommyhogan   (Show all for Carrauntoohil) Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: MacGillyCuddy Reeks
tiktiktik3 on Carrauntoohil, 2007
by tiktiktik3  19 Jul 2007
One particular morning when I could see the whole reeks clearly from the garden we decided to go for it and went looking for Cronnins yard. As we arived another car drove in with what seemed like 2 hikers also going up. I asked if they wanted to team up and John & Teresa Foley agreed on the spot. We followed the river and went straight towards the Devils Ladder. It’s a fair bit of a walk up to the ladder itself but a very rewarding one. As we came beside Hag’s Tooth I could clearly see our destination, the cross on top. While I pointed it out to Vera, I felt that wee frog that lives in all our belly’s making a few jumps. With all the warnings that I got, I didn’t know what to expect, to make things a bit more interesting as we came in full view of the ladder it started to drizzle. It lasted on and off until we almost reached the summit. For the ladder itself, It must be more obvious for Folks who seen it in the past, I never did so I had no way to compare but the four of us had no trouble climbing it at all. If I had not read all the tales about it I would never have know the condition of the devils ladder had deteriorated so much in the last years. Coming on top of the ladder we took short break to admire the landscape around us and to have a snack. We took some pictures and went on our way again for the final stretch, as we almost reached the summit I speeded up my pace as I wanted to have it for myself even for a few moments, by that time I had lost track of Vera who approached the summit sideways. Once on top We padded each other on the back and after what seemed only a few moments John & Teresa wanted to head down again. Coming halfway down The Devils ladder we noticed a man and two boys going up, the children where completely undressed for the occasion, only in T shirts and street shoes. No provisions nor water. I tried to warn the man about the cold winds on top. He thanked me but said the boys where used to it and they where heading up to pray, then he went into his pocket, got some religious pamphlets out, handed them over to us together with a little cross medallion starting a speech about his believes. I found it such a irresponsible, cruel thing to do to those youngsters by that man. I also was a bit stunned by the odds of this happening halfway up a mountain in a spot called “The Devils Ladder” of all places. Anyway, their was no point in trying to change the man’s mind so we said our goodbye’s and went further down. After that al we had to do was walk the trail back to our car’s. We left John & Teresa with our best wishes, and headed back to the cottage to make ready for a session in Kilorglin that evening. What a ses it turned out to be, but I reckon that’s a different story. Let just say Loefke (My Bodhran), Vera and I had a great evening out. The Liffy water tasted great as it only in Ireland does, the music was energetic and inspiring and the craic would have blown your socks off… All in all, a great day all around Trackback:
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