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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
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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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There is a notice posted on the access from Croni .. by Moac   (Show all for Carrauntoohil (Corrán Tuathail))
Walked the Horseshoe yesterday.The weather was am .. by jamestmasterson   (Show all for Carrauntoohil (Corrán Tuathail)) Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil (<i>Corrán Tuathail</i>) in area MacGillycuddy
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marzka on Carrauntoohil, 2010
by marzka  4 Jan 2010
This is a magnificent, very enjoyable trek. In the winter you should expect a lot of snow and icy gulleys. I would remind that usually in the winter the same trail is being taken longer than usually. From another site you can easily find well beaten paths.
I started my way on parking near Lislebane (Grid Ref. V827873 D). From Lisleibane follow the obvious track into the Hags Glen to the Devils ladder ascent. Probably this 500 feet gully is or rather was (?) the most popular route up Carrauntoohill. The Devils Ladder itself is a steep gully filled with loose scree and boulders. It is now quite unstable in places and care should be taken, especially in winter when the stones are icy. In last December was very icy! At the top of the Devils Ladder bear right onto the long summit slope of the mountain. From an initially vague appearance, the track becomes more distinct as you gain height. Although it branches in several places, all variations lead eventually to the summit. In poor visibility beware of heading too far to the left of the track and onto the dangerous ground above Curraghmore, or too far to the right where a narrow track leads across the face of the mountain towards the Heavenly Gates.
I returned via Heavenly Gates. So from the summit follow usually still well beaten path down in a south-easterly direction. A little above Devils Ladder Pass go to the left away from the path. Continue in a north-easterly direction and you will pick up a small track, which will take you towards the Heavenly Gates. You will now have some steep sections to descend as you follow the path down. A good view of Lough Gouragh will open out on you right hand side. At the top of the heavenly gates there are some good photographic opportunities but great care must be taken with regard to safety. As you descend from the heavenly gates you will see a small rescue hut on your left. Continue on past the hut and you will need at one stage to track back in order to take a path down the side to get down to a lower level, also you will have to get down an awkward rock section. And than the path to Lisleibane is now fairly straightforward as it is an exact retrace of incoming path. Linkback:
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