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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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The High King of Ireland
by YoungJohn  17 Jun 2010
My younger and more experienced walker friend from Cork and I decided to 'do' Carrauntoohil in a single day, the 23rd May 2010. We journeyed for three hours to get there, stopping in Castleisland for a fine breakfast, a good foundation being essential. We parked in a relatively new carpark above Cronins Farm. We were blessed with a fine day, sandwiches and tea packed we headed for 'the big one'. We tried O'Shea's gully but changed our minds and headed for the Devils Ladder. The scenery was breathtaking. The lakes so blue, the mountains so daunting, nature at its most beautiful, simply wow. We scaled the Devils Ladder meeting several hikers on the way. I thought I was doing well and enjoyed a gentle bit of banter with a couple of elder lemons, Ken and Harry from ulster who turned out to be a couple of greyhounds, understating their abilities to gazump us to the top of the ladder! I had expected the hike to be hard and the ladder had some scree near the top and care had to be taken. After climbing the ladder we stopped for an all too brief rest before we headed off after the Ulster lads. I found the going tough. I had to stop on a few occasions on the ascent to the summit and made good use of my stick but I persevered and was clapped when I reached the zenith of Ireland by two ulster men and my younger friend from Cork. The simple iron cross appropriately marked the summit. I was awe struck by the views and despite a slight bit of cloud could see Kenmare bay, Caher mountain and the rest of the 'Reeks. A truly inspiring and spirit enlightening moment or ten. We ate our food, shared some biscuits with the fittest elder lemons ever and chatted with some young female walkers who arrived as we gathered our energies for the trek back down. We shared Carrauntoohil with our new friends until they headed off up hill to return by the 'zig zag' route. We headed back down the 'ladder' where we enjoyed dipping our toes at its last rung in a clear stream of crystal pure water. The trek back to the car was enlightened by meeting up again with our ulster friends. A great day on a great mountain. Linkback:
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