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Dingle West Area
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 70 
Highest place:
Mount Eagle, 516m
Maximum height for area: 516 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 461 metres,

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Tearaght Island Hill An Tiaracht A name in Irish
(Ir. An Tiaracht [], 'the westerly (island)') Kerry County in Munster Province, in Binnion, Irish Islands Lists, Cross-bedded sandstone Bedrock

Reachable "On Foot " Y
Height: 200m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: V18100 94900
Place visited by 2 members. Recently by: DavidWalsh, patmccarthy
Island visited by 4 members.
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Longitude: -10.653976, Latitude: 52.076631 , Easting: 18100, Northing: 94900 Prominence: 200m,  Isolation: 3.7km
ITM: 418090 594957,   GPS IDs, 6 char: TrghIs, 10 char: TrghtIslnd
Bedrock type: Cross-bedded sandstone, (Coumeenoole Sandstone Formation)

This is the most westerly of the Blasket Islands. Its profile is remarkably similar to that of Skellig Michael. Its only human inhabitants were the lighthouse-keepers and their families. As the lighthouse was on the side facing the Atlantic, the view only reinforced their isolation. A natural rock-arch connects the two parts of the island.   An Tiaracht is the 1391th highest place in Ireland. An Tiaracht is the most westerly summit in the Dingle West area. It's also the most westerly summit in Ireland.

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PART ONE-History An Tiaracht has long been an is .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
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PART THREE-Too Dangerous to Land As we approache .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
by patmccarthy  18 May 2010
I enjoyed reading of Wicklore's efforts to reach An Tiaracht, the most westerly of the Blasket Islands, in January 2010.
Back in the late 70s, I was a post-grad student at UCC interested in the lichens of off-shore islands. Thanks to the generosity of the Commissioners of Irish Lights I was fortunate to be able to visit An Tiaracht for 2-week periods in the summers of '76, '77 and '78.
Then, as now, helicopters flew out from Castletownbere, but they carried lighthouse-keepers as well as hitch-hiking biologists. The island was manned by 3 keepers, and I and my colleagues stayed in a very comfortable tradesman's cottage. We each carried food (mostly dehydrated) for our 2-week stay, although this was supplemented by pollock and mackerel which we caught most evenings in great quantities from the small jetty on the south side of the island. We hacked a narrow path and hammered in pitons and laid ropes along the southern cliffs (for the older and less agile expeditioners) and made frequent trips to the summit.
Access to the peak was easist up through the grassy valleys of the south slope, being helped by the conglomerate sandstone bedrock that provided reliable hand- and foot-holds. My one attempt at reaching the peak via the much steeper and grassier east slope was barely successful: a most unpleasant experience.
The peak, at 184 metres, has a deeply shaded metre-wide ledge on the north side which has plants and animals found nowhere else on the island. Here they are above the salt spray, but they are moistened by frequent low cloud. This ledge drops away to the sheer north face. The head-keeper on my first visit guided me to the peak and appeared almost to take delight in showing me where, as a young man, be fell and bounced more than 100 m, breaking both arms and legs!
Long days, wonderful weather, calm seas that allowed tethered swimming from the jetty, 100,000 + nesting seabirds and sleeping out just below the peak, being disturbed only by returning shearwaters mistaking my sleeping-bag for their burrows. Linkback:
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Like Father like Son .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
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