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Knockboy Mountain An Cnoc Buí A name in Irish
(Ir. An Cnoc Buí [OSI], 'yellow/golden hill') County Highpoint of Cork and in Cork/ Kerry Counties in Munster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 706m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85 Grid Reference: W00480 62060
Place visited by 311 members. Recently by: conorb, caiomhin, daitho9, Maire-Ni, kenmur, chelman7, eoghancarton, eeimly, Jimmy600leavey, Hjonna, jackos, DNicholson, doogleman, conororourke, Niamhq
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Longitude: -9.443414, Latitude: 51.802466 , Easting: 100480, Northing: 62060 Prominence: 685m,  Isolation: 0.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 500453 562118,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckby, 10 char: Knockboy
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

Knockboy is the highest point in Co. Cork, although its summit is shared with Co. Kerry. It is less spectacular than some of the hills further west, such as Hungry Hill. It is perhaps a surprise that Cork's highest point is lower than Mount Leinster on the boundary between Carlow and Wexford, two counties which are hardly known for their mountains. All of this goes to show that ruggedness and height do not always go hand in hand. This peak, or at least one in this vicinity, was marked as Seebwee on the Grand Jury Map of Co. Cork in 1811. Since an adjective such as buí, ‘yellow, golden’, is rarely combined with suí, ‘seat’, one must consider other possibilities. Suí is most usually followed by a personal name in the genitive, often of a mythical character, e.g. Suí Finn, ‘Fionn’s seat’, a recurring mountain name. It is, therefore, likely that the original name was Suí Baoi, ‘seat of Baoi’, referring to a pagan goddess, who is also remembered in Oileán Baoi, the Irish name of Dursey Island (which see), and Dún Baoi / Dunboy, the ancestral seat of the O’Sullivan Beare clan near Castletown Berehaven. and strongly connected with the Beara Peninsula. Baoi may be another name for the mythical Cailleach Bhéirre (Hag of Beara). In medieval texts Baoi seems to denote the SW part of the Beara Peninsula (but perhaps more than just Dursey Island alone). The modern form of the hill-name An Cnoc Buí is probably a rather banal re-interpretation of an ancient name with divine resonance. If so, there is no need to search for shades of yellow in the landscape to account for the name.   Knockboy is the highest mountain in the Shehy/Knockboy area and the 106th highest in Ireland. Knockboy is the highest point in county Cork.

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Don't be put off by the drive! .. by paulocon   (Show all for Knockboy)
 
Cnoc Bui from Nambrackdearg/Borlin .. by wellaway1   (Show all for Knockboy)
 
Great Views from the Top of Cork .. by SpiritOf84   (Show all for Knockboy)
 
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Picture: Summit as seen from Lough Boy
 
Cork's highest not a hillwalking high point
by Colin Murphy  17 May 2016
Knockboy was something of a disappointment, I have to say, it being the highest point in Cork and all that. I found it an unremarkable summit in terms of terrain or aspect, although it does provide some good panoramas from the summit. Having done Knockboy South Top on a previous walk, also on a warm summer's day, I have the impression that the area is permanently boggy whatever the weather. Anyway, the drive up Ireland's scariest road to Priest's Leap makes the journey worthwhile in itself! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/18533/
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Dash Up In The Dark .. by Aidy   (Show all for Knockboy)
 
The start of a CHP Challenge .. by paddyobpc   (Show all for Knockboy)
 
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