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Wicklow Area   NW: Mullaghcleevaun Subarea
Place count in area: 115, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW, EW-DM, EW-LG, EW-WE, EW-WS 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 924.7m
Maximum height for area: 924.7 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 556.9mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 549.5mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 471.7mCamaderry East Top 677.3mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 456.6mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 476.1mKirikee Mountain 474.5mLugduff 653.2mLugduff SE Top 638mMullacor 660.7mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 713.7mTonelagee 815.8mTonelagee E Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 545.8m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 238.9mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372.9mGreat Sugar Loaf 501.2mLittle Sugar Loaf 342.4m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342.1mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 527.4mKnocknacloghoge 532.4mLuggala 593.3mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 640mScarr North-West Top 559.8mSleamaine 430m
NE: Vartry:   Ballinacorbeg 336mBallycurry 301mDunranhill 342mMount Kennedy 365.9m
NW: Blessington:   Carrigleitrim 408mLugnagun 446.2mSlieveroe 332mSorrel Hill 599.5m
NW: Mullaghcleevaun:   Black Hill 602.2mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682.4mDuff Hill 720.8mGravale 719mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 846.7mMullaghcleevaun East Top 796mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 529.3mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 662.3mCroaghanmoira North Top 579.5mFananierin 426mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella:   Annagh Hill 454mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mSlievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills:   Lakeen 357mMonaughrim 206mSeskin 344mStookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills:   Ballycumber Hill 429.7mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 398.2m
SE: Wicklow South East:   Ballinastraw 284mBallyguile Hill 188mBarranisky 280mCarrick Mountain 381mCollon Hill 238mKilnamanagh Hill 217mWestaston Hill 270m
W: Baltinglass:   Ballyhook Hill 288mBaltinglass Hill 382mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigeen Hill 298mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mKeadeen Mountain 653mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mTinoran Hill 312m
W: Cen Lugnaquilla:   Ballineddan Mountain 652.3mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 800mCorrigasleggaun 794.6mLugnaquilla 924.7mSlievemaan 759.7m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Moanbane Mountain Móin Bhán A name in Irish, also Moanvayn an extra EastWest name in English (Ir. Móin Bhán [PNCW], 'white bog') Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale grey fine to coarse-grained granite Bedrock

Height: 703m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O03333 06886
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Longitude: -6.457968, Latitude: 53.102845 , Easting: 303333, Northing: 206886 Prominence: 108m,  Isolation: 1.6km
ITM: 703259 706919,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mnbn, 10 char: Moanbane
Bedrock type: Pale grey fine to coarse-grained granite, (Type 2e equigranular)

Moanbane is the 108th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Moanbane (<i>Móin Bhán</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Moanbane, left with Silsean to the right.
Steep-sded boggy ridge ovelooking Blessington Lake.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, simon3, wicklore  7 Apr 2021
Moanbane in W Wicklow has a flat, boggy top which is home to a small lake. It, and the top nearby Silsean, overlook the Blessington Lakes with good views also over to Mullaghcleevaun and S to the Table Mt. Area. They are also walked as part of the Glenbride circuit.

W. Park in Ballyknockan or at the picnic site O01069 07313 starA. Walk thru the village, turn left and aim for the forest corner O00710 06741 starB. Keep the forest on your right and after about 700m head in and out of it on an obvious track, exiting at O01062 05658 starC before heading up steep, grassy slopes to the summit of S from where it's an easy walk over to M. Allow 2hrs

N. Park at O04387 10862 starD and head up the wide track to Black Hill. Continue to Billy Byrne's Gap O04330 06762 starE, keeping to high ground. From here it's a short, easy rise to M. Allow 1.5hrs

SE. Park at O02834 03625 starF and go up via forest tracks until you meet a circular turning area. The track narrows here and soon a fence with access to open countryside appears - now it's an easy walk on improving terrain to the top of S and then a quick transit over to M. Allow 90 mins.
SE. A slightly shorter hike starts up the road at O03671 04203 starG. Hop a fence and head up thru the small but pleasant wood before exiting into the gully that will take you on good ground close to the summit of S.
Seek permission if parking near the houses at road's end or if using the valley to the NE of here.

Notable tracks incl track/3388, track/4413 and for 2 cars track/1707. Linkback: Picture about mountain Moanbane (<i>Móin Bhán</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
darrenf on Moanbane, 2010
by darrenf  18 Mar 2010
From Silsean its a short hop accross to Moanbane. There is evidence of quadbike/scrambler activity in the area. The going can be very soft in places and in particular in the saddle between Silsean and Moanbane where there is a virtual marsh to cross. The reascent to Moanbane from Silsean is not taxing in the slightest and along the way great views accross Blessington and the reservoirs are on offer.

As discussed previously on this website there is no clear summit cairn or marker but judging by GPS readings the little pond is indeed the most likely candidate. This pond is not marked on sheet 56. Mullaghcleevaun can be tackled from Moanbane but I had other summits in mind to bag and decided to return to the car. From Moanbane I took a bearing for one of the streams feeding into the Ballinagee River. The descent from Moanbane to the head of the stream is not as knree jerking as it may appear. When I reached the location of the stream it was infact dried up but the river bed was clearly visible and I simply follwed this down to the where it forks with the Ballinagee River itself at O045053 starH. I came upon two seperate large herds of deer (perhaps 13-16 deer in each) as I approached the fork in the river, and judging by their reactions they are not used to seeing people pass this way. The valley below Billy Byrnes Gap is in itself a fine palce to be, and I decided to take lunch at the river side.

From this fork in the river a faint track or indeed number of tracks are evident which all eventually lead onto one main stone/gravel track which seems to be used by local farmers to herd and feed sheep and cattle. This track brought me right around the spur of Silsean and directly into the farm houses at the end of the road O038043 starI. From here the road can be followed back to the car with views over the Ballinagee river valley on your left hand side. All in all a nice little loop albeit very short. 10.1Km in total over 3.5hours. For me the day was not over yet as I headed for Sorrel Hill and Lugnagun. Linkback:
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Small pool at the top.
by csd  23 Jun 2013
Poor visibility today made finding the actual summit of Moanbane quite tricky. There's nothing obvious in the vicinity of the grid ref in the database, so I've entered a small pool 705 m elevation as the summit on my GPS. The pool isn't marked on the Harvey map, but it appears to be just where the summit is marked. Nice views over to the Barnacullian ridge on the way up, but alas all was obscured by low clouds long before I reached the summit. Linkback:
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Picture: The head on a frothy pint?
White bog and cottongrass.
by padodes  23 Jun 2013
On a recent visit to Moanbane, I found the little pond on top had frozen over and the lingering snow that had fallen on it had risen into a puffy meringue or soufflé, or a bowl of whipped cream, or the head of a frothy pint – wherever your taste buds take you (see photo, with snow-ribbed Mullaghcleevaun in the left background).

The name Moanbane (Móin Bhán: white bog) must surely be derived from the carpet of bog cotton (cottongrass) that covers this and the surrounding hills in early summer. Seen from the far side of Blessington Lake in that season, the domes of Silsean (another luminous name), Moanbane and even unpromising Black Hill can look snow-white in the sunshine.

A bog slide was recorded somewhere on the slopes of Moanbane in 1938. Even today, dropping down to the lower reaches on the western side, you will now and again come across a few ominous, gaping holes in the vegetation, sometimes with the throaty gurgle of water below. One is left calculating the uncomfortable odds against another part of this blanket of bog shearing off some black day under the heavy stomp of one’s all-too-confident boots. Linkback:
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Picture: Pool on Moanbane summit, Mullaghcleevaun in the background.
kaybee on Moanbane, 2008
by kaybee  11 May 2008
Climbed Moanbane from Black Hill on a lovely summer afternoon, cloudy but very warm. Met nobody else walking, but the tranquility of the hills was interrupted by a group of 6 or 8 scrambler bikers who were buzzing about all over Moanbane, Mullaghcleevaun and Black Hill. As previously proposed, I am in agreement that the pool at the summit is good to mark the high point and here's how it looked on this fine summer's day.... Linkback:
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Picture: Moanbane pond.
simon3 on Moanbane, 2009
by simon3  17 Mar 2009
There's no distinct top but, as csd says, it seems to be somewhere near this pond.

I was up here on a fine summer day to find dragonflies cavorting. Not so the cold windy January day of this picture. The group were huddled together for warmth, just willing me to finish fiddling with the camera.

The view behind them glimpsed across the Glenbride valley is Carrigunneen. Linkback:
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