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Wicklow Area   NW: Mullaghcleevaun Subarea
Place count in area: 115, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 925m
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 548mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 455mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 474mKirikee Mountain 474mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mMullacor 657mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 714mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 546m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 240mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372mGreat Sugar Loaf 501mLittle Sugar Loaf 342m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 523mKnocknacloghoge 534mLuggala 595mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 641mScarr North-West Top 561mSleamaine 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 682mDuff Hill 720mGravale 718mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 795mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 531mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mFananierin 426mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella:   Annagh Hill 454mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mKilmichael Hill 267mSlievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills:   Lakeen 357mSeskin 344mStookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills:   Ballycumber Hill 431mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 397m
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 652mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 800mCorrigasleggaun 794mLugnaquilla 925mSlievemaan 759m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

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Moanbane Mountain Móin Bhán A name in Irish
(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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Moanbane in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Moanbane, left with Silsean to the right.
 
Flattish boggy ridge ovelooking Blessington Lake.
Short Summary created by simon3, wicklore  27 Jul 2014
Moanbane is rarely mentioned, or climbed, without reference to its almost twin summit Silsean. The two tops are the highest points of the area of mountain overlooking the hamlet of Ballyknockan to the east of the Blessington Lakes and Phoulaphuca Reservoir. If you catch an inversion over the lakes it can be disorientating as it looks like there is sky above and below the cloud, and land floating in the air! Moanbane also offers great views over to Mullaghcleevaun

Moanbane can be reached from the Black Hill car park at O04387 10862 A, which would involve a 6km or so hike via Black Hill. A quick approach can be made from the car park and picnic site in Ballyknockan at O01141 07290 B. Alternatively it could be reached after Silsean by starting at O00415 06643 C.

Moanbane is covered in bog cotton in the spring/summer, giving it a lovely white aura. The summit is a typical flat bog Wicklow job. There is no summit cairn. However a small pond at the summit adds variety and can be a frozen wonderland in winter, or a hive of insect life in the summer. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/4867/
 
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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 D. 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 E. 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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/4518/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/527/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/3605/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/3097/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/107/comment/2595/
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